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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.

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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

Exploring Homeschooling Workshop

This fast paced, one and a half hour introductory workshop will help new homeschooling families find our more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources for homeschooling.

Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00 - 11:30a.m.
$2-$5 suggested donation
FREE to supporting members
Leader: Heddi Craft

Heddi Craft has three children and has been homeschooling for the past 11 years. She is the county contact for the California Homeschool Network and is a member of the Homeschool Association of California. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact her at 831-458-1711 or

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, May 9th: 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, May 16th: 7-9 p.m.

spring showcase May 7th

Spring Showcase

The DLC's Spring Showcase is an opportunity for homeschoolers of all ages to share what they have been learning over the past year. 

Has your student memorized a piece of poetry or a song, or written an original story or essay they would like to perform in front of an encouraging audience? Does he or she have some artwork to display? A science experiment to document? A history diorama to share with the world? 

Whatever your family has been learning this year, there is a way for your students to participate in the showcase. We will host presentations and have an exhibit hall.

You can enter a short (3-5 minutes) presentation, a display, or both! 

Please bring your own table for displays if you have one. The showcase will begin with presentations at 3:00, followed by time to enjoy the displays of student work in the exhibit hall. We hope that you will join us!

Saturday, May 7th
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

To sign up, fill out a participation form online!

Improv Fun for Everyone

Two hours of fun improv and theatre games in an atmosphere of acceptance and support. In improv there are no mistakes!! We will learn and play simple games to tap our creativity. Bring your silliness and flair for the dramatic.

Age range: 10 yrs (if mature and eager to cooperate) through teens. Parents are welcome to join in the fun. Games are great to play at home together.

Saturday, May 21st, 2:00-3:30 p.m. 
Activity rating: Tangy

Leaders: Deo, River, and Bodhi Robbins. Deo has studied improvisation with Marian Oliker and has been actively improvising as a SonRise volunteer since 2010. She's been homeschooling her grandsons since before they were toddling. River, Bodhi and Deo are also part of an improv troupe with Joya Winwood.

For more information, contact Deo at 831.465.1080.

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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.


Korean Language and Culture 

Experience Korean culture and learn fundamentals of the Korean language in a fun, interactive environment. Explore the alphabet, play games, make art, listen to music, dance, cook traditional dishes and more! 10 weeks.

Mondays beginning Feb. 29th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Age range: Ages 7-12 and their parents
Activity rating: Tangy

$2-5 per family per session DLC donation, FREE for supporting members

Register for 
Korean Language and Culture on CourseStorm.

Instructor: EunKyung Otte enjoys sharing her passion for her native country, Korea, with children and adults of all ages. A natural and enthusiastic teacher, Ms. Otte is partnering with the Santa Cruz Korean Center and the San Francisco Korean Consulate to bring this class to homeschooling families in Santa Cruz.

For more information, contact the class coordinator Barbara Matessa at


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 

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Science Club: Planning

Science Club is a chance for students to choose and perform science experiments. During planning meetings we will share ideas for experiments, decide what to do on experiment days, and determine who will bring materials. You must attend a planning session before joining in on experiment day.

Planning: Tuesdays 3:30-4:00
Age range: 10 and up
Activity rating: Mellow
Facilitator: Melody Panttaja

For questions, please contact the facilitator, Melody, at


Story of the World Book 4: Modern Times

Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 9-11 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 4, 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 about 20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week.  This class will involve more writing and focus than the previous three years.

Wednesdays: 12-1pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy 
Material Fee: $2:00 per child most weeks

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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, March 24th: 9:30am-12:30pm
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

Science Club: Experiment

Science Club is a chance for students to choose and perform science experiments. During planning meetings we will share ideas for experiments, decide what to do on experiment days, and determine who will bring materials. You must attend a planning session before joining in on experiment day.

Experiment: Thursdays 1:30-2:30
Age range: 10 and up
Activity rating: Mellow
Facilitator: Melody Panttaja

For questions, please contact the facilitator, Melody, at


No Friday Classes this week.

Saturday & Sunday 

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:

Homeschool Book Club

The Homeschool Book Club will be meeting once a month, on the first Thursday of the month. 

Details about our meetings are shared in this yahoo group and we ask that you join that group before attending. 

The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club is a book club for homeschooled kids. Our groups include:

Bookworms: Each month we explore a book through discussion, projects and active play.   A chance to share a love of books without having to sit quietly for long periods.   Readers between the approximate ages of  6 and 10.   It's fine if the kids listen to the books read to them. 

Thursday, May 5th: 9:30-11:30 
Activity Rating:  Spicy
Leader: Melody Panttaja

Bibliophiles:  Exuberant readers  approximate ages of 10-14.  We read one middle grade novel each month and come together to discuss and experience the book through a variety of multi-sensory activities. Activities are selected to encourage thought about the key cultural, historical and literary elements of each book. Kids are encouraged to participate in the discussion of the chosen book and need to be able to focus on a variety of activities throughout the three hour club time. 

Thursday, May 5th: 9:30am-12:30 pm
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

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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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, May 6th: 10:30-12:30

Activity Rating: Tangy
Leaders: Diane and Rebecca

Classic Children's Movie Night

A chance for children to watch in a company of friends the movies from times long gone, but which are still heartwarming and more relevant than ever! 

This month's movie is Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Wednesday, May 11th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Activity Rating: Mellow

Facilitator: Leon Khaimovich (
Cost: $2-5 donation per family

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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