Fall 2019

TALC generally runs from the second week of September through the second week in December in the Fall. Hours are Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We take holiday breaks according to the Chatham School District calendar.

Thinking of joining us?

Find out if TALC is a good fit for your family. Contact our registration coordinator for more details.

Registration begins: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Registration deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Classes begin: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Last day of classes: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Class submission deadline: 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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Current Class List

Class
Chess

Learn & play the game of chess. Younger children don't need to stay for the full hour.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Chinese Folktales

Through stories, songs, and craft activities, learn a little about China, including a little bit of Mandarin Chinese. The instructor lived in China for 4 years and speaks Mandarin. This class was offered last semester for the Littles, and this will be similar but geared to the Middles.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Chorus

     In Chorus, we will practice new seasonal songs, folk songs, cultural songs, and songs familiar to everyone. Sometimes we'll sing with movement, sometimes with instruments. We'll practice matching pitch, rounds and simple harmonies. If we feel confident, we can perfomr in the talent show at the end of the semester!

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Collage

I'll bring in books with lots of pictures of animals, art, nature, etc to cut up and make collages out of. This will be scheduled for 1/2 an hour so we'll leave out our projects to finish at lunch.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Creative Eye Makeup

Learn how to create fun and glamorous looks with eye makeup. Bring your own supplies and have fun learning new beauty techniques.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Critical Thinking

Learn about deductive reasoning and logic through fun games.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Dance Party

We will dance our hearts out to music videos such as "It's Raining Tacos," "Velociraptor's Velocirappin," Laurie Birkner songs, and They Might Be Giants (kids) songs. Crazy costumes are encouraged.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Dino Battle

Last semester, so many big and middle kids wanted to join the littlest Talcers each time we played our Dino Battle game, so... this semester we will have a great big Dino Battle in which everyone is invited! Come join us and become either an herbivorous triceratops or a carnivorous velociraptor, both of whom need to find food for their nest full of babies who are about to hatch. 

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Earth Science

For this class, you will need to purchase the workbook. The other books are optional. We will use this book all year.

This is the required elementary workbook: https://elementalscience.com/collections/earth-science-astronomy-for-the-grammar-stage/products/earth-science-and-astronomy-for-the-grammar-stage-student-workbook 

The optional, recommended textbooks are:

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Edible Math

We will talk about Math concepts and illustrate them with fruit and sweets. Please let me know if your children have any food sensitivities or allergies that should be taken into account.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Fractions and Money (and Food)

We will learn about fractions and have a fraction tea party where we serve each other fractions of food and drinks. We’ll also practice making change and have a TALC wide food sale with items ranging from 1c to 25c.

 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Gardening

We will beautify the Ghent gym entrance with pear trees and perennial plantings. First class will be preparing the area and designing the site on paper. Second class will be planting.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Gym Co-op

Parents help lead gym together to share in active fun group games and sports. Mike will help facillitate.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Health and Safety

Discussion and practice of exercise and good nutrition, hygiene including germ prevention and hand washing, and emergency safety including a fire drill.

 

 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Her Story: Women and girls who shook up the world

In this class we will celebrate the lives of inspiring and powerful women and learn about their contributions to history, culture, and society.

We will have some fun with related activities and games and work on a project for display day.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Holiday Crafts

Holiday crafts.  There will be a sign-up sheet beforehand for those who would like to teach/share a craft.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Jewelry making

Make a necklace, bracelet, earrings. I’ll bring all the tools and supplies. I have a pretty good bead supply but if you want something special, joann’s has lots of choices- make sure you use a coupon if they aren’t on sale!

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Kickball

The classic childhood game. This class is open to anyone who wants to play and have fun, including the adults. Up to 22 people could register for this class, 11 on each team and some parents to assist would be great. 

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Language Fun

Playing with the fun parts of language- alliteration, idioms, onomatopoeia, palindromes

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
LEGO

Building challenges and open building with some lego related games for fun.

Fee helps to offset some prizes for 9 and up. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Lego 2
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Magic the Gathering - beginners and experienced

A class for children interested in the Magic the Gathering card game. Experienced players or beginners welcome. It's a fun game that can build reading skills, organization, and strategic thinking. A warning: the art and subject matter on some of the cards can be gruesome or violent. It's also a game that encourages financial investment for players to improve their decks, though that's not required. I have free starter decks to give away for those children who do not have cards yet. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Minimum age for class is 8 years old.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Make a Decorated can

Cutting pretty paper and ribbon to put on cans. Use as pencil holders, vases, etc. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Make a folded paper ornament

Folding pretty paper to make an ornament 

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Make a stained glass jar

we’ll use tissue paper and glue to paper a glass jar. 

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Make a window star

Folding kite paper to make a star of your choice. 

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Making bows

Make decorative paper bows. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Making cinnamon ornaments

we’ll make cinnamon and applesauce ornaments

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Morning Circle

Seasonal songs, stories, games and other activities for the little ones.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Mythbusters and Fun Science Experiments

This will be a fun-filled learning class filled with science experiments.  We will also be recording our results and making conclusions.   Hopefully, the weather will coopperate and we can do a lot of this outside. 

Please wear 'play clothes' if you will be actively participating.   Best for the 9-12 age group.    

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Native American Studies

Using the book More Than Moccasins:  A Kid's Activity Guide To Traditional North American Indian Life as well as several other resources, we will learn about Native Americans from different regions of North America.  We will do crafts, lapbooks/research projects, reading/storytelling, foods, etc. If there is enough interest, we will visit the Iroquois Indian Museum (about 1.25 hrs away)  and The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (about 2.5 hrs away).  There will be a homework component to the class; each student will be assigned a region and will make a model Native American dwelling/diorama that is appropriate for their region to be showcased on display day.  There may be optional classes on specific Fridays at my home to further our studies.  More information will be posted if that can be arranged.  

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Painting

Students will use acrylic paint to create original works of art, including but not limited to landscapes, still-life, abstract, and non representational works. Students will learn color theory, and the principles and elements of design in a formal and engaging setting. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Playdough Time

Squishing, squeezing, building and creating with colorful playdough. We'll work on various projects as a group and as individuals.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Role Playing Games

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, cooperative role playing setting. Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to take there characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity and coordination. Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, and students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Song Creation

Students will learn the elements that go into making a song, and will produce a completed group work that will be recorded, performed, or both. Students will all be expected to contribute. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Storytime

We'll listen to stories; some will be interactive.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Super Lapbooking -- Independent Research Project

You saw the lapbooks for the younger group last time. Cool, right? Now for super lapbooking! Participants will make their own super lapbook with many flaps, pockets, tabs and other cool stuff. Pick any topic to research. It's learning. It's a project. It's art.

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
TALC Helpers

We will be doing good deeds for the TALC Community. The deeds might range from: making bouquets for the lunch tables, baking dessert for everyone, sharpening the pencils (?!), leaving nice notes for people, and random acts of kindness that we think up as a group.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Talc Tattler for Bigs

We will continue to practice writing skills while working on volume 3 of The Talc Tattler. We’ll work on stories, news reports, poetry, interviews, comics, art, recipes, and whatever else the students can come up with. Writing at home will be encouraged but not required.

 

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Talc Tattler for Middles

Kids in the middle age group will have a chance to contribute to The Talc Tattler by using class and/or home time to work on a short story, report, poem, drawing, or anything else that they are inspired to put onto paper. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Tea Party
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Theater

Join Hillary and Andrea as we play theater games, learn scenes, improv techniques, acting skills, and tell fun stories! We'll be gearing up for a performance or film in the Spring!

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
US History

This class is a continuation of last year's US History class.  We will start the fall semester in the 1850's and continue through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Spanish-American War.  Our primary text will be Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States.  Students are expected to do weekly readings outside of class (the last two semesters we read half a chapter a week) Classtime is spent in discussion, games, and projects related to the readings.

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens