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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.


Join the DLC

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 Spring Supporting Member: $120

Fill out our membership form to sign up or renew your membership. Then pay online to complete the process.

https://sites.google.com/site/discoverylearninghomeschool/join/paypal


Next Board Meeting

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!

Monday, March 18, 7-9pm



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 fall 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!



Volunteer Opportunities

Wanted: Volunteers

We could use help with our tween and teen social events. Families interested in helping with set-up and clean-up, taking tickets, serving food, decorating, or planning can email Stephie Tucker at stephie@apis-media.com.



Amazon Smile

The DLC is now a participating charity of the Amazon Smile program. If you shop on Amazon.com, you can send a small percentage of your purchase price as a donation to the DLC. Simply log on to Amazon's website through our (corrected) Amazon Smile link:

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3624841

If you have family or friends who use Amazon, please share this link with them.

Lending Library Hours:
Monday:          12:00-2:00 (closed March 18) 
Tuesday:         10:00-12:00 
Wednesday:    11:00-2:00 *adjusted hours
Friday:             12:00-2:00 




Check out our spring semester classes and register online through our digital CourseStorm catalog!


Current Classes & Clubs


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

All classes and events are open to the homeschooling community. You may pay for classes and events individually without becoming a member.

Fill out our membership form to sign up or renew your membership. Then pay online to complete the process.

NOTE: 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.


MONDAY

Ancient Technologies

Mondays (March 11 - April 15) 
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.


Study history and pre-history through tech advances! We will start in the paleolithic 20,000 years ago, discussing what technologies "cave men" had at their disposal. Then we'll move forward in time towards agriculture, writing and beyond. Wherever possible, we will engage in hands on crafts and games (maybe even foods) relevant to each advance. 


Leader: Amanda Abronson

Rating: Tangy

Ages: 9-12

Class Fee: $40 (4 sessions), free to supporting members
(No class March 18, April 1)

Register online via our CourseStorm digital catalog:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/ancient-technologies-spring



Chemistry 

Mondays (Jan 14th - May 20th)
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Advanced Chemistry Lab with weekly experiments. Topics include separating solutions, molar mass, decomposition and displacement reactions, and oxidation states. For high school and advanced middle schoolers. Contact instructor prior to enrollment


Leader: Melody 

Rating: Mellow

Ages: middle school & high school


Contact melody@panttaja.com if interested in joining.



TUESDAY

No classes.


WEDNESDAY

Spanish Play/Practice

Wednesdays  (restarting March 13 - April 17)
11:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m.


Spanish practice incorporating games and play-pretend. Perfect for children who have had a little Spanish instruction and want to keep in practice over the Summer, or for those with no previous experience who want to get a jump on taking Spanish in the Fall. (No reading and writing required)


Leader: Amanda

Rating: Tangy

Ages: 5 to 9

Class Fee: $50 (5 sessions) free to supporting members

Material Fee $5

Register online via our CourseStorm digital catalog:

https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/spanish-play-practice1


About the Instructor:
Amanda Abronson is a homeschool teacher with an interest in Spanish. Her undergraduate degree was in Linguistics and she has studied a number of language teaching methods, including in the UC TESOL/TEFL certificate program.

Wednesday Social Time

Wednesdays
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Community event including dance, music, tea parties, crafts, building and active games.

Activity will change weekly, so please check our facebook group for each week's event.

Cost: $5-$10/members free


THURSDAY

Mapping the World with Art
Thursdays (starting Jan 17 - May 2, 25 weeks)

No class March 7

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Using Ellen McHenry's "Mapping The World With Art" (not the similarly named David Smith's "Mapping the World By Heart!"), we will explore geography, history, cartography, and exploration.

Students will learn the geography of our world using activities and by drawing regional maps. The final project will be to complete a map of the world. The focus is more on physical geography rather than political boundaries.

This is ideal for kinetic and activity based learners.

Leader: Heather

Rating: Tangy

Ages: 11 and up

Class Fee: $10 per class free to supporting members

Material Fee $20


Register online via our CourseStorm digital catalog:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/mapping-the-world-with-art


FRIDAY 

Intro to Ukelele
Fridays (Feb 22- March 29)

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


This class is a fun and easy introduction to ukulele for students with no prior experience. This class is for children ages 5-10 and will progress at a gentle pace. Caregivers are welcome to sign up also.

Students are responsible for bringing their own ukuleles to the first day of class.

Leader: Megan Harenburg

Rating: Mellow

Ages: 5-10 

Class Fee: $20 (4 sessions) free to supporting members


Register online via our CourseStorm digital catalog:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/intro-to-ukulele-beginners


Intro to Ukelele for Tweens and Teens
Fridays (Feb 22- March 29)

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


This class is a fun and easy introduction to ukulele for students with no prior experience, but will progress more quickly than the elementary age class. Ages 10 and up.

Students are responsible for bringing their own ukuleles to the first day of class.

Leader: Megan Harenburg

Rating: Mellow

Ages: 10 and up

Class Fee: $20 (4 sessions) free to supporting members


Register online via our CourseStorm digital catalog:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/intro-to-ukulele-intermediate



SATURDAY 

No classes this week.


SUNDAY

No classes this week.




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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Stephanie Tucker,
Sep 13, 2015, 2:27 PM
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