The DLC will be temporarily closed for in-person classes and library access due to the coronavirus crisis. Big History class has moved online for students already enrolled. 

Spring Classes

Please note that all classes are volunteer led. Class fees pay our rent!

Improv Play - full

Thursdays 10:30-12 

This class is for kids who love pretending, and playing with their own creative freedom (no memorizing lines or choreography unless they want to !). We will play Improv acting games and activities with the freedom to play with ideas that the class wants to run with! In the past classes have written a play and made costumes and sets to perform at the final class. Other times individual characters were created and developed and skits were performed. Class can flow in this direction or simply be theater games if desired by the students. $80 (8 week session)

Rating: Spicy

Ages: 6 and up

Current Session closed. Sign up for session 2 here.

Minimus Latin

Mondays @ 11

Join us for this lively introduction to the Latin language and the 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. For ages 8-12.  $60

Register here

Beginning Spanish Conversation

Wednesdays @ 10:30

This class is perfect for the student who has had some exposure to Spanish and needs a chance to practice speaking. Ages 9-12

Children Just Like Me

Wednesdays @ 11

Using both editions of the book, Children Just Like Me, we will investigate the daily life of a child from different countries around the world. We will observe their country, where they live, what they eat, their food, family and activities. Food, games, crafts and activities will bring the country to life. This is open to all ages, but younger children will need a parent present. Families will be presenting appropriate food on a rotating basis.  $60

Register here

Big History

Fridays 1 - 2:15

In this year long course, we'll be studying 13.8 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to the present day. Along the way, we'll be thinking critically; connecting big ideas between past, present, and future; building informed arguments; and practicing these skills across disciplines and scales. This class has *required weekly homework of 1-2 hours*, including readings, videos to watch, some writing assignments, and projects. Big History can fulfill science and/or world history requirements in your homeschooling.
For ages 12-16.  $360

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Join the DLC

Many of our events are drop-in and you can subscribe to our newsletter free of charge. We do our best to keep our volunteer classes and events low cost ($10 each).

By joining the DLC with a paid membership you are showing your support for our collaborative learning space. You help us pay our rent, cover supplies for classes and events, and keep the internet and lights on :-)

Supporting members join as a family. The entire family gets free entrance to DLC classes and events for the term of the membership.

2020 Spring Supporting Membership: $120
2020 Spring Lending Library Membership: $60

 Sign up or renew here. 

Spring Promotion

For this Spring only, commit to just 6 hours of teaching and get a free Supporting Membership for your family! That means you not only have access to the lending library, but can attend for *free* all the classes the DLC offers (not including materials fees where applicable).

Classes and microclasses: classes can be nearly anything. They don’t have to be “academic”. Teach a craft. Host a game. You can structure a 1-hour-per-week class for 6+ weeks, or hold three separate 2-hour workshops on entirely different topics. So try some things out. Shoot for the moon.

Spring Lending Library Hours: 

Monday: 11-12
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed *new
Thursday: 10-12 *new
Friday 12:30 - 2:30

What is the DLC?

The DLC is a homeschool collaborative.

We support families who want to learn together outside of traditional school environments. We host social events for the broader Santa Cruz County homeschooling community.

We are different from learning centers that provide outsourced academic classes. We are 100% volunteer run and non-profit. We only offer classes and social activities based on what our active member families are passionate about teaching, learning, and doing together.

Our members enjoy access to our lending library of curricula, educational materials and learning games.

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

Board Meetings

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!

Upcoming Meetings:

March 23, 7-9pm

Usually the fourth Monday of each month, 7pm.  Please email to confirm and let us know your are coming.

Learn in Community. Share Your Passion. 

If you feel a calling to learn along side your kids this school year, we invite you to organize a class at the DLC. We are accepting proposals for spring classes, activities, clubs, and events now.

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. 

Talk to your family. What do you want to explore together? What do you care about learning? What matters?

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

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