Welcome to the DLC!

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.

The Discovery Learning Center
Come on in! On any given day, you will find parents browsing our shelves and asking for advice on curriculum. You will find a club of avid readers sitting in a circle and passionately discussing l
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.

The DLC is there for you: explore our website to learn about our library, classes, clubs, and events.



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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday 10:30-2:30
Wednesday 11:30-1:30
Friday 12:00-2:00



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Coming Events

From Earth to Mars, a Study in Astronomy

A four hour adventure with a break for a meal, including:

Martian Wanderings: Why did ancient observers call Mars a “wandering star”? Through observation, mapping activities and the use of models, students will uncover the reasons for Mars’ mysterious motion in the night sky.

Scoping Out Mars: In this two-part activity, teams will first explore how lenses can be combined to make a simple telescope; then students will use real telescopes to make their own observations of features on the surface of Mars.

How Far to Mars: Using math and modeling, students will explore the motion of planets around the sun and the surprisingly complex answer to the question “how far is Mars from Earth?”

Mars--What's Out There?: What does the surface of Mars look like? And how do we know?Students will explore Martian topography through hands-on investigation and by examining aerial photographs.

So You Want To Be a Rover Driver?: Students will work in teams to maneuver a robotic mini-rover, learning about the careful planning, teamwork, and patience needed to explore distant planets.

Please pre-register with Amber at mrsstippy@yahoo.com.

Leader: Amber
Activity level: Tangy
Ages: 9 - 14, but others accepted with interest
Max number of students per day: 12
Thursday, April 2nd 4 pm - 8 pm


DLC Yard Sale and Kids Craft and Bake Sale

Donations will be collected the Wednesday to Friday before the sale.  More information coming soon!
Saturday, April 11th, 9am-1pm
 

Exploring Homeschooling

Learn more about the process of homeschooling and the options for home education in Santa Cruz County in this informative one hour workshop.  Leave with everything you need to know to get started homeschooling in the fall.
Leader: Heddi
Saturday, April 11th, 10-11am


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Free Classes

Our workshops are free to supporting members.  We request a $2-$5 (sliding scale based on what you're comfortable with) donation per family for each class day of all others to help support the DLC.  Some classes have an additional materials fee listed in the class description.

History Through Literature  

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.  We begin our study of European explorers through the book To the Edge of the World this week.
Monday: 1-2pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow
Occasional $1-2 materials fee
 

Crazy 8's Math Club  

Crazy 8's is a Math Club offered by the nonprofit, Bedtime Math.  The club offers mischief-making activities that kids love, like Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics. We start with the fun, then roll in the math. A major goal of Crazy 8s is to make math a fun, social part of life for kids and their friends. So it’s key to meet weekly with the same kids. For grades 3-5, or ages 8, 9 and 10.  
More information here: 
http://bedtimemath.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Crazy8s_FAQs.pdf
Please preregister with Barb at bjelwell@yahoo.com

Monday: 3-4pm
Leader:  Barb Matessa
Rating:  Spicy
 

Playground Games

Come learn 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!
Ages 6 and up.

Wednesday: 12:00-12:45
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Julie and Julie

 

Early Modern Times History Club

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. 

Wednesday: 1:00-2:00
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Heddi
Material Fee: $1-2:00 per child, depending on the weekly activity
 

Minecraft Club

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.
Wednesday: 2:30-4:30pm
Leader: Heather
Activity Rating: Tangy 
 

Preschool Mornings March

Pre-registration required for this relaxed, "Mommy and Me" preschool experience for children ages 2-5 and their siblings.  Our theme for March is The GARDEN.  Featuring messy crafts, stories, songs and indoor and outdoor play.   Especially for ages 2-5 and their younger siblings.  RSVP to bjelwell@yahoo.com.
Friday: 10:30-12
Leaders: Rebecca, Stephie, and Barbara
Activity Rating: Tangy
Materials fee: $1 per class day
 

From Earth to Mars, a Study in Astronomy

A four hour class for ages 9 - 14, but other ages accepted with interest.  Please RSVP to mrsstippy@yahoo.com
10 - 10:45 am Martian Wanderings: Why did ancient observers call Mars a “wandering star”? Through observation, mapping activities and the use of models, students will uncover the reasons for Mars’ mysterious motion in the night sky.
10:45- 11:30 am Scoping Out Mars: In this two-part activity, teams will first explore how lenses can be combined to make a simple telescope; then students will use real telescopes to make their own observations of features on the surface of Mars.
11:30 - 12:15 How Far to Mars: Using math and modeling, students will explore the motion of planets around the sun and the surprisingly complex answer to the question “how far is Mars from Earth?”
12:15 - 12:45 pm LUNCH
12:45 - 1:15 pm Mars--What's Out There?: What does the surface of Mars look like?  And how do we know? Students will explore Martian topography through hands-on investigation and by examining aerial photographs.
1:15 - 2 pm So You Want To Be a Rover Driver?: Students will work in teams to maneuver a robotic mini-rover, learning about the careful planning, teamwork, and patience needed to explore distant planets. 

Saturday: 10-2
Leaders: Amber
Activity Rating: Tangy

 

Paid Classes 


IEW Writing Classes with Kelly Clawson
Thursdays, 10:30am-1:30pm
Please contact Kelly at kelly@hiram.ws for more information.


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




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