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    Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference

    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.

     Fun at the DLC

    A CO2 Souffle!

    Summer Lending Library Hours

    Tuesday:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
    Thursday: 10:00 am -   12:00 pm
    2nd Saturday of the Month: 10:00 am -12:00 pm

    Coming Events


    Lending Library Inventory

    We're looking for adult or teen volunteers to help us complete an inventory of our library and attach barcodes to all items.  Please email us at if you can help during a 1-2 hour shift.  
    Monday and Tuesday, August 25-2610:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Leader: Melody and Heddi

    Annual Open House
    Tuesday, September 2, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Come by our open house and you can:
    • Browse our newly computerized lending library of over 2500 check out items
    • Sample activities taught by some of our volunteers
    • Get a two page list of all the classes we have set up this fall 
    • Learn more about homeschooling in Santa Cruz county
    • Eat baked goods and buy crafts at the Kids Craft and Bake sale
    • Meet other awesome homeschoolers
    • Dye a t-shirt or other cotton item you bring along
    • Learn how you can use our space to teach your own class or start a club

    It's Time To Start Reading!

    The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club traditionally holds the first meeting of the year at Henry Cowell State Park. This month we've chosen books with environmental themes and will meet on Monday, September 8th for discussion and activities. Books and details will be announced on our Yahoo group.  If you are interested in attending and have not joined, please do so at
    Descriptions of the book club groups can be found on the DLC website.

    * DLC Current News *

    Workshops This Week   August 18-23

    Our workshops are free to supporting members. A 
    $2-5 donation per class day requested of others to support the DLC.

    Monthly Board Meeting

    The DLC Board meets at the DLC on the third Mondayof each month.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend!
    Monday: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

    Scratch Programming

    Come program in Scratch. Bring a laptop. We will try different projects to learn about the language. Beginners and those with some experience welcome.  We meet every other Tuesday
    Activity rating: Tangy
    Leader: Melody
    Tuesday: 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Makers Club

    Makers Club is open to all age groups and various interests.  Are your kids interested in robotics, microelectronics, game creation, programming, video editing, web design, crafting, customizing, making and doing? Let them bring their projects down to share with other interested children. We encourage interested parents or siblings to come and act as mentors!  We meet every other Tuesday.
    Activity rating: Tangy
    Leader: Heather
    Tuesday:  11:00-12:00 pm


    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. Visit for information.
    Activity Rating: Tangy 
    Leader: Heather
    Tuesday:  12:00 pm-2:00 pm


    Homeschool Teen Club Organizational Meeting  

    Come and help us plan our teen club!  Bring a snack to share!  We'll have an organizational meeting followed by a movie.  This is a drop off event but parents need to sign teens in for the first meeting.  Ages 11 and up.

    Activity rating: Spicy
    Leader: Krishna
    Wednesday:  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    The Elements (Ingredients of the Universe)  

    Using Ellen McHenry's course, The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe (, 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 
    Leader: Heather
    Thursday:  10:00 am-12:00 pm


    Come join us in bringing our favorite books to life!  We are looking for actors, writers, and directors to turn our favorite children's books into short plays to be performed at a TBA venue.  All parts of the plays, including costumes and props, to be developed by the participants.  Ages 7 and up (younger children who are interested, please contact Heddi and let's discuss it).
    Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy, participants need to be able to focus while developing performances and in rehearsals but we be up and moving a lot.
    Leader: Heddi
    Thursday:  1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Santa Cruz Homeschool UnConference

    Join us for our first annual local homeschool conference and enjoy a whole day of adult and family events where we can connect around homeschooling.  Please see our web page for more details and to register.
    Saturday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

    Upcoming Paid Classes

    IEW Writing Classes

    Following Narnia
    10:30am –12:00pm Thursday
    28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)
    Using the first three novels of The Chronicles of Narnia® (The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy), this series of 31 lessons beckons students to experience the enchanted land of Narnia through structure and style.  This course is appropriate for children with grade 6-8 writing skills.    $15./session, $225./semester plus $44. for materials

    Student Writing Intensive – Level A

    12:30pm – 1:30pm Thursday
    28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)
    Introduction to writing for grammar school children.  This course will use games and classroom assignments to introduce vocabulary, grammar, and basic writing skills using IEW units 1-4.  Grades 2 – 5; children should be able to read and write simple sentences.
    $10./session, $150./semester plus $19. materials ($10. If PDF only)

    Contact Kelly Clawson at to register.

    Teacher Bio:
    Kelly Clawson spent 20 years as a technical writer before becoming a parent.  While homeschooling her two girls, she was introduced to the IEW Curriculum (Institute for Excellence in Writing) and has found in it a way to pass on her love for writing.  Mrs. Clawson is a registered IEW instructor working on her IEW instructor certification.

    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

    Join the DLC

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    Click on Join to sign up for a lending library or supporting membership.

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