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

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!

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)