USING COMPUTERS: BASIC SKILLS AND INTERNET ACCESS
This program uses the school’s computers to help parents feel comfortable in the digital age. Parents learn word processing applications, how to create resumes and cover letters, and how to use spreadsheets to track data and create budgets. Additionally, they learn how to use the internet to find job opportunities, look for activities and programs in their neighborhoods, and research answers to their questions.
JEWELRY MAKING / JEWELRY COOPERATIVE
Parents express their creativity by making beautiful handmade jewelry including pins, tie tacks, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. This workshop is geared to a wide audience, allowing everyone to work at their own skill level and pace, and leave with a unique product of which they can feel proud. A jewelry cooperative teaches basic business skills, including pricing and calculating profit and loss. Some schools have used this as a way of raising funds for the PTA.
A LEAP consultant introduces parents to creative design as it relates to clothing and accessories in the fashion industry. Parents learn the fundamentals of design, while studying the world of fashion and its connection to history, business, and culture. Parents create fashion sketches and select fabric swatches in multi-workshop series. Parents create actual fashion products. T-SHIRTS AND MORE A LEAP fabric artist teaches parents how to make attractive painted, stenciled, and/or tie-dyed t-shirts. Participants can also learn to use the resist-dye method to create designs for scarves, napkins, and mats.
MAKING ART FROM EVERYDAY OBJECTS
Parents create a personalized object such as a decorative mirror or picture frame, and learn how to design and decorate their home with readily available, inexpensive objects. A LEAP artist shows parents how to make good study spaces for children, organize their homes, and create better storage areas.
A LEAP instructor, certified in Zumba, introduces a fun and entertaining way to promote healthy living. Through this Latin American dance-based program, parents unwind and de-stress while building a sense of community and promoting wellness to their students through leading by example.
SEWING CRAFTY GIFTS
Parents learn basic sewing techniques and simple appliqué by making eyeglass cases, cell phone holders, change purses, and pillowcases. Advanced classes focus on decorative stitching, quilting, and fabric collage. Simplified classes are available for parents and children.
COOKING: SIMPLE HEALTHY MEALS
A LEAP consultant helps parents discover how to cook tasty, nutritional, childfriendly dishes from various cultures, in order to build healthy eating habits. Parents are also shown how to use cooking to improve their children's math and reading skills. In multi-session programs, a trip to the supermarket is included.
HOLIDAY CARDS AND GIFT WRAPPING
Parents learn to make exciting decorative cards to give as gifts, use for holidays, or sell, using a variety of printmaking and art techniques. A LEAP artist also demonstrates how to create personalized packages, unique boxes, and gift bags. Parents create original holiday decorations, such as candles, puppets, giant paper flowers for Mother's Day or Easter, Kwanza masks and dolls, wearable Halloween masks, dragon kites for the Chinese New Year, or elegant Easter eggs decorated with rhinestones and sequins.
THE LIVELY VISUAL ARTS
A LEAP artist teaches parents a variety of art techniques including painting, drawing, and sculpting. Parents then create original works of art, inspiring them to discover their hidden potential and express their feelings creatively.
SCRAPBOOKS AND FAMILY ALBUMS
Parents create their own hardbound photograph albums to capture family memories. They make front and back covers and bind blank pages using Asian-style bookbinding techniques, and create personalized scrapbook pages using mementos, decorative papers, and photographs.
Parents learn to take better photographs and tell their family stories through images. A LEAP photographer teaches parents about composition, texture, value, and lighting techniques. Parents also learn how to use the manual settings on their cameras to take truly unique pictures.
This program teaches parents activities and crafts from around the world—from weaving to candle making—that they can do with their children to increase literacy and cultural understanding.
Parents learn how to make shadow, giant, paper bag, sock, finger, felt, and marionette puppets. A LEAP artist also shows them how puppetry builds confidence in shy and reticent children by freeing them to speak up and share their opinions "through" the puppet.
MINIATURE DOLLS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Parents and their children create dolls from around the world using fimo clay, fabric, stockings, needles, thread, and/or stuffing.
CULTURES: AFRICAN, LATIN AMERICAN, ASIAN OR NATIVE AMERICAN
LEAP consultants introduce various African, Latin American, Asian or Native American cultures, and help parents explore the customs, languages, beliefs, and art forms of these cultures through slide shows, cooking, music, and art.
NEW YORK CITY RESOURCES AND EDUCATIONAL GAMES
Parents learn about the many cultural and educational resources throughout New York City and their neighborhoods. They learn about holiday and summer programs, free classes and events, as well as cultural institutions, parks, and library services. Parents also learn simple games and activities to help improve their children’s academic skills and to engage them during weekends and school vacations.
WORKING WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
A LEAP artist teaches parents new ways to interact with their children and help them succeed in school. Activities such as dramatization of literature, creative cookery, and crafts from around the world are tailored to suit the abilities and learning modalities of students with special needs – from dyslexia and autism to behavioral management issues.
DEVELOPING FINE MOTOR SKILLS
A LEAP artist teaches parents how helping their children develop fine motor skills improves handwriting, decreases frustration, and helps them succeed in school. Parents learn a wide variety of simple craft projects—from story collages to jewelry making—that they can recreate at home with their children.
MATH GAMES, PUZZLES, AND CRAFTS
Parents and children learn how to create fun math board games and puzzles; practice using a ruler; improve their problem solving skills; master arithmetic concepts; and develop reasoning skills. Craft activities such as jewelry making and weaving emphasize shapes, patterns, graphing, and scale.
ITSY BITSY LEARNERS: AGES 1-3
In this series, parents learn to transform everyday events into opportunities to help their very young children develop math and literacy skills. For instance, shopping becomes an educational adventure as children actively look for and identify colors, shapes, and objects. Parents also learn to make wordless books, play musical games, and make simple foods to encourage language acquisition and vocabulary development.
LITERACY GAMES AND ACTIVITIES: AGES 4-6
This series teaches parents simple, but effective, literacy activities that they can recreate at home with their children. For example, parents learn to make collage art and books to develop vocabulary and sequencing skills. By making finger puppets, forming whole-body letter shapes, and playing word bingo, parents learn ways to strengthen their children’s phonics skills and language abilities.
LITERACY GAMES AND ACTIVITIES: AGES 7-10
Parents learn a variety of games and strategies to help their children improve their literacy skills. For example, this series teaches parents ways to use creative cooking, phonics bingo, flap books, silly sentence songs, and other hands-on activities to strengthen their children's reading and oral expression, listening and writing skills, and phonemic awareness.
STRESS MANAGEMENTParents learn simple stress management techniques through yoga, dance, and drama exercises.