Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just One More Week to PrePay Admission or Register Vendor or Bazaar Space for LIFE Fest 2010!

Learning is for Everyone’s LIFE Fest 2010 Celebration of Learning, set for Saturday, September 18 in Orlando, is a family-friendly event featuring educational workshops, youth programs and exhibits, educational give-aways, door prizes and raffles. LIFE Fest 2010 will offer ample opportunities to meet other families from around the state interested in maximizing their children’s education in creative, low cost ways.

LIFE Fest 2010 will be held at the Orange County Extension Education Center, home of the Orange County 4H, which provides informal, hands-on learning to youth ages 5-18 through clubs, school outreach and experiential learning in science, engineering, & technology (SET); citizenship/leadership; and healthy lifestyles - all the types of learning LIFE will explore during LIFE Fest 2010.

Event admission is just a $10 donation per family, $8 prepaid by August 31 via Network for Good at our website (bring your receipt as your ticket). And, in the continuing spirit of a Green LIFE Fest, carpool discounts of $10 per (safe and legal) carload will be available the day of the event. Just a few of the great programs guests can enjoy at LIFE Fest 2010:
• Round table discussions on College Planning ;
• Learning Models & Learning Styles - with Dr. Chris Deason
• Addressing Attention Disorders by “Thinking Outside the Classroom” – with Jeanene Arrington of Not a Clue Adventures
• Health and Fitness with Zumba® – with certified instructor Monique Bradbury
• Homeschooling 101 – Being Informed & Trusting Yourself
FIRST Robotics – An Ideal STEM Program
• The Creative Gift of Unschooling – by Young Adult Author, Jaclyn Dolamore
• Teaching Math and Science from Birth to College – with educators Christy Bebeau and Carolyn Lang
• Importance of Art and Art Curricula - with Jamie Moorehead of Super Awesome Cool Pottery Studios
• Nutrition and Wellness at Home - with Wellness Coach Gretchen Goal
• Ask-a-Parent Panel -- Q&A with veteran home and informal educators
• What 4H Can do for You - Orange County Extension Service
Florida Virtual School – Q&A with Regional Liaison Larry Banks
• Student Ballroom Dance exhibition

Plus ongoing children's activities, history and science demos, vendors and exhibitors including Usborne Books, Discovery Toys, Creative Wonders Art, Nature’s Insight, Wekiwa Springs State Park, Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, other great learning resources, authors and more, and terrific door prizes and raffle gifts from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Ringling Museum of Art, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and more! Childcare will be available on site by Misty Forest Academy, of Orlando.

Vendor booths are $150, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served, paid-in-full basis through August 31. A sliding scale may be considered for very small, family based businesses. A minimum 10% discount is provided to vendors supplying a door prize.

LIFE Fest Bazaar
A bazaar space for family and small community group sales tables is $25. Bazaar vendors may sell books, curricula, toys, clothes, and any other (reasonable) household goods at our LIFE Fest Bazaar. There will also be a give-away table for free items.
Community and Support Groups
LIFE will provide free exhibit space to youth groups and clubs, home school and educational support groups, community education groups like libraries, parks, nature centers, museums and associations providing free or very low cost learning opportunities. If you would like to provide outreach and information to guests about your support and education programs, please write to us with the name of your group, the services you provide, and the costs of your program(s).

Program Advertising
Guests at LIFE Fest will receive a printed program describing the day's agenda, workshops and round table discussions, and listing vendors. If you would like to advertise in the program, please contact us for a rate sheet. Costs range from $25 to $100.

Reserve by August 31
Prepaid admission, Vendor , LIFE Fest Bazaar and Community Group booths must all be reserved by August 31. Visit or email us at  for more information, or to inquire about vending, community or support group space, or about providing a presentation or workshop.

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