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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

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
  • Decorate 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
  • Take advantage of great discounts on fall memberships

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 *
No regular Lending Library hours this week due to inventory.  You can return items during inventory times.

Workshops This Week   August 25-31

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

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 if you can help during a 1-2 hour shift or just drop by.  
Monday and Tuesday, August 25-2610:00 am - 2:00 pm
Leader: Melody and Heddi

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
Location: Fireside Room


NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR OUR LAST MEETING!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:  1:30 pm-3:30 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

It's time to sign up for fall memberships!
Up to $20 off memberships for the week of the Open House!
A DLC membership also makes a great eco-friendly gift!
Click on Join to sign up for a lending library or supporting membership.

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Suki Wessling,
May 16, 2014, 5:13 PM