Potential Classes

Classes are usually created because one or two homelearning parents decide that they'd like a day time class to happen for their family. They approach the programmer or arrange a space and then put the call out on HS-Van to find others interested in joining them. Sometimes programmers at institutions approach the Home Learning community offering their services. Either way, here's a list of classes or clubs currently looking for interest so they can run. 

Science For Highschool - Science Interactive Workshop

Hello, we are excited to announce an interactive, engaging science workshop for high school students with local, leading science experts (Grade 9-12).

DATE:  January 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LOCATION:  Maple Ridge, B.C.
COST:  $20/participant

AGES:  13-18 years

Native Plants and Peoples

Historically, the native people of the southern Fraser River used local environmental resources to meet their survival needs. Could you do the same? With guidance, students will attempt to make cooking pits, longhouses, and fires as the Coast Salish and Squamish did long ago. They will learn about finding and identifying the resources needed via field guides. Wear clothes in which you could kneel or sit on the ground outside.

Chem Tec

Microchemistry allows students to test different chemical combinations. We’ll observe reactions that fizz, cloud, stink, change colour and more. Then, by analyzing the results, we can identify what each chemical is. Please wear clothes you won’t mind staining; all necessary safety gear will be provided.

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: water bottle and wear old, comfortable and warm clothes in which you could kneel or sit on the ground outside.

ACTIVITY: Interactive workshop with hands-on experiments.  

NOTES: Please sign up before January 3rd we can only accommodate 20 students maximum.  

Email  lmarzec@shaw.ca for registration and further details.


* Following this workshop, Science For will continue the learning with ongoing (Jan-May) hands-on experiments and guided science mentoring with experts (Grade 9-12).  There are only a few spots left, so please register by January 10th to reserve your spot (lmarzec@shaw.ca).  Here are the details:

Science For Highschool- Science Learning/Mentoring Program (Gr. 9-12)

DATE:  January 17th (first class); then every-other-Tuesday starting January 29th – Mid-May (1:00-4:00 p.m.)

LOCATION:    Maple Ridge, B.C. (contact Email  lmarzec@shaw.ca for registration and further details.)


  1. in-person, hands-on learning classes (Jan. 17, 29; Feb. 12, 26; Mar 12, 26; Apr 9, 23; May 7, 21)

Home-study assignments and working independently (with consultation with Science 4 as needed) to work on their science projects (experimental design, execution, analysis etc.)  

Students will be expected to attend every class.

Work will be assigned to be completed as homework before the next class (approx. 6-8 hours/week)

OVERVIEW  3 hours every other week with the group comprised of homework review & discussion (~45 min), a workshop (~45-60 min), and extension activity while consulting with individual students on their personal projects for the remaining time. On the alternate weeks - they would provide between 3 and 5 hours of email consultation to the group in order to assist students with their homework assignments and their science projects (experimental design, execution, analysis etc.).

*We will cover the Big Ideas laid out in the BC Science Curriculum for Science 10-12 and can be tailored to serve other Grade 11-12 sciences as needed for registrants. This will be done via homework assignments, individual (or small group) research projects, and biweekly workshops. The homework assignments will include the Provincial textbook as well as uniquely Science For materials.

SCIENCE FOR brings diverse science expertise together with a passion for experiential, hands-on education. Through uniquely-designed workshops, comprehensive mentoring, and imaginative community engagement, we foster critical and creative problem solving, experiment design and technique skills, and an enduring appreciation of science. We know that communicating about science can be a struggle, so we arm learners with the tools necessary to express themselves in a scientific community as well as to be discerning consumers of scientific claims made in the world around them.

COST:  $130/month (total cost = $650)

SCIENCE EXPERTS/LEADERS’ BACKGROUNDS:  With graduate degrees in both Physics and Science Education, Megan brings research and pedagogical expertise to the team. For the past 25 years, she has designed and taught science outreach programs — from animal encounters to explosions, genetics to ethnobotany, engineering to meteorology — at a wide variety of institutions. She also has spent the past two decades teaching college Physics and Astronomy to future scientists, healthcare workers, and engineers. She loves to pack up fascinating things and bring them into her community to share with anyone with a curious mind. She enjoys scuba diving, experimental cooking, making things, and hanging out with her pet snake. Most of all, though, she loves learning (just about anything).

At age five Ron proudly proclaimed that he would be a scientist when he grew up. Years of experimenting and hours spent peering through a microscope during his childhood prepared him to study microbiology while in high school and work part time in diagnostic microbiology labs (no flipping burgers at McDonalds for this kid). University degrees in toxicology and pharmacology led to a career in pharmaceutical research. After several years doing experiments in the lab Ron was sucked into the business side of the industry where he helped found and grow several biotech companies. His love of the ocean led to a stint working in the aquarium products industry as well. Ron has also filled some of his time sharing his love of science by helping with hands on pharmacology labs for medical students, tutoring elementary and high school students in math and science and volunteering with several animal related groups doing outreach and educational programs with his furred, feathered and scaled friends.  For fun Ron enjoys breathing underwater, building custom cars and molecular gastronomy.

Vancouver Home Learners Shakespeare Workshops

“There is limited space available in Vancouver Homelearners Shakespeare Workshops in 2018/19, details are below.

Let me know if there is a young person in your household who may wish to participate in one of these workshops, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mike Stack
Homelearners Shakespeare Workshops


ALL AGES: 8 – 18
DATES: September 10 - October 5, 2018
Week 1 & 2: September 10 - 21, Every M/W/F, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Week 3: September 24 - 26, M/T/W, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Week 4: October 3 - 4, W/Th, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Week 4 Presentation: Friday, October 5, 12:30pm - 4:30pm / Break / 7:00pm Presentation
WORKSHOP FEE: $336(includes GST)
PLAY: Macbeth
LOCATION: Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender St, Vancouver

ALL AGES: 8 – 18
DATES: March 18 - April 12, 2019
DAYS & TIMES: March 18 - April 10, Every M/W/F, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Final Friday, April 12, 12:30pm - 4:30pm / Break / 7:00pm Presentation
WORKSHOP FEE: $336.00(includes GST)
PLAY: Romeo and Juliet
LOCATION: Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender St, Vancouver”

For more info on these workshops see this group. http://www.gvhomelearners.com/activities/academics/shakespeare-workshops-with-mike-stack

North Shore Mountain Theatre

Calling any kids from Grades 5-7 who would love to be in a Musical this next spring!

What is Mountain Theatre?  We are a Musical Theatre group excited to get kids singing, dancing and acting up a storm!  This will be our 7th season.  We meet weekly to prepare musicals to perform at the Kay Meek Studio Theatre in West Vancouver every March and June.   Our group is comprised of almost 60 kids – all of the awesome homeschooled variety - ranging in age from Grades 2 - 11 between our Intermediate and Senior Groups.  Although we meet on the North Shore, our families come from a variety of areas of Greater Vancouver, including East Van, PoCo and Langley. 

We have never actually ‘put it out there’ about our group as word of mouth has always filled our spaces, but we can this year!  You see, our waitlist for our Intermediates (Grades 2-7) became so high that we decided to add another cast of kids, with their own class time and show week.  And although the spots for our younger ages have reached their limit, we wanted to share that we still have some room for kids Grades 5-7!    

Here are the details for this new class:

2018/19 Musical:  Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka!

Class times:  Mondays, 3:15 to 5:30, starting September 10th

Venue:  Westlynn Baptist Church’s hall in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver

Cost:  $350 per child

Show week (includes rehearsals and 4 performances – please know that these days would be mandatory):  March 19 - 23, 2019


So if your child loves, or is interested in, singing, dancing or acting (or, better yet, all three!), and would love to jump in with excitement, you can contact us at:   


And if you are interested, please don’t delay.   This open door may not be open for long, lol! 



Pam Dougan


Classes on Concept Math ,Logic,Reasoning and Critical Thinking from G3-G8 (aprox ages 8-14)

Hi there we are Project ThinkersLab. Learning to think is the most important ability to nurture-the most precious gift to give to our children. For this very same reason we started ThinkersLab. ThinkersLab is a project specifically dedicated and designed towards teaching Mathematics, Logic, Reasoning and Critical Thinking from G3 to G8 as a subject and curriculum in itself .

For Concept Math- Over time we have observed that the traditional approach in mathematics is not only dull but also results in student loosing interest in the subject .At TL the approach we follow is based on Reasoning and HOTS foundation which not only expands a students understanding of the subject but also develops there interest in it .

Logic,Reasoning and Critical Thinking are some of the areas specifically evaluated to test the cognitive ability of children with assessments like CogAT, SAT, NNAT as a selection process in top educational institutes around the world and also in adults who are planning to get in fields like Law, Management,Engineering or Medical.

At ThinkersLab we work on honing these critical skills in children from the early ages of 8 to 9 so that they can gradually develop them as their second nature and prepare them for future.The skills like Logic, Reasoning and Critical Thinking are not just academic skills but are also a life skill to deal with challenges we face in 21st century.

The skillset we are committed to develop in kids include

Mathematical Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Nonverbal Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Inductive Reasoning
Analytical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning
Spatial Reasoning
Critical Thinking

Each Batch will have a Maximum of 4 students as these concepts need dedicated attention and implementation gradually without overwhelming the student .

For more details you can message us at thinkerslabcanada@gmail.com or call @778-865-5595

Thanks and plz let me know if you need me to provide any other details .
Kulbir Bachher

Home Learners Origami


My name is Reve. I am a sixteen year old homeschooler and an origami enthusiast. I have taught a variety of origami workshops in the past, with people of all ages. If your child chooses to take these classes, they will not only learn how to make elephants and whales, they will also gain mathematical and spatial skills in the process. Origami combines geometry, fractions, hand-eye coordination, and attention to detail, all though the art of folding paper. In these classes students can benefit from my experience and understanding of how to decipher difficult instructions. I will be providing all of the materials necessary.

4 classes
Mondays: April 9, 16, 23 & 30
1pm - 2pm
Cost: $35 for the series of 4 classes (all materials provided)

Ages: 7 and up

Mt Pleasant Library, branch room
#1 Kingsway, Vancouver (corner of Kingsway & Main Street)

Home Learners Mountain Bike Group

Mt Fromme, North Shore

5 weeks - starting Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2017 Time: 10am to 3pm Location: Mt Fromme - introductory to intermediate trails Cost: $375 each; equals $15/hour Ratio 1:6 Minimum number needed - 4 riders Please call Tammy if you are interested. Tammy Escape Adventures 604 307 BIKE(2453)

Mindfullness Class for Home Learners

West Vancouver

Thursday, September 21 to Thursday, November 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

West Van Rec is offering a mindfulness class for Homelearners. We took it last spring – it was great. A quiet class where kids are meditating, doing yoga, talking about brain development, as well as doing art and other activities that teach mindfulness.

 They need 8 children to run the session.

 Activity Code: 39666



Home Learners Gymnastics

West Van Community Centre

Great homeschool gymnastics program at the West Van Community Center. The instructor is amazing!
Thursdays from 1:30-2:30pm. The bar code is 39663.
Please spread the word!

Drama Bugs Home Learners Muscial Theatre

Vancouver, Westside

Our Home learners class begins Friday 20th Sept at Jericho Hill centre 1-4pm. Class will be in the West art room2/red brick room upstairs. Please enter and exit through the main entrance on the right hand side of the building http://dramabugsvan.com/…/home-learners-independent-schools/

Parent Participation Music Class

North Vancouver

I still have space in my parent-participation music classes for beginners on Wednesdays at 1pm. ages 5-8. Group piano, music theory, rhythm, singing, writing our own songs.....
let me know if you have any questions

classes take place in Blueridge, North Vancouver.

Art~Play Forest School

The best of Reggio and Tinkering school combined. Offering mentoring, classes  where the environment is the third teacher!

Monday afternoons @ Trout Lake
East Vancouver Fall and Winter Sessions
6 to 8 yr-olds (flexibility around ages with approval)
I'm passionate about how children thrive through attachment, belonging, autonomy and contribution.

I am also available to set up / co-create another class / learning group between Jericho Beach and Renfrew Community Centre. Ideally, there is both a handy indoor area, such as a library, as well as a lovely park or fun forested creek near by. For groups larger than five students, I will either hire an assistant, are have parent participation. I am interested in groups of children ranging in age from 3 to 15. A class could be once a week, presently Fridays are open, or, from 2 to 4 days a week through the summer, or 4 day a week / two week long daily summer camps. My passions are where inquiry, experimentation, and creativity intersect. Let's do a Maths and Art class, a Tinkering class? A love of Stories class, a Science class, an Optics class....the sky's the limit!

For more information check out this listing.

Mountain bike camp with excite adventures

North Shore

Looking for riders who have some experience with Mount Fromme and Seymour

1 day a week camp for students learning from home, we could do the following:
                5 weeks - starting Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2017
                Time: 10am to 3pm
                Location: Mt Fromme - introductory to intermediate trails
                Cost:  $375 each; equals $15/hour
                Ratio 1:6
                Minimum number needed - 4 riders

Contact Gillian at gillianmeghanwalters@gmail.com

4 Cats Kitsilano Home Learners Classes

New Time….Thursdays 1:30-2:30  
Suitable for Ages 5-12

September 2017: Artist Focus - Henri Matisse    https://your4cats.com/pages/september-artist-of-the-month      Choose Kitsilano location, class begins Thursday Sept 7, runs Sept 14, 21, 28. Time 1:30-2:30  $49

October 2017 : Four session Art Class with various topics    https://your4cats.com/pages/october-art-class    Choose Kitsilano location, class begins Thursday Oct 5, runs Oct 12, 19, 26. Time 1:30 -2:30  $49

Parent Participation classes also available for ages 2-4 - please see website. 

Registration open for Mike Stacks Shakespeare Workshops 2017-18

Vancouver Homelearners Shakespeare with Mike Stack 2017-2018!

Mike Stack will be offering three Vancouver workshops over the 2017-18 school year, two for ages 8-18 and one for teens 13-18. Dates, times and locations listed below. These are great workshops and well worth planning around! This past session had 17 participants, some of whom are moving on next year, so there will be some spaces available.

Please contact Mike directly to register at stackspeare@hotmail.com 

For more info on Mikes Workshops click here




Ages: 8 – 18
Dates: October 16 - November 10, 2017
Days & Times: October 16 - November 8, Every M/W/F, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Final Friday, November 10, 12:30pm - 4:30pm / Break / 7:00pm Presentation
Workshop Fee: $300.00(includes GST)
Play: Julius Caesar
Location: Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender St, Vancouver

Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: January 29 – February 23, 2018
Days & Times: January 29 – February 21, Every M/W/F, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Final Friday, February 23, 12:30pm - 4:30pm / Break / 7:00pm Presentation
Workshop Fee: $300.00(includes GST)
Play: TBA
Location: Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender St, Vancouver

Ages: 8 – 18
Dates: May 28 – June 22, 2018
Days & Times: May 28 – June 20, Every M/W/F, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Final Friday, June 22, 12:30pm - 4:30pm / Break / 7:00pm Presentation
Workshop Fee: $300.00(includes GST)
Play: TBA
Location: Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender St, Vancouver


Free PE class at Douglas College, Fall Term Registration open

New Westminster Oct 2017

Course details:

Dates:   Mondays, 12:45-2:15, October 2 to November 27;   NOTE: No sessions on Oct. 13 – Thanksgiving & Nov. 13 – Remembrance Day (observed)

Location:   Douglas College Gymnasium,  New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave.

# of spots:   Depends on registration numbers (4 groups of split grades/age/ability range)

Cost:   Free (or, donation to the Douglas College Foundation - Sport Science)

Contact Ed Lunnefor registration package lunne@douglascollege.ca

Thank you for your continued support of this program!

For more info please check out our listing. http://www.gvhomelearners.com/activities/physical-activities/free-pe-class-at-douglas-college

Posted May 2017

Terra Nova Nature School, Home Learners program proposal

Update: July 2017

  We had a successful and engaging meeting in late spring, with parents from Richmond, Burnaby and Vancouver in attendance. Based on the information and ideas we collected, we developed a pilot project for this fall session. We are looking forward to offering the first Home Learners Program at Nature School from Sept 21- Oct 26, once per week on Thursdays,from 11:30am-2:00 pm, for a program fee of $157.50 for the 6 sessions. We will have 3 educators teaching this class to provide responsive inquiry and learning experiences.

Registration opened yesterday though the City of Richmond Online registration system. If you could pass on the link and program number we would be most appreciative. The website to register is www.richmond.ca and the program number is #2090838, program title is “Beyond 4 Walls-Home Learners” or people can register through the call centre at 604-276-4300. It is listed on page #85 in the Leisure Guide.

Meeting May 17th, 6 week Program in Sept 2017

Beyond 4 Walls- a Program Proposal for Home Education Learners. Information and Planning Meeting Wed May 17th 1-2pm Contact Nature School natureschool@richmond.ca

Terra Nova Rural Park is a 63 acre parkland, within which there is much to explore: wildlife, forested areas, water, expansive grass fields and vegetable gardens. There is also an interesting and diverse social history of peoples on the land, and remnants of their communities.

The principles of Terra Nova Nature School can be found in detail on our website, www.terranovanatureschool.com. Since its inception three years ago, we have been eager to
connect with families of home learners, as we believe we can offer outdoor experiences that compliment a home learning program. Employing emergent and place-based philosophies, our educators support a curriculum that is experiential, incorporates First Nations Ways of Knowing,and allows for adventurous, sensory learning.

The curriculum may include:

Gardening, seed saving, food security
Study of Plants and animals of the land
Survival skills- whittling, shelter building, fire building skills
Homesteading skills- food preservation techniques
Cooking- farm to table

As a beginning, we would like to propose a pilot program. We envision creating a curriculum that meets the needs of our students and families. The following is a draft of the home learners program to be discussed and altered as appropriate.

Program Timing
Begin the program in mid-September for 6 consecutive weeks.

Program Length
2.5 hours weekly, outside environment

Program Date
We’d like to know more about homelearners schedules; are there days or time frames that are generally preferred?

Learners Ages
4-12years; children 4 years of age must be in attendance with an older elementary school aged sibling.

Program Staffing
2 Educators, with a maximum group size 12 students

Program Cost
$150.00 per student, which includes program development, and teaching time. Additional curriculum and reporting responsibilities outside of the program time will affect the
program pricing.

Questions and Topics for Discussion:

In terms of the curriculum, are there certain mandated areas that must be addressed? If so, does this come from our program or the home learner’s team?

Is there a reporting process that must take place at the end of the program? If so, what does it entail?

Parental responsibilities, involvement, and home/school communication

Risk, parental consent

Kate Dawson & Emily Vera
Coordinators, Terra Nova Nature School
Tel: 604-238-8437
Website: www.terranovanatureschool.com<http://www.terranovanatureschool.com/>

Posted May 2017

Creative Studio for Home Learners

East Vancouver, Mondays
I am offering another workshop series for Home Learners at Trout Lake.  Here's the info.........

Join the creative space and learn to represent your observations and ideas through writing, art, movement and drama.  Materials in the Studio and the natural landscape of Trout Lake are used to spark curiosity and facilitate learning!  Creative Studio is a child-centered program supporting children in the exploration of self-expression.  Come dressed for the outdoors and bring your sketchbook and a snack.  Learning resources and art supplies provided.  

Monday, April 3 to May 15, 9:30am-12:00pm  Register here  or by phone:   604-257-6955,  

Creative Studio for Home Learners
- 103314

Cathy is an elementary teacher and parent who has a passion for learning and nature.  She has worked in a variety of settings supporting children in developing their self-expression and confidence.  She holds a nurturing space that is child-centered, inquiry-based.

Flicka Gymnastics Home Learners Class

North Vancouver

I work for Flicka Gymnastics Club and I would like to offer a class to all home learners that will run Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am for an hour. This class is mean for children ages 6 and up and will run from January 10th - March 7th 2017

The cost of the class if $153 for the 9 week session from January to March. Each child will need gymnastics BC insurance if they don't already have it which is $25 each which brings the cost to a total of $178.--

Bianca Anabalon-Paludetto
Flicka Gymnastics Club
123 East 23rd Street,
North Vancouver, BC V7L 3E2
(604) 985-7918

French Class for Non-Beginners 9+


French Class 12-1:30 Thursdays - Start date January 5th

Cost: works out to about $16-17 / class depending on enrolment. Great value!

Maximum: 4 kids - so looking for one more child to join us.

Teacher: Experience french teacher that has taught extensively in french schools. She is lovely lovely lovely and the girls are enjoying her and learning a lot.

Currenlty: all girls : 13 years old, 10 years old and 9 years old.
but a boy is welcome!

Working level: about Grade 6 french - they are not beginners.

Ikea and lots of shopping close by ;)

Please contact the Centre sooner than later so that we know the class will continue in the new year. Tell them Simone's post on Facebook so they know what you are referring to ( Im one of the moms that has a child in the class)

Laura Bouzid
Chargé des communications et du développement communautaire
Manager of Communications and Community Outreach
Flaunt Your Frenchness, an initiative of Société francophone de Maillardville
942 b Brunette Avenue | Coquitlam, BC | V3K 1C9
D: 604-515-7070
FyF : www.flauntyourfrenchness.ca
SFM: www.maillardville.com

STEM Mentoring Cafe is a go. It will be held on Monday May 2, 2016 at UBC. The final building is yet to be determined as different groups are willing to step up and provide space.

So, if you are interested and have children in grades 6-8 (or ages 9-14 ish) then let me know if you are interested in attending. I will setup an eventbrite and facebook event page for this in the near future but just want to gauge interest at this point. I have space for 40 so want to see the numbers from the homeschooling community before reaching out to the schools near UBC.

I already mentors lined up covering the areas genetics, coding, neurology, aquaculture, conservation, chemical engineering and science communication. I also have Helen Burt, UBC's Vice President Research, confirmed as our keynote speaker.

I am trying to involve as many women STEM professionals as possible to provide strong role models for the girls in attendance.

So, keep your eyes open on this space and let me know if that date works for you. You can message me on FB or email me at vancouverwes[at]gmail[dot]com

Lastly, feel free to pass this info along to your friends and family if they have children in the target age range.

Community Bioloab Project


I have been working with a group of science enthusiasts and this past week we were granted incorporation as a non-profit society called the Open Science Network Society. Our long term goal is to create Vancouver's first community science lab along the lines of biocurious.org in San Francisco, genspace.org in New York City and Victoria's community biolab.

Our website is currently under development. For now you can access upcoming new and events on our Facebook page.

Now that we have incorporated, we hope to expand our presence through membership drives, partnering with other science groups along with working and fundraising. We were at the Mini Maker Faire and had an amazing response. In addition, we have talked to a wide range of people - scientists, artists, computer scientists, engineers, biologists, entrepreneurs, and others, and we believe there is a lot of interest here in the region.

We are a primarily a biology and molecular biology based group as that is the background and common interest of the founding members but we hope to expand to cover all that STEM covers while trying to insert an A for Art to make STEAM in order to demonstrate that science involves all walks of life. We are very much interested in creating an accessible community laboratory space for both educational and exploratory science, open to anyone interested. We believe this is an unmet need in Metro Vancouver and we feel we can help develop programs and space to help everyone enjoy science.

We are in communication with several organizations - libraries, Science World, funding agencies, etc. and I am reaching out to the home learning community for your support. If you have you would like to work with us in terms of providing expertise in STEM topics or have ideas for programs with your learning situation we would love to hear from you.

I personally am supporting the science education and science literacy aspect and hope to create classes and a science support group for kids and their parents. My bias would be to support the home learning community but providing support for all kids is the long term goal. But once again, how that would look is yet to be determined and I ask for your help in determining what you would like for science resources.

As we are just beginning, we want to do everything from setting up the lab, running workshops, teaching classes, providing research support, etc. But we do realize that our capacity is limited and we need to focus on what is realistic as the group is volunteer run and has limited resources.

This is just the beginning for the Open Science Network and if you want to have a longer conversation, contact me at vancouverwes@gmail.com and we can arrange a meeting.

Thank you,
Wes Wong (homeschooling dad)