Whales, Magic & Cheese… Oh My!

Tampa Theatre is hosting the Fantasy Theatre Factory for their production of Whales, Magic & Cheese… Oh My! This show is aimed at lower elementary children.

“Whales, Magic and Cheese… Oh My!” is FTF’s newest literacy incentive and bully prevention show. The story stars Jojo, a great kid who loves to read… That is until some kids in the lunchroom start calling him names like “bookworm.” To avoid the bullying, Jojo goes to Mendel’s Magical Book Shop, hoping that he can sell his books and use the money to buy video games, so he’ll fit in with the other kids. Once in the Magic Book Shop though, things take an unexpected turn as the stories in his books magically start to jump to life all around him! Now, all of the pages to Jojo’s books are blank and the characters from his books are running wild in real life! 

It’s up to Jojo to retell the stories to get his old friends to go back on the page. While Jojo works to get his favorite characters from his books to go back on to the pages they belong in, he remembers why he loves to read some much in the first place; It’s really FUN! Along the way Jojo starts to realize that all of his books have characters in them who are different, and that being different is what makes them special. 

This show artfully weaves its featured books into its thru-line to create a show that both encourages reading and celebrates diversity.

Program book selections include:

  • Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el 
  • Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley 
  • If I Had a Gorilla by Mercer Mayer, and others.

Field Trip Details

Field Trips are open to Alliance members only.  CLICK HERE to find out how to join. Family membership is only $10 a year! 


LEGO Robotics Coming Soon! TEACHERS NEEDED!!

The Alliance has been awarded its very first grant! Our non-profit status allows us to do more for our children and families! The Technical Assistance Grant from The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County will fund 8 LEGO Robotic Kits – (5 WeDo Core Kits & 3 Mindstorms EV3 Core Kits) and 5 laptops. With this generous grant we will expand our class offerings to include a progressive series of LEGO Robotics classes to build students’ skills in the areas of fine motor, critical thinking, teamwork, engineering, and problem solving.

LEGO Robotics classes start in our fall session. And we need teachers! If this sounds like something you can do, please contact Anita Morales, anita.morales@allianceforknowledge.org , who will be overseeing this program.

WeDo 2.0 – LEGO Robotics for K-3rd grade

WeDo 2.o is designed for grades K-3 and will deliver key science concepts to students in areas such as life, physical, earth, and space sciences as well as engineering while simultaneously teaching programming in an intuitive way. The curriculum builds upon itself and offers over 40 hours of instructional learning, which would allow for Level 2 classes to be offered in Spring 2020 so that students can continue building on previous engineering and programming knowledge.

Mindstorms EV3 – LEGO Robotics for 3rd – 8th grade

Mindstorms EV3 is engineered for grades 3rd – 8th. Students will learn science, technology, engineering, math, coding, and computer science using a variety of hands-on activities. More than 100 lessons have already been developed as part of the curriculum and this would allow for Level 2 classes to be offered in Spring 2020 so that students could continuing learning and moving forward in their engineering and programming skills.

We are so excited to be able to bring this amazing, engaging curriculum to our co-op! We need you to help make it happen. We plan to offer both levels at both locations, which means we need teachers! Our grant pays for all the curriculum and materials, we only need YOU! Anita Morales at anita.morales@allianceforknowledge.org will be overseeing this program as well as a support to teachers. Contact Anita if you have any questions about this class.

Teaching a co-op class is a great way to join the co-op and be in the first round of co-op registrations. Join us as we build and grow!

Zoo School Busch Gardens Field Trip

Zoo School is the ultimate educational experience for students grades K-5.

Explore the wild side of Busch Gardens as you enjoy self-guided tours of animal exhibits, investigate the adaptations of great apes through hands-on activity stations, and experience up-close exclusive animal encounters. Take a break from your adventures to enjoy lunch at one of our restaurants or bring your own lunches from school. From 9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., your students will be engaged in a one-of-a-kind educational experience you can only find at Busch Gardens!

Zoo School includes an Activity Guide with grade-based activities and animal information to help you make the most of your day. Due to the educational focus of the program, Busch Gardens’ rides, shows, and attractions are not included in Zoo School.

There are 2 dates available

  • K-5 – Friday, April 26th – RSVP and PAY by April 19th
  • Middle School – Friday, May 10th – RSVP and PAY by May 3rd

*** $15 per person (Chaperones/parents as well). At this low rate please limit it to just the chaperone for the child and not additional family members.

*** We will meet at 9/9:15 at the education gate and will be escorted in. You may bring your own lunch or purchase one from within the park at the vendors available.

*** Due to the nature of the course, the age is strict of grade K. No younger siblings for this trip.

Field Trips are open to Alliance members only.  CLICK HERE to find out how to join. Family membership is only $10 a year! 

Advanced Payment Required! To RSVP and PAY with PayPal Friends & Family use Fieldtrips@allianceforknowledge.org

Sun ‘n Fun Student Tour

Join us for an exciting experience at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland!

Guided Tour at 10 am – 12 pm (end time approximate) on Friday April 5th. Only $2 per student!!! Payment due by Wednesday, March 20th. 

For only $2 per student, you get a guided educational walking tour of the Fly-In, the Museum, and Piedmont Aerospace Lab.

This tour also includes a meet ‘n greet with Blue Angel Pilots!!!

Tour does not include wristbands to expo/airshow.

Field Trips are open to Alliance members only. CLICK HERE to find out how to join. Family membership is only $10 a year!

Advanced Payment Required! To RSVP and PAY with PayPal Friends & Family use Fieldtrips@allianceforknowledge.org

Volunteer Teachers NEEDED: Class Submission Form is Now Open!

Teach with us! Come join our welcoming, inclusive family of homeschoolers! We’ve been growing steadily since 2016. We may be biased, but we believe we have the *best* group of kids and parents around! Teaching a co-op class comes with priority registration for classes. Our awesome, low-cost classes fill up quickly, so that’s a pretty good perk. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR CLASS PROPOSAL!

  • Do I need to have a degree in my field to teach a class? NO! Some of our teachers do, but many do not. You do not need to an expert to lead an excellent co-op class!
  • What kind of classes have been taught in the past? Art, music, Spanish, sign language, sciences, history, and more! Click Here to see a full list of past classes.

If you have an idea for a class, but are unsure about it or want to brainstorm, the board is always available to chat and give feedback.

Being a volunteer teacher is also a great way to get your children into classes as a new family. Many of our families have joined the co-op in this way. Our classes fill up fast! CLICK HERE to submit a class proposal.

READ ABOUT OUR STORY! We started small, and have grown exponentially! 100% volunteer work from EVERYONE INVOLVED has brought us to provide affordable and inclusive classes to many families, and now the Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge, Inc. is recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! This organization makes our Homeschool Learning Co-op possible.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

Fall 2019 Class Submissions will be accepted until March 29, 2019. If you want to teach during a different semester, that’s also an option on the CLASS SUBMISSION FORM.

Please CLICK HERE to fill out our class submission form! You’ll find a full description on that form; please read it in full.

You DO NOT need to be a current member of the co-op or alliance 
to submit a class.

Being a volunteer teacher comes with fantastic perks!

  • First in line for registration!!!
  • Decide what you teach, how you teach it, and the ages you want to teach.
  • Lifelong learning for you and the children in your class

Questions? Contact Stephanie Brown, registration@allianceforknowledge.org

Pioneer Florida Field Trip

Living History and Civil War Reenactments – School Day

Families will get to tour Union and Confederate Camps. Our group will rotate through learning stations featuring musical instruments, hospital units, cannons, rifles, and cavalry.

  • Friday, February 22
  • Begins at 10 AM sharp, ends by 1 PM
  • Plan to meet at the gate no later than 9:45 AM
  • $5 CASH per person – ages 4 and under FREE
  • This rate and day is only available to school groups.
  • This is a self-led tour, but we must stay together as a group.
  • To attend, RSVP to fieldtrips@allianceforknowledge.org

In order to join the Alliance for a field trip you MUST be a member. Click Here to join. Family Membership is $10/year. Membership applications are processed weekly. For this field trip your membership must be submitted by Sunday, February 17th and membership fee must be paid by February 20th. Late submissions may not be honored.

For more informations about the Pioneer Florida Museum and this event, visit their website. FREE Lesson Plans are on this page as well!


Open Classes – Spring 2 Session

Spring 2 Session still has openings!  Registration is NOW OPEN!

Registration is open for ALL families for the following classes. 

Registration will close on February 20th.   

Brandon – Tuesdays, March 26 – May 30  (No Class April 2)

  • Introduction to the Bill of Rights and the US Government (Grade 6 and up) 1-1:50PM17 spots

Gardenville – Thursdays, March 28 – May 30  (No Class April 4)

  • LEGO Builders (Grades 4th-8th) 9-9:50AM3 spots
  • Improving Vocabulary with Greek and Latin Words (Grades 5 and up) 11-11:50AM9 spots

CLICK HERE to register for open classes and for more details about each class. 

FREE Health and Wellness Program!

The Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge and the Hillsborough County Department of Health have collaborated to offer a 6-week, 50 minute health and wellness program, called GIFT-LEAP.  

Children and their families will learn:

  • how to encourage healthy eating habits
  • fun ways to increase physical activity
  • how to shop for healthy food on budget
  • how to incorporate healthy habits into a busy schedule

This FREE program is available for students aged 5-9 and limited to 20 students.  Ages and limits are set by the Department of Health.  Siblings (older and younger) are able to sit quietly on the side with parents.  Parents are required to be present on the 1st and 6th days and are highly encouraged, but not required to attend the others.

Classes are interactive and will include 20 minutes of physical activity.

This program will be offered at: 

Gardenville in the Multi-Purpose Room beginning January 31st at 12PM

  • Registration ends on January 25 or when capacity has been reached.

Brandon in the Gym beginning April 9th at 12PM

  • Registration ends on April 5 or when capacity has been reached.

Registration is required and opens on Monday, January 14th at 9AM. 

****** This program does not count as a co-op class and would not grant new families Early Registration status. ******

Click here to register for Gardenville and Brandon sites. 

Shadow a Site Supervisor

Our co-op is whole-heartedly cooperatively operated.  Every person seen working on co-op days and those hidden behind the scenes, are volunteers who give with their heart.  As the co-op has grown, our founding members’ responsibilities have shifted to more behind-the-scenes work.  Your founders pour a ton of heart, soul, and sweat into our co-op; all for the vision of a truly inclusive and welcoming co-op.

Here is where you come in.  We need Site Supervisors. 

We need volunteers who can be the face of the co-op on class days at our Brandon and Gardenville sites.  Site Supervisors ensure families are checked in, help with last minute kerfuffles, and relay messages to the founding board members.  

Site Supervisors are vital to keeping our co-op operating well on class days! 

If you think you might be someone who can do this, you are invited to shadow one of our board members in January. 

If you are interested, please Contact Us!

This is a no-strings-attached offer.  You will not be guilted into taking the position if you decide it’s not for you. Besides getting to know your board members better, being a Site Supervisor comes with the awesome perk of teacher level registration!  

What exactly does a Site Supervisor do? Click here to read the full job description.

Our co-op is a success because of our families! Thank you for being a part of our co-op family!

Needed: Field Trip Coordinator

Interested in volunteering as a Field Trip Coordinator? Click here and fill out the application form!

Happy New Year!

2019 is an exciting new chapter for the Alliance of the Pursuit of Knowledge, Inc., the non-profit organization that makes the Learning Co-ops possible, as well as:

The Alliance Community Music Ensemble,

Workshops for children and adults,

Classes by the American Sewing Guild,


…Field Trips!

But everything we do is made possible by everyone who volunteers to help. We need help so that we can keep providing fun, affordable, and unique Field Trips as a regular, ongoing program in the Alliance.

We need a Field Trip Coordinator!

Click Here to apply!

What does the job entail?

  1. Come up with Field Trip Ideas (a list of possible field trips including special events, programs, activities, classes, locations)Schedule TWO field trips per month (or more).
  2. Compile field trip information.
  3. Handle Sign ups
  4. Handle Payments

For a complete job description and/or to apply click here!

PERK: Choice of free membership in the Alliance OR early registration for classes at the Homeschool Learning Co-Op.