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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Tuesday: 1:30 - 3:30
Thursday: 1:30-3:30
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!

https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/"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 fall 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!

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


Special Events


 ** LAST WEEK **
School Supply Drive for Children of Farm Workers: July 11th - 25th

The Discovery Learning Center is serving as a drop-off location for the Food Empowerment Project's school supply drive for the children of farm workers. 

We encourage families who are able to take advantage of early school supply sales to buy a few extra items while you are doing your back-to-school shopping. 
Place them in the bin we have prepared at the DLC between July 11th and July 25th.

Monday, July 25th, is officially the last day to drop off supplies, but we will leave the collection bin in place until the end of this week. There will be classes meeting at the DLC from 10:00- 1:00 M-F. Please respect the groups that are meeting while you quietly drop off your donations in the marked bin. Thank you!

School Supply Drive


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  heddicr@gmail.com.

Monday, August 8th, 7-9 pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms


Exploring Homeschooling Workshop

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

This is a workshop for adults and babies in arms. No child care is provided. Up to two adults may attend with one registration.

About the presenter: Heddi 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 heddicr@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 6th, 10-11:30 a.m.
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms

Register on CourseStorm:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/exploring-homeschooling

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, August 15th: 7-9 p.m.







Santa Cruz Homeschool Conference

Third Annual Santa Cruz Homeschool Conference

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

The Conference is less than a month away.
Don't delay, register today!


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

Check out the wide variety of conference sessions and speakers sharing their expertise and leading roundtables on topics from Christian Homeschooling, to eclectic homeschooling, to unschooling and everything in between.  Review list of sessions.

Overview of Agenda:
9:00-10:00 -- Registration, Meet and Greet, Door Prizes, Unconference Strand Sign Up

10:00-10:50 -- Session One
11:00-11:50 -- Session Two

11:00-2:00 -- Commercial exhibitors in the breezeway

12:00-1:00 -- Lunch
1:00-3:00 -- Session Three
2:00-2:50 -- Session Four

3:00-4:00 -- Closing Keynote by Mika Gustavson- Parenting the Puggle: The Platypus Approach to Parenting Quirky Kids
3:00-4:30 -- Bounce House Slide

4:00-4:30 -- Clean Up/Final Door Prizes

Volunteer and Get 1/2 Off Registration Fee!
Volunteer  to receive 1/2 off the registration fee (reimbursed in cash after your volunteer job is completed). Contact Heddi Craft to sign-up: heddicr@gmail.com


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.


MONDAY


** ADJUSTED TIME AND REDUCED COST **

Sewing Camp Session B


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.


July 25th - 29th (Monday-Friday) 
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Age range: 8-13
Activity rating: Mellow
Cost: $150 plus registration fee


Teacher bio: Sara Horman
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 sara.homan@gmail.com, call 831-588-6696, or visit her website at www.facebook.com/ThreadMonsterStudio 


Project Based Math


(Note:  This class includes a $48 fee to be paid to the teacher at the first class in addition to the $8 registration fee.)

Laura Chatham, guest teacher, will work with students to identify a project they are very passionate about and then explore how math concepts can be applied, practically, to support these projects.

Along the way students will come to understand how the world can be represented mathematically.


The class will also allot time to learning whatever basic math skills are required for the individual projects, which may include filling in math "gaps" the individual students would like help bridging.


Mondays, 10:30 - 12:00 beginning July 11th
Age range: Any age
Activity rating: Tangy
Instructor: Laura Chatham
Cost: $48 to be paid directly to the guest teacher at the first class

Register on CourseStorm:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/project-based-math

About Laura Chatham, guest teacher: I graduated from UC Berkeley in Biochemistry in 1980. I worked in labs from 1977 to 1987. While I worked for the University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Medicine, I earned a teaching credential from UW Madison in Chemistry and Math. I taught at a continuation school in Los Angeles and then I worked with elementary schools in the Denver area introducing hands on science experiments. I also taught at Soquel High and Branciforte Middle School. Then I worked on math text books for the Common Core State Standards. I have 2 children. My daughter is 25 and graduated from NYU in 2011. My son is 22 and is in graduate school at MIT in mathematics. I homeschooled my son while he was in middle school. My husband has a PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and he has worked as a process engineer for most of his career. He is often available to help me think of how to apply math to the real world. 


Math is a tool that only works for a person if it make sense to them. I have helped students understand math well enough for it to be useful, not confusing or scary.

For more information about this class, contact Laura at lchatham@surfnetusa.com.



TUESDAY


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:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/knit-and-crochet-club



WEDNESDAY

No Wednesday classes at this time.



THURSDAY


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 http://minecraft.net 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 on CourseStorm:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/minecraft-club

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


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, but a second co-op is forming for the fall. You may register and find more details at: https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/early-childhood-co-op-group-2

August Meetings: 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 10:30-12:30

Activity Rating: Tangy


SATURDAY & SUNDAY


No weekend classes at this time.



Upcoming Classes & Clubs:

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.

Starting August 7th, Sundays: 10:00 - 12:15
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Gjon Feinstein

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

**SUMMER WORKSHOP **
All Around the World with Jay Sand


(Note: This class requires a $20 per family payment to the guest teacher at the class in addition to the $2 registration fee paid on our registration platform. You need only register one child for your whole family to attend.)

"All Around This World with Jay Sand" will introduce little kids and their families to a inspiring diversity of countries and cultures through interactive multilingual music and easy-to-learn cultural dances. in the course of the program we'll sing up to a dozen multilingual songs, exploring music from several continents. This is a participatory experience; we will sing and move together! Each workshop will be approximately 45 minutes long. This workshop is especially for families with children ages 5 and under.

Monday, August 8th 10:00 - 11:00 (ages 5 and under)
Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/all-around-this-world-with-jay-sand-ages-5-and-under

Monday, August 8th 11:00 - 12:00 (ages 9 and under)
Register on CourseStorm:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/all-around-this-world-with-jay-sand-ages-9-and-under

Activity rating: Spicy
Guest teacher fee: $20 to be paid the day of the class

Bio of instructor: All Around This World shares global music with kids and their families in a way that simultaneously engages all, from the tiniest of tiny infants to the wisest and most well-traveled adults. I started to develop All Around This World in 2009 as a way to introduce my young children and their friends to the world without having to leave our living rooms. I crafted the music based on my years of international backpacking with my guitar in tow, as well as meticulous musical and cultural research–conducted with the support of global musicians, educators and ethnomusicologists. in 2015 I started working with homeschooling families to introduce kids of many ages to the world using music and movement through my online learning program, "Explore Everywhere," which Homeschool.com recognized as one of its 2015 Top Back to Homeschool Resources." For more information see www.allaroundthisworld.com or contact Jay.

**SUMMER CAMP **
Sewing and Fashion Design

(Note: This class requires a $240 payment to the teacher at the first class in addition to the $22 registration fee.)

This 3 day camp is designed for students 12-17 and combines fashion history, design and sewing techniques. Using professional design templates, we will sketch different looks, do some draping on a dressmakers model and learn to sew our own designs. Students will complete 1-2 garments of their choice based on their personal taste and design aesthetic.

Tuesday, August 9th - Thursday, August 11th, 9:00 - 1:00
Age range: 12-17
Activity rating: Mellow
Cost: $240 to be paid to the teacher plus registration fee

Register on CourseStorm:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/sewing-and-fashion-design

Teacher bio: Sara Horman

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 sara.homan@gmail.com, call 831-588-6696, or visit her website at www.facebook.com/ThreadMonsterStudio  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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