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

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday: 12:30-2:30
Wednesday 11:30-1:30

Join the DLC

It's time to sign up for spring memberships!
A DLC membership also makes a great eco-friendly gift!
Click on Join to sign up for a lending library or supporting membership.

Coming Events

We are moving into a larger room down the hall between Dec. 22nd and Jan. 18th!  The room will be 50% larger allowing us more room for our lending library and our classroom space.  Please consider volunteering a few hours to help us paint and move our bookshelves when the volunteer dates are announced.

* DLC Current News *

We have a membership special running now through Dec. 31st.  Take $10 off a Spring Lending Library membership and $20 off a Spring Supporting Membership.  A membership makes a great gift to your family or another family with access to over 2000 educational toys, games, and other resources.

Workshops This Week   December 14-16

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

Beaded Christmas Trees  

We'll be string beads onto wire and shaping them into small tree ornaments.  Must have some fine motor control. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Monday: 11am-12pm
Leader: Melody
Activity rating: Mellow

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.
Monday: 1-2pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow
Occasional $1-2 materials fee

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: 1:30-2:30
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Heddi
Material Fee: $1-2:00 per child, depending on the weekly activity

Paid Classes

IEW Writing Classes

Following Narnia
10:30am –12:00pm Thursday
28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)

Student Writing Intensive – Level A

12:30pm – 1:30pm Thursday
28 Aug 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 (no class 11 Sep & 27 Nov)

Contact Kelly Clawson at kelly@hiram.ws to register.

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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