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A Day in LEAP

Classroom Staff

Credentialed Early childhood special education teachers lead our classrooms with support from special education assistants.  The educational team works with Designated Instruction Specialists (DIS) to ensure that interventions for each student are implemented.

DIS providers may include a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, adaptive physical education specialist, behavior intervention specialist, and/or a physical therapist.

A Day in LEAP

Predictable routines promote student participation.


Students improve eating and self-help skills, practice communication, taste different foods, and work on table manners.

Greeting Time

 Students greet each other, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, and are engaged in group activities.  Name recognition and counting skills are practiced.  

Work Time

Students work throughout the classroom using toys, blocks, sand, and water. They are introduced to art, music, writing and have access to the library. This is a time for children to practice sharing and taking turns, among other social skills.

Small Group Time

Children work on an activity to practice goals that are written in their IEP’s.  A variety of activities are presented to promote language, math and fine motor skills.

Socialization / Self-Help

Children learn to interact with other classmates and adults.  They may play in the classroom and/or take part in music, art, games, and cooking activities. Potty training is addressed and is part of the school day.

Large Group Time

Children come together with the adults to play games, sing songs, do finger plays, learn dances, play musical instruments, do exercises, or retell parts of a story.  We use flannel stories, books, and puppets to encourage language.  Children learn to participate in fun activities as members of a group.

Story Time
Children engage in reading readiness, listening, speaking, and writing activities focusing on book concepts and awareness of sounds that different letters make.
Outside Time

 Playgrounds provide children with opportunities for movement, exploration, improved locomotion, balance, and creative play.  Water and sand play allow additional opportunities to explore the environment.


Children use computers and developmentally appropriate early childhood software.  


LEAP is a language-based program.  Students are encouraged to use language to express wants, needs, and social preferences.