Students at P.S. 971 in Sunset Park learn vocabulary through art as part of LEAP

Music, dancing, theater and cooking are all part of a unique lesson for students at P.S. 971 in Sunset Park. (5/6/14)

BROOKLYN - Music, dancing, theater and cooking are all part of a unique lesson for students at P.S. 971 in Sunset Park.

The program is part of LEAP, which stands for Learning through an Expanded Arts Program. Students at the school learn to understand words and their meanings through various art forms.

"You build vocabulary while the children are actually experiencing what the words mean," says Ila Lane Gross, of LEAP.

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Gross says there are simple things all parents can do to increase the curiosity of learning in children. She says building vocabulary can even be done in a grocery store by having children read the names of cereals or ingredients on the back of the boxes.

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