TALC generally runs from the first week of February through the first week of May in the Spring. 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: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Registration deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Classes begin: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Last day of classes: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Class submission deadline: 
Friday, May 31, 2019

Current Class List

Class
Newspaper

We will work on creating volume 2 of the Talc newspaper. We’ll work on creative writing, reporting, interviewing, conducting surveys, comics, art, and anything else that students are inspired to put onto paper. Reluctant writers can also help with page design, layout, and proofreading/editing.  

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Morning Circle and Storytime

Seasonal songs, games and stories for the little ones as we celebrate the snowy winter and the first daffodils of spring.

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Creative Writing

In this class we will cover many forms of creative writing and spoken word. We will be reading and listening to diffrent stlyes of writing, and trying them for oursleves. Any interested participants can help me get a project together for next display day.   

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

We will hear some Chinese folk tales, do some crafts, sing some Chinese songs, and learn a few Chinese words. Light hearted fun for little ones.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Independent Research Project

Students will research a topic of their choice in directed stages. Each stage will result in an interactive element to add to a "super lapbook" project. Projects will be presented on Display Day. Focus will be on organizational skills, research skills, logic and learning through teaching.

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Dino Time

Dino fun! Learn (more) about dinosaurs, sing dino songs, do dino crafts, and play dino games! 

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Patriotism

This is a super basic US patriotism class, based in part on the US citizenship test.Day one: US Flag & other symbols. What does the flag look like? What do the stripes mean? What do the stars mean? What are the 50 states?  US Moto: E Pluribus Unum "one from many", US symbols: Bald Eagle, Bison, US Seal. Make a flag to take home. Listen to "The Pledge of Allegiance" "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "You're a grand Ol' Flag" "The Stars and Stripes Forever"  Day two: US geography: Cardinal directions, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, Rocky Mountains, Appellation Mountains the 5 Great Lakes. Border countries: Canada & Mexico. Find Washington DC, and TALC on a map. Make a big US map together and color a US map to take home. Listen to “America the Beautiful” and "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land"  Day three: Important Documents. What is the Declaration of Independence? What is the Constitution? What is the Bill of Rights? What is the First Amendment? What are Amendments? What Amendment would you make? What is the "Rule of Law"? What was the Revolutionary War?  "America" "Yankee Doodle Boy" "The Liberty Song" Day four:  US Government. Learning really basic 3 branches of government President, Vice President & cabinet, Supreme Court, Senators & Congressmen. Have a mock vote. Who was the first president? Who is the president, vice-president, speaker of the house now? See a picture of the White House, Capitol Building and Supreme Court. Write a letter to the president. Listen to more patriotic songs.   

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Role Playing Games

  In this class, students will learn to experience, create and expand their knowledge on Roleplaying Games. Characters will be created, developed and work together as they explore history, foreign lands, and faraway places while weaving through fantasy based realms using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 Rule Set. The class is heavily focused on teamwork, teambuliding, and working together to problem solve and survive all obstacles on their journey as a team. Students from the previuos semester may continue to use the character they created. Students can choose to leave after first hour.

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

We will start each class watching a 15 minute video of "Salsa" - a Spanish learning program put out by Georgia Public Broadcasting.  The rest of the class we will play games that reinforce the vocab or themes taught in the video. 

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Gym
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Charts and Graphs

Do TALC families have more cats, dogs, or snails? How much does the outside temperature change with each TALC week? We’ll answer these and many more questions (that you make up) by conducting surveys and making observations, and turning the answers into colorful charts and graphs.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Debate for Middles

Similar to last semester's Debate for Middles Class. Practice public speaking, listening, team work,forming coherant arguments, and have some fun.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Breakfast Club

We will bake a breakfast treat and make a smoothie each week and eat at the end of class.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Diary Comics

Create your own comic strip about your daily life. The class will include learning different facial expressions and movements for your characters, crafting your stories, and editing them to fit a 3 panel format.

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

Class involves Lego games and building challenges sprinkled with some fun Lego facts.  Lego bricks will be provided for use during the class but must remain behind.  Offering pictures of creations, if desired.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Nibbles and Scribbles Part 2

This class is for older students who enjoy nibbling on snacks while doing art projects in a calm and relaxing atmosphere.  Our first project will be to finish our paper plate looms that we began last semester and do a weaving.  

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Bingo Games

Playing a different bingo game each week. Roman numerals, coordinates, sight words, etc.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Middle School Biology Part 2: Vertebrates & The Human Body

We will be studying Vertebrates and the Human Body. It will be a very busy semester. week 1: Fish (perch dissection)   week 2: Amphibians & Reptiles (frog dissection)   week 3: Birds   week 4: Mammals   week 5: Animal Defenses & Feeding and Nutrition   Enrichment Day (Science Fair): Students will choose a vertebrate to study and do a project on to display for the science fair. They are welcome to also do their own science fair project at home.    week 6: Skeletal & Muscular System   week 7: Circulatory & Respiratory System (sheep heart dissection)   week 8: Digestive & Urinary System (sheep kidney dissection)   week 9: Endocrine & Nervous System   week 10: Immune, Integumentary System   We will have several related field trips. To the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, New York State Museum, Boston Museum of Science and the Bronx Zoo. These are NOT required for the class.You will need a dissection tray and dissection tools. Two students can share one dissection kit. If your student does not want to do dissection please let me know and I will have a different experiment for them on those days. This will be a continuation of Middle School Biology from the spring however I am open to new families joining. Please talk to me if you are interested in joining midway.   Students will need a copy of Biology for the Logic Stage Student guide and either Usborne Science Encyclopedia or Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia 

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Paper Airplanes for Middles

Making and Flying Paper Airplanes

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Current Events

May you live in interesting times! What's going on around us? How do we know for sure? We will use newspapers, periodicals, magazines, and other written sources to learn about what is happening right now in the world. Each week we will bring in an article to present and discuss. We will talk about how to evaluate a source for accurate information. This class will focus on just the facts, how to find them, and practicing discussion in a group. 

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

For the middle enrichment day we are going to have a Science fair! The kids in the  biology classes will be doing a project to display for the science fair but everyone is welcome to display at the science fair and Biology kids are totally welcome to do their own project to display as well. 

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

 In this class students will learn to paint with acrylic paint and expand their creative minds with the understanding of different techniques and methods.  Topics will include still-life, landscapes, non-represtational, and imaginative painting. Classes will be held outside whenever weather allows.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
Edible Math for Littles

Explore math concepts and word problems using edible props. Please let me know if your participating child has any food resrictions to be aware of.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
Lapbooking with Jolene

Students will explore a variety of topics through lapbooks. Lapbooks are file folders that have been converted into a project display board of sorts. This method of learning blends all the senses and a child's inclination to color, cut and paste. Projects will develop independent working habits, reading and writing, dexterity, and organizational skills. Each project is self-contained.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Ceramic Glazing

This class is mainly for students who have ceramic projects which they did not have a chance to glaze, either in Spring 2018 or Fall 2018. I will try and have some blank tiles and or simple bowls for kids who would just like to glaze during these sessions. Learn the basics of glazing ceramic pottery for functional and decorative use.  

  • Minis
  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Arabic for Middles

In this class we will learn the Arabic alphabets, basic introduction, body parts, days of the week, numbers, names of objects ect. 

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

This class is a continuation of last semester's US History class.  We will begin this semester with the Revolutionary War and continue through history at a pace decided by the kids. The history textbook that we will be using is Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States.  In general, it can be expected that we will spend two weeks on each chapter.  Students are expected to read at home and the class time is used for discussion, craft projects, games and supplementary materials.

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Show and Tell

This class is more geared toward littles and middles, but anyone, including parents could join for one or more sessions. We will each bring an object or photograph each week to share. We will practice speaking in turns, listening to each other, asking questions, learning about new things, and public speaking. There is no homework, except to bring in something to show. You may attend some or all sessions. This will be a 5 week class.

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

Learn the basics of drawing from life. And learn to think of drawing as the practice of seeing and mark making. Using the human figure, still lives, and the landscape as our subjects we will use drawing exercises like quick gesture drawings and blind contour drawings to loosen up and open up to drawing from life without preconceived judgement. We will use primarily charcoal pencils and newsprint paper for this class

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
Trains, Tracks and Tales

This class offers wooden trains and tracks that the children can use to learn to work together and create a complete system.  Train stories will also be read to the children and perhaps some music as well.

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
ASL for Older kids and Teens

Learn the basics of American Sign Language, including grammar, vocabulary, conversation, songs, Deaf culture, and conversation around disability and inclusion.Hillary, a Deaf but oral mom, has been teaching ASL to a wide range of ages for 20 years, and feels passionate about sharing this language and part of her life with kids! 

  • Big Kids (10 and up)
  • Teens
ASL for Littles and Middles

Learn the basics of ASL with Hillary, a Deaf oral mom, who has been teaching ASL to a wide range of ages for 20 years.This class will focus more on singing songs, story telling, basic vocabulary and basic grammar, and some discussion around the experience of what it might be like to be deaf?

  • Little Kids (4 to 6)
  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Elementary Biology Part 2: Plants & Human Body

This is a continuation of the Fall Biology Class. We will be learning about plants and about the Human Body. We will be participating in the Science Fair.week 1: Leaves,   week 2: Flowers, Fruit & Seeds,   week 3: Non-flowering Plants   week 4: Stems,   week 5: Roots,   Enrichment Day (science fair) students will pick a plant to research and make a poster about to display at the science fair. Students are welcome to do their own science project at home as well.   week 6: Skeletal & Muscular System,   week 7: Circulatory System & Respiratory System,  week 8: Digestive System & Urinary System,    week 9: Nervous System & 5 Senses,   week 10: Immune System, Integumentary System I am switching the Plants and Human Body Units so that Middle School and Elementary School are doing Human Body at the same time. This will be a continuation of Elementary School Biology from the Fall. I am open to new families joining. Please talk to me if you are interested in joining midway.    Students will need a copy of Biology for the Grammar Stage: Student guide and a science encyclopedia. They recommend the First Human Body Encyclopedia DK and Basher Science: BiologyThere will be several field trips relating to this class. They are NOT mandatory. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, New York State Museum, Boston Museum of Science and the Bronx Zoo.

  • Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Chorus

Chorus is all about singing! We will try to move with some of our songs too. We will practice matching pitch, singing in rounds, working on rhythm with small percussion instruments to compliment our singing, and generally having fun. We will sing culturally varied songs, and songs that are seasonal. If we have a large enough group we can perform at the end of the semester! 

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

Fieldtrips

Trip Date & Time
Museum of Science, Boston

Field Trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. They have a Hall of Human Life (for Biology class) and lots of other cool exhibits. We'll meet at the Museum at 10 am and visit the museum together. We can carpool or caravan. This trip will take place on the Wednesday of Easter break. Bring a packed lunch for us to eat together.     Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children, and Free for under 3     https://www.mos.org/exhibits     Parking Fees: https://www.mos.org/parking     

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Bronx Zoo

Annual TALC Bronx Zoo field tripFamilies can carpool or caravan. We will meet up at the Asia Parking at 10am and explore the zoo together. Wednesday is the free General Admission day at the zoo so we will only have to pay for the extra exhibits. We will eat lunch together. There are food options available at the zoo or bring a packed lunch.We will do Jungle World and Wild Asia Monorail then past lions to have lunch at Somba Village with the Baboons. We will continue up to the Congo Gorilla Forest and then onto Mouse House, Butterfly Garden and World of Reptiles. Then up to the Childrens Zoo, Madagascar and Birds of Prey. Hopefully, catch a Sea Lion feeding 3pm or penguin feeding 3:30pm, then Tiger Mountain and back to Asia Parking.Parking is $17 per carBug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Children's Zoo, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Nature Trek, Wild Asia Monorail, and Zoo Shuttle each have a $6.00 entrance fee with General Admission tickets. It is $14 to upgrade your free General Admission ticket to a "Total Experience Ticket" which includes all the special attractions.https://bronxzoo.com/

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
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