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.
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.
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Come help us celebrate our move to a larger room this, from . We'll have tie-dye, a curriculum swap, and all kinds of activities! Find more details below! Join or renew your membership using cash or check at the Open House and receive $10 off a Spring Lending Library membership or $20 off a Supporting membership.
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.
Exploring data and probability for ages 7-10. We will jump, toss beanbags, roll dice, measure, compute averages, graph, and build. Computation will be done as a group, so no specific math skills needed to join in. We will need boxes or cardboard for the fourth class.
Each month we will read a different fictional novel based in ancient times or the middle ages. 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.
For ages 10 and up. We will focus on area and volume in this 6 week series, both finding them experimentally and computing using formulas. Each student needs a ruler, protractor and compass (the circle drawing kind, try to get one that adjusts with a dial).
In this 6 week class participants will have the opportunity to mix safe, everyday materials, play with the results and develop creative thinking and an experimental mindset. $1 materials fee per class, parent help with clean up appreciated! Ages 4-9
Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 7-10 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 3, Early 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 10-20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week. Please wear clothes that can get dirty.
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 http://minecraft.net for information.
Using Ellen McHenry's textbook Botany, over 9 weeks we will be reading the chapters, viewing video resources and some activities at home and doing more activities, labs, games and cooking in class to further in depth learning.
Children ages 2-5, their parents and siblings are invited to join us for a celebration of snow! We'll cut paper snow flakes, make a snow "dough", and enjoy juice flavored snow cones. We'll experience the spirit of snow without the cold.
Come and check out our spacious new room, right next door to the old room! Learn more about our classes, our lending library, and how the DLC works! Be sure to visit our welcome table before joining activities.
IEW Writing Classes with Kelly Clawson
Please contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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