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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

    Library Inventory

    August 25 and 26 we will be doing a complete inventory of our items and adding barcodes for simpler check-out. Contact if you can help out.

    August 23: The Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference!

    This summer on August 23rd, we are excited to host a homeschool conference especially for area residents. In true homeschool style, we'll be using a special format called an Unconference, in which participants set the schedule for the day and volunteer to run the sessions the morning of the conference. We think it will be an amazing family event and a great way to get to know other homeschoolers in the area. To find out more and to register, visit our extensive web page at:

    Save the date and let us know if you have any questions or want to help out!

    * DLC Current News *

    Workshops This Week   July 21-26
    Our workshops are free to supporting members. A 
    $2-5 donation per class day requested of others to support the DLC.

    Board Meeting

    The DLC Board meets at the DLC on the third Monday of each month. Anyone interested is welcome to attend!
    Monday 7:00pm - 9 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

    Cost: For non-supporting members we usually request a $2-$5 (sliding scale based on what you're comfortable with) donation per family

    Tuesday:  12:00 pm- 2 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
    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.
    Tuesday:  11:00-12:00 pm

    Montessori Mornings

    Experienced homeschooler and Montessori trained teacher Elana Sifry will model the use of our Montessori math and language materials with kids ages 4-7. Parents are invited to observe and participate with their children. We will make a snack and eat together to model practical life skills. Cost: $2-5/family, free to supporting members Leader: Elana Activity Rating: Mellow
    Wednesday 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). Leader: Heddi Cost: $2-5/family, free to supporting members 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,
    Thursday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    DLC Activity Ratings

    Mellow- this activity is calm, focused and tends to be 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 summer memberships!
    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