WISE Course Descriptions

MONDAYS 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Hip Hop Dance (1st – 5th Grade)
Instructor: TranscenDance Studios
Learn the most current hip hop moves and dance to today’s most popular music hits! By the end of the session, students will learn a hip hop dance and perform it for family and friends at an informal showcase the last 10 minutes of class at Whittier. New choreography is presented each session! Dancers should wear comfortable clothing they can move in and gym shoes.
(Min. 6, Max. 16 students)
 
Chicago Edge Soccer (K – 3rd Grade)

Instructor: Chicago Edge Academy.
The class offers an ideal introduction to the game of soccer brought to you by Chicago Edge, Oak Park’s travel soccer club. Players will be introduced to the fundamentals of the game using games and activities in a dynamic and FUN environment. NOTE: Due to space restrictions in the gym, the first class for Chicago Edge Soccer will be Monday, February 4.
(Min. 8, Max. 18 students)

 
Toyology (2nd – 5th Grade)

Instructor: MAPP Sports

MAPP Sports is offering a STEM-inspired classroom opportunity to learn the science and business behind creating your own board game! Students will work from a workbook (included) and do hands-on study with plastics and slime (!), then move into creating their own board game. Students learn how to create appealing packaging and determine the cost of their game. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to begin shaping kids’ views of how integrity-driven businesses can succeed in the future economy of America. Sign up for the first installment of Toyology! Equipment needed: calculator, pencil/pen.
(Min. 4; Max 10 students)

 
The Science Lab (K – 2nd Grade)

Instructors: Caroline Baker and Kathy Villasin
Discover and learn about science in the world around you in ways you never expected!  With the classroom as our lab, each week you’ll become the scientists and conduct exciting experiments. Together we will investigate topics from all disciplines of science.  Our experiments will often include something gooey, strange, stinky, colorful, explosive, pretty, or surprising, and will always be fun!  We’ll take time to learn about what’s happening in each lab.  Students will be encouraged to generate and share their own ideas about the science behind what they observe.  Participants will also finish the class with a lab book of experiments that can be conducted again at home.

(Min. 7, Max. 16 students)

 
Let’s Get Crafty Basic Sewing & Crafts (2nd – 5th Grade)

Instructors: Georgina Swanson and Nancy Hoehne
Do you like to do different kinds of crafts or sew?  Join Let’s Get Crafty to make a variety of crafts with fabric, yarn and other supplies. It will be a chance to be creative while we make things together and learn new skills.
(Min. 8, Max. 12 students)

 
Clay with Miss Connell (K-5th Grade)

Instructors: Hannah Connell

Are you into slimy things? Do you love to get your hands dirty? Have you always wanted more opportunities to work with clay outside of art class? If “YES!” is the answer to all of these questions then sign up for Clay with Miss Connell! We will learn all sorts of clay building techniques while allowing freedom to have creative choice and experimentation.

(Min. [xx], Max. 20 students)

 

TUESDAYS 3:15 – 4:15 pm
YogaKids (K – 5th Grade)

Instructor: Kim Vulinovic
We’ll stretch like dogs and fly like eagles! YogaKids classes use yoga as a springboard for education. Each class explores a different theme through movement, storytelling and meditation. Poses strengthen and stretch muscles. Breathing naturally tunes kids into their energy levels. And books, toys and games make each class fun and educational. Yoga unites the body and mind to improve self-esteem, focus and fitness. To participate fully in the class, children should wear comfortable clothes (e.g., leggings/sweats, not dresses, tights or jeans). (Min. 6, Max.16 students)

 
Kitchen Wizards (K – 5th Grade)

Instructors: Kerri Druckmiller and Sondra Nelson
Calling all chefs! Explore cooking in fun and interesting ways as we create recipes that you can make again at home. Each participant will receive a collection of recipes that we make during the class! NOTE: Be sure to note your child’s allergies on your registration for optimum class participation. (Min. 8, Max. 15 students)

 
Multi-Sport Madness (K – 2nd Grade)

Instructor: Legacy Sports
One of Legacy Sports’ most popular programs includes variations of traditional gym games like relay races, tag, capture the flag, dodgeball, and soccer, as well as our popular Legacy games like Hand Hockey, Illinois Jones and Battleship. You don’t want to miss out!

NOTE: Due to space restrictions in the gym, the first class for Multi-Sport Madness will be Tuesday, February 5.
(Min. 10; Max. 20 students) includes t-shirt

 
Learn to Knit (3rd – 5th Grade)
Instructor: Georgina Swanson
This beginner class will introduce students to the basic knitting stitch. We will practice knitting with the goal of making a small bag or pouch by the end of the session.
(Min. 5, Max. 8 students)
 
Coding for Kids (3rd – 5th Grade)

Instructors: Paula Spring and Rachel Kiferbaum
Learn to code by exploring different programming sites, including Scratch, designed for younger programmers. Then create animations, games, and other fun projects. We will also use our coding skills to program robots, including the Sphero and Ozobot. All programming experience levels welcome; we will build up from wherever your skill level begins.
(Min. 6, Max. 12 students)

 
Jr. Engineers: Design and Discover (K-2nd Grade)

Instructors: Caroline Baker and Kathy Villasin

Plan and carry out your own investigations to solve a challenge!  Students will be presented with an engineering challenge and work through the engineering process to plan, design, construct, test, and evaluate a solution.  We’ll use a variety of building materials, many that you would have in your own home.  Students will often work together in teams to ask questions, define problems, and explain solutions.  Our focus will be as much on the process as the result.  This exciting class is based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which have an emphasis on the integration of technology and engineering in science education.

(Min. 7, Max. 16)

WEDNESDAYS 2:45 – 4:15 pm
(note classes are an hour and a half)
 
Floor Hockey/Dodgeball (3rd— 5th Grade)
Instructor: Legacy Sports

One of Legacy Sports’ most popular programs includes variations of traditional gym games like relay races, tag, capture the flag, dodgeball, and soccer, as well as our popular Legacy games like Hand Hockey, Illinois Jones and Battleship. You don’t want to miss out!

NOTE: Due to space restrictions in the gym, the first class for Multi-Sport Madness will be Wednesday, February 6.

(Min. 10, Max. 20 students) includes t-shirt

 
BACK! Homesteading (2nd – 5th Grade)
Instructor: Sugar Beet Schoolhouse

Inspired by our popular Summer Homesteading Camp, we have pulled together the highlights for an after school program. From making dough to sewing to making beeswax candles, students will learn self reliance and “do it yourself” skills that cultivate resourcefulness and an appreciation for the hand made. Each class will have a “make and take” component as kids learn to make useful items for their home. Weavings, candles, paper, books, natural dyes and more! It’s so much fun to make a beautiful home and world together.
(Min.8; Max. 12 students)

 
Actor’s Garden: A Play a Day (K – 5th Grade)
Instructor: Alex Frisch

Students will take a quick bow as they put on a mini play every class. Each week each student will receive a script, be cast in a role, learn blocking and maybe even put on a costume piece or two.  The only thing we will not have is an audience.  This class is an opportunity to explore putting on production without the added pressure of getting it “performance ready.”  Students will also engage in theatre games and acting exercises, making this class a perfect blend of process and product. This is all about FUN!

(Min. 9; Max. 15 students)

THURSDAYS 3:15 – 4:15 pm
 
Taekwondo (K – 5th Grade)
Instructor: Flying V Martial Arts
Our Taekwondo classes offers a total fitness program integrating mind, body and spirit.  The program focuses on improving not only basic motor skills, but developing students’ confidence, self-esteem, discipline, respect and focus. Furthermore, our program consists of a balanced cardiovascular workout, including punching, kicking, and blocking skills while using self-control and the Taekwondo tradition.  Participants will improve coordination, power of concentration, balance, and both physical and mental discipline. The program will encourage students’ sense of commitment and persistence in the face of challenges while helping them enter society with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook. (Min. 5; Max. 20 students)
 
Dynamic Chess (K – 5th Grade)
Instructor: William Aramil
Classes are intended to increase the chess knowledge of every child. In addition, children will be able to apply the overall thinking skills learned from the chess program to other areas within their education. Each student will begin as a Pawn (the first level) and progress their way up to a King (the 6th level) as they show their efficiency and mastery of topics within the curriculum. All playing levels are welcome, including absolute beginners! All children signed up for Dynamic Chess at Whittier will be given access to Chesskid.com for an entire calendar year ($50 value). Children will be able to play others in class and all over the world online, watch videos, and work on several exercises to unlock online achievements! (Min. 10, Max. 40 students)
 
Experiential Painting (K – 5th Grade)
Instructor: Terry Mueller

Children flourish when they have a creative outlet. Experiential Painting gives kids full freedom to express themselves through painting in a structured, non-judgmental environment. In this class, students will learn how to access creative flow and create paintings that come alive with their authentic nature spilling out onto the page.  Skill develops naturally as the children learn, through experience, how to work with the materials and access their own inner muse. Participants should bring an old shirt or smock to class to protect clothing. (Min. 6, Max.15 students)

 
NEW! Wildcat Ensemble (3rd-5th Grade)

Instructor: Anjali Karia

Do you want a chance to play and sing more music, using instruments you’ve begun to use in music class? Join Ms. Karia and the Wildcat Ensemble, which will incorporate West African drums, the Orff (xylophone), and singing. In our WISE class, we will be learning pieces we have not learned in class in varying styles (African folk, pop, etc.) By the end of the course we will have learned at least two songs to perform during the last class session.