Wednesday, February 29, 2012

talking about leap day

Yesterday was sweet, easy, & slow.  Boo has been looking a bit on the pale side.  Picks at her food and gets tired faster than normal.  So we rested.  We played with subtraction & money.  We played Go Fish.  We played Chutes & Ladders.  We read a lot.  We flipped through the calender and talked about leap day: 

28 Days Has February
by D. D. Ochampeterspaughson Copyright ©2007 
28 days has February
A very light load for one month to carry
The other months have 2 and 3 more
Thirty and thirty-one being their big score
In Leap Years the days they do vary
Making 29 days in February

A leap year is a year containing one additional day to keep the calendar year in sync with the seasonal year.  Because (through a lot of complex math) seasons do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar with the same number of days in each year would drift over time.  Occasionally inserting an additional day can correct the drift.  A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.  A leap year consists of 366 and a common year has 365.
As for the leap part of adding a day, in a common year a calendar date that falls on, say a Friday one year will fall on a Saturday the next, & Sunday the next but on a leap year you leap over the expected day of the week the date will fall on.
Free printable frog activities http://www.kidzone.ws/lw/frogs/activities.htm 
Hop, hop, hop!

3 comments:

  1. I hope Boo feels better soon!

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    1. Tina, Thank you. We do too! It is hard to take Boo down. This wilting is perplexing...too busy? not enough good food? a bug? we shall see & we will let you know.

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  2. Sophie too, Misty.
    She went home after half a day of school and slept.
    Not up to par...but not totally sick.
    I've been feeling it too.
    It's past now though.
    I like that I can sit on the couch and fold laundry without guilt on days like that.

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