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FAQs

Q:

Who runs THINK?

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The day to day operation of THINK is managed by a team of homeschool moms.  Some of the founding team members serve on THINK's Advisory Board.

Q:

How much does it cost to participate in THINK Day?

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Cost of Participating in THINK Day:
  • The annual fee for THINK membership is $20 per family.
  • A per-semester, per-family fee of $35 goes towards rent and supplies used on THINK Days.
  • Tuition varies depending on which classes you choose. Sibling discounts sometimes apply.
  • You may take as many or as few classes as you like. Some people only register for one class. Others take a class in each of the 5 periods offered. Others take somewhere in between.

 

Q:

Do I have to sign a statement of faith or be affiliated with the church to attend THINK Day?

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No.  THINK is open to all homeschool families.

Q:

Can I bring my preschooler to THINK Day?

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4 year olds may enroll in classes with a 4+ designation. While we welcome new members, please be aware that THINK is for homeschooling families and those planning to homeschool. We are NOT a preschool program. Should a class for this age group become full, priority will always be given to families who have an older sibling attending THINK Day classes.

Parents with children younger than 4 years old, with older siblings attending THINK Day classes, are encouraged to use the nursery, or organize informal activities with other families with young children. 

Q:

What can I bring for lunch?

A:

Thanks for asking!  We do have children in the group with life threatening allergies. 

We'd like to give you a list of "safe foods," but unfortunately, the ingredients in packaged foods can change at any time, so a list would be almost impossible to maintain.

Please do not bring in any form the following items: peanuts, tree nuts, peanut butter, trail mix, granola or granola bars, or baked goods (cupcakes/desserts/cakes). These items are never safe. 

Please read package labels to make sure that the food products you are bringing to THINK Day and THINK related activities do not contain peanut or any other nut product.

Q:

Does THINK Day have faith-based classes?

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No. To ensure all families feel welcome and are able to participate fully, we do not have classes with any faith basis. Please note that classes may reference faith. For example, a history or world cultures class might mention various religions, but no faith will be proselytized.

Q:

Why doesn't THINK offer faith-based classes?

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The vast majority of homeschool co-ops are Christian faith-based and require members to sign a statement of faith. A few are Christian "inclusive" groups in that no statement of faith is required and non-Christians may attend. A co-op without faith-based classes or focus is rare. There are only a few such choices in the area, and THINK is the only one we know of in Tampa. As more and more families decide to homeschool for reasons other than faith, there is a need for co-ops that are truly open to anyone. THINK is about what we all have in common - homeschooling! We welcome diversity and believe it is beneficial for ourselves and our children. It's important that there are alternatives for families that seek a co-op without a faith-basis. If you are interested in faith-based classes, we suggest you look into the many choices in the area that offer those type classes. A good source to find co-ops is http://www.fpea.com/

Q:

Can I teach at THINK Day?

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We're always looking for new ideas for classes, and energetic, enthusiastic teachers.  If you have a specific idea for a class that you'd like to teach, please submit a written proposal to the THINK Team.  We do have a limited number of classrooms and time slots available, so classes will be offered based on the amount of interest expressed by our membership.  Please remember that since we welcome all home educating families, THINK Day classes do not include religious instruction, shared prayer or faith-based content.

Q:

Can I talk about my faith at THINK Day?

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Personal conversations between members are fine about any topic, as long as it's not during a class. Please remember to show tolerance and understanding when others' convictions differ from your own personal views.

Q:

Is THINK a secular group?

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Well, that depends on your definition of "secular", which can have various meanings to different people. Using the definition "secular - not pertaining or connected to religion", yes we are secular. Using the definition "secular - against faith or anti-religion", no we are not secular. THINK is secular in that we are not for or against any faith. We're just about homeschooling!

Q:

Is there prayer at THINK?

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Members may choose to pray privately.  Students will never be led in prayer at THINK Day.