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We Run on Volunteer Energy!
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 info@dlcsantacruz.org.

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday: 10:00 - 2:00
Tuesday: 12:00 - 2:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 2:00
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:00 - Noon


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!

Our spring semester has launched, but many classes are still open. Browse our online catalog 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 classes and clubs. Register today!

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!


Special Events


None at this time.


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, February 13th, 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, February 20th: 7-8:30 p.m.









Join Our Board!
Would you like to be more involved in the homeschooling community? We invite you to join our board and help us plan for our future!

Our next meeting is Monday, February 20th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz (West Side, on the campus of the Garfield Community Church).


Exploring Homeschooling Workshop
Are you looking for some support at you start out on your homeschooling journey?

This face paced, one and a half hour 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.

Saturday, March 4th
10:00 - 11:30 (drop-in, no registration required)
$2-5 donation requested
leader: Heddi Craft


Upcoming Lego Robotics Class
Please consider registering for these classes online so that we are be sure to meet minimum class sizes and they can all go forward!

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


Starting out in Latin with Minimus

Join us for this lively introduction to the Latin language and culture of Roman Britain. Students will learn basic grammar and Latin vocabulary through stories featuring a real family who lived in Roman times. Minimus the mouse guides students through learning about first and second declension nouns and present tense verbs through short comics and a variety of activities.

Students will need to purchase a copy of the Minimus Starting out in Latin Pupil Book by Barbara Bell (used copies can be purchased on Amazon) for this 24 week class. They will have some homework each week from the text.

Parents are encourages to participate, especially if they haven't studied Latin themselves.

Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00, beginning  Nov. 28th

Age Range: 8-12
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Rebecca Paten

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/starting-out-in-latin-with-minimus?page=3



Challenging Math Puzzles
In this class, students will work together to solve math and logic puzzles. Melody will act as a math resource, answering questions about formulas and computation as needed. For more information contact Melody at melody@panttaja.com.

Mondays:  11:30 - 12:30
Age Range: 10 and up
Activity Rating: Spicy
Instructor: Melody Panttaja

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/challenging-math-puzzles



TUESDAY


Big History
Big History brings to life an audacious idea—a single course that covers the complete history of people and the Universe. By sharing the big picture and challenging students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in. We will be using the Big History Project (bighistoryproject.com) as our main source of material.

Tuesdays: 12:00 - 1:00
Age Range: 13 and up
Activity Rating: Mellow
Instructor: Heddi Craft

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/big-history

Teen Lit: Homecoming

In this class, we will be reading Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt and composing both critical and creative responses to the text through writing, discussion, art, and other forms of expression. Students will have weekly reading assignments to complete and some out of class homework each week. A reading and assignment schedule will be distributed at the first class.

Description from the book flap:

The Tillerman kids' mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. Their father, too, had left them a long time ago. So, as usual, it was up to thirteen-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, find places to sleep. But above all, Dicey would have to make sure to avoid the authorities who would split them up and place them in foster homes. Deep down, she hoped they could find an adult they could trust, someone who would take them in and love them. But she was afraid it was too much to hope for....

Tuesdays Jan 24 - Feb 28, 1:30 - 2:30
Age Range: 13 and up
Activity Rating: Mellow
Instructor: Heddi Craft & Connie Corona-Falls

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/teen-lit-homecoming


Beginning Spanish

This will be a continuation Spanish class from last year, open to new students. We will continue to conjugate verbs, structure sentences, and conversation, explore culture and current topics. This class is highly interactive, engaging and has developed into more of a group structure where students assist one another and develop new methods to learn and understand Spanish.

Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00
Age Range: 11 and up
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Connie Corona-Falls

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/beginning-spanish


Writing Individually Together

Want to make a commitment to writing regularly? Come join us! Some of us began novels during the November Novel Mania known as the NaNoWriMo, and we are still working on our novels. We invite any writers who want to sit with us in mostly eerie silence, a surprisingly supportive way to actually write together.

Each person should bring their own devide or paper and we'll create a space for camaraderie and moral support. We sometimes, if people are willing to stop writing for ten or fifteen minutes at the end of the session, take a moment to share a snippet of what we've done during that session. 

Support group dates are Tuesdays from 4-6pm. Come to as many meetings as you like! There will be a sign up sheet at the support group so you can note when you will be attending. 

For more information, contact Deb Bell at tinkerbellwordsmith@gmail.com

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00
Age Range: independent writers of any age through adult
Activity Rating: Mellow
Instructor: Deb Bell

Full Class Description & register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/writing-individually-together


WEDNESDAY

World Geography

Join us on a geographic journey around the world through all seven continents. We’ll be mapping, using an atlas, researching areas of interest, while learning about the culture and landscape of countries around the world. During the 26 week class, students will create their own customized Geography Notebook. This class will include some homework in the form of weekly geography questions and some independent research.

Wednesdays:  10:30 - 11:30
Age Range: 9-12
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Heddi Craft

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/world-geography

Hands on Science
Are you ready for some hands-on science fun? Each week we will focus on a different kid-friendly theme. Students will observe demonstrations and perform their own experiments, all while learning the scientific method. Remember, the most memorable days often end with the dirtiest clothes, so please dress accordingly.

This is a "tangy" class. If you have a child with sensory issues, feel free to contact instructor to discuss our child's needs: nbargagliotti@ymail.com

Wednesdays:  1:00 - 2:00
Age Range: 6-11
Activity Rating: Tangy
Instructor: Nicole Bargagliotti

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/hands-on-science


THURSDAY

No Classes this Week.



FRIDAY 

No 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 coach@santacruzchess.com or call (831) 425-7835.


Upcoming Classes & Clubs:


Book Club

Please contact Charlotte McManus for more information at santacruzhomeschoolbookclub@gmail.com).

Writing and Bookmaking Workshop

Kids will have fun writing and learn how to support each other. Each session will include a quiet writing time and a sharing session. We'll also play games, do writing explorations and look closely at literature examples to see how different authors practice their craft. We'll continue to explore different ways to publish and share our work from traditional bookmaking to computer options. There will be plenty of social time. Kids will be expected to do some writing between sessions and to share. Kids choose what they write. Any genre is fine, fiction or nonfiction.

Open to interested writers 11 and up. (Younger if highly motivated). Reluctant writers and dyslexic/dysgraphic kids are fine, although parents should plan to be a scribe if necessary. Kids should plan to attend regularly.

Six twice-monthy sessions.

Alternating Thursdays: 9:30-12:30
Activity Rating: Mellow
Leader: Charlotte McManus-Guthrie

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/writing-and-bookmaking-workshop-spring-session

Check out some of the previous writing from this workshop at http://www.dlcsantacruz.org/clubs-and-classes/writing-workshop


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.

February Meetings: Fridays: 2/3 and 2/17, 10:30-12:30
Activity Rating: Tangy



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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