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Google announced last week that it is working with Home School Legal Defense Association to make its G Suite for Education software available to homeschool groups

In a blog post on its company website written by HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones, Google revealed that in a few weeks it will begin accepting applications from homeschool co-ops to use its G Suite for Education.

The announcement represents a major change in policy. Previously Google allowed only accredited schools to use the software.

Jones contacted Google last summer after hearing from several homeschool co-op administrators who were hoping to gain access to G Suite.

“We worked for almost a year to come up with a way that Google could make its software available to co-ops while avoiding fraudulent claims,” said Jones. “They really wanted to do this.”

Details will be released soon explaining how homeschool co-ops can verify their status for Google.

Jones added that he appreciates Google’s responsiveness to homeschoolers.

“This is a good example of how companies can change with the times by recognizing that excellent education occurs in places other than traditional schools,” he said.

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Free Kindle Children Books at Amazon

1. I’ll Follow the Moon (Mom’s Choice Award Honoree and Chocolate Lily Award Winner)

2. The Ugly Duckling (Illustrated)

3. A to Z of Silly Animals – The Best Selling Illustrated Children’s Book for All Ages by Sprogling

4. Maebelle’s hat (2)

5. The Secret Sisters Club: A Ginnie West Adventure

6. Goodnight Farm Animals

7. No One Likes Platypus Jr.

8. Ahhh Ahhh Choooooo!

9. The Tale of the Clownfish and the Great Shark (Fun Rhyming Children’s Books)

10. S.A.V.E. Squad Book 1: Dog Daze

11. THE THINGS YOU CAN DO: A Children’s Story About Confidence in Dr. Seuss Style Rhyme (Meus Tales #4)

12. Children’s Ebooks – Be Quiet Night! (Children’s Picture Book for Ages 3-8) (Sweet Dreams Bedtime Story, book 5)

13. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

14. A Kitty and His Dream

15. Clowy gets a babysitter

16. Magenta The Elephant And Her Very Healthy Tale (Rhyming childrens book aged 6-8 years)

17. Five Times Table Multiplication Cards (Multiplication Cards Series)

18. Springtime Poems for Children

19. Clean Jokes For Cool Kids Vol 2 (Laugh Out Loud Jokes For Kids Of All Ages)

20. Search for the Pirate’s Treasure

21. Pirate Mouse Adventures (The Town of Toopi-Toopi)

22. Treasure Island

23. The Monkeys Who Thought They Were Pirates!

New geography book club for kids

There’s a new book club for kids grades 3-5.  It’s called Read Around
the World, and it will cover geography and world cultures via
literature and music.  Each month, the focus will be on a different
country.  This month, it’s the United States of America.  Over the
course of the year, the kids will be visiting Peru, China, Russia,
Kenya, and many other countries. Normally, the kids will have read a
book about the country, but there is no reading requirement for
this initial meeting.

The first session is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 4:00.  We meet at
the Davie/Cooper City Library, located at 4600 SW 82 Avenue, Davie, FL
33328. It’s on the south side of Griffin Road, between Pine Island and
University Drive.  This session is on a Tuesday because of Veterans
Day, but it will normally be held on Mondays. The next session is
Monday, Dec. 3.

The book club will be led by Miss Linda Sindt, who developed a
geography curriculum for the Broward schools, and who many of
us remember from Young at Art.  She is an outstanding educator and
amazing with kids.

The club is not specifically for homeschoolers, but I know that several
homeschoolers will be there.

Of course, the book club is free.  It’s undertaken by One Beautiful
World in conjunction with the Davie/Cooper City Library.  OBW has
received a Target Early Literacy Grant for this program.

Spread the word, and I hope to see many of you there.

Jess Cabillot

It’s One Beautiful World!

Free, the coupon book that pays for itself

Our children are involved in the SAINTS physical education program.  It is a homeschool physical education program that never turns away a child from the program due to financial reasons.  They have fundraisers for their scholarship program.  The “Enjoy the City” coupon books is one such fundraiser.

The “Enjoy the City” coupon books are $20 and are full of many great coupons such as Winn Dixie, Cold Stone Creamery, Firehouse Subs, Pizza Loft, Panda Express, Wendy’s, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Jamba Juice, Vocelli Pizza, Checkers, Dairy Queen, GFS, local golf courses, Kabooms, and many others.  The great thing is they are basically free!  In the book you receive four $5 coupons for use at Winn Dixie, and the book costs $20.  So, the books pays for itself!  You can use the Winn Dixie coupons at Publix if you choose to as well. Publix accepts Winn Dixie coupons.

Please let me know if you would like to purchase one of these books.  I can accept cash or checks (made out to me or CHAA).

(CHAA stands for Christian Homeschool Athletic Association)

Email or call me to place your order, and I will meet with you to collect the money and give you the book.  These coupons don’t expire until DECEMBER 2013!

Thanks for helping the kids,

For more information about CHAA visit

Julie Forbess

The Broward Homeschool PSG is going to Legoland on Sept 20th, 2012

Ole Kirk Christiansen started making wooden toys in his small workshop in Billund, Denmark in 1932. Two years later, Ole Kirk decided upon a name for his toys and his workshop – LEGO®, a contraction of the Danish words ‘leg godt,’ meaning ‘play well.’ Coincidentally, it was later learned that LEGO in Latin means “I put together” or “I assemble.”

In 1947, the company bought its first plastics injection-molding machine and in 1949 the forerunner to the LEGO brick was introduced, under the name “Automatic Binding Bricks”.

Inner tubes on the bricks were introduced in 1958, which significantly increased the number of possible building combinations. In 1967, the larger DUPLO® bricks for pre-school children were introduced, and LEGO TECHNIC for older children debuted in 1977. LEGO DACTA®, now know as The Educational Division, was set up in 1980.

It was the increasing interest in the fantastic LEGO masterpieces displayed at the factories that triggered Godtfred Kirk Christiansen’s idea of exhibiting the models outside. He originally envisioned just a little garden, where various LEGO models and figures could be displayed, but when work began on the project, it developed and became much larger.

In June 1968, LEGOLAND® Billund opened for the first time on a 9 acre site. All buildings, landscapes and vehicles were built using standard LEGO bricks, and the park’s success exceeded everyone’s expectations – in the first year alone, 625,000 happy visitors were guests at the park!

LEGOLAND Florida is geared specifically towards youngsters ages two through 12. With over 50 family rides, “hands-on” attractions and shows, LEGOLAND Florida provides education, adventure and fun in this second park of its kind in the United States.

In addition to LEGOLAND Florida (opening Fall 2011), there are currently 4 LEGOLAND parks in the world – LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark marked its 40th anniversary in 2008; LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London opened in 1996, and has been awarded the British Government’s top honor for excellence in academic programs, LEGOLAND California opened March 20, 1999  and LEGOLAND Deutschland in Germany opened the Spring of 2002.

LEGOLAND Florida is located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven Florida 33884, just 45 minutes from the Orlando theme parks or downtown Tampa.

From Orlando, take I-4 WEST to exit 55 (US Hwy 27 South). Turn right off U.S. Highway 27 at State Road 540/Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Park is four miles on the left.

From Tampa take I-4 EAST to Exit 27 (Polk County Parkway). Then take Exit 14 to Winter Haven (2nd Toll Booth) by turning east on S.R. 540  and follow eight miles to Hwy 17 North. Turn left to take Hwy 17 North two miles over the bridge to Cypress Gardens Boulevard and turn right. Legoland Way will be on your right.

If using a GPS system, keep in mind that LEGOLAND Florida may not yet be included as a destination. A secondary address for GPS systems is 6000 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven FL 33884.

Field trip Information
We will meet in the  parking lot at 9:30am in the  morning. Bring $12.00 for parking.

Paying by paypal:
$9.50 per child
$26.50 per adult
DEADLINE : September 13, 2012                               

$8.50 per child
$25.50 per adult

We will have our own pavilion to eat in.


Broward Homeschool PSG
2231 NW 87 Terrace  Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

WHERE TO MEET: Meet Linda Ward in the  parking  lot. (I will have my black PSG shirt on)

Don’t miss out on these two great homeschool classes !!

Homeschool Novel Writing Workshop for ages 12-16. 

Starts: Thursday Sept 6, 2012- 10:30-12:30pm.

Produce your own novel, practice writing skills, and earn one full English composition credit. 

Learn step-by-step techniques, develop essential writing skills and apply them in a meaningful way. 

Course will involve work in class and at home.   Established writing skills are required in order to be successful. 

This is a year long course with TWO 12 week sessions.  Cost: $200 for each session. 

Parents supply required texts: Learn to Write the Novel Way by Carole Thaxton, and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus.

Homeschool Photography Workshop for ages 12-16.

Awaken to the joy of photography!

Using a digital camera, students will develop the technical and artistic skills necessary to take interesting and well-composed photographs.   The course includes, essential techniques, elements of design, color and perspective, nature and scenic photography, sharing photographs on Flickr, and developing technical skills.   Students will build a portfolio of work to share.

COST: $180 for a 12 week session. 

Starts: Thursday Sept 6, 2012 at 1pm-3pm.

To register for these classes: pay an online deposit of $25 at

Classes will be held at Coconut Creek Recreation Center North
Lyons rd and Johnson Rd.

Denise Thompson is an accomplished writer, photographer and FL certified educator
Contact her at 954 757 5186

FREE Homeschool Orientation

Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Friday, August 3, 2012

New Presbyterian Ministry Center
1450 SW 3rd Street, Suite 9
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Map :
  • 4:30  Homeschooling 101
  • 5:00  Homeschool, The High School Years
  • 6:00  Florida Legislative Update
  • 7:00  Pizza, chips, drink – $3.50 each
  • 7:30  Keynote  Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing: Freedomship: Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset
For your convenience, we will have many of our IEW products at this event which will be available for you to peruse and purchase.
Click here to view a flyer for this event.