The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, nonproﬁt organization that provides learning resources to preschool, homeschool, and traditionally schooled families. The core of our mission is to provide a location and resources for pre-K through 8th grade family learning.
iterature. You will ﬁnd young children exploring paint colors, or older children learning to paint in the style of van Gogh. You’ll ﬁnd a mom leading a discussion of history or a professional teacher doing hands-on science experiments.
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Workshops This Week September 22-28
Our workshops are free to supporting members. A
$2-5 donation per class day requested of others to support the DLC.
Using the book Cells: An Introduction to the Anatomy and Physiology of Animal Cells by Ellen McHenry
We will design and sew doll clothes or stuffed animals. I will bring needles, thread, and fabric and teach basic hand-sewing skills. Then we can tell stories featuring the dolls and animals through acting, filming, and/or written stories. Parent participation needed, especially with threading needles and writing. Ages 5-9
Each month we will read a different fictional novel based in ancient times or the middle ages. We will learn about the history of that time, share our own research, and discuss the book. Ages 10-14. See more details on our class web page.
Join Crazy 8s, a brand new, over-the-top club designed to get kids ﬁred up about math! Kids ages 9-12+ will create instruments, become certified spies, and accomplish other incredible feats. Zany activities include Bouncy Dice Explosion, Glow in the Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics! Math will never be the same after you go Crazy 8s! There will be a one-time materials fee of $3-5 per child. Sponsored by Bedtime Math. Please RSVP email@example.com to participate!
Discussion group for those who are interested in the unschooling philosophy. This is an adult and babies in arms event. This month the group will will be discussing this article.
Come learn and playground games from around the world, including classics such as kickball, four square, tag, Red Rover, Simon Says, and many more. Bring a bottle of water!
Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 7-10 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 3, Early Modern Times as our guide and we request that you purchase or borrow the book and read the indicated chapters as noted on our class page before attending if possible. At each meeting, we will spend 10-20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week. Please wear clothes that can get dirty.
Come to teen club! Bring a snack to share! Games and a movie (Divergent) are planned for this meeting This is a drop off event but parents need to sign teens in for the first meeting. Ages 11 and up.
Using Ellen McHenry's course, The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe (http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/), this is a basic introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry but with the interest level of the text and activities geared to students who still like to play while they learn. Space is limited so you must preregister for this class. This class is currently FULL.
Activity Rating: Tangy
This club is open to all ages. Participants should have Minecraft pre-loaded on their computer and a valid Minecraft license. The iPad app won't work with the full version, so children using the app will not be able to share worlds with laptop users, though they can share with each other. Visit http://minecraft.net for information.
Explore the alphabet, sing songs, messy crafts, story time, and other preschool experiences, including lots of free play. Especially for ages 2-5 and their younger siblings.
10:30am –12:00pm Thursday
28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)
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Contact Kelly Clawson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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