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    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

    Tuesday:  10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
    Wednesday: 11:30 am -   1:30 pm

    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.

    Coming Events


    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.

    History Through Literature, starts September 8

    Each month we will read a different fictional novel based in ancient times or the middle ages.  You do not need to read the book ahead of time!  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

    Crazy 8s Math Club, starts September 8

    Join Crazy 8s, a brand new, over-the-top club designed to get kids fired up about math! Kids ages 9-12+ will create instruments, become certified spies, and accomplish other incredible feats. Zany activities include Bouncy Dice Explosion, Glow in the Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics! Math will never be the same after you go Crazy 8s! There will be a one-time materials fee of $3-5 per child. Sponsored by Bedtime Math.  Please RSVP to participate!
    Monday: 2:30-3:30pm
    Leader: Michelle
    Activity Rating: Tangy

    Creative Dance, monthly starting September 9th

    Come dance for fun. Work together or individually to create dance numbers to perform for the group. We will have music and speakers. If you want to bring music to share please have an iPod or other device that can attach to our speaker.  Ages 7 and up
    Tuesday: 10-12
    Leader: Melody
    Activity Rating: Spicy

    Board Game Meetup, select Wednesdays starting September 10

    Join us at the DLC on select Wednesdays for  a morning of fun playing board games.   Bring a board game to share! (No electronic/video games, please).   Parents are welcome and encouraged to play too!   Our first meeting will be September, 10 then we'll plan to meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.   All ages.
    Wednesday: 9:30-12:30
    Leader: Charlotte
    Activity rating: Mellow

    Minecraft Club, starts September 11

    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, though they can share with each other. Visit for information.
    Thursday: 2-4pm
    Leader: Heather
    Activity Rating: Tangy 

    Preschool Mornings, starts September 12

    Explore the alphabet, sing songs, messy crafts, story time, and other preschool experiences, including lots of free play.  Especially for ages 2-5 and their younger siblings.  
    Friday: 10:30-12
    Leaders: Rebecca and Barbara
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Materials fee: $1 per class day

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    Workshops This Week   September 1-7

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

    Open House  

    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

    Tuesday: 10am-2pm

    Wild Fun and Crafts Day 

    Join the guides of Wild Child Santa Cruz for fun games and crafts for kids of all ages!
    Make-your-own Herbal Bug Spray, build a Spirit Eye, play super fun nature games and sample our teas made of wild medicinal plants.  More info on this event and Wild Child Santa Cruz can be found at:
    Wednesday: 2-4pm
    Leader: Wild Child guides
    $5 suggested donation for materials

    Goal Writing Workshop  

    In this adult and babies in arms workshop, we'll talk about the value of writing goals for your homeschooling year.  Aimed at eclectic to structured homeschooling families, we'll spend some time writing and sharing our goals with each other then talking about how they can be used throughout the school year. (Optional but recommended homework: Chat with your child about his or her current interests and personal goals prior to the workshop.)
    Wednesday: 7-9pm
    Leader: 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

    Mobile Developers Group

    The group is open to the general public, and includes many discussions on the latest technology for smart phones, and computers. A wide range of experience levels attend the meetings, and it is great place to learn about “real world” technology, and business development.
    A $5 donation is suggested
    Leader: Glen

    Saturday: 10-12

    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 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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