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!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays from LIFE of Florida!

Hope you're all having wonderful holidays! We know we've gotten behind on site updates, but hope to have the entire site refreshed in the next couple of weeks, with  updated links and resources.

We've been hearing from a lot of new homeschoolers lately and want to reassure you that LIFE of Florida is alive and well! Our main communications resources is our YahooGroup: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FloridaLIFE with nearly 400 members, and an active Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/LIFEofFlorida .

Back in October, we enjoyed our Knowledge Faire 2011 gathering, and coming up at the end of January is our LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee, serving homeschoolers in the eighth grade or below, in the Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas County areas.

Increasingly, we're moving towards broader scale community learning events organized by our parent organization, Learning is for Everyone , like TEDxYouth@TampaBay, and our upcoming Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire.  We also continue to provide broad based homeschooling support, with resources like our Homeschooling in Florida FAQ , our LI4E Resource Guide and support of mentoring programs and experiential learning programs like FIRST robotics. We're happy to help local support groups coordinate similar programs in their areas, and remain happy to help homeschoolers with homeschooling needs and questions, and to work with county school districts to help resolve most problems - all with no membership costs to you!

So get involved, stay tuned and keep watching our website for updates, news and resources, and Happy Homeschooling!

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