Upcoming Events:

PSA Paperwork Party

with Heddi Craft


Oct 7, 2019 at 7 pm


If you are homeschooling independently, you'll need to file a Private School Affidavit (a PSA) between Oct. 1-15th of every year. Bring your laptop (we'll have one you can borrow, too) and Heddi will lead you through filing the PSA that night and will also provide you with worksheets for all the other paperwork you need to keep. You'll leave with everything you need to be compliant with CA law.


Fall Classes

Please note that all classes are volunteer led. Class fees pay our rent!

Ancient Technologies

Mondays 12-1

Study history and prehistory through tech advances! We will start in the neolithic 10,000 years ago, discussing what technologies stone age people had at their disposal. How did the invention of agriculture change things?We'll move on in time through metal working, the wheel, writing, and the rise of 'civilization. 'Wherever possible, we will engage in hands on crafts and games (maybe even foods) relevant to each advance. For ages 10-13. $50

Register here

Minimus Latin

Mondays @ 11

Join us for this lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. Students will learn basic grammar and Latin vocabulary through stories featuring a real family who lived in Roman times. Minimus the mouse guides students through learning about first and second declension nouns and present tense verbs through short comics and a variety of activities. For ages 8-12.  $60

Register here

Next-level Projects for Passionate Filmmakers

Mondays 1:30-3:00

Take your filmmaking up a notch with this fun, collaborative, project-based class exploring storytelling and live action filmmaking techniques. Topics may include: conveying emotion, lighting, storyboarding, camera angles, filming dialog, and more based on the interests of the class. Students will use their own gear—bring what you have! Prior experience with simple shooting and editing preferred. Optional: bring a short film you’ve made to our first class to share with each other. For ages 12-15.  $60

Register Here

Beginning Spanish Conversation

Wednesdays @ 10:30

This class is perfect for the student who has had some exposure to Spanish and needs a chance to practice speaking. Ages 9-12

Children Just Like Me

Wednesdays @ 11

Using both editions of the book, Children Just Like Me, we will investigate the daily life of a child from different countries around the world. We will observe their country, where they live, what they eat, their food, family and activities. Food, games, crafts and activities will bring the country to life. This is open to all ages, but younger children will need a parent present. Families will be presenting appropriate food on a rotating basis.  $60

Register for the first session here

Social Time

Wednesdays @ 12

A chance to play and socialize. Some cooking projects or other events organized by the group. Drop in any week.

Nonfiction Writing

Fridays @ 11

We will learn how to write several kinds of paragraphs, talk about what makes writing interesting and enough grammar to make sure your sentences say what you want them to say.  Writing in class as well as assigned as homework. Students can write by hand or bring a computer. Ages 12-15. $120

Register here

Big History

Fridays 1 - 2:15

In this year long course, we'll be studying 13.8 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to the present day. Along the way, we'll be thinking critically; connecting big ideas between past, present, and future; building informed arguments; and practicing these skills across disciplines and scales. This class has *required weekly homework of 1-2 hours*, including readings, videos to watch, some writing assignments, and projects. Big History can fulfill science and/or world history requirements in your homeschooling.
For ages 12-16.  $360

Register here



Ongoing Summer Classes:

Minecraft Club

Every Tuesday starting June 11, 10:00-12:00

Drop-in club.  Bring your own computer with Minecraft installed and an account.  Play Minecraft with others in a shared world. Led by Theoden Suhrie. Suggested donation $5/session.



Kids Teach

Every Wednesday starting June 12, 11:00-12:00

Open time slot for your kids to teach their peers. Come teach and learn together. To get your child on our schedule, email info@dlcsantacruz.org with their topic and preferred date. Drop-in to attend as a learner. Suggested donation $5. 

July 31 Dance with Helen



Project-based Art

Every Thursday starting June 20, 11:00-12:00
Student teacher Addy Reza, who is working towards a teaching credential and has taught art workshops at Palace Art, will lead a new art project each week. Ages: 9-12
$10/session plus material fee. 



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Join the DLC

Many of our events are drop-in and you can subscribe to our newsletter free of charge. We do our best to keep our volunteer classes and events low cost ($10 each).

By joining the DLC with a paid membership you are showing your support for our collaborative learning space. You help us pay our rent, cover supplies for classes and events, and keep the internet and lights on :-)

Supporting members join as a family. The entire family gets free entrance to DLC classes and events for the term of the membership.

2019 Fall Supporting Membership: $110
2019 Fall Lending Library Membership: $50

 Sign up or renew here. 



Summer Lending Library Hours: 


Monday:          closed
Tuesday:         10-12

Wednesday:    11-1

Thursday:        10-12

Friday:             closed

 

Fall Lending Library Hours: 

Monday: 11-1
Wednesday: 11-1
Friday 12-2



What is the DLC?

The DLC is a homeschool collaborative.

We support families who want to learn together outside of traditional school environments. We host social events for the broader Santa Cruz County homeschooling community.

We are different from learning centers that provide outsourced academic classes. We are 100% volunteer run and non-profit. We only offer classes and social activities based on what our active member families are passionate about teaching, learning, and doing together.

Our members enjoy access to our lending library of curricula, educational materials and learning games.




DLC Activity Ratings

Mellow- this activity is calm and tends to be focused and/or structured, good for sensitive kids

Tangy- this activity is a mix of calm and high energy periods, good for kids who can focus for short periods of time but also like to get up and move around

Spicy- this activity is high energy with a lot going on, good for kids who like to be busy and active



Board Meetings

Our board meetings are always open to anyone who would like to get involved. Do you have an idea about how the DLC could better support local homeschoolers? Come share it with the board!

Third Monday of each month, 7pm.  Please email info@dlcsantacruz.org to confirm and let us know your are coming.

Learn in Community. Share Your Passion. 

If you feel a calling to learn along side your kids this school year, we invite you to organize a class at the DLC. We are accepting proposals for fall classes, activities, clubs, and events now.

You don't have to be a professional teacher, just someone who is passionate about a particular topic and willing to share your curiosity and expertise with the next generation. 

You can lead a one day, one week, or all semester long activity this fall. 

Talk to your family. What do you want to explore together? What do you care about learning? What matters?

Submit your class, event, activity, or workshop proposal today!

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