New Classes:

Ukulele Club

Mondays 12 - 1pm, starting Oct 28

Please join the DLC for an all ages beginning ukulele club! And we will be learning popular and traditional songs using beginning chords. Please bring 25 dollar materials fee for copies, a ukulele, a music stand and three ring binder.

Register here

Video Game Design Workshop

Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm, starting Nov 1

I will guide the students through designing and programming a video game using the Unity Game engine.  We will learn Game design, digital art, C# programming and teamwork. The whole group will be collaborating on a single game.  Access to a laptop to bring to class is useful but not required.

Ages 12 and up.

Register here

Fall Classes

Please note that all classes are volunteer led. Class fees pay our rent!

Minimus Latin

Mondays @ 11

Join us for this lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. Students will learn basic grammar and Latin vocabulary through stories featuring a real family who lived in Roman times. Minimus the mouse guides students through learning about first and second declension nouns and present tense verbs through short comics and a variety of activities. For ages 8-12.  $60

Register here

Next-level Projects for Passionate Filmmakers

Mondays 1:30-3:00

Take your filmmaking up a notch with this fun, collaborative, project-based class exploring storytelling and live action filmmaking techniques. Topics may include: conveying emotion, lighting, storyboarding, camera angles, filming dialog, and more based on the interests of the class. Students will use their own gear—bring what you have! Prior experience with simple shooting and editing preferred. Optional: bring a short film you’ve made to our first class to share with each other. For ages 12-15.  $60

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Beginning Spanish Conversation

Wednesdays @ 10:30

This class is perfect for the student who has had some exposure to Spanish and needs a chance to practice speaking. Ages 9-12

Children Just Like Me

Wednesdays @ 11

Using both editions of the book, Children Just Like Me, we will investigate the daily life of a child from different countries around the world. We will observe their country, where they live, what they eat, their food, family and activities. Food, games, crafts and activities will bring the country to life. This is open to all ages, but younger children will need a parent present. Families will be presenting appropriate food on a rotating basis.  $60

Register for the first session here

Social Time

Wednesdays @ 12

A chance to play and socialize. Some cooking projects or other events organized by the group. Drop in any week.

Big History

Fridays 1 - 2:15

In this year long course, we'll be studying 13.8 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to the present day. Along the way, we'll be thinking critically; connecting big ideas between past, present, and future; building informed arguments; and practicing these skills across disciplines and scales. This class has *required weekly homework of 1-2 hours*, including readings, videos to watch, some writing assignments, and projects. Big History can fulfill science and/or world history requirements in your homeschooling.
For ages 12-16.  $360

Register here

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Many of our events are drop-in and you can subscribe to our newsletter free of charge. We do our best to keep our volunteer classes and events low cost ($10 each).

By joining the DLC with a paid membership you are showing your support for our collaborative learning space. You help us pay our rent, cover supplies for classes and events, and keep the internet and lights on :-)

Supporting members join as a family. The entire family gets free entrance to DLC classes and events for the term of the membership.

2019 Fall Supporting Membership: $110
2019 Fall Lending Library Membership: $50

 Sign up or renew here. 

Fall Lending Library Hours: 

Monday: 11-1
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11-1
Thursday: closed
Friday 12-2
(closed Friday Nov 22 and 29)

What is the DLC?

The DLC is a homeschool collaborative.

We support families who want to learn together outside of traditional school environments. We host social events for the broader Santa Cruz County homeschooling community.

We are different from learning centers that provide outsourced academic classes. We are 100% volunteer run and non-profit. We only offer classes and social activities based on what our active member families are passionate about teaching, learning, and doing together.

Our members enjoy access to our lending library of curricula, educational materials and learning games.

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

Board Meetings

Our board meetings are always open to anyone who would like to get involved. Do you have an idea about how the DLC could better support local homeschoolers? Come share it with the board!

Upcoming Meetings:

October 21, 7-9 pm

November 11, 7-9 pm

December 9, 7-9 pm

Usually the third Monday of each month, 7pm.  Please email to confirm and let us know your are coming.

Learn in Community. Share Your Passion. 

If you feel a calling to learn along side your kids this school year, we invite you to organize a class at the DLC. We are accepting proposals for spring classes, activities, clubs, and events now.

You don't have to be a professional teacher, just someone who is passionate about a particular topic and willing to share your curiosity and expertise with the next generation. 

You can lead a one day, one week, or all semester long activity this fall. 

Talk to your family. What do you want to explore together? What do you care about learning? What matters?

Submit your class, event, activity, or workshop proposal today!

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