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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!

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 - 12:00
Friday: 12:00 - 2:00


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!

 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!



DLC Youth Board


One of our goals this year is to incorporate our kids into the leadership and visioning for our organization. 


We invite homeschoolers to join us on our new youth board, where they can bring their ideas for programs and classes, insights into promoting our organization and reaching out to our community, and inspiration for creating social events. We are looking for students who are leaders to help organize and execute the plans the group agrees to put into motion. 

Would your kids be interested in being a part of the youth board?

Commitment:
1 meeting a month (1- 1.5 hours), 
work on committees to help being ideas to action (TBD by youth board, perhaps marketing, program development, event planning committees?)
work at events (approx. 2-4 hrs per event interested in helping put on)

Ages:
If enough kids of various ages are interested, we may look at having leadership groups for elementary, middle school, and high school aged students. Our initial idea is that the youth board would self-govern, with an adult mentor, and be made up of mostly pre-teen and teenage homeschoolers initially. 

Stephie Tucker will be starting out as the liaison between the grown-up board and the youth board, however we are interested in recruiting parents to help mentor the youth board moving forward. If you have a calling to work with homeschoolers in this way, please let us know.

The DLC is a 100% volunteer-run organization. The gifts we choose to share with each other will shape who we become as a community this year. We hope you will join us for a great new beginning!

Contact stephie@apis-media.com to get involved in our youth board, as a homeschooler or parent!

Volunteer Opportunities

Wanted: Volunteers

Are you interested in helping as a volunteer? We will be hosting a volunteer training on August 15th at 1:00 pm. 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.

Tuesday, August 15h: 1:00 p.m.


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, September 18th: 7-8:30 p.m.









Thanks to everyone who joined us for our fall open house!

Our new address:
5271 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

We hope you all had a great summer of learning and a restful Labor Day weekend. We are looking forward to seeing you in classes and clubs starting back up this week!


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.

September 5th - First day of fall classes
If you have an idea for a class proposal, use this form to submit it to our board!



MONDAY

Mapping the Body with Art:
Module One Biochemistry & Cells
Ellen McHenry has a knack for making complicated biological processes make sense for younger children.

This class is based on a video course. You will need to purchase the eCourse ($24.95) available at: http://ellenjmchenry.com/product/mapping-the-body-with-art-part-1-biochemistry-and-cells/

Our class will be spent drawing along with the video as well as doing the supplemental labs, games, activities and cooking together.

Students will also be required to spend time doing an online drawing lesson (30-50 minutes) at home each week as well as watching the supplemental videos at their discretion throughout the week.

Why drawing? At the end of the course you have created your own textbook. 

** Start date: Monday, September 11th **
Mondays: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (runs 10 wks.)
Ages: 10-15
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Heather Suhrie
Registration fee: $30 (paid online)
Materials fee: $10 (paid first class)
eCourse fee: $24.95

Register online:
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/mapping-the-body-with-art-module-one-biochemistry-cells

Minimus Secundus: Moving on in Latin
Join us for the second book of this lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britian. 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 their first past tense and other verb forms using comic strips and a variety of activities.

Students will need to purchase a copy of the Minimus Secundus Pupil's Book: Moving on in Latin 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 encouraged to participate, especially if they haven't studied Latin themselves.

** Start date: Monday, September 11th **
Mondays: 11-12  (runs 24 wks.)
Ages: 10-13
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Rebecca Paten
Registration fee: $62 (paid online)

Register online: https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/minimus-secundus-moving-on-in-latin


Math Problem solving
Math puzzles, problem solving strategies


** Start date: Monday, September 11th **

Mondays: 12:30-1:30  (runs 12 wks.)
Age range: 11-15
Activity rating: Tangy
Instructor: Melody Panttaja

Bio of instructor: 9 years homeschooling, MA in Mathematics.

To register for this class, go to: https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/math-problem-solving


TUESDAY

No classes this week.


WEDNESDAY

No classes this week.


THURSDAY

Botanic Adventures
90 minute class utilizing PART OUTDOORS and PART CLASSROOM, with outdoor exploration (free and guided) using nature exploring tools, games outdoors to learn the identification and properties of plants, making and using a plant press, utilizing field guides, etc. INDOORS: making some herbal teas, elderberry gummies, dream pillows, first aid products, art activities, and observing, discussing and drawing plants using our naked eyes jewelers loupes, as well as 2 dissecting stereo microscopes (that I will bring that make anything look magical).


** Start date: Thursday, September 14th **

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (runs 4 weeks)

Ages: 9 and above

Activity Rating: Tangy

Leader: Catharine Gunderson

Registration fee: $12 (paid online)

Instructor fee: $55 (paid first class, includes materials, Ocean Grove vendor)

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


FRIDAY 

Spanish Made Easy for Kids
An exposure to Spanish speaking cultures through art, music, games, and food.


** Start date: Friday, September 15th **

Fridays: 1:00 - 2:00  (9/15-12/8, no class 11/24)
Age range: 5-8
Activity rating: Tangy
Instructor: Patricia Christenden

Registration fee: $65 (paid online)
Materials fee: $10 (paid first class)
Instructor's fee: $195 (due to instructor first day of class, or via Ocean Grove P.O.)

About the Instructor: I am an Ocean Grove vendor IEM 172279, and former homeschool parent. Experienced Spanish instructor and native of Peru offering Spanish and tutoring for children. Over 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring in Spanish. I incorporate culture into all the lessons. My degree in counseling helps establish a personable connection and sets students at ease.

To register for this class, go to: https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/spanish-made-easy-for-kids


SATURDAY 

No classes this week.


Upcoming Classes & Clubs:


Clay Sculpture
Let your child explore the squishy and creative world of clay. Make a pinch pot, explore pop up plages, or create an amazing sculpture of your favorite animal or monster.


** Start date: Friday, October 6th **

Friday October 6th & 20th (2 weeks w/ wk. off in between)
Ages: 5-8
Activity Rating: Mellow

Leader: Diane Sterling
Material fee: $20 (paid first class)

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 

https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/clay-sculpture

The Magic of Physics

In this class, the instructor will demonstrate physics principles, briefly explaining the physics, and then students will practice an activity related to the principle to show others (such as how water is a weak magnet), or when appropriate, they will make demonstration materials to keep (such as balancing birds). 


Cat says: "I have taught hands-on physics to students since the 1980's, and they have always not only enjoyed it, but have felt a sense of accomplishment to be able to demonstrate different physics principles to their family and peers."


** Start date: Thursday, October 12th **

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (runs 4 weeks)

Ages: 9 and above

Activity Rating: Tangy

Leader: Catharine Gunderson

Registration fee: $12 (paid online)

Instructor fee: $55 (paid first class, includes materials, Ocean Grove vendor)

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/the-magic-of-physics

Magic FUN

Card magic, puzzles, and other magic

** Start Date November 9th **

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (runs 4 weeks, no class Thanksgiving 11/23)

Ages: 7-12
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Stan Grindstaff
Instructor Fee: $80 (paid first class, includes $45 materials fee)

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

Mr. G's Magic Academy - Purple Wand (First Course)

The internationally recognized life skills Discover Magic curriculum is taught with unique magic tricks for young hands, secret file folders, and an online video vault for rehearsal and learning other tricks.  A family/friends magic show is created for the final day.


** Start Date November 7th **

Tuesdays 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. (runs 4 weeks)

Ages: 7-12 and able to focus for short periods of times & be respectful at all times while having FUN
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Stan Grindstaff
Instructor Fee: $240 (paid first class)

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/mr-g-s-magic-academy-purple-wand-first-course

Mr. G's Magic Academy - Green Wand (Second Course)

Internationally recognized Discovery Magic curriculum teaching life skills while having FUN learning cool magic. Can be taken with the Purple Wand course or separately. A family/friends magic show is created for the final day.

** Start Date November 8th **

Wednesdays 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. (runs 4 weeks)

Ages: 7-12
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Stan Grindstaff
Instructor Fee: $240 (paid first class)

Full Class Description & Register on CourseStorm: 
https://dlcsantacruz.coursestorm.com/course/mr-g-s-magic-academy-green-wand-2nd-magic-course




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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