Summer classes:

Most classes are free with the purchase of a summer supporting membership for $50.

Felt Craft

2 times
June 18 11-12
July 2 11-12

Make a fun summer-themed felt project!

Leader: Amanda Abronson
Rating: Tangy
ages: 5-10
Class Fee $5 (free with supporting membership)

Spanish Play/Practice

Tuesdays 11-12, August 14 - September 4

Spanish practice incorporating games and play-pretend. Perfect for children who have had a little Spanish instruction and want to keep in practice over the Summer, or for those with no previous experience who want to get a jump on taking Spanish in the Fall. (No reading and writing required)

Leader: Amanda
Rating: Tangy
Ages: 5 to 9
Class Fee: $20
Material Fee $5

Amanda Abronson is a homeschool teacher with an interest in Spanish. Her undergraduate degree was in Linguistics and she has studied a number of language teaching methods, including in the UC TESOL/TEFL certificate program.

Intro to Swing Dance

July 9, 11, 13 11:30-12:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

East Coast Swing is an easy and fun dance that can accompany many different kinds of music. This class is aimed at teens or pre-teens who have no experience or only beginner level experience with swing.

Leader:Amanda Abronson
Rating: Spicy
Class Fee:$35 ($20 to the teacher, $15 for the DLC)
(supporting members just pay $20 to the teacher)
Amanda Abronson is a homeschool teacher who loves to dance. She did not start learning dance until she was an adult, and wishes to make the joy and self-confidence of knowing dance available to teens and pre-teens with no previous experience.

Scratch Programming

July 10 - July 13 10am-11am daily
Come learn computer programming. Scratch is a free online programming system that uses visual blocks to create programs. Students need to bring a laptop computer with wifi capability. We will create accounts the first day. For more questions about scratch see
Each day we will focus on a different topic within programming as students build their own projects.
Leader:Melody Panttaja
Rating: Tangy
Ages: 7 and up
Class Fee: $20 (free with supporting membership)

Fun with Crystals

Tu- Th 11:30 - 12:30 for 2 weeks,
July 3-July 12
Learn about crystal structure and grow crystals.
Leader: Melody Panttaja
Rating: Spicy
Ages:10 and up
Class Fee: $20 (free with supporting membership)
Material Fee: $3

Career Planning for Teens-cancelled due to low enrollment

Mondays 10-12

June 18 - July 9
Using the book What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens, we'll spend the first two weeks of class exploring student interests and creating a "parachute" that describes each teen's ideal job. In week three, we'll discuss the steps students need to take to get to their chosen job, and in the final week we'll discuss the last section of the book on interviewing and other future planning. Students will need to purchase their own copy of the book and have it for the first class and there will be reading assignments and other homework for each class day.Leader: Heddi Craft
Rating: Mellow
Ages: 13 and up
Class Fee: $20 (free with supporting membership)

And more to come...

Please submit proposals for summer classes:

Submit your class, event, activity, or workshop proposal here.

Amazon Smile

The DLC is now a participating charity of the Amazon Smile program. If you shop on, you can send a small percentage of your purchase price as a donation to the DLC. Simply log on to Amazon's website through our (corrected) Amazon Smile link:

If you have family or friends who use Amazon, please share this link with them.

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Are you interested in helping as a volunteer? Even if you cannot make a commitment to serve every week, we still need alternates to cover for sick days and travel. You will earn credit towards membership to the DLC, you can bring your kids, and you will support our county's volunteer-led nonprofit for homeschoolers! For details, email

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Do you have a class you would like to teach?

The sooner you can get your class proposal submitted, the better. You don't have to be a professional teacher, just someone who is passionate about a particular topic and willing to share your curiosity and expertise with the next generation.

You can lead a one day, one week, or all semester long activity this fall. 

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Wanted: Volunteers

Are you interested in helping as a volunteer? We are always in need of volunteer teachers and people to help in the lending library. You will earn credit towards membership to the DLC, you can bring your kids, and you will support our county's volunteer led nonprofit for homeschoolers! For details, email

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 21, 7-9pm

Summer Lending Library Hours

Monday:            11:30-1:30
Tuesday        11:30-1:30
Wednesday    10-12

Our new address:

5271 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Current Classes & Clubs

Our Spring classes are ending.  Summer will be starting soon.

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.


Mapping the Body with Art:

9am - 10:30am

Class page here






No classes this week.

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

Stephanie Tucker,
Sep 13, 2015, 2:27 PM