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    Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference

    Welcome to the DLC!

    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.

    The Discovery Learning Center
    Come on in! On any given day, you will find parents browsing our shelves and asking for advice on curriculum. You will find a club of avid readers sitting in a circle and passionately discussing l
    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.

    The DLC is there for you: explore our website to learn about our library, classes, clubs, and events.

     Fun at the DLC

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    Spring Lending Library Hours

    Monday:  12:00 - 2:00 pm
    Tuesday:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Wednesday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm   (closed this week 4/16)
    2nd Saturday of the Month: 10:00 am -12:00 pm

    Coming Events

    August 23: The Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference!
    This summer on August 23rd, we are excited to host a homeschool conference especially for area residents. In true homeschool style, we'll be using a special format called an Unconference, in which participants set the schedule for the day and volunteer to run the sessions the morning of the conference. We think it will be an amazing family event and a great way to get to know other homeschoolers in the area. To find out more and to register, visit our extensive web page at:

    Save the date and let us know if you have any questions or want to help out!

    * DLC Current News *

    Workshops This Week  April 14 - 16
    Our workshops are free to supporting members. A 
    $2-5 donation per class day requested of others to support the DLC.

    Monday, April 14

    2:30-4:00 pm    Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club
    The Santa Cruz Homeschool Book Club meets once a month to talk about books and do activities. Please sign up for our Yahoo Group a month ahead of time to get reading lists. Two groups meet for children from 5 to 14 years old.
    Bookworms: Readers between the approximate ages of 7 -9 who are eager to learn. Each month we choose a novel and then meet to discuss and experience the book through multi-sensory activities. At each meeting we will spend 20-30 minutes on a focused discussion and do related crafts and activities. Reading Level: 3rd-5th grade. (Children read or may be read to.)
    Activity Rating: Mostly Mellow
    Leader: Rebecca and Melody will lead this month.
    Bibliophiles - Exuberant readers between the approximate ages of 10 and 14. We read one middle grade or young adult novel each month, including books with challenging themes that may not suit sensitive readers. We discuss the book from the standpoint of appreciative readers, with cultural and historical discussions as well as literary analysis. Time permitting, we do projects related to the book.
    Activity Rating: Mellow
    Leader: Suki Wessling

    7:00-9:00 pm   Homeschool Parent Support Group
    The Homeschool Parent Support Group is free and open to all homeschooling parents in the Santa Cruz area. It is an adults and babies in arms event. Prospective homeschool families welcome, too!
    Leader: Heddi Craft
    Cost: Free

    Tuesday, April 15

    2:00 - 2:45 pm     Computer Science Unplugged
    CS Unplugged is a collection of learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details we usually see with computers. Learn more here We start with a group discussion most weeks with movement and noise. Then we break into smaller groups for a follow up activity. The room is usually fairly loud throughout. This week we will learn about finite state automata. If we have enough people we will do a pirate themed treasure hunt on the field with some of us acting as guides and the rest mapping the islands. (If we are a small group, we may work together to map a smaller space.)
    Activity Rating: Spicy
    Leader: Melody 

    2:45-3:30  Tech Club
    Tech Club is open to all age groups and various interests. Are your kids interested in robotics, microelectronics, game creation, programming, video editing, web design, making and doing? Let them bring their projects down to share with other interested children. We encourage interested parents or siblings to come and act as mentors!
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Leader: Heather
    Cost: For non-supporting members we usually request a $2-$5 (sliding scale based on what you're comfortable with) donation per family. This will not be requested for the families of children who are presenting a project that day or mentors.

    3:30-4:45 pm  Minecraft
    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. Visit http://minecraft.netfor information.
    Activity Rating: Tangy
    Leader: Heather

    Wednesday, April 16

    1:15- 2:00 pm     Playground Games
    Come play outdoor playground games with other children. We'll teach you some classics and some new games.
    Ages: approximately 5-12.
    Activity Rating: Spicy
    Leader: Cecily

    DLC Activity Ratings

    Mellow- this activity is calm, focused and tends to be 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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