Activities for Leap Day

by GfG on February 28, 2012 · 4 comments

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I am trying to be more intentional about taking the time to enjoy moments, days and experiences that can happen because we homeschool.  I was much better at doing so when I first started, but adding children and responsibilities seemed to push the “unnecessaries” out.   Gratefully, I’ve realized that the little moments of fun are necessary.  They set a tone for homeschooling.

I’m not crazy.  I don’t have entire reenactments with period costumes, song and food.  I don’t spend weeks and weeks on life size models either.  While doing those things is perfectly wonderful for some, for most of us, it’s just too much.

All I’m talking about is an hour or two every month, to take advantage of the time and ability to do something fun.  We did the sugar cookie dough maps last month as well as took a field trip.  Nothing super fancy.

Tomorrow is Leap Day.  Since Leap Year only happens every four years, my kiddos will live with me for probably only four of them.  Something will happen only four times while living with me.  That’s kinda strange to me. To commemorate the day, I thought it would be fun to do a few activities not a part of our normal routine.

Why not have a little fun on a day that only comes every four years?

Want to join us?  Here’s what we will do:

1) We’ll talk about how a person born on Leap Day figures out their age.     🙂     We’ll do the math to figure out each person’s age for every four years only.

2) We’ll play leap frog.

3)  We’ll talk about why we have leap year and what it does.  (Which means I’m gonna learn right along with my children.  A typical occurrence for homeschooling moms.)

4)  The older three students will calculate some fun Leap Year facts from this site.

5)  We will have a leaping contest (farthest, highest, silliest, loudest, etc.).

6)  Lastly, we’ll be silly in general.  It’s a bit crazy and unusual to see February 29th on the calendar, so we’ll just be crazy in goofy ways.  We’ll wear silly hats, we’ll eat on the floor, we’ll have breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast, and we’ll wear our clothes inside out.  Anything else the kiddos want to suggest, I’ll probably go for.  Why not.

All of these activities are free and won’t take much extra time at all.  You don’t have to do all of them, pick a couple.

Leap Day isn’t  meaningful in any emotional or eternal sense, but it’s unusual and it gives me an opportunity to make our homeschooling lifestyle memorable.  We will probably learn a thing or two and these facts might even stick better than normal because we take the time to cement them, but, more importantly, we’ll have moments together and we’ll make the most of them.

Let’s have some Leap Day fun!

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