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, November 15, 2012

Curiosity Driven Learning

Learning is for Everyone has been focusing our informal education efforts on experiential learning opportunities like our upcoming TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012 , and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire , as well as our community based STEM Education programs anchored by our award winning FIRST Tech Challenge team, Team Duct Tape.

All of these programs are natural extensions of our belief that homeschooling is not a limited end in itself, but one shining facet of Curiosity Driven Learning.
We no more want to create programs "just for homeschoolers" than we would want to see
programs just for public or private school students, or only for "experienced learners."  We create programs and experiences for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

We believe that feeding and inspiring Curiosity feeds and inspires both the intellect and the soul.  So you'll see some commensurate changes here on our LIFE of Florida blog, which has broadened its mission to be a "secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group (that) 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."

As always, there's no cost to be part of our support network, and you have firsthand access to a treasure trove of learning resources through our carefully curated Resource Directory, and  an open door invitation to any and all of our low cost programs from TEDxYouth to our Mini Maker Faire and more.

Happy Learning!