How We Are Learning

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By harnessing powerful tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation, our students deeply engage with the world through their passions and strengths. Our learning environment embraces choice & freedom along with collaboration between peers, teachers, and the local community.

Examples of Individualized Services

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*“Positive and Peaceful Parenting support and training for frustrated parents who want to stop power struggles and start connecting with their child.”

*“Children are interested in innovation and technology so they decide to organize, budget and participate in a Maker faire.”

*“I caution you, the reader, to not confuse “Parents teaching the kids from their adult knowledge.” Rather, it is a conversation amongst equal minds learning together. No one is “the teacher” — we are all the students learning together.”

*”School and learning, reimagined.”

*”A nexus for like minded individuals with similar interest.”

*”Serves as a learning laboratory to share recipes and philosophies of educating children with different methodologies.”

*“A child or group of children are interested in pursuing Spanish lessons so Real Life, Inc. partners with the child to encourage his interest.”

*“Artists, professors, musicians, and innovators from diverse fields lead demonstrations and exercises that broaden and enrich our families view of the world around them.”

*“Families are interested in learning to do yoga together so Real Life, Inc. supports their interest.”

*”If they’re lucky, a friend tells them about “Real Life, Inc. where Learning Is Found Everywhere!” Or they google “alternative schools” and stumble onto our website. They’ll call us, maybe come to an Open House, meet us, and possibly think, “This is too good to be true.” And if they make it all the way through learning about how we live and love lifelong learning, they’ll almost certainly have the pleasure of finding out that they were wrong. Real Life, Inc. is definitely not too good to be true.”

*“Real Life, Inc. hosts a workshop on natural health alternatives.”

*”For many people, field trips remain among the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of their school days. We embark on frequent field trips to all kinds of locations in our community. Field trips are enjoyable adventures and are integrated into learning to illuminate and serve as real world applications of key concepts.

*“One month intensive couples counseling program to address issues and possibly prevent divorce.”

*”Some parents watch the joy and excitement for learning fade from their kids’ eyes and turn to Kumon Learning Centers and their ilk. But other parents will think to themselves, “There has to be something better than this.”

*”There are no worksheets, unless of course, the children take an interest to them. There are no report cards, standardized tests, or teacher-parent conferences. But if success is measured by how happily our families go about learning, we know we’re doing a great job.”

ALC Private School (#8710) and options for:

Co-Op Classes and Workshops, Umbrella School, Home Schooling & Unschooling

Real Life Learning is currently hosted at South Tampa Therapy & Mediation in South Tampa. We are eagerly looking to expand and grow into a bigger space!


E- Newsletter Posts & Updates

 A newsletter is published on a monthly basis for distribution to members and other interested individuals of the general public. In addition, the newsletter is posted monthly on public bulletin boards. The newsletter, which updates readers on the activities of our organization, includes articles that educate readers on learning opportunities, health issues, treatment options, educational programs, and activities and other inspirational, health and wellness issues of interest.  The determination of articles that will be included in the newsletter is made by the board members and is based in part on issues of concern and interest to the general public.


Website and Online-Resources

The website ( is accessible to the general public.  Like the newsletter, it promotes the organization’s events and programs, gatherings, and events of educational interest.  It also contains information about mental well-being and health and projects which board members are involved in. The existence of the web site is promoted at meetings, on the internet, and in the Chapter’s newsletter.  There is no charge of accessing the website, and no password is required.


Lending Library

A collection of books, magazines, and materials have been donated by board members and authors and are available for use by individuals, children and families who use our services. The general public will be made aware of our library through announcements at meetings, by means of our website, newsletter and by word-of-mouth.


Monthly Meetings and Parent Interest Nights

Meetings will be held monthly that generally include discussions of business plans, topics of interest, educational materials, and ideas to share with the general public and other organizations. Meetings are open to the general public. The general public is notified of meetings through the E-newsletter, the web site, announcements at meetings, and by word-of-mouth. Currently, meeting attendance for both members and the general public is made difficult at times due to the lack of a larger permanent facility to hold meetings.  Each month meetings may be held in a different location.  Board Members are hopeful that obtaining a resource center will make it possible to obtain funds to lease or purchase a permanent facility for meetings and events.


Conference/ Unconference

Meetings to confer about various topics of interest. Our recent conference was Un in the Sun at The Tradewinds resort.

A participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization. The agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Unconferences typically feature open discussions rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room giving a talk, although any format is permitted.


Adult Education/ Continuing education/ Knowledge work

We would like to extend our facilities to those looking for acquisition of formal qualifications or work and leisure skills which may or may not be described as extension or not-for-credit courses offered by higher education institutions including professional development and on-the-job training.


Personal Learning Environments

Self-directed learning using a range of sources and tools including online applications.



Technology and Virtual Reality Educational opportunities

Immersive Virtual Reality: The Next Frontier for Education

Massive Open Online Courses

(a MOOC), the participation of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of learners.


Study Circle

There are no teachers and the group decides on what content will be covered, scope will be used, as well as a delivery method.



Psychoeducational activities, workshops, and programs will be tailored to the needs of the general public and community. Potential topics may include:

Social Skills





Family Dynamics



Gay and Lesbian Issues


Career Development

Loss and Grief

Suicide Prevention


Healthy Pregnancy and Birth

Human Growth and Development


Self Esteem

Self Awareness

Personal Growth

Domestic Violence

Several Different Diagnosis Listed in the DSM IV addressed

Many different types of support groups depending on our communities needs

Among Others



Thinking about the process of knowing, metacognition refers to “higher order thinking which involves active control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning and involves: -Knowledge: awareness of your own thought processes and learning styles, and knowledge of the strategies that might be used for different learning tasks. -Control or self-regulation: self-directed and self-motivated learning is involved. Metacognition is one of the first steps in developing lifelong learning.


Cognitive Strategy Instruction

by a trained professional counselor as a means to help learners develop their metacognition. Again, learners who are better equipped to create learning strategies for themselves will have more success in achieving their cognitive, lifelong, voluntary, life-wide and self motivated learning and goals.


Community Outreach Program

Providing learning opportunities, support and services to populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. Our organization also raises awareness of other organizations and existing services.


Park Days

Community building and fun with friends at park days.


Field Trips

Various trip to places of interest. We are currently looking for an old school bus or RV for field trips and extended learning excursions and “Road-Schooling” adventures.


Community Garden

Community gardening provides a catalyst for community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.



Private or group lessons of various topics and interests.



Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Counseling and Vocational Counseling.


Support Groups

Members provide each other with various types of help, for a particular shared, characteristic. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and to find a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy.



We participate in helping award of financial aid for a student to further his or her education. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid.



We would love to collaborate with our community to support an event, activity, person, or organization through the provision of products, volunteering or services. We would love to receive support as well.


Social Network Gaming

Online gaming activities performed through social media sites with friends and online gaming activity that promotes social media interaction. Example, Minecraft and Steam.



Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs) are created when educators and/or parents encourage kids to work as a community to answer their own vibrant questions by using the internet.


Cleaning up Coastal Projects

Helping to keep florida a beautiful and healthy place to live.


Recycling Endeavors

Local recycling projects and various recycling endeavors.



Among many other opportunities!!