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Tuesday: 11:00-3:00
Wednesday: 12:00-2:00
Friday: 10:30-12:30

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.

View Courses and Register Online!"We have partnered with CourseStorm to bring you online registration and easy pay-ahead options for our exciting line up of spring classes and clubs. Register today!

We are accepting proposals for summer events and classes!

You can lead a one day, one week, or all summer activity. 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!

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

Special Events

3rd Annual Santa Cruz Homeschool Conference

Third Annual Santa Cruz Homeschool Conference

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our third annual Santa Cruz Homeschool Conference is a chance for building community, finding support, learning new things, and having fun for the whole family!  This one day event is especially for Santa Cruz County homeschoolers!

We welcome prospective, new, and experienced homeschoolers.  Each session will include activities for adults and youth.

Find out more and register on our conference page

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, June 13th: 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, June 20th: 7-9 p.m.

Our summer programming is coming together. Check out the upcoming classes and clubs listed below:

- Summer Kiddie Lit:
  Arnold Lobel's Frog & Toad
- Minecraft Club
- Knit & Crochet Club
- Healthy Eating Workshop
- Sewing Camp
- Project Based Math
- All Around This World Music

Register for all of our summer offerings online at CourseStorm.

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.


No Monday classes at this time.


History Through Literature

In this class for students ages 12 to 15, we will be reading Snow Treasures by Marie McSwigan and learning about the Depression, Dust Bowl, WWII, and Holocaust. Led by a co-op of parents, students will learn about the history of that time, share our own research, and discuss the book. Individual projects are due on May 17th.

See more details on our class web page:

Tuesdays: 12-1pm
Leader: Connie and parents
Activity Rating: Mellow
Suggested Donation: $2-5/family, free to supporting members, Materials fee for some classes. 

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Spanish Sentence Building / Structure

In this nontraditional conversation based Spanish class, we will see where the students' interests lie, how they learn best, and how I can open them up to areas of interest through conversational Spanish. I will involve some traditions, culture, food, music, and history as we learn the language.

April 12 - May 31st, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Ages: 10 and up
Leader: Connie Corona-Falls
Activity Rating: Mellow
Cost: $2-5 donation per class day 


No Wednesday classes at this time.


Homeschool Writing Club
The kids will have fun writing and learn how to support each other.

The focus will be on getting ideas out of your head and onto the paper (or computer). At each meeting we'll do a "close" reading of a short piece of literature and then try out the techniques used by the author. We'll also explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking techniques to computer options. No reading or writing required between meetings. Open to all interested writers 10 and up. Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary. Kids should plan to attend regularly.

Three Thursdays a Month
Thursday, May 19th: 9:30am-12:30pm
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

Our Writing Club authors published their first e-zine in March and are working on a May edition. Check out their work! Read it online

LEGO Robotics: Creature Features

(Note: This class requires a $80 payment to the teacher at the first class in addition to the $8 registration fee paid online or in person to the DLC.)

Let your engineering imagination run wild in this LEGO Robotics class! You and your partner will design and program a motorized robot that imitates a creature of your choice. Build a bug, dog, bunny, or make up a creature of your own. Several types of movements are possible using visual plans, while your own decorative additions make it into a unique species. You'll type your own procedures into the computer to make it walk, light up, and make sounds!

Ages 9-14
Thursdays: May 5, 12, 19 and 26
3:30-6:00 pm
ctivity rating: Spicy
Cost: $80 to instructor, $8 to DLC

A limited number of scholarships are available, please contact the instructor at (831) 345-6987 or email

Kristine is a credentialed science teacher who has taught LEGO Robotics enrichment classes in the Santa Cruz area for the last twenty years. Although currently teaching after school at Westlake, Bradley and Noddin Elementary schools,  her experience includes ten years working in an Independent Study Program both tutoring and teaching topics in science, math and LEGO mechanics for K-8 grade.

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No Friday classes at this time.


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:

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

Registration is required. If your family would like to be added to the waitlist for the co-op this spring, please contact Stephie Tucker:

Friday, June 3rd: 10:30-12:30

Activity Rating: Tangy
Leaders: Amanda & Rachel


Summer Kiddie Lit:
Arnold Lobel's Frog & Toad

Come explore the world of Arnold Lobel's 

"Frog and Toad" together with other 4-6 yr. old homeschoolers this June. Each class will start punctually with tea together in circle as we listen to a story about Frog and Toad's friendship and adventures. During the second half of each class we will expand upon themes and concepts discovered in the text through hands-on, multi-sensory activities.

Mondays June 6-27th, 10:15-11:30
Age range: 4-6

Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Stephie Tucker

Suggested donation: $8

Materials Fee: $12 due at day of class

Register on CourseStorm:

Minecraft Club

This club is open to all ages. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet with Minecraft pre-loaded and a valid Minecraft license. The tablet version won't work with the full version, so participants using the app will not be able to share worlds with laptop users, though they can share with each other. Visit for information. This club will be run co-op style. We ask that a parent or guardian stay on campus the first time a child attends Minecraft Club (previous participants or teens may have exceptions) and then we ask all parents to sign up to stay as a support person once every four to six weeks so that we always have at least two adults on campus for the club.

Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 beginning June 9th
Age range: all ages
Activity rating: spicy
Suggested donation: $2-5 per club day or register for the summer.
Facilitators: Heddi, Hunter and Jonah.

Heddi is a long time DLC board member. Hunter and Jonah are homeschooled teens who have Minecraft expertise to share!

Knit & Crochet Club

This weekly club is for homeschoolers and their families ages 7 to 99 who wish to learn how to knit or crochet. We have a few projects to get you going if you aren't sure where to start or bring the pattern you'd love to start with to the club. A supportive adult should participate with 7-9 year olds. A limited number of knitting kits are available with everything you need to get started. Otherwise, bring skein of worsted weight yarn and either US size 7 knitting needles or a US size H crochet hook. (We can even help with sewing and simple weaving!)

Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 beginning June 14th
Age range: Ages 7 to adult
Activity rating: Mellow
Volunteer facilitators: Heddi and Julie

Suggested donation: $2-5 per family per club day
Materials fee: $6 materials fee if you want a knitting kit, no fee if you bring your own materials

Register on CourseStorm:

Healthy Eating Workshop

The CookBook Project is an International Non-Profit Organization with a mission to educate children and teens about the connection between Nutrition, health, and sustainability through hands on activities. In this class we will learn to prepare healthy snacks and drinks, learn how to make pickles, and plant seeds for edible plants.

Wednesdays 10:30-12:30 beginning June 15th
Note: no class on June 22nd.

Age range: 8-12
Activity rating: Tangy
Instructor: Elisangela Young

Cost: $50 due to teacher at first class plus $10 registration fee

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Instructor Bio: I am a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner and a stay-at-home mom. I have been homeschooling my son for a year now and we love it. I am passionate about promoting healthy eating and helping others to achieve better health through nutrition. To learn more about this class, contact Elisangela at or call her at (415) 913-0748.

Sewing Camp Session A

Learn how to sew by hand and on the sewing machine. We will make our own sewing kits - pincushion, needle book, carrying bag and zipper pouch for notions. We will also make a pillowcase or other project depending on the group size and ability.

June 20th-24th, 9:00-1:00

Age range: 8-13
Activity rating: Mellow
Instructor: Sara Homan

Cost: $200 plus registration fee

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Instructor bio: I have been teaching sewing to children and adults since 2008. I currently teach through the Santa Cruz Adult School and the afterschool Arts Academy program at Branciforte Middle School. I have a small collection of antique hand crank sewing machines that I like to let kids get started on before moving to the electric machine. This allows them to get comfortable with the machine by going at their own pace and gaining a deep understanding of how the machine works and how to troubleshoot problems. I like to encourage kids to experiment and figure things out on their own as much as possible - my emphasis at first is more on process than finished product. I find that once kids have that time to experiment, then they are ready to move on to using patterns and learning proper technique. For more information, contact Sara at, call 831-588-6696, or visit her website at

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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