Groups for Home Learners

Our workshops for home learners give youth the opportunity to use great works of literature and challenging ideas as inspiration for their own in depth art projects. Our small class sizes and commitment to co-constructing curriculum with our students, mean that no matter what your children’s interests or abilities, the Lyceum is a safe and encouraging environment for them to explore their own creativity.

Environmental Advocacy

Tuesdays

10:00 am to

3:00 pm

September 14 to October 19 (6 sessions)

Ages: 5 to 14

Cost: $420 + GST
 

As the world we live in shifts around us, it has become almost unrecognizable. Though climate change has always been an important consideration in how we live life day-to-day, we need to see a measurable difference, and we need to see it now.
We’ll take the time to arm ourselves with the facts, before using them to become stewards of our environment, both in an immediate sense, and on a more global level.

Each student will work on learning the skills they need to produce environmentally themed tiled concrete pavers that will spur others to think about their carbon footprint.

The Lyceum will touch in with Dulcy Anderson who works as a constituency assistant for David Eby’s office, to see where in our neighbourhood the installation will make the biggest impact.

Journalling through the Neighbourhood

Tuesdays

10:00 am to 3:00pm

November 2 to December 7 (6 sessions)

Ages: 5 to 14 

Cost: $420 + GST

 

Working in harmony with our previous exploration, this next block will delve into the concept of community activism. We believe that you are never too young to effect change. Through pivotal pieces of literature, the novella, Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, Christianne will lead learners in a new direction as to the deeper meanings of community. As a group, we’ll interview unsung heroes in our community, pin-pointing their motivations, and asking questions about the methods they used to achieve progress, be it little or large. We’ll also query what “community” means to them and what part they take in creating and sustaining community.

Once we have a collection of carefully curated stories, we’ll put together a funky newsletter to share, as well as keep our own mixed media journals to remind us of the treasure we’ve found.

Shakespeare

Tuesdays

10:00 am to

3:00 pm

January 4 to February 1 (5 sessions)

Ages: 5 to 14

Cost: $350 + GST

 

Providing us with a great deal of the foundation for the English language as we recognize it now, this pod will take a deep dive into Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. With explorations into forgiveness and reconciliation, we’ll expose this group to the magic of Shakespeare, working our way up to reading in Old English.

As always, Christianne will introduce a creative component to compound our understanding of this historically pivotal texts. Each student will be given a piece of glass, leading, and glass paints. Taking inspiration from samples of flora from Shakespeare’s era, we will border the depiction of Hermione’s statue, bring it all together in a platter fit for a King.

We’ll work through the skill of drawing literary comparisons with some of Shakespeare’s other key texts, using discussion to bring them firmly into twenty first century feminist theory.

The Science of Evolution

Tuesdays

10:00 am to

3:00 pm

February 8 to March 8 (5 sessions)

Ages: 5 to 14

Cost: $350 + GST
 

In our quickly evolving climate, fear of the future can often give way to miscommunications about the past. We’ll set the record straight, looking at the foundations of natural selection with a particular focus on Lenski’s long-term evolution experiment (LTEE): work which is still ongoing today.

Lenski’s work one of the clearest examples of how bacteria evolve. Over many years these bacteria mutate, allowing them to be fitter, produce more offspring and develop incredible survival strategies.

Each child will work on their own poster for an exhibit held on the last day, as a representation around one chosen aspect of their learning (parents welcome, of course). An interesting exploration, this is one that can be conducted in many different ways; we’ll begin with Darwin branching out from birds, mussels and rats to other examples of natural selection like bananas and kiwis — a rich and varied knowledge bank for us to safely carry into the future.

Endangered animals

Tuesdays

10:00 am to

3:00 pm

March 29 to May 3 (6 sessions)

Ages: 5 to 14

Cost: $420 + GST

Capitalizing on learning from previous sessions, we’ll spend time as a group further solidifying our learnings from Lenski’s extensive research. If you don’t have the numbers, the time it takes for mutations to evolve is too slow, and human domination of habitats results in extinction. Conservation is at the forefront of everyone’s thinking and building on this, we’ll explore the discussions to be had around taking frozen DNA from the mammoth and merging it with DNA from elephants, contributing to the partial revival of already extinct animals.

Each student will work on a poster sized canvas banner, which we’ll walk down to Jericho Beach. Once there, the group will set up an information kiosk to share their knowledge on one specific animal with members of the public. While we wait for passers-by to ask questions of our talented home learners, each child will craft memory bracelets as a keepsake of their message to hand out once their wisdom has been well and truly imparted.

Cetaceans

Tuesdays

10:00 am to

3:00 pm

May 10 to June 14 (6 sessions)

Ages: 5 to 14

Cost: $420 + GST

Using Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George as our literary foundation, this session will ignite a passion for Pacific Coast cetaceans like the humpback whale, white-sided dolphins and the humble but mighty orca. We will partner students in Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC) with students from thee Lyceum to share learnings about Orcas and mosaic. Using tantalizing turquoises and ocean blues, both groups of students will learn the art of cutting tile, creating something that will be admired through the generations, inspired by their chosen cetacean. Conditions permitting, our learners will then travel to East Point Lighthouse Museum on Saturna Island where intense stuff of whales takes place.

Hydrophones are accessible for listening to communications between pods. The group will use this insight to deepen their connection to local marine life, a truly unforgettable experience.

Click here to learn more about the SEEC program.