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LEAP Week Gives Lower School Students Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Friday, March 8, 2019

Building robots ... making edible art ... learning woodworking ... exploring Latin America and Spain ... playing tennis ... Those were just some of the options available to Heathwood Lower School students during LEAP Week.

LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Action, Possibilities) Week is an opportunity for Lower School students to go beyond the traditional curriculum to explore other interests and discover new passions. After spending the morning in their regular classes, students participate in two LEAP sessions each afternoon. Students are able to choose their LEAP coursework based on their interests or their desire to learn more about a particular topic or develop a new skill.

LEAP coursework is designed to foster creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and more through active learning. In the "Once Upon a Time" course, for example, students revisit beloved children's stories and connect them to problem-solving STEM activities; while in "Sing and Sign," students learn American sign language for foods, animals, colors, and more.