Spring 2020

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: 
Monday, January 20, 2020
Registration deadline: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Classes begin: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Last day of classes: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Class submission deadline: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Current Class List

Minis (Under 4)
Class
Playdough Time

Free Play with Playdough, may incorporate some other play / art materials from time to time.

North and South American Geography Songs and Coloring

This class will be learning North and South American geography songs and coloring and labeling maps. Each week we'll learn a new song and review the old songs and color and label a map pertaining to that week's geography song.

Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IDmZAzA3Wc

United States

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2CNZIlVIg

Carribean Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn02apjmKeA

Central America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2iYWbfHPg

South America West

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7aMeeKgCFE&t=37s

South America East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdOZLYHxXFk

Passions, talents, skills

This class focuses on building confidence, public speaking, and leadership basics. 

Kids lead!

Students lead classes (with support from parents) teaching or explaining their passion, talent, or special skill. This can be anything from teaching the group to do a handstand to bringing in your favorite item from home and delivering a presentation on why it means so much to you. You are the expert! Sign up for your week to instruct on the first week. Number of young instructors per class is dependent on class size. 

Little Kids (4 to 6)
Class
Ring Games
Mini Garden

Planting your own mini seed starting garden for summer transplanting. Multiple types of vegetables to choose from. 

Music and Movement

I do music. I will teach your kids about moving to music. They will get lots of exercice moving to music. Somewhere along the line, I will teach the kids about songs. Pick me -- I rock!

Lawn Games

Enjoy casual lawn games such as Bocce, Horeshoes, Cornhole, Wang, and others.

Chess

Learn & play the game of chess. Littles may need to be accompanied by their parent as I can only supervise one game at a time.

Edible Art

We will create simple edible art for the little ones. The idea is to have fun and allow them to play with the food and then eat it! Middles are welcome but we will definitely keep it simple for the youngest kids. 

Playdough Time

Free Play with Playdough, may incorporate some other play / art materials from time to time.

North and South American Geography Songs and Coloring

This class will be learning North and South American geography songs and coloring and labeling maps. Each week we'll learn a new song and review the old songs and color and label a map pertaining to that week's geography song.

Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IDmZAzA3Wc

United States

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2CNZIlVIg

Carribean Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn02apjmKeA

Central America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2iYWbfHPg

South America West

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7aMeeKgCFE&t=37s

South America East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdOZLYHxXFk

Dino Battle

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. This is an active tag-style game in which we act out the circle of life. There are no bad guys or good guys, just lots and lots of fun!

Arts and Crafts for Littles

An hour of arts and crafts for the littles. Projects will vary each week. 

Passions, talents, skills

This class focuses on building confidence, public speaking, and leadership basics. 

Kids lead!

Students lead classes (with support from parents) teaching or explaining their passion, talent, or special skill. This can be anything from teaching the group to do a handstand to bringing in your favorite item from home and delivering a presentation on why it means so much to you. You are the expert! Sign up for your week to instruct on the first week. Number of young instructors per class is dependent on class size. 

Games, Games, Games!

From BINGO to hide and seek, to Twister and Banana Tag, we will spend time playing games and having fun!

Cooking and Baking Littles

We'll have fun in the kitchen making a variety of simple snacks and treats.

Read to me storytime

In this class new and practicing readers will get a chance to read stories to our littles. Littles will register to be read to and middles will register to read to them. Hoping this will be a fun bonding activity for our two younger age groups and encourage the skill of reading aloud by our middles. 

 

TALC Tattler for Littles

We will encourage our littlest members to write or draw for the next issue of the TALC Tattler. Assistance will be provided! 

Recorder Lessons

If you'd like to learn to play the recorder, this class is for you! If you don't own a recorder, I have plenty to loan and you may keep it for the semester to practice. 

Recycled Art

We will use found and recycled items to create art. Children may be asked to bring a recycled or found item in to a future class. We will read about and discuss recycling and how to use found objects in a creative and fun way. 

Ceramics for Littles

Rub your hands in the earth! Students will learn basic clay forming techniques, bolls, coils, slabs and press molds.

Free expression and sculptural forms will also be explored.

Students will have an opportunity to have their work fired and glazed.

Piggy and Gerald Plays

Kids will take turns reading and acting out the characters in the Piggie and Elephant series by Mo Willems. Geared towards kids who can read at least a little.

Tea Party
Storytime
Middle Kids (7 to 9)
Class
Mini Garden

Planting your own mini seed starting garden for summer transplanting. Multiple types of vegetables to choose from. 

Astronomy (Earth Science Part 2)

This class will be the 2nd half of Earth Science & Astronomy for the Grammar Stage. We will be learning about the solar system, the moon, the planets, dwarf planets, stars, asteroids, and briefly about space travel. We will do experiments and lab reports in class. Students are expected to do vocabulary work at home. We will have one night where we meet at TALC to see the stars together. We will have 2 field trips to the Henry Hudson Planetarium in Albany, and a big field trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. These are optional.

Junk Music

We will be building percussion, wind, and stringed instruments using repurposed items brought from home.

Math Analogies

Learn about logic and math with a fun workbook curriculum. No need to buy the workbook, I will provide copies.

Collage and Mixed Media Art

Learn to express yourself with paper! Exploring paper and glue we will express our world and ideas.

We will innovate with collage techniques and materials, as well as mark making tools on paper and board.

Contemporary and Historical art sources will be introduced in the class.

Painting

Painting Class teaches acrylic painting techniques and methods including color theory, principles and elements of design, landscapes, still-life, and non representational painting. 

Handwork- project class

This class is for students who really want to finish a project in Hand work. 

We will be completing 2 projects, students will be encouraged to bring their projects home to work on. 

First we will be making a simple crochet slipper. 

After getting our feet warm, we will (by popular request) be making a stuffed animal.

This wont be a class you can jump in and out of. By creating two classes I am hoping to give the more serious students the one on one time, and attention they need to successfully complete their work. 

You dont need to know how to sew or crochet to be in this class, we will all learn and grow our skills together. 

Handwork 1.

In this "my parent really wants me to take handwork" class, we will be dabbling in a variety of crafts. 

Needle work, crochet, felting, weaving! Working on something for a few weeks, until we are bored, and moving on! 

Making things should be fun! This should be a really low pressure, stress free, class. Students will be able to learn some new skills and discover if there is one they really love 

Cooking and Baking for Middles

We'll follow recipes to make both sweet and savory treats.

Music and Movement

I do music. I will teach your kids about moving to music. They will get lots of exercice moving to music. Somewhere along the line, I will teach the kids about songs. Pick me -- I rock!

Lawn Games

Enjoy casual lawn games such as Bocce, Horeshoes, Cornhole, Wang, and others.

Card Games

We'll learn a variety of card games like Hearts, Gin Rummy and Euchre, or just become experts in one, depending on the number of students and interest. Adults welcome.

Egg Drop

We will be engineering solutions to save an egg from harm when dropped from a height of 10-12 feet.

Chess

Learn & play the game of chess. Littles may need to be accompanied by their parent as I can only supervise one game at a time.

Role Playing Games (B)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting. Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination. Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive. Please Note: Group B is for select students currently enrolled in RPG class. New students, and those on the current waiting list, are welcome to enroll in Group C.

DaNcE pArTy for Middles!!

Party down with lights and music in our very own TALC disco club. DJ Steffa will play kid-friendly songs like 'It's  Raining Tacos' and will take requests to build a class playlist. Geared to the Middles  group, but younger Bigs are welcome too!

Jump Rope

Jump rope games- chinese jump rope, double twirler, and single

LEGO

Freebulding Lego Fun; Optional weekly challenges and activities, such a car racing and Lego bingo.

Fee covers part of the fee for weekly prizes. 

 

Edible Art

We will create simple edible art for the little ones. The idea is to have fun and allow them to play with the food and then eat it! Middles are welcome but we will definitely keep it simple for the youngest kids. 

Revoluntionary Spies and their Methods A

This class will discuss and learn about various spies during the Revoluntionary War.  We will also be learning the tactics that were used during this time period, as well as cracking codes, ciphers, and ending with a team activity using the methods that were learned.  Skills build during each class, so please try to come to all classes. 

 

Stealthy participants should be at least 8 & up.  Due to the complexitiy of this class, no younger particpants, please. 

 

 

 

Tennis

Learn and play the game of tennis. Please bring your own racquet.

Role Playing Games (C)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting.

Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination.

Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

Please Note: Group C is for new students, and those on the current waiting list, not returning students.

North and South American Geography Songs and Coloring

This class will be learning North and South American geography songs and coloring and labeling maps. Each week we'll learn a new song and review the old songs and color and label a map pertaining to that week's geography song.

Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IDmZAzA3Wc

United States

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2CNZIlVIg

Carribean Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn02apjmKeA

Central America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2iYWbfHPg

South America West

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7aMeeKgCFE&t=37s

South America East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdOZLYHxXFk

Hindu Stories

I'll read Hindu stories and do activities to go with them.

Times Tales

Through the silly stories of the Times Tales curriculum we will memorize our times tables from 3×6 on up through 9x9. These stories and the accompanying activities really make the math facts stick. Requires regular work at home during the week to review the stories. We will also start every class with active "counting by" chants and movements to really get the 2×, 3x, 5x, and 10x to stick. Geared to 7-12, but older kids who have trouble memorizing their math facts would benefit too.

Revoluntionary Spies and their Methods B

This class will discuss and learn about various spies during the Revoluntionary War.  We will also be learning the tactics that were used during this time period, as well as cracking codes, ciphers, and ending with a team activity using the methods that were learned.  Skills build during each class, so please try to come to all classes. 

 

Stealthy participants should be at least 8 & up.  Due to the complexitiy of this class, no younger particpants, please.

Passions, talents, skills

This class focuses on building confidence, public speaking, and leadership basics. 

Kids lead!

Students lead classes (with support from parents) teaching or explaining their passion, talent, or special skill. This can be anything from teaching the group to do a handstand to bringing in your favorite item from home and delivering a presentation on why it means so much to you. You are the expert! Sign up for your week to instruct on the first week. Number of young instructors per class is dependent on class size. 

Role Playing Games (A)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting.

Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination.

Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

Please Note: Group A is for select students currently enrolled in RPG class. New students, and those on the current waiting list, are welcome to enroll in Group C. 

Weird Words

Based on the game Balderdash, having fun with vocabulary by exploring weird words. Students absolutely must be able to write on their own. It is NOT important that they spell correctly at all.

Read to me storytime

In this class new and practicing readers will get a chance to read stories to our littles. Littles will register to be read to and middles will register to read to them. Hoping this will be a fun bonding activity for our two younger age groups and encourage the skill of reading aloud by our middles. 

 

Recorder Lessons

If you'd like to learn to play the recorder, this class is for you! If you don't own a recorder, I have plenty to loan and you may keep it for the semester to practice. 

Recycled Art

We will use found and recycled items to create art. Children may be asked to bring a recycled or found item in to a future class. We will read about and discuss recycling and how to use found objects in a creative and fun way. 

Trivia Baseball

Trivia on all subjects. Two teams like in baseball. Right answers to the trivia questions gain you one base. Just a fun way to learn and challenge the brain. 

Piggy and Gerald Plays

Kids will take turns reading and acting out the characters in the Piggie and Elephant series by Mo Willems. Geared towards kids who can read at least a little.

Tea Party
Mad Libs Grammar

Fun grammar practice using mad libs. Students will be encouraged to come up with topics and we will try creating our own. ok to need help reading and writing.

 

Talc Tattler for Middles

We will write, draw, create advertisements, book reviews, comics, and anything else we can think of to put into the next issue of the Talc Tattler. Each class will include a suggested project, as well as lots of free time for students to pursue their own ideas. 

Big Kids (10 to 12)
Class
Collage and Mixed Media Art

Learn to express yourself with paper! Exploring paper and glue we will express our world and ideas.

We will innovate with collage techniques and materials, as well as mark making tools on paper and board.

Contemporary and Historical art sources will be introduced in the class.

Painting

Painting Class teaches acrylic painting techniques and methods including color theory, principles and elements of design, landscapes, still-life, and non representational painting. 

Handwork- project class

This class is for students who really want to finish a project in Hand work. 

We will be completing 2 projects, students will be encouraged to bring their projects home to work on. 

First we will be making a simple crochet slipper. 

After getting our feet warm, we will (by popular request) be making a stuffed animal.

This wont be a class you can jump in and out of. By creating two classes I am hoping to give the more serious students the one on one time, and attention they need to successfully complete their work. 

You dont need to know how to sew or crochet to be in this class, we will all learn and grow our skills together. 

Handwork 1.

In this "my parent really wants me to take handwork" class, we will be dabbling in a variety of crafts. 

Needle work, crochet, felting, weaving! Working on something for a few weeks, until we are bored, and moving on! 

Making things should be fun! This should be a really low pressure, stress free, class. Students will be able to learn some new skills and discover if there is one they really love 

Letterboxing

Before there was Geocaching there was Letterboxing. It started in the 1800's and it's actually still popular today! Instead of using a phone to find a box of cheap plastic thingies, you use clues to find a box which contains a little notebook and a rubber stamp. Many boxes have beautiful hand carved stamps in them (there are several hidden at Olana). Mark the notebook in the box with your stamp and mark your notebook with the box's stamp. Collect them all over the country. We will make letterboxes to hide in the TALC woods and challenge ourselves to find each other's. Then, everyone at TALC can search for our boxes.

Lawn Games

Enjoy casual lawn games such as Bocce, Horeshoes, Cornhole, Wang, and others.

Card Games

We'll learn a variety of card games like Hearts, Gin Rummy and Euchre, or just become experts in one, depending on the number of students and interest. Adults welcome.

Role Playing Games (B)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting. Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination. Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive. Please Note: Group B is for select students currently enrolled in RPG class. New students, and those on the current waiting list, are welcome to enroll in Group C.

DaNcE pArTy for Middles!!

Party down with lights and music in our very own TALC disco club. DJ Steffa will play kid-friendly songs like 'It's  Raining Tacos' and will take requests to build a class playlist. Geared to the Middles  group, but younger Bigs are welcome too!

Egg Drop

We will be engineering solutions to save an egg from harm when dropped from a height of 10-12 feet.

Chess

Learn & play the game of chess. Littles may need to be accompanied by their parent as I can only supervise one game at a time.

Jump Rope

Jump rope games- chinese jump rope, double twirler, and single

LEGO

Freebulding Lego Fun; Optional weekly challenges and activities, such a car racing and Lego bingo.

Fee covers part of the fee for weekly prizes. 

 

Revoluntionary Spies and their Methods A

This class will discuss and learn about various spies during the Revoluntionary War.  We will also be learning the tactics that were used during this time period, as well as cracking codes, ciphers, and ending with a team activity using the methods that were learned.  Skills build during each class, so please try to come to all classes. 

 

Stealthy participants should be at least 8 & up.  Due to the complexitiy of this class, no younger particpants, please. 

 

 

 

Tennis

Learn and play the game of tennis. Please bring your own racquet.

Talc Tattler for Bigs

This class is for writing, drawing, conducting polls and surveys, creating advertisements, and whatever else we can think of to fill the pages of the Talc Tattler, volume 4. I'll provide some optional assignments, but most of the class time will be unstructured so that students can pursue their own ideas.

 

Role Playing Games (C)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting.

Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination.

Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

Please Note: Group C is for new students, and those on the current waiting list, not returning students.

Cooking and Baking for Bigs

We'll follow recipes to make both sweet and savory treats. We'll make decisions about what to cook based on our budget, and try making our own recipes for a simple meal.

North and South American Geography Songs and Coloring

This class will be learning North and South American geography songs and coloring and labeling maps. Each week we'll learn a new song and review the old songs and color and label a map pertaining to that week's geography song.

Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IDmZAzA3Wc

United States

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2CNZIlVIg

Carribean Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn02apjmKeA

Central America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2iYWbfHPg

South America West

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7aMeeKgCFE&t=37s

South America East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdOZLYHxXFk

Puzzles!

Jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, crossword puzzles..... we will be solving them all in this class!

ASL for big kids

Join me, a fluent user of American Sign Language, as we learn conversational ASL, as well as Deaf culture and Disability Awareness.

We also have a lot of fun and work towards having silent conversations, just using ASL!

 

Hindu Stories

I'll read Hindu stories and do activities to go with them.

Times Tales

Through the silly stories of the Times Tales curriculum we will memorize our times tables from 3×6 on up through 9x9. These stories and the accompanying activities really make the math facts stick. Requires regular work at home during the week to review the stories. We will also start every class with active "counting by" chants and movements to really get the 2×, 3x, 5x, and 10x to stick. Geared to 7-12, but older kids who have trouble memorizing their math facts would benefit too.

Revoluntionary Spies and their Methods B

This class will discuss and learn about various spies during the Revoluntionary War.  We will also be learning the tactics that were used during this time period, as well as cracking codes, ciphers, and ending with a team activity using the methods that were learned.  Skills build during each class, so please try to come to all classes. 

 

Stealthy participants should be at least 8 & up.  Due to the complexitiy of this class, no younger particpants, please.

Passions, talents, skills

This class focuses on building confidence, public speaking, and leadership basics. 

Kids lead!

Students lead classes (with support from parents) teaching or explaining their passion, talent, or special skill. This can be anything from teaching the group to do a handstand to bringing in your favorite item from home and delivering a presentation on why it means so much to you. You are the expert! Sign up for your week to instruct on the first week. Number of young instructors per class is dependent on class size. 

Role Playing Games (A)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting.

Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination.

Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

Please Note: Group A is for select students currently enrolled in RPG class. New students, and those on the current waiting list, are welcome to enroll in Group C. 

Recorder Lessons

If you'd like to learn to play the recorder, this class is for you! If you don't own a recorder, I have plenty to loan and you may keep it for the semester to practice. 

Trivia Baseball

Trivia on all subjects. Two teams like in baseball. Right answers to the trivia questions gain you one base. Just a fun way to learn and challenge the brain. 

Tea Party
US History
  1. This class is a continuation of last semester's and last year's class.  We will begin with World War 1 and continue through the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Era.  Howard Zinn's A Young Person's History of the United States is our primary textbook.  We will cover one chapter every one or two weeks.  Students are expected to read at home.  Classtime is devoted to discussion, crafts, and games related to the readings.  If your child is interested in this class, but has not taken the previous classes, please contact me before registration.
Mini Garden

Planting your own mini seed starting garden for summer transplanting. Multiple types of vegetables to choose from. 

Astronomy (Earth Science Part 2)

This class will be the 2nd half of Earth Science & Astronomy for the Grammar Stage. We will be learning about the solar system, the moon, the planets, dwarf planets, stars, asteroids, and briefly about space travel. We will do experiments and lab reports in class. Students are expected to do vocabulary work at home. We will have one night where we meet at TALC to see the stars together. We will have 2 field trips to the Henry Hudson Planetarium in Albany, and a big field trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. These are optional.

Junk Music

We will be building percussion, wind, and stringed instruments using repurposed items brought from home.

Teens (13 and up)
Class
Painting

Painting Class teaches acrylic painting techniques and methods including color theory, principles and elements of design, landscapes, still-life, and non representational painting. 

Handwork- project class

This class is for students who really want to finish a project in Hand work. 

We will be completing 2 projects, students will be encouraged to bring their projects home to work on. 

First we will be making a simple crochet slipper. 

After getting our feet warm, we will (by popular request) be making a stuffed animal.

This wont be a class you can jump in and out of. By creating two classes I am hoping to give the more serious students the one on one time, and attention they need to successfully complete their work. 

You dont need to know how to sew or crochet to be in this class, we will all learn and grow our skills together. 

Handwork 1.

In this "my parent really wants me to take handwork" class, we will be dabbling in a variety of crafts. 

Needle work, crochet, felting, weaving! Working on something for a few weeks, until we are bored, and moving on! 

Making things should be fun! This should be a really low pressure, stress free, class. Students will be able to learn some new skills and discover if there is one they really love 

Letterboxing

Before there was Geocaching there was Letterboxing. It started in the 1800's and it's actually still popular today! Instead of using a phone to find a box of cheap plastic thingies, you use clues to find a box which contains a little notebook and a rubber stamp. Many boxes have beautiful hand carved stamps in them (there are several hidden at Olana). Mark the notebook in the box with your stamp and mark your notebook with the box's stamp. Collect them all over the country. We will make letterboxes to hide in the TALC woods and challenge ourselves to find each other's. Then, everyone at TALC can search for our boxes.

Lawn Games

Enjoy casual lawn games such as Bocce, Horeshoes, Cornhole, Wang, and others.

Card Games

We'll learn a variety of card games like Hearts, Gin Rummy and Euchre, or just become experts in one, depending on the number of students and interest. Adults welcome.

Role Playing Games (B)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting. Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination. Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive. Please Note: Group B is for select students currently enrolled in RPG class. New students, and those on the current waiting list, are welcome to enroll in Group C.

Egg Drop

We will be engineering solutions to save an egg from harm when dropped from a height of 10-12 feet.

Chess

Learn & play the game of chess. Littles may need to be accompanied by their parent as I can only supervise one game at a time.

Tennis

Learn and play the game of tennis. Please bring your own racquet.

Talc Tattler for Bigs

This class is for writing, drawing, conducting polls and surveys, creating advertisements, and whatever else we can think of to fill the pages of the Talc Tattler, volume 4. I'll provide some optional assignments, but most of the class time will be unstructured so that students can pursue their own ideas.

 

Role Playing Games (C)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting.

Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination.

Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

Please Note: Group C is for new students, and those on the current waiting list, not returning students.

Cooking and Baking for Bigs

We'll follow recipes to make both sweet and savory treats. We'll make decisions about what to cook based on our budget, and try making our own recipes for a simple meal.

North and South American Geography Songs and Coloring

This class will be learning North and South American geography songs and coloring and labeling maps. Each week we'll learn a new song and review the old songs and color and label a map pertaining to that week's geography song.

Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IDmZAzA3Wc

United States

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2CNZIlVIg

Carribean Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn02apjmKeA

Central America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2iYWbfHPg

South America West

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7aMeeKgCFE&t=37s

South America East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdOZLYHxXFk

Puzzles!

Jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, crossword puzzles..... we will be solving them all in this class!

ASL for big kids

Join me, a fluent user of American Sign Language, as we learn conversational ASL, as well as Deaf culture and Disability Awareness.

We also have a lot of fun and work towards having silent conversations, just using ASL!

 

Times Tales

Through the silly stories of the Times Tales curriculum we will memorize our times tables from 3×6 on up through 9x9. These stories and the accompanying activities really make the math facts stick. Requires regular work at home during the week to review the stories. We will also start every class with active "counting by" chants and movements to really get the 2×, 3x, 5x, and 10x to stick. Geared to 7-12, but older kids who have trouble memorizing their math facts would benefit too.

Passions, talents, skills

This class focuses on building confidence, public speaking, and leadership basics. 

Kids lead!

Students lead classes (with support from parents) teaching or explaining their passion, talent, or special skill. This can be anything from teaching the group to do a handstand to bringing in your favorite item from home and delivering a presentation on why it means so much to you. You are the expert! Sign up for your week to instruct on the first week. Number of young instructors per class is dependent on class size. 

Role Playing Games (A)

Role Playing Games, this class allows students to create and immerse themselves in a narrative based, teamwork oriented, and cooperative role playing setting.

Students will use the 3.5 edition Dnd rules set to guide characters through challenges, and solve problems with creativity, teamwork, and coordination.

Each semester challenges become more intense and demanding, as students must strive to build on the skills and teamwork they have been doing thus far in order to be successful and survive.

Please Note: Group A is for select students currently enrolled in RPG class. New students, and those on the current waiting list, are welcome to enroll in Group C. 

Recorder Lessons

If you'd like to learn to play the recorder, this class is for you! If you don't own a recorder, I have plenty to loan and you may keep it for the semester to practice. 

Poetry Appreciation

Explore modern, American poetry from authors such as Poe, Frost and Dickenson. We will read and discuss the poems and do a little vocabulary and grammar on the side.

Tea Party
US History
  1. This class is a continuation of last semester's and last year's class.  We will begin with World War 1 and continue through the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Era.  Howard Zinn's A Young Person's History of the United States is our primary textbook.  We will cover one chapter every one or two weeks.  Students are expected to read at home.  Classtime is devoted to discussion, crafts, and games related to the readings.  If your child is interested in this class, but has not taken the previous classes, please contact me before registration.
Mini Garden

Planting your own mini seed starting garden for summer transplanting. Multiple types of vegetables to choose from. 

Astronomy (Earth Science Part 2)

This class will be the 2nd half of Earth Science & Astronomy for the Grammar Stage. We will be learning about the solar system, the moon, the planets, dwarf planets, stars, asteroids, and briefly about space travel. We will do experiments and lab reports in class. Students are expected to do vocabulary work at home. We will have one night where we meet at TALC to see the stars together. We will have 2 field trips to the Henry Hudson Planetarium in Albany, and a big field trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. These are optional.

Junk Music

We will be building percussion, wind, and stringed instruments using repurposed items brought from home.

Current Fieldtrip Offerings

Trip Date & Time
Henry Hudson Planetarium

Children's Star Sighting - 11amInteractive program exploring the stars, planets, and constellations in the night sky, tailored for children aged 3-7 and their families. Each child will receive a make at home sky wheel which will help them identify the constellations from their own backyard.  $3 all seatsAlbany Star Sighting - 1pmInteractive program encourages the casual stargazer to take a closer look at the ever changing night sky and to become more familiar with the constellations and their stories. Geared for skywatchers ages 8 and above. $3 all seats.

 

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Sq

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: (518) 434-0405

https://www.albany.org/listing/henry-hudson-planetarium/923/

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 11:00am
Old Sturbridge Village Field Trip

We are scheduled to visit Old Sturbridge Village on Friday, April 24, at 11 am.  In addition to self guided exploration of Old Sturbridge Village, students will participate in a hands-on workshop in their Museum Education Center. Students will participate in a 50-minute workshop focused on printing to allow them to try out an activity they’ll see costumed historians doing in the Village. Through inquiry and analysis, students make connections and comparisons to life today.

Recommended for 1st through 12th grades. Minimum of 10 students.

Ages 3 and under are free.  The program is geared for 1st grade and up, but ages 4 and up are $15 each.

Students…………………………………………….$15

Chaperones……………………………………….$15

I need to give them our final numbers in February, so I will collect the money at that point.  We need a total fee of at least $150.  In the event that we aren't able to meet that minimum, the trip will be cancelled and all payments will be refunded.  If we do meet the minimum, then I can't refund any fees once I have given them our final numbers.

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Bronx Zoo Trip

As an alternative to the Planetarium for folks that would rather be outside, we will go to the Bronx Zoo. It is free all day on Wednesdays and is fun and relaxing for the little ones. For a small fee, you can get into all the special attrations as well. We had a lot of fun last time. Meet by the Bronx River gate at 10am. Or we can meet up when you can make it. I suggest bringing a lunch and drinks because food is very expensive there. Hats are a good idea.

  • FREE admission
  • $17 to park car (We can also carpool to save on parking...)
  • Approx $6/each special attrations (Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Children's Zoo, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and Zoo Shuttle)
  • Approx $21 for optional "Total Experience" tickets for all of the above attractions
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:30pm
Worlds Beyond Earth @ Hayden Planetarium

The last 2 years we have taken a field trip to the Bronx Zoo on the Wednesday after the last TALC. This year we are going to the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in NYC! This is an amazing museum its so big it would take multiple days to see it all. We will be seeing the planetarium's new show "Worlds Beyond Earth" together and then we can split off into groups to see different parts of the museum from dinosaurs to Native Americans, to meteorites, to the 94 foot long blue whale. This museum is a must-see for children and adults of all ages!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:00am