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.
The DLC is there for you: explore our website to learn about our library, classes, clubs, and events.
Just a reminder, all attendees to DLC activities must have a membership form on file in order to participate. We offer a free, basic membership to all interested families.
Additionally, the DLC is not a drop off program. If you wish to leave the DLC campus while your child is participating in a class, activity, or club, then you must arrange for another parent or caregiver who will be staying on campus to supervise your child.
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This week we invite you to join us for the second annual Santa Cruz Homeschool UnConference, a celebration of homeschooling here in Santa Cruz County. sign up on the unconference web page.evening we are excited to host a viewing of Class Dismissed and have a Q&A session afterwards with director Jeremy Stuart. is our all day conference with door prizes, four sessions with everything from a dad's roundtable to discussion on science resources in Santa Cruz County, a vendor session over lunch, and a closing keynote by Wes Beach. We'll have kids activities all day long, so bring the whole family. It's not to late to
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.
We will be approaching cultural geography from a more mature perspective, using the fantastic book Material World but still playing games, dancing and songs, doing crafts, and eating food to further understanding of the various cultures. Children are encouraged (but not required) to do additional projects, reports, whatever interests them about the country or culture, (especially current events) and present it to the group. Every week a family (or two) volunteers to bring traditional food from the country we are studying. I am looking for enthusiastic kids to participate, who want to be there for the fun of it, not because their parents are making them. Please RSVP to me at email@example.com if you are planning to attend (so I'll know how much stuff to get together). Occasional materials fee.
Come help us do a bit of cleaning in preparation for our Unconference and Open House. Stop by for a short time or stay for the whole two hours. All levels of help needed!
As a special pre-conference event, we'll be hosting a showing of the movie Class Dismissed. This movie has been both an inspiration and affirmation to area homeschoolers. It's a great film to share with family and friends. This event will be free to participants in the Unconference on and all others are invited by donation. The director, Jeremy Stuart, will be available for a Q&A session after the movie.
Join us for our second annual celebration of homeschooling in Santa Cruz County. Events for both adults and children, door prizes, and a closing keynote by Wes Beach. More details on our web page.
The Homeschool Book Club will be meetingmornings starting .
Our first meeting will be held at Henry Cowell State Park.
The Bookworms will be reading Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French.
The Bibliophiles will be reading EYES WIDE OPEN: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by local author, Paul Fleischman. This is a great book for kids interested in environmental topics, like climate change.
Most of our meetings are held at the DLC. More information can be found on the DLC website. Details about our meetings are shared in this yahoo group and we ask that you join that group before attending.
The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club is a book club for homeschooled kids. Our groups include:
The writing workshop will meet on threemornings a month from The kids will have fun writing and learn how to support each other.
The focus will be on getting ideas out of your head and onto the paper (or computer). At each meeting we'll do a "close" reading of a short piece of literature and then try out the techniques used by the author. We'll also explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking techniques to computer options. No reading or writing required between meetings. Open to all interested writers 10 and up. Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary. Kids should plan to attend regularly.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 17 at the Discovery Learning Center. We'll be doing some fun introductory activities, working on descriptive language and taking a walk along Westcliff Drive.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested. I'll be sending out a questionnaire to get an idea of interests and writing experience.
Our first book will The Rogues by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris, and we'll explore the time period of the Highland Clearances in Scotland (approximately 1720-1780). History Through Literature is for students ages 12-15.
Tuesdays, beginning :
Activity Rating: Mellow
Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 9-11 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 4, 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 about 20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week. This class will involve more writing and focus than the previous three years.
Wednesdays, beginning :
Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy
Material Fee: $2:00 per child most weeks
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