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Wild Florida Live Free: 2019 Convention

Wild Florida Live Free 2019 Convention #homeschool #WildFlorida #LiveFree

Wild Florida-Live Free 2019 Convention

Podcast #69

Suzanne and I walk through the Convention program in this podcast. We look at some of the new events happening this year. We also talk about what parts of the program are very useful to new convention attendees.

 

 

I want to invite you to attend the 2019 Annual FPEA Florida Homeschool
Convention. We are celebrating this year with the theme, Wild Florida – Live
Free! Our freedom to explore is intricately aligned with our freedom to homeschool. The Convention is scheduled for May 23-25, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., a venue that truly embraces Florida’s wild heritage and vintage charm.

We are the biggest and the best Convention for homeschooling families
in the country. There is something for everyone – education, entertainment,
encouragement and great shopping! This year we are excited to bring you
two incredible keynote speakers. Todd Wilson will be greeting us Friday morning with all of the wit and
encouragement the Familyman has to offer. Saturday morning, we’ll welcome Florida’s own Connie Albers who will offer up her special flavor of inspiration to encourage us to embrace our own unique journey.  These are only two from the exciting slate of speakers we have in store for you. Some are familiar faces, but some, like author Melanie Dickerson and the Hip Homeschool Moms, are making their first appearance at our Convention. All of our speakers and each of their sessions have been carefully selected to help us celebrate our freedom to homeschool as we see fit.

Take your time to peruse these offerings as well as the many exciting events for the entire family. Then, log onto www.fpea.com and REGISTER!

Looking Forward to Seeing You There!
Loving Florida – Living Free,
Suzanne Nunn, Chairman

 

 

 

Our upcoming cruise REFRESH FPEA Marriage Cruise 2020……Cost baseline $544….tax, gratuity and port fees…first deposits are due by the end of March and final payments are due in October

Special Guests Heidi & Jay St. John and Todd & Debbie Wilson!

Join us January 4th – on the Carnival Magic

www.FPEA.com/Cruise2020

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Call Carnival 1.800.764.7419 Be sure to use Group# 6GHW24Refresh FPEA Marriage Cruise #cruise #fpea #florida #homeschool #podcast

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Truth Seekers Mystery Series

Mystery Series | Has you child wanted to write a book? What about a mystery? Join Felice as she interviews her co-author and daughter. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #creationscienceTruth Seekers Mystery Series Episode 

Join Felice Gerwitz as she interviews her co-author in the Truth Seeker’s Mystery Series, Christina (Gerwitz) Moss. Christina shares her homeschool experience and how the series evolved from an idea to three books in the series.

Thanks to our sponsor a Free HomeschoolConnectExpo — Felice Gerwitz is presenting three video teachings and there are over 70 speakers and sponsors. Sign up to get more information about upcoming events. And, thanks to our sponsors who make these episodes free!

Christina began the idea of writing a novel and finally convinced her mom it was a good idea. When Felice, a non-fiction author with a publishing company, Media Angels, Inc. explained she didn’t know how to write a novel, her daughter shot back. “We are homeschoolers we can figure it out!” And figure it out they did.

First In The Truth Seekers Mystery Series

Christina’s first novel, The Missing Link Found (Book One in the Truth Seekers Mystery Series) outsold her mother’s Creation Science: A Study Guide at the convention debut. In fact, this book helped children learn about Creation science in a fun way and in turn they were enthusiastic about attending creation science events.

Parenting Beyond the Rules with Connie Albers

Parenting Beyond the Rules

Parenting Beyond the Rules with Connie Albers

Podcast #68

Connie Albers joins us today to talk about Parenting Beyond the Rules, which happens to be the title of her new book! We discuss the book and more specifically, how to deal with apps and children. What to look for and why it is important to know what your children are doing on the internet and their devices.

About Book:

 

Parenting teens is one of the most challenging seasons of parenting, isn’t it? While this can be a difficult time of transition for parents and teens, there is hope. You can parent well and build a stronger relationship even through the teen years.

After 30 years of parenting five children and 20 years of working with teens, Connie Albers has witnessed the negative impact of well-intentioned but misguided parenting styles; all focused on managing teens rather than guiding them. But through learning to focus on the hearts of your teens, you can avoid those pitfalls and build relationships that last beyond the transition years as you intentionally learn about, connect with, and listen to your teens. In a world filled with distractions and devices, it is possible to guide their hearts and remain the primary influence in their lives. In Parenting beyond the Rules, you will discover how to raise a teen according to his or her strengths, talents, and personality type, as these things equip teens to manage life.

Join Connie Albers in discovering practical solutions for every parent trying to raise a responsible, godly teenager.

Connie Albers  ConnieAlbers.com

 

Connie will be one of our Keynote Speakers at Convention this year. She will be speaking on these topics and more during the 3 day weekend. Learn about our event and register at www.fpea.com/2019Convention

 

Join us January 4th – on the Carnival Magic

www.FPEA.com/Cruise2020

Join our Facebook Group

Call Carnival 1.800.764.7419 Be sure to use Group# 6GHW24Refresh FPEA Marriage Cruise #cruise #fpea #florida #homeschool #podcast

FPEA Members, Download Your Florida History Adventures+ Bundle

Free Video Creation Tools

Free Video Creation Tools

Episode 20: Free Video Creation Tools

The free tools mentioned in this episode are:

  • Windows Moviemaker / iMovie, if they are already installed on a computer
  • Keynote and Powerpoint, if they are already installed on a computer, can be exported as a movie file
  • Adobe Spark Video
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class assignment
  • Powtoon
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy Earth Science class assignment
  • Zimmer Twins – this is good for younger students
  • My Simple Show
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class assignment
  • Screencast-o-matic
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class assignment (presentation was created on Prezi and then the screen was recorded)
  • Screencastify
  • Loom

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, teaches students to use many of these tools in their online Computer Applications class. Some of the teachers also use video creation in their assignments (as you can see from the examples above).

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Free Video Creation Tools


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How tech can help you homeschool when you travel

How technology can help you homeschool when you travel

Episode 19: How tech can help you homeschool when you travel

Modern technology makes it far easier to homeschooling when you travel than it was for me when we traveled around the world about 11 years ago with our 4 children.

What devices are good for traveling and homeschooling?

Chromebooks – take a flash drive for storing documents.
E-readers

Relaxed homeschooling on the road

If you have younger students, you can take a break from your regular curriculum. Travel is a fantastic education – but you can use devices to learn about the places you are visiting.

You can also use devices for learning while you are on flights, in the airport etc.

Educational apps – vocabulary.com, is great to build vocabulary for all ages. Also look for other word games.
Podcasts
E-books – for younger students look into Epic. A low monthly fee gets you books, audiobooks, videos and quizzes.
And the library offers free e-book loans usually through Overdrive, and free videos through Kanopy.

Online classes / web-based unit studies

For teens, online classes can provide an easy way to homeschool anywhere. However, if you choose live online classes, make sure it will work to miss the live sessions. Some classes do offer video recordings students can watch if they miss class.

Self-paced, or online classes that don’t have a live component – like our sponsor FundaFunda Academy’s are a better option as they offer more flexible pacing while you are traveling.

Web-based unit studies are great to use with upper elementary and middle schoolers as everything is self-contained online.

And no need to worry about not having a printer for worksheets – just complete them online. Many newer computers already offer the ability to complete pdfs online, but if yours doesn’t then use Type on Pdf which if a free online option.

Where to find free wifi

Most airports have free wifi now
Coffee shops and many restaurants are good places to find free wifi

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How technology can help you homeschool when you travel

Free Online Geography Games

Free Online Geography Games

Episode 16: Free Online Geography Games

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy offers online high school world geography classes as well as web-based unit studies for 4th – 8th grade on North America, South America, and Poland. In addition, they sell inexpensive Geography printable games.

Here are the 6 free online geography games mentioned in this episode:

1. Seterra

2. Lizardpoint

3. Sporcle

4. Smartypins

5. GeoGuessr

6. Fanschool

These games are good for upper elementary through high school – and for adults too!

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Free Online Geography Games

Finding, tracking and winning scholarships

Finding, Tracking and Winning Scholarships

Episode 15: Finding, tracking and winning scholarships

1. Finding Scholarships

* Use Scholarship Search Engines
My favorite scholarship search engines:

Other scholarship search engines: Peterson’s, Fastweb, Cappex, Collegeboard, Scholarships.com

* Scholly App

* Local school websites

* Google search – “scholarship” + major / hobby / achievement etc

* Facebook – follow people like Monica Matthews

2. Tracking Scholarships

* put all scholarships and requirements and deadlines on Google sheets and share with your child
* child updates when it is submitted
* create a dedicated email for scholarships

3. Winning Scholarships

* Use Google sheets to track volunteer hours, workshops attended etc so you have all the info at hand
* Parent should research see what the chance is of their child winning anything – look for previous winners, read winning essays, watch winning videos
* Keeping it all organized on Google sheets means you shouldn’t miss deadlines, leave anything out.
* Use spell checkers / Grammarly (also human eyes!)

—> Check out our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy‘s summer challenge for high schoolers. Part of the challenge helps students figure out what they need to do to win scholarships, and where to find them. And students can win money in the challenge to put towards their college tuition!

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Finding, Tracking and Winning Scholarships

Tech Toys and Games

Tech Toys and Games


Episode 12: Tech Toys and Games

—> Check out our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s Scratch Christmas Coding Contest. This contest is for those who can’t program in Scratch yet, as well as for those who can. There are 2 different divisions, and new programmers can learn along with video tutorials as part of their entrance fee of $5. The winners will earn themselves gift cards. Registration closes 23 December 2018.

Here are some ideas of STEM toys and games that are likely to be played with for a long time after they are opened.

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Tech Toys and Game

Christmas Shopping the Techie Way

Christmas Shopping the Techie Way


Episode 10: Christmas Shopping the Techie Way

1. Throughout the year collect ideas in Evernote

2. Get your family to create wishlists (Pinterest, Amazon, Google docs/sheets)

3. If you need more ideas

4. Use Google sheets to keep track of what you want to buy, where you have bought it, how much you have spent and if it has arrived.

5. Read reviews before you buy – Amazon is a good place to start)

6. Be sure to compare prices at various online stores

7. Read email newsletters for free shipping and specials

8. Shop through portals to save money

9. Buy gifts that can be delivered electronically as last-minute gifts

  • e-gift cards
  • video games from Steam
  • App games from iTunes
  • ebooks
  • subscriptions – magazines, Spotify, software (eg Adobe), Kiwi crate, snack boxes, Birchbox etc

10. Use tech to “take” oversized gifts with you if you are traveling – either print out a picture or create a QR code from the picture (first save the picture on a Google doc and then use the url to create the QR code.)

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Christmas Shopping the Techie Way