Learning and Exploring at PlayLEAP
What is LEAP?
LEAP engages undergraduate students in helping kindergarten through third grade students develop the language, literacy, math and social skills necessary to succeed in school. Tutors are paired individually with a child for the duration of the academic year, and spend three hours per week working with their partner to develop these skills.
While participating in LEAP, tutors are encouraged to develop teaching and leadership skills, new perspectives on education, awareness and interest in the Rochester community, and additional insight into their own paths and values. Tutors complete extensive training throughout the year to help facilitate these goals.
How does it work?
LEAP tutors are placed on small teams (6-10 students) of under the guidance of a team leader. Each team member is paired individually with a child and the group conducts three-hour sessions on Saturday mornings. During session the Team Leader guides the group through activities while maintaining an open environment where each individual child is able to make choices and explore their interests alongside their partner.
Sessions are planned completely by the tutors and are customized based on the interests of the children in the group. Each team meets weekly outside of session to debrief, plan activities and to support each other as they work to find the most effective ways to help their specific group of children learn.
LEAP is designed to promote active learning in an environment that is open to exploration and gives children the opportunity to learn through play. Each tutor has an important role as they discover the interests and abilities of their specific partner child and encourage literacy, math, science and social development.
Classroom Assistance Time
In addition to Saturday sessions, LEAP tutors participate in Classroom Assistance Time, or CAT. During this time tutors are placed in a classroom and expected to assist and observe the classroom teacher. CAT placements are not limited to Kindergarten and Preschool; tutors can be place in any classroom from K-8th Grade in a variety of subject areas including social studies, science and special education.
How do I join?
LEAP recruits new tutors at the start of each academic year. If you have any questions about LEAP or would like to apply to become a tutor, please contact Catherine Lewis in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. LEAP tutor applications can be found here. Find LEAP on Facebook for more updates and information!