Enrichment and Education

 

Winnetka Community House offers classes on a variety of subjects for all ages. Whether you’re looking for activities for toddlers, school aged children, adults or even dogs, WCH offers it!

Classes include:

  • Next Program Starts: 04/25/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Puppy Class is designed to provide a positive environment for socialization of puppies to a variety of people as well as dogs. Early socialization has been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of both human and dog directed aggression, as well as anxiety and fear based behavior problems. Other topics discussed include house training, mouthing, leadership, sitting and recall. This class is appropriate for puppies ages 2-4 months old. Dogs must have received at least two rounds of vaccinations prior to attending. If not, please plan to attend class without your dog until all vaccinations are administered. No retractable leashes allowed


  • Next Program Starts: 04/25/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Obedience 101 teaches the basics of obedience including sit, down, stand, recall (coming when called), stay and heel - everything your companion dog needs to know! Both verbal commands and hand signals will be used. Dogs of any age may take this class. Positive reinforcement techniques will be used, so please bring food rewards or a small toy with you to class. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/25/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Rally is a fun spin on traditional obedience for both the dog and the handler. Rally is a sport in which all dogs are encouraged to participate. Purebred or mixed breed, every dog can learn the fundamentals for Rally. Dogs must have strong heeling skills to take this course. In rally an enthusiastic attitude and wagging tail are as important as precision. In fact, handlers are not only allowed to, but encouraged to positively reinforce their dogs during the competition with verbal praise, petting and even food rewards! Dogs and handlers should both appear to be enjoying the work and each other's company. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/28/17
  • Instructor: Girlz, Glitz
  • Ages: 4 - 10

Come join Glitzy Girlz www.glitzygirlz.com for a jump start to SPRING! Our staff will pamper with hair updo with flower accents, sparkle, make-up and nail application with flower nail decals. Each participant will design her own flower ceramic craft and design a beaded bracelet w/flower charm. The end of class we will provide flowered hula skirt props to use (not keep) & maracas and teach some fun hula dancing with music. Sign up w/ friends!


  • Next Program Starts: 04/29/17
  • Instructor: Staff, Winnetka Community House
  • Ages: 7 - 12

Here is the chance for your 7 to 12 year old to sell outgrown clothes and toys for fun and profit. The event is open to the public for shopping. There must be one adult per table. Registration must be received by April 22.


  • Next Program Starts: 05/20/17
  • Instructor: Gardener, The Organic
  • Ages: 2 - 6

Join us in the garden as we transplant warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and herbs. We will also discuss what plants pair well together and the benefits of planting a diversity of crops. Transplant a summer squash seedling to take home and watch it grow. Please wear clothes that are suitable for outdoor activities. Fee is per family


  • Next Program Starts: 05/22/17
  • Instructor: Winkelmann, Sheri
  • Ages: 15 - 0

This workshop assists women in developing the courage to find their own true voice. We will begin with a brief history of Goddess, the descent into patriarchy, and current climate of power for women. We will explore the classic Females Archetypes such as the Virgin, Mother, Queen and more. You'll be able to see how they may have been expressed/conditioned in your life. Discover how power was expressed in your household and how it affects your psyche and decision making capacity today. Explanation of cultural masks, their purpose and limitation will also be discussed. We conclude with a powerful exercise to find your primary 'mask', and tools to transform it.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/05/17
  • Instructor: Fisher, Mary
  • Ages: 2 - 3

Does your two or three year old enjoy a variety of activities? Join in free play, circle time, art, songs and simple child-centered projects. There will be interaction with other children and time for lots of individual attention, encouraging children to develop such social skills as sharing, caring and cooperation. Unfortunately, staff may not change diapers. You may register for as many days as you like. Children must be 2 years of age by June 9, 2017 This is a drop off class.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/05/17
  • Instructor: Staff, Tiny Treks
  • Ages: 4 - 6

Tiny Treks is an innovative program for families who want to teach their children about the world through exploration of their natural surroundings. We believe children learn best through hands-on experiences which build self-esteem and encourage a love of nature. In this class activities will include short stimulating hikes in a variety of outdoor settings, music, art projects and games. Please bring a Peanut free lunch and bottled water with a back pack.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/05/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 0

All Ages. For dogs that are well-behaved off-leash. This class is mainly for fun and exercise with your dog. Mellow out your high-energy dog on walks with the extra workout techniques you will learn. Agility training can also help more insecure dogs build confidence through learning how to overcome things that might seem "scary" (i.e. obstacles, jumps, etc.). Not only is this class a great form of physical activity, it also builds trust between you and your dog as you are there to assure them through obstacles. Almost everything taught in the agility class can be easily translated to your daily walks.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/05/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 0

All Ages. For dogs that are well-behaved off-leash. This class is mainly for fun and exercise with your dog. Dogs must have either taken Beginner Agility class or prove to be proficient on all of the agility equipment.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/07/17
  • Instructor: Fisher, Mary
  • Ages: 1 - 2

Moms and tots come play and learn as we see how much fun it is to be a toddler! We will have lots of exploring time plus an art project, a story and snack to end a day of fun. An adult must accompany each child. No siblings are allowed. Please bring a sippie cup for your child.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/07/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 0

8 weeks to 6 months. Learn how to help transition your dog from being a sweet puppy to the faithful dog you've always wanted. This class will teach you the reasoning behind a puppy's thought process as well as the prevention of and response to unwanted behavior. You will learn the techniques of using body language to communicate to your puppy what is acceptable and what is not. Other essential puppy how-tos will be provided such as basic grooming, simple, commands and vet visits. Teaching your puppy should not be time-consuming or painful. This class will teach you the best ways to train your dog while still living your life. Beginning the socialization process during puppyhood ensures that your dog will more likely grow to be well adjusted and highly adaptable to other dogs, people and situations.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/07/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 0

All Ages. You may have heard the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." There is always hope of teaching your dog new tricks, it just requires forming some new habits. Learn the basic commands of sit, down, stay, heel and come. Solve some of the common issues or problems that you have with your dog. This class will teach you how to effectively train your dog while maintaining your lifestyle. If you begin to think like your dog and understand the proper communication, your dog will eventually become an extension of you.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/09/17
  • Instructor: Fisher, Mary
  • Ages: 3 - 4

Each class is centered on a different number and letter which are reinforced through various puppets, songs, games and stories. Children must be 3 years of age by June 9, 2017


  • Next Program Starts: 06/12/17
  • Instructor: TEKnologies, Play - Well
  • Ages: 7 - 12

LEGOŽ Super Heroes need your help to defeat the destructive forces of evil arch-villains as they threaten LEGOpolis! Explore the tools and techniques of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but super engineers. An engineering curriculum designed by Play-Well challenges heroes to design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/12/17
  • Instructor: TEKnologies, Play - Well
  • Ages: 5 - 7

Save the world with LEGO® Super Heroes! Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers! An experienced Play-Well instructor guides young heroes as they design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/12/17
  • Instructor: TEKnologies, Play - Well
  • Ages: 7 - 11

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a massive motorized LEGO machine? Our Play Well Engineering instructors guide students in this advanced Play-Well engineering camp, as they re-engineer standard LEGO vehicles into mechanized machines that can traverse challenging obstacles, battle against fellow bots, and take on Play-Well Instructors? colossal creations.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/13/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Obedience 102 is focused on honing the skills of Obedience 101. Additional levels of difficulty and distractions will be added. Dogs of any age may enroll provided they have a basic knowledge of basic obedience commands: sit, down, recall (coming when called) stay, and heel. Children training dogs must be at least 14 years old. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 06/24/17
  • Instructor: Staff, Winnetka Community House
  • Ages: 12 - 124

Here is the chance to clean out your garages or basements to sell outgrown clothes, toys, sports equipment or household items for fun and profit. The event will be held outdoors, and is open to the public for shopping. There must be one adult per table. Registration must be received by June 21. This event is weather permitting, In case of rain the event will be cancelled and all registrants will be refunded.


  • Next Program Starts: 07/31/17
  • Instructor: Computer Explorers, TechStars
  • Ages: 6 - 8

Explore TWO great programs in this half-day camp! Have you ever wondered how electronics work? Students will gain hands-on experience building projects. Working with a partner you will learn about electronics, electrical components and all types of circuits & they'll take home a working Copper Tape Circuit. Note: No computers are used in this part of the program. In the second part of the program, you will dive into the world of video game animation. Working in teams, you?ll add sound effects and music clips to create a dynamic video animation game using Scratch, an object oriented coding platform designed just for kids! Creativity rules in this fun version of video game design!


  • Next Program Starts: 07/31/17
  • Instructor: Computer Explorers, TechStars
  • Ages: 9 - 12

Explore TWO great platforms this week! Working with a partner, you?ll explore both object-based programming and coding as well as text-based coding in Minecraft & Python and put you on a path to your dream of becoming a Programmer Designer! Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that's easy to learn and fun to use! Working with a partner, we?ll guide you through the basics as you experiment with unique (and often hilarious) programs including secret agents, thieving ravens, and more. Work on programming puzzles designed to stretch your brain and strengthen your understanding of this new language! You?ll learn basic data structures like lists and maps and how to organize and reuse your code with functions and modules. Who knew you could learn a new language in just a week! The next level of our Minecraft program is here! Are you tired of having to mine the ?boring? stuff? Did you know you can create and program Minecraft ROBOTS to do your mining for you? Learn how to code using the Minecraft ComputerCraft Mod and put those robots to work. Working with a partner you?ll start out programming with a graphical interface and then evolve to text-based coding as you learn to program with Lua. Soon you?ll be able to focus on mining what YOU want! Note: Prior experience with Minecraft is required.


  • Next Program Starts: 08/07/17
  • Instructor: TEKnologies, Play - Well
  • Ages: 7 - 9

Build and program robots inspired by a galaxy far, far away using the LEGO® WeDo system! Lift an X-Wing from Dagobah swamp, program a droid-sorting factory, and land an Imperial Shuttle using motion sensors. In small groups, learn basic programming, engineering, and robotics concepts in a fun Jedi-themed environment.


  • Next Program Starts: 08/07/17
  • Instructor: Computer Explorers, TechStars
  • Ages: 6 - 8

Young engineers will build working models of simple machines such as a crane, rolling vehicle and a merry-go-round. They will learn about levers, gears, pulleys, and axles using LEGO Simple Machines kits. Students will work in teams on activities designed around creativity, exploring, investigating and problem solving in a fun group environment **No Computers are used in this program.**


  • Next Program Starts: 08/07/17
  • Instructor: TEKnologies, Play - Well
  • Ages: 9 - 12

These ARE the droids you?re looking for! Build and program robots inspired by a galaxy far, far away using the LEGO® Mindstorms system. Navigate a minefield, target shield generators, and even respond to the Force using Play-Well?s full array of sensors and servos. Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups to solve problems in this open-ended Jedi-themed environment.


  • Next Program Starts: 08/07/17
  • Instructor: Computer Explorers, TechStars
  • Ages: 6 - 8

Discover, create and learn, as TechStars grants access to a PROPRIETARY Minecraft EDU world you can?t get on your own! Learn fundamentals of computer networking through this Minecraft experience that also allows you and your friends to work in multiplayer mode as you mine, craft and build together to survive. Working with a partner, use your skills to explore all the secrets the world has to offer, including a mysterious castle filled with challenges. No matter whether you are new to Minecraft or already love the program, this program is for YOU! Later in the session, we?ll explore Stop Motion Animation as we make our own Minecraft Movies!