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LEAP Week Offers Enhanced Opportunities for Experiential Learning

Friday, March 9, 2018

Heathwood's first Lower School LEAP Week (Learning, Engagement, Action, Possibilities) gave students in grades K-4 the opportunity to explore interests and discover new passions through a week of intensive short courses.

Students could opt for the arts (Photography, History of Cinematography, Claymation Studio, Jewelry Making, Awesome Acting, Famous Artists) sports (Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, Winter Olympics), STEM (Curious Coders, Robotics, Building Bridges, Math Playground, Storybook STEM) and more (Puzzlemania, Sign Language, Birdwatching, Fun in the Garden, Kids Giving Back, Healthy Cooking).

LEAP Week 2018 was held March 5-9, the same week that Upper School students stepped away from the classroom for their Winterim experiential learning program. Regular coursework was suspended for the week and each student selected two week-long sessions (morning and afternoon) that gave them a chance to hone existing skills or develop new ones, engage in in-depth experiential learning, or explore an interest in a sustained, in-depth way.

"LEAP Week was a huge success!" said Assistant Head of Early Childhood and Lower School Mary Kay Deese. "It was great to be able to be creative in a different way with our students.  An unexpected bonus was having the different ages work together allowed us to see how well our students know and appreciate each other.   The older kids in the group were taking care of the younger kids and it really touched our hearts to watch that.   There was a true vibe of excitement around campus about all of the fun things to learn and do!"