Wild Florida Spotlight: Citrus

Wild Florida Spotlight: Citrus

Podcast #62

“Little Orange Bird, in the sunshine tree, won’t you think of something sunny just for me? Think a funny thought or a sunny word, that will make me happy, Little Orange Bird.” These words to the Orange Bird song, always make me think sunny thoughts and remember the days of my childhood when the Florida citrus industry seemed to jump out at every turn. Back then, we lived in South Florida, and no matter where we traveled, we could be sure that to get there we would pass acres and acres of orange groves, numerous roadside stands selling oranges and grapefruit, and samples of oranges and orange juice were everywhere. Even at the Magic Kingdom, you could visit the Sunshine Tree Terrace and be reminded that you were in Florida, surrounded by beautiful citrus. No matter where you were in Florida, there were hints to Florida citrus. The citrus industry in our Sunshine State is full of interesting twists and turns, much more than we could cover here but I wanted to share just a glimpse of the story of how this golden fruit became so important to Florida.

The Florida Citrus Industry

Throughout history, the fruit of the citrus tree has been held in high importance. Citrus fruit has symbolized good things in many cultures; fruitfulness, happiness, love – in Ancient Greece and Rome it was even considered a primary food for the gods. So, the story of citrus stretches far back in history – well beyond the history of Florida citrus. We are going to talk, however, about the importance of the citrus industry in our beloved state… READ MORE IN THE FLORIDA HISTORY ADVENTURES+ BUNDLES

Places to visit:

Indian River Citrus Museum

2140 14th Ave.
Vero Beach, FL  32960

 

Winter Garden Heritage Museum

21 E. Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL  34787

 

 

Citrus Museum – Eustis Historical Museum
536 N. Bay St.
Eustis, FL  32726

Davidson of Dundee – Citrus Candy Factory
28421 US-27
Dundee, FL  33838

Florida Citrus Tower
141 US-27
Clermont, FL  34711

 

FPEA Members, Download November’s Florida History Adventures+ Bundle: Agriculture: Citrus and Cattle

Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans

FinishWell Radio, Podcast #077, Learning from the Pilgrims & PuritansIn “Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans,” episode #077, Meredith Curtis takes you on another Life Lesson in American History. At Thanksgiving, we celebrate God’s blessings with a big feast and usually make little pilgrim hats for the children to wear. Who are those pilgrims? Are they Puritans? Who are the Puritans anyway? Are you ready to meet some folks who helped lay a Christian foundation in the New World? As we give thanks this year, let’s remember the true story of the first Thanksgiving and those early settlers who gave our nation a godly heritage.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Pilgrim Salt Shakers. Pilgrim Hats. Mayflower Models.

Let’s talk about the little congregation from England that dressed like Dutchmen who sailed on the Mayflower.

The Separatists

Church of England

Puritans vs. Separatists

“You are the salt of the earth!  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven,”  (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV).

One Local Church

Scrooby

Sherwood Forest

John Robinson

William Brewster

William Bradford

Move to Holland

Trip to New World

Suggested Reading to Learn More about the Pilgrims

Plimoth Plantation by William Bradford

A wonderful book for reading aloud with your children is Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey (Liberty Press).

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis

Puritans

City on a Hill

John Winthrop

Arabella

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Our Heritage from Pilgrims & Puritans

Not Freedom to Follow Their Own Ways, but Freedom to Serve God the Way His Word Commanded

Zealous for God’s Ways

Willing to Risk Lives, Money, Property, & Honor to OBEY the Lord

Saw Bible as the Authority to Govern Men

Puritan Work Ethic

City on a Hill

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Keep Shining for His Glory!

 

Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans

A Techie History Contest

A techie history contest


Episode 5: A Techie History Contest

 

National History Day is one of my favorite contests because it combines 2 things I love – history and technology.

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An overview of National History Day

National History Day begins at the school level, but usually, homeschoolers can bypass this and go straight to the regional contest. The winners of that move on to the state competition and those winners attend the National History Day Contest in Washington DC during the summer.

National History Day is for students in 6th through 12th grade, but the information in this episode will also be useful for parents with younger students.

The contest always has a theme – this year it is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Within that theme, students can select any topic that fits. It can cover American or World History.

There are 2 parts to the contest: research and presentation. Both of these contain techie elements.

Research

Students need to gather a variety of source material, both primary and secondary sources. At the regional level, I suggest they have at least 15 – 20 different sources.

Some places they can find sources are:

  • the library: students need to learn to find books in their local library and also how to request books from interlibrary loans
  • the library website: you will be amazed at the resources you get free online with a library membership. You are likely to get Kanopy (a video streaming website with thousands of documentaries), newspaper archives, databases and digital collections.
  • online search: this is a good opportunity to make sure your children know how to search effectively and how to identify credible sources. Also show them Google Scholar, a search tool, which filters only academic sources
  • Library of Congress website
  • Experts in the field: teach your children to craft a professional email to ask experts about the topic

Once students have a number of sources, they need to learn how to use online tools like Easybib to create a bibliography and citations.

Presentation

After students have done their research, they must choose one of 5 different presentation categories. They can work alone or in a group.

1. Paper

While presenting the research as a paper isn’t very high tech, students will need to use a word processor, know how to do a word count, correctly lay out the paper etc.

2. Performance

Once again word processing skills will be needed to produce the script and bibliography.

3. Exhibit

In this category, the visual appearance of the text is important. Students will also need to use fonts and colors well. Exhibits are created on trifold boards.

4. Website

Students use Weebly to create websites for the National History Day contest. They will need to know how to use hyperlinks, insert interactive elements, upload files, and include videos.

5. Documentary

Students can use any video editing software (including whatever comes free on their computer) to create a documentary on the topic. This category will stretch a student’s techie skills as they need to know how to edit video and audio, insert photos and provide their own narration.

You will find a LOT of help on the National History Day website, and you are also welcome to reach out to me. All my own children participated in this contest and 3 of them reached the National level. A number of my students have achieved this as well.

 
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A Techie History Contest


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Wild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Wild Florida Spotlight: ClewistonWild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Podcast #60

FPEA has developed Florida History Adventures+ Bundles in an effort to bring the study of Florida History (plus other exciting studies) right to your inbox. Through this new monthly bundle, FPEA members will have access to Florida History, Science, Geography, and Literature in the form of unique unit studies developed just for you. Each monthly bundle will focus on a topic that has played a significant role in the state we all love and call home, Florida. No two bundles will look exactly alike. Some bundles will include Science unit studies to complement the topic, others may include Geography or Literature, or it may have a little bit of everything. You will also receive special extras like recipes to make at home, craft ideas or great ideas for a field trip to enhance your study.

We thought of another great idea too! We’ll all be working on these same fun unit studies at home, why not make some time to get together and enjoy some adventure with each other? So, we will be hosting some special FPEA Field Trip Days. For these little excursions, you will want to bring along your Road Trip Tracker, which will be included in your first bundle. This will give you a special place to keep track of your Florida excursions.

In this episode, we will SPOTLIGHT: Clewiston

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How Our Co-op Began

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #075, How Our Co-op Began with Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteIn “How Our Co-op Began,” Episode #075, Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette reminisce together about history days in the early 2000s where they combined families to spend one day a week studying history with hands-on fun, reading aloud, and listening to audios. As they began to include other friends, a homeschool co-op was born. Learn how they used food to involve the entire family in their studies, especially the hungry dads. Glean ideas for your own co-oping adventure.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Meet Laura & Meredith and their kids

History Days

Reading aloud

Listening to Diana Waring audios

Crafts, Sewing, Art Appreciation, Drama, Creating Radio Shows, Models

Timelines, Maps

Cooking & Baking

What we studied over the years: American History, British History, Geography, World History

Adding Friends

The homeschool friend whose mom started working and wanted some time with other people

The homeschool friend whose mom couldn’t teach physics

The mom who was struggling

A Co-op Is Birthed

Adding more families

What didn’t work anymore: Listening to Audios, laid back schedule

What continued: reading aloud, hands-on fun, timelines, maps

Memories

Which was Better?

Not really sure; both were perfect for us in the season we were in.

Happy Homeschooling!

Resources

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisQuick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisSeven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 

 

 

 

 


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Our British Heritage

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #072, Our British Heritage with Meredith CurtisIn “Our British Heritage,” episode #072, Meredith Curtis takes you back in time to lay a pre-American history foundation. Our heritage of liberty and protected God-given rights didn’t originate in the 13 colonies. Explore our British heritage and learn some life lessons along the way.

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The British Isle Before & After the Battle of Hastings

Anglo-Saxon Until William Or Normandy Invades

Tribal with One Leader for War

Witan, Council of Nobility & Pastors

Localized Decision Making

Changes with William of Normandy

Serfs/Lord of the Manor

 

Magna Charta

Robin Hood

Good King Richard the LionHeart

King John

Trial By Jury/ No Taxation without Representation/ Habeus Corpus/Own Private Property

 

British Common Law

Passed Down Generation to Generation

Based on Word of God

These Laws Protect Private Property, Marriage, People from Physical Harm, Face Accusers When Charged with a Crime.

No Murder, no stealing, no Breach of Contact

Henry II Established a Court System (1100s)

 

Fall of Constantinople

Two Roman Empires (West/Roman & East/Byzantine)

Turks Conquered Constantinople 1453

Monks, Scholars, Priests Fled to Florence

Birth of the Renaissance

Printing Press

 

100 Years War

Fought from  1337 to 1453

English War with France over Throne (Joan of Arc)

Before 100 Years War, England & France Intertwined

After 100 Years War, Disconnected

Gunpowder

War of the Roses

Two Years Later

Fought in 1400 /1455 to 1485

Renaissance 1300 to 1600

Bloody Civil War Over The Throne

Lancaster Rose Red, York Rose White

 

Tudors Won

Combined Roses

Henry VIII

Edward VI, British Josiah

Lady Jane Grey

Mary I (Bloody Mary)

Elizabeth I

 

The Reformation

Corruption of Roman Catholic Church

October 31, 1517, Martin Luther Posted 95 Thesis on Whittenburg Door

Reformation swept through Northern Europe

New Protestant Denominations/ Puritan Work Ethic/

French Huguenots, Dutch Protestants Escaping Inquisition, English Separatists, German Moravians

 

 

American History & Literature Resources

American History CookbookFamilies Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation by Meredith Curtis CoverAmerican Literature & ResearchNewspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis


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Introducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

Florida History Adventure BundlesIntroducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

Podcast #56

Homeschooling in Florida? Don’t forget to include Florida History as part of your students curriculum. This may not be so easy! Until now! We are SUPER excited to offer our NEW Florida History Adventure+ Bundles! This episode we will go over some of the details you can look forward to with these Florida History Adventure+ Bundles.

Join us over the next 12 months and learn so much more about the state you live in. We will cover Florida History, but so much more. While these bundles will satisfy your your Florida History credit, these bundles will not just cover History, but will include so much more. Get out and explore some of the excursions we will have listed in the bundles. Science and Literature will be part of some of these bundles. These will be rich with information and many things for all ages to learn and do.

These bundles will include many different items for both young and older students! This bundle will fulfill your Florida History credit. We are making this awesome bundle available FREE to members! There will be a new bundle available each month.

Things you can expect to see in our bundles:

  • Florida History
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Craft/Project Ideas
  • Vocabulary
  • Excursions
  • Field trips
  • and so much more!

Each bundle will feature a related Florida field trip and local excursion suggestions. Some of these field trips will be FPEA excursions! And we hope you will join us. Some of the excursions will be suggested places to visit in Florida and in your local area.

We will also include a Road trip Tracker! Complete 7 of the field trips and there will be a special surprise for you at the 2019 Convention! Watch for more details on this later!

Join us this September in Sanibel Island for both fun and learning. Make a stay-cation of of this FPEA STEM Conference. Sanibel is a beautiful area with lots to explore. Learn more at www.FPEA.com/events

 

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What is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What is Your Worldview?In “What is Your Worldview,” Episode #070, Meredith Curtis explains what worldview is and the basic worldviews we encounter in the world around us: Christian, Muslim, Secular Humanist, Marxist Communism, Cosmic Humanist, and Post-Modern. Once we understand where people who hold different worldviews are coming from, we can compare those worldviews to the Bible because God’s Word speaks to every area of life.. In a mixed-up culture, Meredith challenges you to  think like a Christian and take a stand for the Truth.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Daddy’s Yellow Sunglasses

 

Biblical Worldview

Based on the Bible and Faith In Jesus Christs

 

Theology

God Is, Personal, Love, Holiness, Trinity, Faith, Supernatural,

Ethics

Moral Absolutes,  Lex Rex

History

Linear, Creation, Fall, Redemption, Return, New Heaven & New Earth

Center of History is Jesus. All History Points Forward to Him or Back to Him.

Science & Nature

Creation, Kinds, Creator has Ownership Rights over Creation

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, Image of God, Original Sin

Sociology

Authority Delegated to Family, Church, Government, Traditional Family

Economics

Stewardship, Private Property

Law

Divine Law & Natural Law, Lex Rex

Government

Justice, Freedom, Order

 

Secular Humanism

Man is the Measure of All Things

Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

One World Government Trumps National Sovereignty

Tower of Babel “Look What We Can Do!”

 

Theology

Atheist

Ethics

Moral Relativism

History

Historical Evolution

Science & Nature

Evolution, Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

Philosophy

Naturalism

Psychology

Self-Actualization

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

Socialist One-World Government

 

Marxist Communism

Redistribute the Wealth

History is the Struggle Between the Haves and Have Nots

Proletariat must Rise Up Against the Bourgeoisie

Common Good More Important than Individual

 

Theology

Atheist

History

History is Struggle between Haves & Have Nots

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Dialectical Materialism

Psychology

Behaviorism

Sociology

Classless Society,  Remove Family & Church

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

State Runs Peoples’ Lives, Communist World Government

 

Cosmic Humanist

New World Order

Hollywood (Beverly Hills Show illustrated how Far Eastern Religions Moving In)

All Roads Lead to God

God is Impersonal, Spiritual Force

Meditation, Trances, Hypnosis, Eastern Religion

 

Theology

Pantheism

Ethics

Moral Relativism, Karma

History

Evolutionary, Moving Toward godhead

Science & Nature

Cosmic Evolution

Philosophy

Non-Naturalism

Psychology

Higher Consciousness

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Distribute the Wealth

Law

Self-Law “If it feels good…”

Government

Self-Government, New World Order

 

Muslim

“Allah is god, Mohammed is his prophet”

God is Creator, Judge

Man not Fallen, no Original Sin

Works Oriented

Polygamy

Jihad

 

Theology

Theistic, No Trinity

Ethics

Moral Absolutes

History

Determinism (Fatalistic), Jihad

Science & Nature

Creationism

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, No Original SIn

Sociology

Mosque, Islamic State, Polygamy, Disrespect of Women

Economics

Stewardship of Property

Law

Shariah Law

Government

Islamic Theocracy (Global Islam)

 

Post-Modernism

Question Everything

No Ultimate Truth

Cultural Relativism

Follow Your Heart

What’s Good for You

What’s Right for You

Question Authority

 

Theology

Atheism

Ethics

Cultural Relativism

History

Multiple Perspectives on History, Not Interested in What Really Happened

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Anti-Realism

Psychology

Socially-Constructed Selves

Sociology

Sexual Egalitarianism

Economics

Interventionism

Law

Critical Legal Studies, Evolving

Government

Resist Realism Concepts of Power

 

Okay, so what is your worldview?

Does it line up with the Word of God?

Or have you been buying in to the devil’s lies?

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

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Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds” (Answers in Genesis)

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Curriculum From a Christian Worldview

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions20th Century History Books by Powerline Productions, Inc.Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

Staycation

StaycationStaycation

Podcast #53

It’s Summer time!! In this podcast, we look at ways to take a vacation without leaving home! Take a STAYCATION. There are many great ways to enjoy your time off while not leaving home. A staycation is friendly on the family budget too! Explore your area and get to know your state better. You don’t need to go far to relax and have a fun time with family. Florida is possibly one of the best places to take a family staycation. We have so many parks, springs, historical sites and of course, the beach. Florida is blessed with many bodies of water, to get out in the summer time. Florida also has a very rich history, and many locations across the state have places to explore Florida’s past.

Central Florida is the tourist capitol of the world! we are blessed to live in a state that people vacation in! We don’t have to go very far to have a fun time!

 

Suzanne and Sharon discuss ideas for taking a family staycation in their areas.

Brevard County and the Tampa Area.

 

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