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Join Our Board!
Would you like to be more involved in the homeschooling community? We invite you to join our board and help us plan for our future!

Our next meeting is Monday, March 20th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz (West Side, on the campus of the Garfield Community Church).

We Run on Volunteer Energy!
Are you interested in helping as a volunteer? Even if you cannot make a commitment to serve every week, we still need alternates to cover for sick days and travel. You will earn credit towards membership to the DLC, you can bring your kids, and you will support our county's volunteer-led nonprofit for homeschoolers! For details, email

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday: 10:00 - 2:00
Tuesday: 12:00 - 2:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 2:00
Thursday: CLOSED 
Friday: 10:00 - 2:00

The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, non-profit 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.

View Courses and Register Online!

Our spring semester has launched, but many classes are still open. Browse our online catalog and register online."We have partnered with CourseStorm to bring you online registration and easy pay-ahead options for our exciting line up of classes and clubs. Register today!

Do you have a class you would like to teach?

The sooner you can get your class proposal submitted, the better. 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. 

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

Special Events

Save the Date:

Yard Sale coming May 6th!

Adult Classes & Support Groups

Homeschool Parent Support Group
NOTE: Only two more months (April & May)!

Join this supportive group of homeschooling parents where we share the joys and challenges of homeschooling over tea, coffee, and (always) chocolate! New and prospective homeschoolers area always welcome!

Questions about the support group?  Please contact Heddi at

Monday, April 10th, 7-9 pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms

Volunteer Opportunities

DLC Board Meeting

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!

Monday, March 20th: 7-8:30 p.m.

New Spring Classes - Sign Up Today!
    Please register now for our upcoming classes.

    United States Geography
    In this six week class, we'll learn about U.S. geography. We'll explore the major regions of the U.S. and learn more about the 50 states. This will build on the just completed World Geography class, but you need not have taken that class to participate in this one.

    Wednesdays, March 29- May 10, 10:30-11:30
    Age Range: 9-12
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Heddi Craft

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    U.S. Constitution Basics
    We will look at the history and basic layout of the Constitution as well as learn about the three branches of government and the Bill of Rights.

    Tuesdays April 11 - May 2nd: 10:30 - 11:30
    Age Range: 13 and up
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Melody Panttaja

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    The Wheel Tooth about Gears
    Explore the world of hands-on mechanics using LEGO materials! Students work individually to build moving models from an assortment of bricks, numerous gears, wheels and axles. Discover how gear arrangements can change the direction of motion as well as the amount of force in machines. Using a variety of mechanical components, your LEGO models all really work! You choose which machines to construct like the dancing birds, monkey drummer, or spinning top. Students won’t take their LEGO projects home but parents are invited for demonstrations.

    Mondays April 17 - May 1st: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Age Range: 7-12 years
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Kristine North
    Cost: $9 registration fee, $52 to teacher fee to be paid at first class

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Current Classes & Clubs

    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.

    NOTE: 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.


    Starting out in Latin with Minimus
    Join us for this lively introduction to the Latin language and 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.

    Students will need to purchase a copy of the Minimus Starting out in Latin Pupil Book by Barbara Bell (used copies can be purchased on Amazon) for this 24 week class. They will have some homework each week from the text.

    Parents are encouraged to participate, especially if they haven't studied Latin themselves.

    Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00, beginning  Nov. 28th

    Age Range: 8-12
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Rebecca Paten

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Challenging Math Puzzles
    In this class, students will work together to solve math and logic puzzles. Melody will act as a math resource, answering questions about formulas and computation as needed. For more information contact Melody at

    Mondays:  11:30 - 12:30
    Age Range: 10 and up
    Activity Rating: Spicy
    Instructor: Melody Panttaja

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


    Big History
    Big History brings to life an audacious idea—a single course that covers the complete history of people and the Universe. By sharing the big picture and challenging students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in. We will be using the Big History Project ( as our main source of material.

    Tuesdays: 12:00 - 1:00
    Age Range: 13 and up
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Instructor: Heddi Craft

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Teen Lit: Old Man and the Sea
    In this class, we will be reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and composing both critical and creative responses to the text through writing, discussion, art, and other forms of expression. Students will have weekly reading assignments to complete and some out of class homework each week. A reading and assignment schedule will be distributed at the first class.

    Description from Amazon:

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

    Tuesdays March 7 - April 11 1:30 - 2:30
    Age Range: 13 and up
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Instructor: Heddi Craft & Connie Corona-Falls

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Beginning Spanish
    This will be a continuation Spanish class from last year, open to new students. We will continue to conjugate verbs, structure sentences, and conversation, explore culture and current topics. This class is highly interactive, engaging and has developed into more of a group structure where students assist one another and develop new methods to learn and understand Spanish.

    Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00
    Age Range: 11 and up
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Connie Corona-Falls

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Writing Individually Together
    Want to make a commitment to writing regularly? Come join us! Some of us began novels during the November Novel Mania known as the NaNoWriMo, and we are still working on our novels. We invite any writers who want to sit with us in mostly eerie silence, a surprisingly supportive way to actually write together.

    Each person should bring their own devide or paper and we'll create a space for camaraderie and moral support. We sometimes, if people are willing to stop writing for ten or fifteen minutes at the end of the session, take a moment to share a snippet of what we've done during that session. 

    Support group dates are Tuesdays from 4-6pm. Come to as many meetings as you like! There will be a sign up sheet at the support group so you can note when you will be attending. 

    For more information, contact Deb Bell at

    Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00
    Age Range: independent writers of any age through adult
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Instructor: Deb Bell

    Full Class Description & register on CourseStorm:


    World Geography
    Join us on a geographic journey around the world through all seven continents. We’ll be mapping, using an atlas, researching areas of interest, while learning about the culture and landscape of countries around the world. During the 26 week class, students will create their own customized Geography Notebook. This class will include some homework in the form of weekly geography questions and some independent research.

    Wednesdays:  10:30 - 11:30
    Age Range: 9-12
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Instructor: Heddi Craft

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


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    No classes this week.


    Chess Club

    Scholastic chess team for committed players during which kids train to play in tournaments and develop various critical thinking skills. Classes are social in nature and we have lots of fun along the way.

    This is a fee based class organized by the instructor and not by the DLC.

    Sundays: 10:00 - 12:15
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Leader: Gjon Feinstein

    For more information, contact Gjon Feinstein at or call (831) 425-7835.

    Upcoming Classes & Clubs:

    Writing and Bookmaking Workshop

    Kids will have fun writing and learn how to support each other. Each session will include a quiet writing time and a sharing session. We'll also play games, do writing explorations and look closely at literature examples to see how different authors practice their craft. We'll continue to explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking to computer options. There will be plenty of social time. Kids will be expected to do some writing between sessions and to share. Kids choose what they write. Any genre is fine, fiction or nonfiction.

    Open to interested writers 11 and up. (Younger if highly motivated). Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary. Kids should plan to attend regularly.

    Six twice-monthy sessions.

    Alternating Thursdays: 9:30-12:30
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

    Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

    Check out some of the previous writing from this workshop at

    Early Childhood Co-op

    Parent co-op hosted by the Discovery Learning Center for families with children ages 2-6. Friday Co-op is currently full.

    March Meetings: Fridays: 3/3 and 3/17, 10:30-12:30
    Activity Rating: Tangy

    Book Club

    Please contact Charlotte McManus for more information at

    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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