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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday: 10:00 - 2:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 2:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 12:00 (CLOSED IN AFTERNOON)
Thursday: 10:00 - 2:00
Friday: 10:00 - 2:00

The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, non-profit 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.

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Fall classes start September 6th.
Browse our online catalog and register online."We have partnered with CourseStorm to bring you online registration and easy pay-ahead options for our exciting line up of classes and clubs. Register today!

We are accepting proposals for fall and spring events and classes!

You can lead a one day, one week, or all semester long activity this fall. Talk to your kids and see what they would like to explore together with their friends. You can even invite a favorite teacher to teach at the DLC!

Spring class proposals (January to May) are due by November 20th!

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

Special Events

Adult Classes & Support Groups

Homeschool Parent Support Group

Join this supportive group of homeschooling parents where we share the joys and challenges of homeschooling over tea, coffee, and (always) chocolate! New and prospective homeschoolers area always welcome!

Questions about the support group?  Please contact Heddi at

Monday, November 14th, 7-9 pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms

Volunteer Opportunities

DLC 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, November 21st: 7-9 p.m.

Members of our Tuesday "Friends and Their Names" class acting out the "Little Green Witch" story.

Volunteer as a Lending Librarian!
We have had one of our dear librarians move recently and are looking for some new recruits to help fill in the vacated spots. If you would like to work in our resource library, and earn credit toward a DLC membership for your family, please contact our volunteer coordinator at

Submit Spring Semester Proposals!
  • Do you have an idea for a class you or your kids would like to teach? 
  • Is there a topic or a project you've been itching to dig into? 
  • Do you know a teacher who would be a great asset to our homeschooling community?
Spring class proposals (January to May) are due by November 20th!

We review class proposals on the third Monday of each month at our board meetings. Submit your class proposal online! 

Current Classes & Clubs

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.

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.


Mr. G's Magic Academy
Using the International Discover Magic curriculum, students learn life skills and the art of 'heart magic'—how to connect with audiences, sharing their own stories and magical routines. Students get hands-on learning/magic props for cool tricks/secret file folders/bonus online videos/performing in graduation Magic Show for family/magic wand & certificate.

$295 (includes $95 materials/video vault) Stan is an
Ocean Grove Vendor. If student is part of Ocean Grove, a PO is required at first class; all other students should have cash or check at first class.

Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00, beginning  Sept. 19th

Age Range: 8-12
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Stan Grindstaff 

(Please Note: This class requires a $295 fee to be paid directly to the teacher at the first class in addition to the $20 registration fee collected on this site.)

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

Project Based Math
Laura Chatham will work with students to identify real world projects they are passionate about and to apply related math concepts as they develop these projects. Students will presents projects in progress during class and the group will discuss each one as "mathematically proficient students making sense of problems and persevering in solving them." 

The class will also allow for time to focus on learning whatever basic math skills are required for the project, including helping students to fill in gaps in math understanding and to build on existing foundations.

Mondays, 11:00-12:30, beginning  Sept. 12th

Age Range: any 
Activity Rating: Mellow
Instructor: Laura Chatham

Cost: This class requires a $84 fee to be paid directly to the teacher at the first class in addition to the $14 registration fee collected on this site.

Laura is an Ocean Grove Vendor. If student is registered with Ocean Grove and would like to use school funding, a purchase order is required at first class; all other students should have cash or check at first class. 

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


Friends and Their Names

For children interested in letter-sound correspondence, and showing signs of readiness, this gentle class will explore the letters and sounds in each other’s names. We’ll explore syllables, count letters, discover patterns, and practice writing names. Each child will have one day to be in the spotlight with their name, and be interviewed about themselves and their interests for a shared and interactive writing experience. At the end of the class, kids will take home a book about themselves and their friends. This two hour class will also feature movement, songs, read alouds, free play and art. Limited to 8 children.

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00

Age Range: 5-7
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Barb Matessa 

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

Big History

Big History brings to life an audacious idea—a single course that covers the complete history of people and the Universe. By sharing the big picture and challenging students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in. We will be using the Big History Project ( as our main source of material.

Tuesdays: 12:00 - 1:00
Age Range: 13 and up
Activity Rating: Mellow
Instructor: Heddi Craft

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

Teen Lit: Gulliver's Travels

In this class, we will be reading Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and composing both critical and creative responses to the text through writing, discussion, art, and other forms of expression.  Students will have weekly reading assignments to complete and some out of class homework each week.  A reading and assignment schedule will be distributed at the first class.  

Description of the book from School Library Journal: 

Jonathan Swift's satirical novel was first published in 1726, yet it is still valid today. Gulliver's Travels describes the four fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a kindly ship's surgeon. Swift portrays him as an observer, a reporter, and a victim of circumstance. His travels take him to Lilliput where he is a giant observing tiny people. In Brobdingnag, the tables are reversed and he is the tiny person in a land of giants where he is exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. The flying island of Laputa is the scene of his next voyage. The people plan and plot as their country lies in ruins. It is a world of illusion and distorted values. The fourth and final voyage takes him to the home of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses who rule the land. He also encounters Yahoos, filthy bestial creatures who resemble humans.

Tuesdays: 1:30 - 2:30
Age Range: 13 and up
Activity Rating: Mellow
Instructor: Heddi Craft & Connie Corona-Falls

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

Beginning Spanish

This will be a continuation Spanish class from last year, open to new students. We will continue to conjugate verbs, structure sentences, and conversation, explore culture and current topics. This class is highly interactive, engaging and has developed into more of a group structure where students assist one another and develop new methods to learn and understand Spanish.

Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00
Age Range: 11 and up
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Connie Corona-Falls

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


World Geography

Join us on a geographic journey around the world through all seven continents. We’ll be mapping, using an atlas, researching areas of interest, while learning about the culture and landscape of countries around the world. During the 26 week class, students will create their own customized Geography Notebook. This class will include some homework in the form of weekly geography questions and some independent research.

Wednesdays:  10:30 - 11:30
Age Range: 9-12
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Heddi Craft

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:


Writing and Bookmaking Workshop

Kids will have fun writing and learn how to support each other. Each session will include a quiet writing time and a sharing session. We'll also play games, do writing explorations and look closely at literature examples to see how different authors practice their craft. We'll continue to explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking to computer options. There will be plenty of social time. Kids will be expected to do some writing between sessions and to share. Kids choose what they write. Any genre is fine, fiction or nonfiction.

Open to interested writers 11 and up. (Younger if highly motivated). Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary. Kids should plan to attend regularly.

Six twice-monthy sessions: 9/15 and 29, 10/13 and 27, 11/10 and 12/8

Alternating Thursdays: 9:30-12:30
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm:

Check out some of the previous writing from this workshop at


Friday Early Childhood Co-op

Parent co-op hosted by the Discovery Learning Center for families with children ages 2-6. Friday Co-op is currently full.

October Meetings: Fridays: 10/7 & 10/28, 10:30-12:30
Activity Rating: Tangy


Chess Club

Scholastic chess team for committed players during which kids train to play in tournaments and develop various critical thinking skills. Classes are social in nature and we have lots of fun along the way.

This is a fee based class organized by the instructor and not by the DLC.

Sundays: 10:00 - 12:15
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Gjon Feinstein

For more information, contact Gjon Feinstein at or call (831) 425-7835.

Upcoming Classes & Clubs:

Thursday Early Childhood Co-op 
Parent co-op hosted by the Discovery Learning Center for families with children ages 2-6. 

Thursday group now forming. You may register and find more details at:

October Meetings: 
Thursdays: 10/6 & 10/20, 10:30-12:30

Activity Rating: Tangy

For the Younger Crowd:

For Middles.

Just for Teens:

  • Teen Lit (ages 13+) 
    This course is broken into 6 separate classes (6 weeks ea.). Register separately for ea. class/book.

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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