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Do you have a year long or spring membership? If not, now is a great time to get one. You can sign up or renew your membership online.

You can also renew your membership in person at our Snow Day Open House on January 29th and receive a $20 discount! 

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

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

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We are now offering an online system for class registrations. You can register for classes and pay ahead anytime at: 

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.

Special Events

Writing the Homeschool Life 
Book Reading & Workshop wit
h Suki Wessling

Friday, February 19th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join local writer and homeschooler Suki Wessling to talk about children's fiction, writing, and the homeschooling journey.

Suki has just released her chapter book, Hanna, Homeschooler, which follows the experiences of seven-year-old Hanna as she tries to make new friends and get comfortable in a new town.

In this workshop, we'll talk about reading: why children like to read about themselves, how homeschoolers are generally portrayed in fiction (if at all), and the role books can play in our lives. We'll also talk about writing: why do we like to write stories? What are the challenges in writing about homeschoolers? ..Suki will read from her book. 30% of all proceeds from book sales will be donated to the DLC.

Ages 5-adult (family event)
Activity Rating: Mellow
Cost: Free

Korean New Year Celebration

School students and families are all invited to join us in the fireside room for a celebration including:

* Korean Martial Art: Tae Kwon Do (태권도 )
* Korean Art & Songs
* Korean Rice Cakes
* Korean Traditional Dress
* Korean Traditional Games

EunKyung Otte is a native Korean speaker and is partnering with the San Francisco Korean Consulate and the Santa Cruz Korean Center to sponsor this event. For more information contact Barbara Matessa at

Date: Saturday, February 20th, 12:00-2:00
Ages 5-adult (family event)
Activity Rating: Tangy
Cost: Free

Barn Dance Poster

Family Barn Dance

Bring the whole family out for a barn dance featuring live music performed by the Hey!Makers. Enjoy Luke Abbott on fiddle, Craig Mitchell on clawhammer banjo, and Lor Larson on guitar. Claire Takemori will be calling the dances.

Beginners are encouraged to come out and experience the fun of these traditional dances. All dances will be taught and led, no experience necessary. If you can walk and follow simple instructions you can enjoy these simple American folk dances.

Do try to arrive on time so that you can most benefit from the instruction. The dances will build in skills so younger ones and beginners will benefit from starting right at 2:00.

The Discovery Learning Center is not a drop-off facility. Please plan to attend with your younger children. Dancers under 8 may need adult assistance. Teens are encouraged to attend in groups with an adult chaperone.

Age range: All Ages / Family Event
Activity rating: Spicy
Cost: $5-$20 sliding scale donation per family

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

Exploring Homeschooling Workshop

This fast paced, one 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.

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Leader: Heddi Craft
Activity Rating: Adult & Babes in Arms

About the Instructor:
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

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

Library Work Day

Saturday, February 13th: 10 a.m. - noon

Korean Masks

Korea is coming to the Discovery Learning Center this February! 

The San Francisco Korean Consulate and the Santa Cruz Korean Center are sponsoring a Free Korean New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 20th, 12:00-2:00.  

They are also partnering 
with instructor EunKyung Otte to bring a 10 week beginning Korean language and culture class for 7-12 year olds to the DLC staring Monday, Feb. 29th.

Register for Korean Language and Culture on CourseStorm.

For more information, contact the class coordinator Barbara Matessa at

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.


Taiko Drumming for Preschoolers

Japanese Taiko drumming for preschool age children offered in two age groups: 2-3 yrs and 4-5 yrs. Classes taught by Ikuyo Conant, artistic director of Watsonville Taiko and experienced preschool teacher. Taiko drumming is full body, big music, perfect for developing musicians exploring rhythm, movement, and math. Lots of opportunities to practice following directions and working as a group. 

Mondays (2/1,2/8, no class 2/15, 2/22, 2/29)
Ages 2-3: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
*class full *

Ages 4-5: 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Leader: Ikuyo Conant, Watsonville Taiko
Activity Rating: Tangy 

Ages 4-5, 1 hr class: $47 for 4 classes 
Ages 2-3, 30 min. class: $27 for 4 classes

Online Registration Required:
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Spanish Conversation

In this nontraditional conversation based Spanish class, we will see where 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. This class is for students ages 10 and up who are focused, dedicated, and have an internal desire to learn and participate in a Spanish conversation class.

Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:30, January 12 - March 29th
Leader: Connie Corona-Falls (
Ages: 10 and up
Activity Rating: Mellow
Cost: $2-5 donation per class day

Please note: There will be one or two no class days during the 12 week session to be announced during class due to instructor needs.

Connie Corona-Falls was born and raised in the LA area and is new to this part of California. She has been homeschooling her 12 year old son since birth. They spent the last nine years in Oregon where she was highly involved in her homeschooling group and social network. She has been speaking Spanish her entire life and spent much time in various states of Mexico. She also taught English in Mexico City to native Mexicans for a year. There her classes were unconventional and nontraditional, as each class developed with its group according to interest and language level.

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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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Classic Children's Movie Night:
Heidi (1937)

Our Classic Movie Nights are a chance for children to watch in the company of friends movies from times long gone which are still heartwarming and more relevant than ever!

A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Wednesday, February 10th: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Activity Rating: Mellow
Facilitator: Leon Khaimovich (
$2-5 donation per family


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: 9:30am-12:30pm
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie


No Friday classes this week.

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, February 19th: 10:30-12:30

Activity Rating: Tangy
Leaders: Rachel & Barb

** New Class: Starting Monday, Feb. 29 **

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

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, March 3rd: 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, February 4th: 9:30am-12:30 pm
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

** New Class: Starting Friday, March 4th**
Family Music: Ukulele

Would you like to play music fluently? The 'old way' of learning music opens the doorway to this for everyone. In the old days, children learned music by imitating their elders. This course gives parents the core skills needed to model this approach. 

In this class, students will learn to play music by ear… intuitively!  No talent or experience is necessary for this tonal approach to music. Come and play American roots music in this traditional jam circle setting. 

Fridays, March 4th-18th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Activity rating: Tangy
Instructor: Leslie Abbott 
Age range: Family Class

Cost: $26 per family
$6 Registration Fee (pay online/cash/check Discovery Learning Center) register here

$15 tuition and $5 material fee (cash or check to Leslie Abbott at first class).

NOTE: Scholarships for tuition are available. Contact to request a discounted tuition ($5 material fee not included).

Register for Family Music: Ukulele on CourseStorm.

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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