The idea is simple…
On the last friday of the month gather at 4:30 PM the entrance of Lock Haven Park by the Science Center and take a bike ride. Stick the flier on the fridge and go ride every month!
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Fun Stuff for Kids, tagged 2009, festival, ibex, ibexpuppetry.com, international, july, kid, Orlando, orlando shakespeare theater, orlandorep.com, puppet, puppetry, show, the rep on July 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Got a postcard inviting me to check out international puppetry! Here’s the performances that are left this weekend…
July 2009! No need to travel! Performances and workshops by International Puppet Artists in Orlando! Presented by IBEX Puppetry in conjunction with The REP’s 3rd Annual Target Family Theatre Festival.
Noferatu (“Dracula”) by Bob Theatre
Co-presented by Pinocchio’s Marionette Theatre
Sat., July 25th: 11 AM and 7 PM
Orlando Shakespeare Theater ($12)
“The Box? A Show of Feelings” by Coad Canada Puppets
Sunday, July 26th: 11 AM and 1 PM
Orlando Shakespeare Theater ($6)
“Emilio and the Enchanted Cow” by Marionetas de la Equina
Sunday, July 26th: 4 PM (En Espanol) and 7 PM
Orlando Shakespeare Theater ($12)
To purchase tickets call THE REP at 407-896-7365 EXT 1 or visit www.orlandorep.com
Please visit www.ibexpuppetry.com for more information.
Unschooling, the most relaxed of all homeschool philosophies, is about providing a rich environment in which children can develop and learn naturally. Like other homeschooling parents, an unschooling mother is involved in her children’s education, but the role she plays is that of facilitator rather than dictator.
Real World Experiences Instead of Skills in Isolation
Unschooling is simply a continuation of what parents naturally do to help their little ones learn as infants and toddlers. When babies are learning to walk, parents provide them with a hand to help them steady themselves and lots of reassurance. When toddlers are learning to speak, parents encourage their children and expose them to language, reading board books daily in addition to introducing them to songs and finger plays such as “This Little Piggy.” Parents watch their children’s cues and react to their interests and abilities, teaching their children about language, art, music, and more in the context of real life.
In many families, this changes around age three or four when the child enters an academic preschool. The child’s new job is to “get ready for school” rather than to continue learning naturally at his or her own pace. As a result of the pressure to do well in today’s kindergarten, lists of educational objectives become the focus for well-meaning teachers and parents. When formal academics are introduced too soon, the natural love for learning that all children are born with is often extinguished, sometimes resulting in learning problems and behavioral issues.
In contrast, parents who believe in self-directed learning allow children of all ages to continue learning naturally and at their own pace. For example, the parent of a child who is interested in birds might buy him a new pair of binoculars and a bird-watching guide. The parent may help the child construct a birdfeeder so there will be more opportunities to observe birds in the backyard. With help, the child may do research online about birds they’ve encountered in addition to picking up additional books on the topic at the local library. These activities may serve as a springboard for creating a book or project about what they’ve learned, and the parent will once again be there to support, encourage, and yes, teach. Traditionally schooled children typically play a more passive role in the learning process while unschoolers are actively engaged throughout the day.
Unschooling families all believe that children learn best through real-life experiences, but there’s still quite a deal of variation in the unschooling community. Some apply this philosophy to all aspects of parenting while others see unschooling as a homeschooling style rather than a total lifestyle choice. Unschooled children also vary based on their own interests and learning styles. What makes them unschoolers is not whether or not they use a workbook, but whether or not that completing that workbook is mandatory. Unschooling parents often take advantage of educational resources just as other homeschool parents do, but these resources are seen as tools made available to the child to enhance their understanding (rather than requirements).
Information about unschooling is readily available online and in print. Visit Life Without School, an online publication with excellent content, for a personal look at the lives of families who have chosen this path. Learn about the man who is considered the father of unschooling, John Holt, and see a list of recommended books on the topic at Growing Without School. Another good resource is Life Learning Magazine, an international publication about self-directed learning. Also visit the website of Laurie Chancey, a doctoral candidate who was unschooled as a child. Her mother, Valerie Fitzenreiter, wrote a book on unschooling entitled The Unprocessed Child.
See the FAQ section on Unschooling.com for answers to common questions about unschooling. I especially recommend the following articles for parents of young children:
Orlando Homeschool Links:
Over the past several years, the honey bee population in the United States has dwindled by 25%. This decrease is due to many factors:
This is alarming! Honey bees are important in many ways. Many plants will not produce fruit at all without the help of the honey bee. They are responsible for pollinating one-third of all the foods we eat. The Orange Audubon Society wants to help us learn how to help the honey bee. On February 19th at 7 p.m. at the Harry P. Leu Gardens (1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando), Jean Vasicek will talk about what we can do to keep honey bees from becoming extinct. Jean is a beekeeper and also the owner of Winter Park Honey. This event is free to the public!
Some upcoming events by the Orange Audubon Society include:
Posted in Alternative Education, Dance & Exercise, Local "Green" Events, Spirituality, tagged dance, dances of universal peace, family, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, florida, meditation, nature, Orlando, retreat, Spirituality on July 2, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
The International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace is a registered charity in the USA. The network connects dance circles and we’re lucky enough to have a chapter in Orlando! Here’s a description from the International Website:
From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation, etc… The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance.
As in these timeless mystic traditions the Dances use simple music, lyrics, and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcomed to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus.
No special attire is required, although comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is best. Participants join hands forming a circle with the Dance leader and other musicians in the center. Throughout the evening, the leader teaches the group the words, melody, and movements for the next Dance and often provides some background history about that particular Dance. The teaching is always done from a compassionate heart in a comfortable, quiet, and often sacred setting.
I’ve also been lucky enough to attend “Dances of Universal Peace” at First Unitarian. I found it wonderfully refreshing and something akin to “moving meditation.” Of course, the potluck afterward is fun too.
Unfortunately I don’t get to go to this groovy retreat, but you can! Check it out:
Dancing Peacock Paradise
20622 NE Hwy 315, Ft. McCoy, Florida
You are invited to our sacred space: the warm lake waters of paradise for swimming & boating, walking the labyrinth, picnicking in the woods, & dancing. You may attend any or all parts.
“The lover of nature is the true worshiper of God” Hazrat Inayat Khan
SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
Saturday, July 5
1:00 – 2:30 PM Arrival, socializing, enojying nature, swimming & boating
3:00 PM Dances of Universal Peace (Please be here by 3 so we can begin together)
5:00 PM Enjoying Nature & companionship
6:00 PM Potluck Picnic Dinner: cottage porch & lakefront
7:00 PM Sunset & Crystal Bowls with Cindy in the Treehouse
7:45 PM Deeper Dancing & Zikr
8:45 PM Desserts
Sunday, July 6
Practices & Services as desired. Let us know if you will be here Sunday and what you’d like offered. Possibilities Include:
8:00 AM Morning practices on the dock
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Universal Worship in the Gazebo with dances
ACCOMODATIONS AND SUPPLIES
You are invited to spend Saturday night (or more) for $25 per person per night (space is limited, $35 for the treehouse, or in your own tent for $15 per person per night.) Reservations must be made in advance for overnight. Breakfast will be included, but you need to bring your own food and some to share for the other meals.
Or just come for Saturday with your cool picnic potluck dish. Bring a cooler for your non-alcoholic drinks and food, or put the potluck dishes in the cottage refrigerator. Non-smoking premises. You may park at the cottage or at the house. (Dinner will be at the cottage; Desserts at the house.) The house has fresh warm breezes & paddle fans!
Bring your swimsuit for swimming, sunning, boating, and floating.
Wear cool comfortable clothing & shoes that are easily removed for dancing.
This will be a summer play day, so bring a big smile!
Please RSVP if you would like to spend the night at (352) 546-1345 or Kanoy8@alltel.net
WORDS TO SONGS WE MAY SING
Be ye songs of glory,
be ye songs of glory,
that the light of Allah may shine upon the world.
E malama i ka heiau
E malama i ka heiau
E malama pono i ka heiau
Your love for all makes luminous the now
Ishq Allah Mahbood Lillah
For the love of God surrounds us
Let our joy be so triumphant
That we rest in God and say Amen
May the road rise with you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
Goddess hold you
In the hollow of her hands
Lead us from the false to the real
Lead us from the false to the real
I’m not who I think I am
I am that I am
La illaha il Allah
La illaha il Allah
La illaha il Allah
Mohammedar Rassoul lilla
DIRECTIONS TO “DANCING PEACOCK PARADISE”
20622 NE Highway 315, Ft. McCoy
Dancing Peacock Paradise is 5 miles N of Ft. McCoy, 4 miles S of Orange Springs, and 11 miles west of Citra
If you need directions from somewhere else please request.
This one came across my desk today so I’ve got another for the armchair activists to crusade in the name of keeping local good stuff happening!
To: Our Florida Community:
I support Janet Russell-Nixon and the Russell Home for Atypical Children in a quest for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to rebuild the Russell Home. The Russell Home, started in 1951 by Vantrease “Grandma” Russell, has housed hundreds of “children” over the last 57 years. She welcomed these children into her own home, and gave them love and care. The home, currently run by her daughters, is in dire need of repairs, refurbishing, and much needed space for the 25+ current residents. On top of that, the home is supported solely on donations from the community, which covers medicine, health care, food, clothing, etc. Let’s help them out and bring Extreme Makeover to Central Florida, to the Russell Home!
If you are in the Fashion Square Mall area later today you might want to pop in the Drunken Monkey over on Bumby for Orlando’s 3rd Annual World Fair Trade Day.
The event is family friendly and features local musicians and artists as well as fair trade, local, and organic vendors, and special guest speakers.
“Fair Trade” is a certification that allows consumers to choose products that are produced under conditions of environmental sustainability and fair labor practices.
Posted in Chiropractors, Fun Stuff for Kids, Local "Green" Events, Nontoxic Lawn Care, Organic Gardening, Organizations/Activism, Parenting Groups, tagged benefit, Chiropractor, fair, festival, garden, Holistic Moms Network, kids, music, organic, Orlando, photograph, planting, storyteller on May 5, 2008 | 2 Comments »
Dr. Lynne Whitson-Rosemellia of Hands On Family Chiropractic is hosting a Spring Fling to benefit the Orlando Area Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network. The event will take place from 11-2 on Saturday, May 10th at 2876 S. Alafaya Trail in Orlando.
There will be plantings and paintings for the kids, a photographer to get pictures of Mom with the kids since she always seems to be behind the camera, Our Vital Earth with their worms, music, storytellers, organic snow cones, vendors, and more!
For more information please call Dr. Lynne’s office at 407.340.1293. To learn more about the Holistic Moms Network, please visit their website at http://www.holisticmoms.org.