We love Leap Year because it gives us just one more day to go to our favorite activities and one more day to use our POWerful Words! No matter what kind of POWerful Words school your child attends– have your child impress his/her instructors or teachers by saying; “I’m so glad it’s a Leap Year because it gives me another day to learn from you!”
Teaching Children about Leap Year 2008
Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman
Parents have been asking about how to teach their children about leap year– so here are the answers to some of your child’s most frequently asked questions:
What is a leap year?
A leap year is a year that has a longer February than normal. In a leap year, February has 29 days in it instead of 28.
Why do we need a leap year?
Leap year began in order to align the earth’s rotation around the sun with our seasons. It takes approximately 365.2422 days for the earth to travel around the sun in one year. We know that a typical year has 365 days in it—but as you can see from the number 365.2422, a year is not exactly 365 days! So, in order to get “lined up”, almost every four years, we give one extra day to account for the additional time the earth takes to travel around the sun.
Trivia question: How long is 365.2444 days?
Answer: 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 46 seconds
When is Leap Year?
This year, 2008, is a Leap Year. It occurs every 4 years (with some exceptions every few hundred years). It’s celebrated on February 29th– a day that only occurs in a Leap Year.
How do you calculate a Leap Year?
How do you calculate a leap year? According to the Gregorian calendar, there are 3 rules to calculate if it is leap year or not a leap year.
Rule 1: Leap year is divisible by 4
Rule 2: Exception to Rule 1, any year divisible by 100 such as 1900 or 1800
Rule 3: Exception to Rule 2, any year divisible by 400 is a leap year such as 2000
Fun for the Kids:
How many leap years old am I?
How many leap years old is Grandma/Grandpa/Mom/Dad?
How many leap years old is my school?
Did you know? Leap Year Traditions
In Ireland, every February 29th, women were allowed to ask for a man in marriage. A man was fined if he refused the proposal.
“Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage. In many of today’s cultures, it is okay for a woman to propose marriage to a man. Society doesn’t look down on such women. However, that hasn’t always been the case. When the rules of courtship were stricter, women were only allowed to pop the question on one day every four years. That day was February 29th.” Read more about it.
Leap Year Activities for Kids
Cullin’s Video on leap year for young children:
Have a POWerful Extra Leap Year Day!