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.

Just a reminder, all attendees to DLC activities must have a membership form on file in order to participate. We offer a free, basic membership to all interested families.

Additionally, 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.

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday 10:00-12:00
Wednesday closed
Friday 12:00-2:00

Join the DLC

It's time to sign up for summer! 
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


2015 Family Concert Series

Next Concert: Watsonville Taiko, Saturday, September 26th4-5pm

Taiko drumming is big music and it makes a big impact on the hearts of young and old alike. Come experience this impactful traditional Japanese music with your whole family!
Learn more about Watsonville Taiko at:

DLC Open House

Come find out more about the DLC at this FREE family event!  We'll have tie-dye (bring your own white silk or cotton items), art projects, math and science activities, a Kids Craft and Bake Sale, membership specials, and more!

Date: Tuesday, September 8th10:00am-2:00pm

* DLC Current News *

This week we invite you to join us for the second annual Santa Cruz Homeschool UnConference, a celebration of homeschooling here in Santa Cruz County.  Fridayevening we are excited to host a viewing of Class Dismissed and have a Q&A session afterwards with director Jeremy Stuart.  Saturday is our all day conference with door prizes, four sessions with everything from a dad's roundtable to discussion on science resources in Santa Cruz County, a vendor session over lunch, and a closing keynote by Wes Beach.  We'll have kids activities all day long, so bring the whole family.  It's not to late to sign up on the unconference web page.

Free Classes

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.

Children Just Like Me: Material World

We will be approaching cultural geography from a more mature perspective, using the fantastic book Material World but still playing  games, dancing and songs, doing crafts, and eating food to further understanding of the various cultures. Children are encouraged (but not required) to do additional projects, reports, whatever interests them about the country or culture, (especially current events) and present it to the group. Every week a family (or two) volunteers to bring traditional food from the country we are studying. I am looking for enthusiastic kids to participate, who want to be there for the fun of it, not because their parents are making them. Please RSVP to me at one4shrub@cruzio.com if you are planning to attend (so I'll know how much stuff to get together). Occasional materials fee.
Monday: 10-12
Leader: Heather
Activity Rating: Tangy

Cleaning Day

Come help us do a bit of cleaning in preparation for our Unconference and Open House.  Stop by for a short time or stay for the whole two hours.  All levels of help needed!

Leader: Barbara

Class Dismissed Film Screening

As a special pre-conference event, we'll be hosting a showing of the movie Class Dismissed.  This movie has been both an inspiration and affirmation to area homeschoolers.  It's a great film to share with family and friends.  This event will be free to participants in the Unconference on August 29th and all others are invited by donation.  The director, Jeremy Stuart, will be available for a Q&A session after the movie.

In the church sanctuary (please no food or drink)
Free to Unconference Attendees, suggested $5-10 donation for all others


Second Annual Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference

Join us for our second annual celebration of homeschooling in Santa Cruz County.  Events for both adults and children, door prizes, and a closing keynote by Wes Beach.  More details on our web page.

9:00-10:00-- Registration, setting the schedule, meet and greet, door prizes
10:00-12:00-- Sessions one and two
12:00-1:00-- Lunch and exhibitors
1:00-3:00-- Sessions three and four
3:00-4:00-- Closing Keynote by Wes Beach: Finding a Path to a Self-Determined, Authentic Life
4:00-4:30-- Clean up, door prizes

Cost: $15 for one adult (individual rate) or $25 for one or two adults and their children (family rate)
We will be accepting registrations at the door.


Upcoming Classes and Clubs


Homeschool Book Club 

The Homeschool Book Club will be meeting on Thursday mornings starting September 3rd.    
Our first meeting will be held at Henry Cowell State Park.  
The Bookworms will be reading Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French.
The Bibliophiles will be reading EYES WIDE OPEN:  Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by local author, Paul Fleischman.   This is a great book for kids interested in environmental topics, like climate change.
Most of our meetings are held at the DLC.   More information can be found on the DLC website.   Details about our meetings are shared in this yahoo group and we ask that you join that group before attending.  
The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club is a book club for homeschooled kids. Our groups include:
  • Bookworms: Each month we explore a book through discussion, projects and active play.   A chance to share a love of books without having to sit quietly for long periods.   Readers between the approximate ages of  6 and 10.   It's fine if the kids listen to the books read to them.
    Activity Rating:  Spicy
    (Leader: Melody) 
  • Bibliophiles:  Exuberant readers  approximate ages of 10-14.  We read one middle grade novel each month and come together to discuss and experience the book through a variety of multi-sensory activities. Activities are selected to encourage thought about the key cultural, historical and literary elements of each book. Kids are encouraged to participate in the discussion of the chosen book and need to be able to focus on a variety of activities throughout the three hour club time.  
    Activity Rating: Mellow  
  • (Leader: Charlotte)

Writing and Bookmaking Workshop

The writing workshop will meet on three Thursday mornings a month from 9:30-12:30   The kids will  have fun writing  and learn how to support each other. 
 The focus will be on getting ideas out of your head and onto the paper (or computer).    At each meeting we'll do a "close" reading of a short piece of literature and then try out the techniques used by the author.  We'll also explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking techniques to computer options.   No reading or writing required between meetings.   Open to all interested writers 10 and up.   Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary.  Kids should plan to attend regularly.  
Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 17 at the Discovery Learning Center.  We'll be doing some fun introductory activities,  working on descriptive language and taking a walk along Westcliff Drive.  
Please reply to charclarinet@gmail.com, if you are interested.  I'll be sending out a questionnaire to get an idea of interests and writing experience. 


History Through Literature 

Our first book will The Rogues by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris, and we'll explore the time period of the Highland Clearances in Scotland (approximately 1720-1780).  History Through Literature is for students ages 12-15.

Tuesdays, beginning September 15th12-1pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow


Story of the World Book 4: Modern Times

Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 9-11 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 4, 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 about 20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week.  This class will involve more writing and focus than the previous three years.

Wednesdays, beginning September 16th12-1pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy
Material Fee: $2:00 per child most weeks

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

Subpages (1): Unconference Wiki