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: 09/04/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher and Elyse Ferdinand
  • Ages: 2 - 3

Little Bits is a class designed for ages 2-3 to have fun and make new friends while engaging in art, music, free play, story time and end class with a snack. Each week will be centered around a new theme. Children will be taught 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 September 14, 2018. This is a drop off class.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/05/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher and Elyse Ferdinand
  • Ages: 1 -

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: 09/06/18
  • Instructor: TechStars Computer Explorers
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Does your pre-schooler LOVE technology? Want to let them explore their inner Techie while fostering hands-on creativity & problem solving in a team-based environment? Working in pairs or teams, we?ll exploreNEW & exciting S.T.E.M.?based (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs and in each semester?s program we?ll also explore Digital Arts! At the end of the session, parents will be invited to our Technology Fair and any work produced by the children will be loaded up to our Cloud to be shared with friends and family!


  • Next Program Starts: 09/07/18
  • Instructor: TechStars Computer Explorers
  • Ages: 9 - 12

TWO Great Programs in One! Learn to design animation for a 3D interactive game, movie or story! Working with a partner in an interactive interface, students will drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program. The instructions correspond to 'real life' programming languages, such as Java, C++, and C. Get a head start on a coding career! Students use an innovative block-based programming environment to create their own 3D simple games and animations. Nemo, Dory, and flying dragons will keep students engaged and having fun as they learn. In this advanced level course, using Scratch, we?ll focus on advanced game elements: building multiple levels, integrating animated sequences into games and using variables to keep track of score, high score, avatar lives and game speed. Working with a partner, we?ll build multiple games including a maze game and a side scrolling space shooter game. Time permitting, you & your partner will be able to work on designing an independent original advanced game project which can be posted online. Previous experience with Scratch is required.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/07/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher and Elyse Ferdinand
  • 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 September 7, 2018.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/07/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 4 - 6

Come over and have lunch and fun and make new friends! Come and take a different journey each week. Let's be a pirate and look for treasures one week and the next week become a chef and bake cookies. New adventures awaits you. We will learn through various art media, simple cooking projects, stories and more. Please bring a peanut-free lunch with a drink to class. Please notify us ahead of time if your child needs to be picked up from Winnetka Community Nursery School.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/12/18
  • Instructor: Pam Katz
  • Ages: 4 - 6

Outdoor Adventures 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 drink to class. We will pick up children from Winnetka Community Nursery School.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/12/18
  • Instructor: Extraordinary Kids Staff
  • Ages: 3 - 4

Join us as we take your child on an educational adventure that emphasizes fun and creativity and developing lifelong thinking skills. Individual themes help establish an early love and interest in exploring our world through science math, art, movement and S.T.E.M. activities. Some of the topics in the coming school year include: Going on an African Safari, Traveling to the Land of Castles, Exploring the Fascinating World of Nocturnal Animals, and Understanding the Importance of Healthy Eating and fitness, Bears, Bears, and more Bears! Please bring a peanut free lunch with a drink. Winnetka Community Nursery School students will be picked up from the Nursery school at 11:15am.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/12/18
  • Instructor: Extraordinary Kids Staff
  • Ages: 4 - 5

Join us as we take your child on an educational adventure that emphasizes fun and creativity and developing lifelong thinking skills. Individual themes help establish an early love and interest in exploring our world through science math, art, movement and S.T.E.M. activities. Some of the topics in the coming school year include: Going on an African Safari, Traveling to the Land of Castles, Exploring the Fascinating World of Nocturnal Animals, and Understanding the Importance of Healthy Eating and fitness, Bears, Bears, and more Bears!


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/18
  • Instructor: Sunshine Arts And Crafts
  • Ages: Kindergarten - 5th

Amazing Art combines all your favorite art projects and mixed media in one unique class. Kids will make tie dye shirts (to be used as art smocks for the session), experience pottery painting, create fired ceramic arts, paint a canvas acrylic painting, do recycled arts projects and more. Lessons will include concepts and techniques kids can use for a lifetime and the experience of creating awesome projects will result in great self esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Finished work will be taken home immediately. This is a drop off program. All new lessons are offered each session.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/17/18
  • Instructor: Amigos Program
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Everyday will be a special day at Fun With Amigos. We will laugh, play, create, sing, paint, cook and discover great wonders all while learning Spanish! Fun with Amigos uses a highly controlled vocabulary introduced in conjunction with fun theme days. All instructors are experienced in early childhood and at least one instructor is a native speaker.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/17/18
  • Instructor: Amigos Program
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Café Amigos is open for business! Children bring a lunch with a beverage and learn Spanish while lunching with friends. There will be exciting theme days, songs, art, games, and MORE! It?s 90 minutes of fun! From the creators of Camp Amigos, Café Amigos is the perfect setting for children to learn Spanish! All instructors are experienced early childhood educators and at least one instructor will be a native speaker. Staff will escort children from Winnetka Community Nursery School To Winnetka Community House.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/17/18
  • Instructor: TechStars Computer Explorers
  • Ages: 6 - 8

TWO Great Programs in One! Love VIDEO GAMES & PUZZLES? Create your own interactive games, puzzles & quizzes in this cool class! Working with a partner, you?ll customize your game?s ?designs,? add challenges and levels of difficulty, then share them with the class ? YOU?RE in control! At the end of the program, you?ll be able to download your flash files from our Cloud to challenge your family & friends! Dive into the world of video game animation by using Scratch to create characters that dance, sing and interact with one another. Working in teams, you?ll add sound effects and music clips to create a dynamic video animation game by using software created just for kids. Creativity rules in this fun version of video game design.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/23/18
  • Instructor: Confidence With Etiquette
  • Ages: 3 - 98

Come and celebrate the joy of being a mother/daughter. What fun it would be to drink herbal teas from pretty china teacups, as well as eating hand made delicacies and sweet treats from Britain and South Africa. Of course there will be fancy hats, fascinator?s and boas in which to donn ourselves, so please come dressed in your prettiest party dress. Through games and activities we will learn a little history about tea and fashion, as well as the etiquette in drinking tea as we share good table manners. Fee is per person.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/30/18
  • Instructor: Confidence With Etiquette
  • Ages: 4 - 7

Come and have fun dressing up in fancy hats and jewelry as we practice sitting and behaving at the table. We learn how to serve and eat politely as we practice courtesy in our interaction with others. Each week two new table skills are introduced, and by the end of four weeks, through our practice we have worked to develop good habits.


  • Next Program Starts: 10/19/18
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 5 - 11

Come join Glitzy Girlz for a ROCKIN good time! Staff will give a rock princess make-over with hair, crown, colored hair spray, make-up and neon nails application. Decorate a craft with paints, stamps and embellishments & design a beautiful beaded bracelet. Our Glitzy Staff gets the party started with a fun dance section complete with a prop microphone to take home. A goodie bag leaves with every rock star too! Come with friends


  • Next Program Starts: 11/11/18
  • Instructor: Confidence With Etiquette
  • Ages: 5 - 98

Make some time....a special time... to share a meal together. Learn how to eat soup, bread, salad, and a main course (comprising a protein and vegetables), and a soft dessert. Enjoy practicing how to use different types of cutlery (silverware) and crockery (flatware), and play a couple of etiquette games as you share experiences through different conversational topics. Fee is per person.


  • Next Program Starts: 11/16/18
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 7 - 13

Glitzy Girlz has teamed up with amazing instructors of the new craze ?WERQ? dance. The class will bring the energy and the fun! Along with ?WERQ? choreography the girls will do fun dances like Limbo and line dancing. Sign up with a group of friends and wear your FAV workout outfit!


  • Next Program Starts: 12/02/18
  • Instructor: Confidence With Etiquette
  • Ages: 3rd - 9th

Excellent dining skills will serve you well wherever you go! Come and learn the skills of how to eat soup, bread, salad, vegetables and a protein as well as soft and a crusty dessert. We will also learn how to set the table for a three course meal, how to serve different dishes and how to clear away. We practice good walking and sitting posture, greetings, handshakes and farewells, gratitude, eye contact and polite conversation.Dress attire for class is young ladies must wear a skirt or dress and young gentlemen in dress shirt, slacks and a tie.


  • Next Program Starts: 12/14/18
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 4 - 10

Calling all daddy's and their special little darlings.. Sign them up for this special bonding time over the holiday season. This class is full of ?heart? and is perfect for making homemade gifts with love and thought for family members. Each couple will make 3 treasured gifts including a pottery and wood craft as well as a beautiful crystal beaded piece all from the HEART! Holidays spirits and festive music provided. A wrapping station will complete the gift.