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Thank You for a Great First Season of Family Learning Workshops!

All Family Learning Workshops are free with your admission and free for Members. Registration is highly recommended.

Family Learning Workshops are the perfect place to learn with your child. In each workshop, adults discover ways in which they can support their child's learning as children engage in fun activities to spark their curiosity. Together, families take home the experience of either learning something new, or seeing something in a new light.

Upcoming Workshops

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Past Workshops

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For 3- to 5-year-olds with a participating adult

In this workshop, your child will explore the properties of common substances and experiment with how to change and transform those properties. In the process of experimenting, they will encounter dissolving, changes in texture and consistency, and color mixing. They will engage in experimentation like scientists by observing, predicting, comparing, and using scientists’ tools (such as magnifying lenses, eyedroppers, and measuring spoons).

Experimenting with everyday ingredients from the kitchen is a great way to engage young children in early chemistry experiences. And adults will learn how they can best support their children’s investigations and how to help them gain the most from these experiences.

parent learns with children during Family Learning workshop

What’s the difference between the sand in your local beach and sand coming from halfway around the world? Join us for a special, beach-themed, Family Learning Workshop and find out!

In this workshop, parents and children will initially work separately, and then will come back together to share what they have absorbed. Parents will hear about the new Next Generation Science Standards and do an activity looking at various sands, to learn about the importance of detailed observations and how to facilitate these same careful observations with their children.

Meanwhile, the children will be having their own fun, and when students and parents get back together, families will be given a mystery sand and questions to solve through careful observation.

Activity 1: Beach Bucket Scavenger Hunt

In this activity, students are introduced to the vastness of our planet’s ocean and to the characteristics of one type of shoreline we call a beach. They work in small cooperative groups to explore a simulated sandy beach in a plastic tub that is littered with beach drift and debris. Through a sorting activity, they discover that biotic objects found on the sandy beach can be grouped into those that represent evidence of plant life, evidence of animal life, and evidence of humans. They discover the differences between abiotic and biotic objects.

Activity 2: Sand on Stage

Students use hand lenses or microscopes to compare the color, size, and shape of several sand samples. They then use rock and mineral kits as well as magnets to perform tests to guess about the origin and composition of their sample. They record their findings on a student sheet and then draw a sequence of pictures of how the sand they examined might have been formed and what the beach possibly looked like where it was collected.

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For children in 4th through 6th grades with a participating adult

In this Family Learning Workshop, you and your child will learn a “curiosity routine” that will make any outing a meaningful, enriching experience.

While your children have fun and gain an appreciation for exploring the outdoors, parents will learn more about how nature and exploration fit into the New California Science Framework, and how to support your child’s natural curiosity. Weather permitting, we will spend time in the Hall’s outdoor spaces, engaging in focused exploration to help encourage wonder and excitement wherever your family members may find themselves.

Exploring Nature is a part of the Hall’s new Family Learning Workshop series, where families learn together. In each workshop, adults discover ways in which they can support their child’s development, becoming active participants in their child’s growth rather than passive observers. Children engage in fun activities that spark their curiosity and love for science, technology, engineering, and math. Together, families take home the experience of learning something new and seeing some things in a new light.

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In this workshop, you and your child will make close observations of small creatures that live in the garden and under rocks, such as snails, worms, and pill bugs.

You will construct a terrarium to take home, adding items to make it a place that can temporarily house visiting animals you find outside. These activities are designed to deepen your child’s connection to nature and develop their appreciation of living things.

For Parents

This workshop will provide you with concrete ideas for promoting excitement and the wonder of observing and learning about living things with your child.

Parents will experience the process of building a terrarium and learn how to use this mini-environment to deepen their child's understanding of animals’ needs and how an animals’ environment helps to provide for those needs. By exploring nature together, you can help your child to develop their skills as a young naturalist and build an understanding about the needs and characteristics of living things.

For Your Child

This workshop will engage children in science explorations and focus them on important concepts about living things: their basic needs, physical characteristics, habitats, and behaviors.

Children will observe small animals, such as snails, worms, and pill bugs, up close. They will collect terrarium materials, and make a terrarium habitat to take home that can become a temporary habitat for plants and animals they find outdoors. The workshop will emphasize gentleness and respect for living things.

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Join your child on a trip to the classroom and discover the knowledge and tools you will need to help them succeed in mathematics.

In this workshop, we will help you develop strategies for working with your child as they learn math in a deeper and more connected way. At the same time, your elementary schooler will be engaged in fun math activities. You'll then meet back up with your child to practice your new strategies as you work together through math games, puzzles, and activities.

Build your confidence with the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and gain a “toolkit for learning” that will help you support your child's success both at home and in the classroom.

*Common core discussion is targeted for grades 3–5.

For Parents

How was the experience of learning mathematics for you? Was it enjoyable? Or was it painful?

In the past, schools overemphasized memorization as the main way of learning mathematics. But the challenges our children will face in the future are far from just using a well-rehearsed procedure or algorithm.

The Common Core State Standards in mathematics are helping prepare your child for the future. We at the Hall can help prepare you to support them even if the math work may look different from what and how you learned!

For Your Child

Through activities that will encourage exploration and discovery, children will expand their understanding from whole numbers to fractions. They will use these understandings to reason about relationships—the foundation of critical thinking—as they play and develop number and fraction sense.

For Your Family

This is a family event, for parents and their children!

Together with your child, learn more about the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, and develop strategies to support your child’s math understanding at home. You and your child will learn to use math to describe the world around us.

This workshop will focus on math concepts in 3rd–5th grade, but we welcome families with students in 1st–6th grade to attend.