Welcome to Learning is for Everyone of Tampa

LIFE of Tampa welcomes everyone, of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning styles, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.

This homepage and our online discussion group serve as an announcement and resource list for a variety of activities and events.

Visit LIFE of Florida for a great list of statewide and general learning resources.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Florida Wildflower Foundation Seeking Volunteers for Wildflower Surveys

This year the Florida Wildflower Foundation completed spring, summer and fall surveys of naturally occurring wildflowers along the five-county St. Johns to the Sea Loop trail (Putnam, Volusia, Brevard, Flagler and St. Johns counties), which will soon become the state’s first Wildflower Trail.

In 2010, the Foundation plans to survey other wildflower-profuse areas in the Panhandle and in North, Central and South Florida. The surveys will identify showy areas of native wildflowers in order to document species and suggest management practices. This research also will help us promote Florida’s native wildflowers as economic and intrinsic community assets.

First, though, we need the assistance of residents and visitors to find wildflower sites throughout the state. They can help by sending the following information by Dec. 1 to the Foundation at wildflower.research@gmail.com:

1.Approximate locations of any showy roadside or trailside (paved bike or foot path) native wildflowers seen in Florida during spring, summer and/or fall.

Include:

a.The scientific or common name of the plant species. If the name is unknown, describe the flowering plants’ characteristics (i.e., color, height, growth habit, etc.).

b.The road’s name, as well as a nearby intersection or another landmark that will help us locate the site.

c.The geographic region (defined below) and the city and/or county in which the site occurs.

d.The approximate date of the sighting. If the date is unknown, please include the season.

e.A description of the habitat (i.e., wet ditch, sand dune, pine forest, etc.).

f.Digital photos, if possible.

2. The names and locations of public lands (state, national, city and county parks; water management district holdings, etc.) that have great native wildflower displays, along with species names and approximate bloom dates,

Garden or civic clubs that have planted roadside or trailside native wildflowers can help by sending the planting’s location and a species list.

Geographic regions are defined as:

Panhandle: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson.

North Florida: Madison, Hamilton, Columbia, Baker, Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, Clay, Marion, Alachua, Levy, Bradford, Union, Gilchrist, Dixie, Lafayette, Suwannee, Taylor.

Central Florida: Citrus, Sumter, Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Sumter, Citrus, Manatee, Hardee, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River, De Soto, Sarasota.

South Florida: Charlotte, Glades, Martin, Lee, Hendry, Palm Beach, Collier, Broward, Dade, Monroe.

Florida Wildflower Foundation
PO Box 941066
Maitland, FL 32794-1066
407-353-6164
www.floridawildflowerfoundation.org

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Virtual Views on Virtual Schools


There are emails going around, on both sides of the fence, about virtual school program legislation currently under consideration in FL (SB 534 and HB 7067). Some of the emails encourage signing a petition to allow home educators to participate in School District Virtual School Programs (SDVIP) without previous enrollment in public school, and others protest the legislation.

All home educators are urged to become informed about virtual school choices in Florida, whatever your opinion or preference regarding the schools, and to make sure you have all the facts (or as many as you can find) rather than acting on fear based or uninformed arguments on either side.

Support for SDVIP Enrollment Expansion
With respect to the petition, found at http://www.flvirtualfamilies.org/petition/ and this particular phraseology: "In looking at this law, it is a great tool for those parents that would choose to homeschool." …

It's important to remember that SDVIP is great tool for those interested in having a *public school education option that they can administer from home*. Participants need to understand that the laws under which those enrolled in this program would provide that education are different from homeschooling laws.

The petition calls on Florida representatives "to change the portion of House Bill 7067 that states a child must attend public school for one year to qualify for this program. We feel that this discriminates against children that previously home schooled or that would have to come out of private school that would want to use this program. Parents of all children should have the option to use this if they so chose. Treat all children fair"

Grammar issues aside,  the bill doesn't actually discriminate against homeschooled children or anyone else. This is a procedural issue, not a home education issue . Transferring to SDVIP should be handled as any public, private or homeschool program transfer is handled, using existing Florida State Board of Education transfer rules.

Opposition to SDVIP
Long time home and private school lobbyist Brenda Dickinson, of the Home Education Foundation, is concerned about the Senate version of SDVIP legislation, SB 534, for other reasons, principally her contention that SDVIP "will lead to the demise of home education as we know it."

In a recent email, referencing a Christian Broadcasting Network article titled "Online Charter Schools Proving Popular" she contends:

"Parents are going to be more confused about virtual education than they were last year if Charter Virtual Schools are created in Florida. This year some parents who have enrolled their children in the School District Virtual School Programs (SDVIP) are forming their own support groups and asking for membership in the Florida Parent Educators Association. They think they are home educators. However, students enrolled in a SDVIP, using K-12, Inc and Connections Academy are not home educated students; they are public school students. I believe in a short time this confusion will lead to the demise of home education as we know it.

"The type of school listed (in the article) is NOT a virtual school; it is a distant learning program. A box of books and materials are delivered to the child's home and the parent is the primary instructor. With the cost of curriculum and private education in these uncertain and difficult economic times, the charter virtual school described below will appeal to many parents. These programs contain highly structured curriculum with 180 days of lessons sent to the parent with a distant teacher provided who checks on the student periodically. Notice that the teacher only has to contact the student once a month. Since the State requires schools to provide 4 to 5 hours of instruction a day for 180 days per school year, these private programs are requiring parents to provide 4 to 5 hours a day per child for 180 days per school year.  The State will now bear the cost (about $5500 per child) of these children who will be enrolled in a public school run by an at-home private school with the parent as the primary instructor. Though it sounds a lot like home education, it has the structure and standardization of a private school.

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SB 534 is filed for the 2010 Session and will create the same virtual charter school in Florida described in the article below. My question is: How long will home education parents be able to direct their children's education if these schools are established in Florida?  Many parents are afraid to step out on their own to take over the education of their children under the home education law, so this highly structured program will appeal to those parents. Within a few years, there will be almost no one in the elementary grades who develops their own curriculum and tailors it to their own child's interest, pace and learning style. Most parents, new to home education, will be persuaded that this is the only way to teach your child at home."

The virtual school induced death knell has been rung for homeschooling for almost ten years now. (For the record, almost identical complaints were leveled at FLVS at the time, even though now, FLVS is lauded by many of the same homeschoolers as a model virtual program for home educators.)

Home education is,in fact, changing and has been since its inception. But that's different from suffering a "demise."  More people than ever are aware that they can in some great measure influence and direct their children's education, perhaps not as completely as some of us have chosen, but more than many more people ever would have considered doing.

A future now suggests itself where everyone tailors his or her education to best suit individual needs, interests and abilities. This has the potential to bring a far higher quality of family life and education to more people than does circling the wagons to protect "home education as we  know it." Life as people knew it a hundred, two hundred, three hundred years ago no longer exists. While some good things are lost to time and history, many more good things have been gained: civil rights, greater longevity, multiculturalism, fascinating and useful technology, and more access to knowledge than ever before. 

Get the Facts
With any of the virtual school arguments or supplications, important points of clarification should be:


  • Sources and evidence for "slippery slope" arguments of doom;Specific studies regarding virtual school program effects on home education;
  • Specific instances of school district strong-arming (some emails claim school districts are performing portfolio reviews with the intention of intimidating parents into choosing SDVIP programs);
  • Focus on real issues: equitable application of uniform transfer rules, or truth in advertising for SDVIP programs – issues that apply across the board to all families trying to make informed decisions.

Advocating and empowering all families to make informed educational decisions for themselves and their children is, in the long run, the best way to protect homeschooling.

You can read more about HB 7067 at

 
And about SB 537 at http://bit.ly/2ZPaKm 

Thoughts and insights are welcome, as is additional information that others may find helpful in weighing their options.

And for the record, any virtual school families seeking support and resources are very welcome to join Learning is for Everyone of Florida, and of Tampa. We don’t care how you learn at home, and we’re happy to help you make the most of your time together with your children.

Terri Willingham
http://LIFEofFlorida.blogspot.com
http://LIFEofTampa.blogspot.com 


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve- December Events 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve- December Events 2009
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
Upcoming Events
December 2009
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All programs are free unless otherwise noted.
Please call (727) 453-6800 for information and reservations.
Please do not reply to this email for any purpose other than to unsubscribe
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**  Our hours have changed  **
Center Hours:  Thursday – Saturday   9:00am – 4:00pm
Preserve & Hiking Trails:  Thursday – Sunday 7:00am – 1 hour before sunset
Horse & Friendship Trails will remain open 7 days per week
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The Center is located at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, Florida, 34688
Or visit our website at www.brookercreekpreserve.org
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Guided Hikes
Saturday, December 5, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, December 12, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, December 19, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, December 26, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail.  Join us for this 0.7-mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes.  Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended.  Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike.  Admission:  Free.  All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

You Don’t Have to be a Grinch to be Green
Saturday, December 5, 2009    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This is the time of year when families gather to celebrate.  Exchanging gifts, decorating homes, and sharing meals are common activities.  Join us to learn how to keep the “green” in your holiday celebrations.  Participants will take home handy tip sheets for sustainable gift, decorating and meal ideas.  Pre-registration is required.  Admission:  Free.  Recommended for adults.

Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier
Sunday, December 6, 2009   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Carlton Ward, Jr., Author and Photographer, Clearwater, FL
Join us as Carlton Ward shares a vision of Florida ranches and what is at stake as the face of Florida changes. Although thousands of acres of farmland in Florida are lost to development each year, one fifth of Florida is still ranchland. This presentation of stunning photographs and historical, environmental, and cultural essays addresses the Florida cowboys, the descendants of five centuries of rich heritage. Pre-registration is requested and admission is free. All ages welcome.  

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Who’s Bugging You?
Thursday, December 10, 2009   10:30 am    11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world.  Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment.  This week features Who’s Bugging You?  by Charles Reasoner.  Children learn about the amazing feats performed by many insects in this delightfully illustrated pull-out book. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story.   Pre-registration is required.  Spaces are limited so register early!  Admission: Free.  Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Beyond Pinellas – Winter Animals
Saturday, December 12, 2009    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Seasonal changes affect wildlife as well as plants and people.   As summer turns to fall, and fall to winter, animals must adapt to changing food and weather patterns.  Join us for an interesting look at the ways animals around the world survive during harsh winter months.  Admission: Free. Pre-registration is required.  All ages welcome.  

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Saturday, December 19, 2009   12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
Who lives in that skin?  What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore?  Whose tracks are those?  Stop by our classroom anytime between 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that answer these questions and many more.  Pre-registration is not required for this open activity.  Admission:  Free.  Recommended for families with children of all ages.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: The Giving Tree
Thursday, December 24, 2009    10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world.  This week features The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  This is a moving tale about a boy who loved a tree, and a tree that gave everything to the boy.  Children can also participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story.  Pre-registration is required for this program.  Admission: Free Spaces are limited, so register early!  Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Seasonal Hikes



______________________________________
All programs are free unless otherwise noted.
Please call (727) 453-6800 for information and reservations.
Please do not reply to this email for any purpose other than to unsubscribe
______________________________________
**  Our hours have changed  **
Center Hours:  Thursday – Saturday   9:00am – 4:00pm
Preserve & Hiking Trails:  Thursday – Sunday 7:00am – 1 hour before sunset
Horse & Friendship Trails will remain open 7 days per week
______________________________________
The Center is located at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, Florida, 34688
Or visit our website at www.brookercreekpreserve.org


Changing Seasons Guided Hikes
Thursday, November 19, 2009     9:00am – 11:00am
Environmental Lands Division Volunteers
Seasonal changes in Florida can be subtle, even to long time residents.  Join us for a walk as we look for evidence of the changing seasons along the trail.  Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended.  Pre-registration is required. Admission:  Free.  All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Changing Seasons Guided Hikes
Friday, December 4, 2009            9:00 am – 11:00 am
Thursday, December 17, 2009     9:00am – 11:00am
Environmental Lands Division Volunteers
Seasonal changes in Florida can be subtle, even to long time residents.  Join us for a walk as we look for evidence of the changing seasons along the trail.  Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended.  Pre-registration is required. Admission:  Free.  All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Changing Seasons Guided Hikes
Friday, January 8, 2010            9:00 am – 11:00 am
Friday, January 22, 2010     9:00am – 11:00am
Environmental Lands Division Volunteers
Seasonal changes in Florida can be subtle, even to long time residents.  Join us for a walk as we look for evidence of the changing seasons along the trail.  Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended.  Pre-registration is required. Admission:  Free.  All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Sci-Fi and Sky Night at Science Center of Pinellas Nov. 21

In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, NASA is releasing two images never seen by the public - multiwave views of the Milky Way's Galactic Center obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.  Join us for the unveiling of these images! 

Doors open at 6:00 pm
Planetarium Show:  Winter Tales - reservations needed
Planetarium Times: 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm
St Petersburg Astronomy Club Presentation: 6:30pm -7:15pm
Movie:  Star Trek (new release) 7:30pm
Telescope viewing: 7:00pm - 11:30pm

Join us for a presentation of amazing images from NASA in our auditorium presented by the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club!

 We are still collecting Students names to be sent to Mars in 2011 on a microchip.

Enjoy the newly released Star Trek Motion picture in our rear courtyard. 

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Observe Jupiter in phase and the new moon with the
Astronomy Club and our Observatory.

Planetarium shows...new views of the cosmos...learn astrophotography...a great family night of Science and Astronomy.

$3.00 Donation Per Person

Pizza and soft drinks will be available for purchase between 6:30pm -9:00pm.
Beer and wine tastings will be available for an additional donation.

Collecting can goods for St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank.
Please help support our community by bringing at least 1 can per person.

Science Center of Pinellas County
 7701 22ND Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Call for reservations 727-384-0027 x223 or email: bruis@sciencecenterofpinellas.org
www.sciencecenterofpinellas.org

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Events in October

Brooker Creek has a terrific new website now, too: www.brookercreekpreserve.org

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**  Our hours have changed  **

Center Hours:  Thursday – Saturday   9:00am – 4:00pm

Preserve & Hiking Trails:  Thursday – Sunday   7:00am – 1 hour before sunset

Horse & Friendship Trails will remain open 7 days per week

Guided Hikes

Saturdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Environmental Lands Division Volunteers

Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail.  Join us for this 0.7-mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes.  Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended.  Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike.   Admission:  Free.  All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Teacher Training Workshop
Saturday, October 3, 2009   8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek Preserve is the perfect place to connect classroom concepts to the natural world.  This workshop provides teachers with the training and materials necessary to design and lead learning experiences that are tailored to their classroom curriculum goals.  Workshops are intended for teachers willing to lead their own field trips and are required of all teachers before using Center equipment and facilities other than public trails and the exhibit hall.  Pre-registration is required.  Call and ask for the educator in charge of this workshop for more information or to register.  Admission: Free.  Recommended for teachers.


Book Time at Brooker Creek: Nuts to You
Thursday, October 8, 2009   10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Introduce your preschooler to the wonders of the natural world. This week features Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is the story of a young bat that finds herself in a bird’s nest and is forced to behave like a bird. She eventually shows her bird siblings about life as a bat, which prompts them to investigate the differences between birds and bats. The program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required.  Admission: Free. Best for children ages 3 - 5.


Prince of Frogs Musical Performance
Saturday, October 10, 2009   1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
STAGE Productions, Sarasota, FL

Enjoy this fun musical theater production based on the classic fairy tale transformed to introduce the concepts of water use, conservation and the environment to kindergarten through 5th grade children.  Explore the story of Kingdom Waste-A-Lot as the lack of rain and the wasteful habits of its citizens results in serious water shortages in the land. Watch as the Prince of Frogs transforms the land into the Conservation Kingdom. Pre-registration required.  Admission: Free.  Recommended for families with children 5 – 10 years old.


Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Saturday, October 17, 2009   11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Who lives in that skin?  What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore?  Whose tracks are those?  Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these questions and many more.  Pre-registration is not required for this open activity.  Admission: Free.  Recommended for families with children of all ages.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Stellaluna
Thursday, October 22, 2009   10:15 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Introduce your preschooler to the wonders of the natural world. This week features Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is the story of a young bat that finds herself in a bird’s nest and is forced to behave like a bird. She eventually shows her bird siblings about life as a bat, which prompts them to investigate the differences between birds and bats. The program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required.  Admission: Free.  Best for children ages 3 - 5.

Selecting Florida-Friendly Plants for Your Landscape
Saturday, October 24, 2009   10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dale Armstrong - Pinellas County IFAS Extension

Selecting the right plants for your yard will be much easier after attending this class that introduces Florida-Friendly plants.  Dale Armstrong, an educator from the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Pinellas County, uses photographs as he discusses how to research and choose Florida-Friendly ground covers, shrubs, and trees.  Join us to get started on the path to selecting plants that are appropriate for your landscape and your needs.  Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free.  Best for adults.

Halloween’s Creepy Creatures
Saturday, October 31, 2009   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Vampire bats, giant spiders, ghostly owls, and slithering snakes are some of Halloween’s most frightening characters.  Join us for this fun and interactive program to learn the truth about these and many other creepy creatures.  Pre-registration is required.  Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 6 years old or older.

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Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL  34688
Center Hours:
Thursday - Saturday   9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Sunday - Wednesday and Holidays
www.brookercreekpreserve.org

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Florida Students Invited to Participate in Real World Design Challenge

Chancellor of Public Schools, Dr. Frances Haithcock joined Lt. Gov. Jeff
Kottkamp Aug. 25 to announce that Florida is one of 25 states nationwide
participating in the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Real World Design Challenge (RWDC).
The annual event provides high school students in grades nine through 12 the
opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges in a team format. The
RWDC presents student teams with a challenge that confronts one of the nation's
leading industries; this year the focus is on aeronautics and energy usage.

Participating students will have a chance to apply the lessons of the classroom
to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace, and utilize
professional quality computer-aided design software to develop their solutions.
Teachers participating in the challenge are also able to obtain professional
development opportunities as well as software engineering tools valued at nearly
$1 million.

To learn more about the Real World Design Challenge, visit
http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/RWDC/index.html. Districts and schools
interested in participating may contact Sally Sanders with the Florida
Department of Education at sally.sanders@fldoe.org.

They've confirmed that homeschool and private school students can register teams.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

LIFE Fest 2009 Just Three Weeks Away!

Our annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning will be held Saturday, September 26th at the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.

Admission is just a $10 donation per family. And, in the spirit of our Green LIFE Fest, carpool discounts of $10 a (safe and legal)carload will be available the day of the event.

Lodging is available right on the premises for just $65/night, and puts you just down the road from beautiful beach of Ft. Desoto Park, and near all the great museums, parks and shops of St. Petersburg. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at 800... to reserve your room.

Our LIFE Fest 2009 line up ...
Demos and Exhibits on
Education and Community Support Groups
Workshops on:
and more!

And with our gratitude for support from

Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts
, operators of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, for the their generous donation of a Family Pass for four (valued at $152) for our raffle, and

Nature's Insight
for Herb Cohen's kind donation of artwork for a door prize,

and many others!


Be part of the fun and knowledge and join us at LIFE Fest 2009!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mommy and Me Skate Day, Weds starting Sept. 2 at United Skates of America

Starting September 2 and repeating every Wednesday from 9:00-11:30am we have a Mommy and Me Skate. It's only $3.50 and that includes admission and regular skate rental. The children can bring their strollers, ride-on toys, push toys, etc.

It's amazing exercise, inexpensive and a great, fun way to find new ways to teach and bond with your kids! Hopefully it will also be a great place to meet other mothers. September 2 will be the first time we are trying the event but we have great expectations for the session!

Heather Langille
Event Coordinator
United Skates of America
813-876-5826
www.UnitedSkates.com/Tampa
www.facebook.com/UnitedSkatesTampa
www.unitedskatestpa.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Upcoming Events August & September 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Center Hours:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays
www.pinellascounty.org/environment
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All programs are free unless otherwise noted.
Please call (727) 453-6800 for information and reservations

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AUGUST 2009

Don’t miss out on these programs coming up this month!

Movie Night – The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Humans are a very successful species on the planet. Our growing economy is placing an unprecedented demand on the planet’s limited resources. The ecological footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth. This 30-minute film explores the current global situation and demonstrates ways governments, communities and businesses are working to live sustainably. Join us after the program to participate in a discussion and receive tips about reducing your personal footprint on Earth’s natural resources. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek - The Lady and the Spider
Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week features The Lady and the Spider by Faith McNulty. A spider makes a home in a head of lettuce. We follow her daily routine until the unsuspecting gardener harvests the lettuce in this charming tale about the value of all living things. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended ages: 3-5.

What’s in a Frog’s Song
Saturday, August 29, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Ever wonder about those frogs singing in your neighborhood? Join us for an entertaining, multi-sensory presentation to discover common frogs and what they can tell us about the environment. Fun activities help you learn tricks for recognizing and remembering their voices. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Best for families with children age 8 and up.

“The Florida Environment in Pastels”
The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay
Formed in 2006, the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay promotes an appreciation of pastel painting through demonstrations, shows and workshops in the Tampa Bay Area. This exhibition highlights the wildlife and local environments of west-central Florida. Visitors may enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through August 30, 2009. Learn more about this organization by visiting: http://pastelsocietytampabay.blogspot.com.

SEPTEMBER 2009

Start off the school year with fun educational programs!

Guided Hikes
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75-mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Printing with Everyday Objects Workshop
Saturday, September 5, 2009 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bonnie Bowman, Art Cloth Alliance, Tampa, FL
Participants learn numerous techniques used by surface design artists to print fabric, while they create beautiful one of a kind greeting cards, a tote bag, T-shirt and several swatches of art cloth. No previous art training or skills are necessary to turn out stunning projects in this class. Teachers, recreational professionals, therapists, anyone who works with children, the elderly, or people with special needs will find many of the skills presented in this workshop useful and easily adaptable to educational or therapeutic settings. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: $70.00 ($50 course fee + $20 materials fee). Best for adults.

Meet the Artists: Art Cloth Alliance
Sunday, September 6, 2009 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Art Cloth Alliance, Tampa, FL
The Art Cloth Alliance is a group of 13 Tampa Bay fiber and surface design artists who use their creativity to depict Florida’s unique environment and natural history on cloth. Art cloth is created by using various methods including hand-dyeing fabric with ancient dye techniques, stenciling, screen printing, and stamping. The result of this layering process captures the essence of the Brooker Creek Preserve. Join us to meet the artists and discuss their work. Pre-registration is not required for this open reception. Visitors can enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through October 31, 2009. To learn more about this organization visit: www.beyondperfection.net Admission: Free. Best for adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Movie Night at Brooker Creek: A Sense of Wonder
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962 the backlash from her critics forced her into the role of controversial public figure. Using many of Ms. Carson’s own words, Kaiulani Lee embodies the biologist/ecologist/writer’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it in this documentary-style film produced by Sense of Wonder Productions LLC. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: In a Nutshell
Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week features In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony. This beautifully illustrated tale introduces children to an acorn in the woods and follows its life cycle as it grows into a tree in a suburban yard. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Trash to Treasure Swap Meet
Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Environmental Lands Division and Pinellas County Utilities Staff
Here is your opportunity to pick up new treasures for free. Get green and frugal at the same time by turning your trash into treasures at this swap meet. Drop off or take home the following items: books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, board games, artwork and kitchen household items less than 24” by 24”. All items must be in very good or excellent condition and family-friendly. Each household should bring no more than 12 items. More than two million tons of waste is generated each year in Pinellas County. We can reduce that amount by reusing and recycling. Please call (727) 453-6800 for more detailed information about this event. Admission: Free. Recommended for all ages.

Open Classroom: Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, September 13, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 27, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that answer these questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Night Movie at Brooker Creek: Living Things We Love to Hate
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
The slippery slug, the supple snake, and the darting bat make many of us squirm, shudder, and recoil in revulsion. These are some of the organisms addressed in Living Things We Love to Hate, a light-hearted film produced by Rainshadow Media. No matter how often they are present in our lives, some of us never get over our fear of them. Yet every organism plays a vital role in its own ecosystem. Is it true we fear what we don’t understand? This movie is designed to replace those fears with ecological understanding. Join us for fun, up-close and scientific exploration of the roots of our cultural attitudes. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for adults and children over 8 years old.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: The Very Busy Spider
Thursday, September 24, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week presents The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Join us for this delightful tale of a busy little spider as she weaves her web. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

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Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center June Programs

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34680
Center Hours:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays
www.pinellascounty.org/environment
Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information

Movie Night at Brooker Creek – Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Where does our water come from? This amazing, entertaining documentary follows a team of daring divers as they explore the connecting paths of the Floridan aquifer. BYOP (bring your own popcorn) for this fascinating 1-hour journey to discover Florida’s hidden rivers. Participants can pick up a handy tip sheet of practical ways that individuals can help protect Florida’s precious water supply. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Best for adults – suitable for children 12 and up.

National Trails Day®: “Providing a Healthy Environment for People and Wildlife”
Saturday, June 6, 2009 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebration of the Wilde Tract Acquisition 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Honoring Fred Marquis, Former Pinellas County Administrator
Bald Eagles in Pinellas County 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Barbara Walker, Clearwater Audubon Society
Real Florida 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Jeff Klinkenberg, Author and Journalist
Come join us as we celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® and the role of key people in acquiring the Wilde Tract for Brooker Creek Preserve. Learn about features of the Preserve that provide a healthy environment for people and wildlife. Take home ideas for living a sustainable lifestyle. Activities include interpretive bus tours of the new Wilde Tract property, live music, guest speakers, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, a family trail scavenger hunt, and food and drinks. Off-site parking is available. Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Cypress Swamp Café - Fire-wise Landscaping
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Does your home border a preserve or management area? Do you have a conservation area in your backyard? The drought has affected more than our ability to water lawns. Dry weather creates the perfect conditions for wildfire in natural areas. Join us to learn how to create a safe, fire-wise landscape around your home. This program is one in a series of presentations and discussions to explore ways you can live a sustainable lifestyle. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for adults.

“Tampa Bay: Living Legacy” Educator Workshop
Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Immerse your students in the natural and cultural history of Tampa Bay with this free workshop featuring curriculum designed to accompany the documentary film of the same name. Curriculum is suitable for grades 9 – 12. Participants receive a $75.00 stipend, teaching guide, a DVD of the documentary film and many other classroom resources. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Tampa Bay Estuary Program at (727) 893-2765 or nanette@tbep.org for more information. Recommended for teachers.



Book Time at Brooker Creek – Marsh Music
Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. This week features Marsh Music by Marianne Berkes. Frogs are the musicians that bring the night marsh alive in this rhyming tale. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Best for ages: 3 – 5.

Guided Hikes
Saturday, June 13, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, June 27, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75-mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

The Microscopic World in a Drop of Pond Water
Saturday, June 13, 2009 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Even in the smallest drop of pond water we find a host of tiny organisms busily making their living. Although they are invisible to the naked eye, they live dynamic and dramatic lives. Join us to celebrate the Year of Science as we explore the itty-bitty city in a drop of pond water. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for ages 12 and up.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, June 28, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Movie Night at Brooker Creek – Tampa Bay: Living Legacy
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest open water estuary. BYOP (bring your own popcorn) to discover Tampa Bay’s evolution from a relatively unspoiled paradise to a waterway battered by pollution to the rejuvenated centerpiece of the region. Funded by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Pinellas County Environmental Fund, this 1-hour documentary film features interviews with scientists, elected officials and citizens. Participants can pick up a handy tip sheet of practical ways individuals can help maintain the progress made in restoring Tampa Bay. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Best for adults – suitable for children 12 and up.



Adult Ecology Workshop: Dragonfly Behavior, Identification and Ecology
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grigorios Delaportas, St. Petersburg College, Biology Department
The Adult Ecology Workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities. The workshop presents college-level instruction and is designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience. The only pre-requisite is a keen interest in the topic. This workshop offers dragonfly lovers a chance to learn about these distinctive insects. We begin in the classroom with an introduction to dragonfly anatomy and identification. Information about physiology, behavior, life cycle, and flying techniques will also be included. During the field portion, we explore the Preserve in search of a variety of species to observe dragonfly behavior and practice our newly-learned identification skills. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Bring a sack lunch and snacks. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, Inc. Admission: $40 per person; Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, Inc. members receive a $10 discount. Best for adults.

Wild Signs Hike
Sunday, June 21, 2009 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Everyone leaves a sign of their presence, even wild things. The many creatures that live in Brooker Creek Preserve leave evidence of their daily activities. Celebrate Father’s Day with a walk along the Education Center trail to look for and learn to decipher those wild signs. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for ages 10 and up.

Frog Hop
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
The wetlands of Brooker Creek Preserve are perfect homes for frogs. Join us to learn how to identify frogs from their songs. A brief indoor presentation will be followed by a short “hop” around the Center to practice your newly acquired identification skills. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek – Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard
Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. This week features Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen. Ouch! What’s that biting you? Learn about the mosquito’s life cycle, why she bites and much more in this fun book full of bites. The program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Best for ages: 3 – 5.

Brooker Basics: Wetland Ecosystems
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Celebrate the Year of Science by attending a Brooker Basics workshop. This series of programs is offered year-round to give participants a general overview of the variety of environments and organisms that can be found at Brooker Creek Preserve. Using a variety of techniques, participants examine the diversity of life in the Preserve’s wetland ecosystems and discover what makes each one unique. Sturdy closed-toe shoes and water are a must, while long pants, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Best for ages 12 and up.

Monday, May 25, 2009

LIFE Fest 2009 Planners Drawing Entries & Vendor Discount Deadline Nears

May 31 is the deadline for both our Planners Drawing Entries and a $50 Vendor Discount. Read on for more details:

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The annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning will be held Saturday, September 26th at the EckerdConference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.

This is a great location that lends itself well to a family friendly event, with Ft. Desoto camping and beaches just down the road,and St. Pete museums and other attractions nearby. After last year’s event drew over 300 guests, LIFE has reserved both Conference center buildings to better accommodate attendees, vendors, community groups, speakers and workshops.

The event brings together home and alternative learners from across Florida, educators, museum and library program organizers, community education groups, youth groups and clubs, parent support and networking groups, and anyone interested interested in exploring a wide variety of learning and teaching ideas, opportunities and resources.

Cost
As before admission is just a $10 donation per family, $8 prepaid via Network for Good (click and pay at
http://LIFEofFlorida.blogspot.com by August 21 - bring your receipt as your ticket). And, in the spirit of a Green LIFE Fest, carpool discounts of $10 a (safe and legal) carload will be available the day of the event.

Lodging
Lodging is available right on the premises for $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve your room before August 1.

Content
There will be a variety of vendors, lots of free materials, great workshops,door prizes and raffles, and a fun and educational childrens area with art and animals, all adding up to a full day that will offer ample opportunities to meet other home and alternative educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of a home based learning adventure.

Vendors
Vendor booths are $100 if reserved by May 31; $150 after that, through August 21, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served, paid-in-full basis. A sliding scale may be considered for very small, family based businesses. An additional 10% discount is provided to vendors supplying a door prize.

Planners Drawing

As before, we’re inviting our guests to help plan the party by holding a Planners Drawing in which those who send us LIFE Fest ideas by May 31 are automatically entered to win a great prize (last year it was tickets to the Edison-Ford Estates).


So send your ideas now to info@learningis4everyone.org with “LIFE Fest Ideas” in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact info and you'll be automatically entered in a special LIFE Fest Planner award drawing at LIFE Fest 2009. You have to be present to win -- but you're helping plan so why wouldn't you be?!


LIFE Fest Bazaar
This year, the LIFE Fest Bazaar will be held in its own room. Cost is still just $20 for Bazaar space. Vendors can sell books, curricula, toys, clothes, and any other (reasonable) household goods at our LIFE Fest Bazaar. There will also have a give-away table available.

Reserve by August 21
Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August 21. More information will be available at Learning is for Everyone throughout the summer.

Program Advertising

Guests at LIFE Fest will receive a printed program describing the day's agenda, workshops and round table discussions, and listing vendors. Costs to advertise in the program range from $25 to $100. Contact Learning is for Everyone for a rate sheet.

Community and Support Groups

As always, free exhibit space will be provided to youth groups and clubs, home school and educational support groups, community education groups like libraries, parks, nature centers, and museums and associations providing free or very low cost learning opportunities.

If you feel your group or service qualifies, and you’d like to be part of LIFE Fest 2009 to provide outreach and information to guests about support and education programs, please send LIFE the name of your group, the services you provide, and the costs of your program(s).

For more information on any LIFE Fest 2009 opportunities, please email info@learningis4everyone.org for full details. Also contact LIFE if you're interested in hosting a presentation, program or workshop, or providing raffle or door prizes.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Florida Virtual School Programs Safe

Just a short update -- Florida Virtual School reports that while the school suffered some cut backs like all schools in the state, no programs have been cut, nor will be in the foreseeable future.

Evidently, vigorous outspokenness by supporters helped legislators see what Florida Tax Watch Center (PDF) concluded in 2007 about FLVS (www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/110507FinalReportFLVS.pdf ):

"FLVS students outperformed their statewide counterparts on two independent assessments, both the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and Advanced Placement examinations. They earned higher grades in parallel courses. And this was accomplished with less money than was typically spent for instruction in traditional schools." (Up to $1000 per student less!)

At any rate, we can continue enjoying FLVS as we have before -- at least until the next budget go-rounds next year!

Reinvigorating Tampa Bay Mentor Match

A new report from America's Promise Alliance revisits the need for more mentors in America. The story talks mostly about public school graduation rates, which continues to be rather dismal ( only 53% graduate from high school on time).


Beyond the drop-out issue, though, the story goes on to say, “… with 15 million American children needing and wanting mentors, we continue to push for mentoring programs, funding and involvement to help our young people graduate from high school and succeed in life."


Tampa Bay Mentor Match is right here at home, providing just such a mentoring opportunity for Bay area youth, not specifically for drop out prevention , which is the usual use for mentoring and always a welcome by-product, but for personal enrichment and to help with academic, and career planning and exploration, as well as for just plain fun.


We’ve let TBMM languish a bit, but it’s time to visit it agaiin and reinvigorate it, so we can all enjoy both learning and teaching together in a new and more far reaching way.


So I’m doing a new call for Mentors as well as for Students interested in learning more – about anything! Here’s how it works:


Our Mentoring collaborative can provide opportunities for apprenticeship and the tapping of insights and ideas from willing adults who have experience in areas in which our kids are interested.


Spending time with an expert mentor – once a week, once a month, for an occasional lunch out, or for a day with someone where he or she works – can:


1) Help guide interested kids in their learning and career choices;

2) Connect them at the community level with respect to their interests;

3) Give them adult perspectives different from those in their own

families;

4) And give them a realistic, hands-on look at careers and interests.


Mentoring is also a more realistic way for experts to help – it's certainly less time consuming than teaching a class, it's more personal, and certainly potentially more meaningful and enduring. Just the fact that you're not working with a group, but one on one makes it easier for kids to ask questions, and for experts to give more contextual replies and guidance.


So where are we going with all of this? We’re going to YOU!


What do you do? Whatever it is, you can rest assured that some child, somewhere in our community, is interested. If you're willing to act as a mentor to youth in your community – and you determine completely what that means with respect to your time and energy -- call me or drop me a line with a short overview of your expertise and how you think you can help a child with your shared interest.


And think about people you know – tap them for their willingness to mentor youth. For teens, that might include a day with the mentor, or regular visits at work, or possibly apprenticeships. For younger children, you'd probably want to accompany them, or have the mentor over to your home.

We build the MentorMatch directory. You decide all the comfort levels and parameters. We can do so much more than we're doing, and we can much better utilize the human capital we've got in great abundance here.


And ask your kids what they'd really like to learn about, what they're interested in. You might think you know. You might not! Then post your “seeking mentor” request here. And then we can take the whole thing even further with our online University of LIFE at :http://universityoflife.myicourse.com/

Anyone can be a "faculty" member of the University of LIFE. "Courses" can be long or short – a resource list; a couple pages of instructional material about something; a paper; a how-to. You name it, and we can do it. It's extraordinarily easy to use Myicourse, and it's completely free. We’ve got our First Amendment course on there now and can easily add more material.


The thing is, we can do so much more than we're doing, and we can much better utilize the human capital we've got in great abundance here.


So let me know what you think. Tell me what you do and how you can share it. Let's create a real learning community!


If you'd like to join us, drop us a line at info@learningis4everyone.org to request membership to the Wiki, and we'll help you get started.


Terri Willingham

www.Learningis4everyone.org

http://LIFEofTampa.blogspot.com

willinghamster@gmail.com

http://tampabaymentormatch.wetpaint.com