Homeschool Programs 

We offer both full day homeschool workshops as well as a series of 1h and 1.5h classes for homeschool students. Scroll down to learn more!

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Homeschool Full Day Workshops

 February 28 – Super Sleuths Full Day Workshop

This day is all about learning spy skills! Practice de-coding morse code messages, extract DNA from fruit, and tackle an obstacle course. We will work on our problem-solving skills with games, puzzles, and hands-on activities.

The Details

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm (half-day option available)

Cost: $40/student

Ages: 6+

Location: NS3 Science Studio (4355 Jingle Pot Rd Room 101)

Please note: Food is not included in the cost.
Please send along lunch and a water bottle with your child.
We will be spending time outside so please dress appropriately.




9:00 Arrival and free play

9:30 Introduction

9:45 Senses Activities

10:00 Snack and recess

10:30 DNA Extraction

11:30 Invisible Ink

12:00 Lunch and outdoor time

1:00 Obstacle Course Challenge

2:00 Morse Code

2:45 Story and Discussion

3:00 Pick-up


*Subject to change


Homeschool Science Classes

New format! This year we will be offering three 8 week series classes on Wednesdays throughout the school year. This program targets specific prescribed learning outcomes in science for each grade which should qualify the work happening here at the NS3 for credit.  You may use your allotment fees by clicking offline payment at checkout and filling out your appropriate DL vendor forms and informing us where to invoice. 

Term 1: October/November will focus on physics and chemistry.
Term 2: January/February will focus on earth science.
Term 3: April/May will focus on biology. 

Term 2

The January/February series will cover Earth Science topics and PLOs, and include a field trip to Horne Lake Caves to explore first hand the geology of Vancouver Island.

The Horne Lake field trip will take place on the third week of the series (Jan 22) parents are asked to meet us at the field trip site. More detailed information will follow once registration has closed.

Term 2 Details:

Dates: Wednesdays January 8th – February 26th.

Cost: $145*

Registration: Registration will become available December 4th. You may use your allotment fees by clicking offline payment at checkout and filling out your appropriate DL vendor forms and informing us where to invoice.  

Location: NS3 Science Studio 4355 Jingle Pot Road

*The cost has increased to cover the fees for the Horne Lake field trip


Term 2

Grades: 6 and 7

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

This term is focusing on Earth Sciences. Learn to identify rocks using dichotomous keys, re-create the structure of our solar system, and look at evidence of climate change. We will do our Trash 2 Treasure program, creating an art piece with a message about conservation to be shared digitally. Students will collect data about water quality and learn how humans are affecting the environment.


Term 2

Grades: 3-5

Time: 11:00 am – 12:30pm

Join us for a term focusing on Earth Sciences. We will study different landforms, identify rocks, and discuss how microplastics are produced and affect the environment. We will also be creating model biomes to explore the relationship between living and nonliving things in an ecosystem.


Term 2

Grades: K-2

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

This term is all about the natural world around us. We will keep a weather journal to record our weekly observations and build a mini terrarium ecosystem to show the water cycle. Explore the phases of the moon, seasonal rounds, and talk about sustainable practices for everyday life. There will be a nature exploration day where we will learn about observing and sampling. 

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