Since February 29 only rolls around once every four years, I tend to treat it like a holiday, which makes for some pretty happy kids. We forego our normal school routine in exchange for a bit more fun.
8:00 AM: I got up and dressed. I threw a load in the washer and pulled out some stew meat from the basement freezer for tomorrow’s dinner. Andrew was awake and helped me do a few chores. Ed finally decided to stumble down the stairs to join us.
9:00 AM: We started the school portion of the morning with pancakes and banana/chocolate hazelnut spread crêpes for the kids and a green smoothie for mom. Per usual, we watched CNN Student News while we ate breakfast and discussed the presidential primaries.
10:00 AM: Four years ago, on Leap Day, I had the boys write letters to their future selves, and I saved them. This morning, they opened those letters and read them. Andrew had given his future self a handful of pennies, and Ed had left himself a $5.00 bill. They were surprised to see how much their handwriting and spelling has changed in those four years, but they had remembered most of what they had written, so none of it was too surprising. I remember thinking back then that four years seemed a long way off. Today, it seems like it was just yesterday that they were writing those letters. They also wrote new letters to themselves to be opened on the next Leap Day in 2020.
10:30: Our sign language instructor had given us a packet of papers about the history of sign language, so we read that information. The boys went upstairs to practice our new signs for the week, while I made several phone calls related to a task I’m doing for our homeschool co-op.
11:30 AM: The boys played a game that involved a lot of jumping, while I took care of more chores and prepped lunch. They had grilled cheese and soup, in keeping with our comfort food theme of the day.
12:30 PM: We headed to the natural history museum, where we spent the afternoon.
The museum is hosting a special exhibit about poisons. One of the kids remarked that it was his favorite special exhibit of all the ones he has seen at this museum.
1:30 PM: In honor of Leap Day, a museum wildlife specialist did a presentation on animals that are good at leaping. She showed us a female American bullfrog and a domesticated rabbit.
2:00 PM: A good friend of mine works at the museum, and she invited us up to the room from which she conducts science lessons for students around the world via video conferencing. It was amazing! The technology was impressive, and we had fun playing with her props.
2:30 PM: We watched a show about Dark Matter in the museum’s planetarium.
3:00 PM: We are studying Earth Science this year, so I had the boys read and look at several of the earth science exhibits. They each used the exhibits to choose a topic for a science project that they will be working on for the next month.
4:00 PM: We wrapped up our visit to the natural history museum and headed for home. We knew Dad was going to be playing cards with his buddies this evening, so we decided to go out for dinner at a restaurant before going home. We stuffed ourselves with chicken and baked potatoes and salad and noodles and spaghetti squash and even chocolate cake for one growing boy.
6:00 PM: We came home from the restaurant, and I dealt with mail and packages. Ed went upstairs to finish preparations for the co-op class he is teaching this session. I texted with friends about more co-op matters and took a few phone calls. I talked with my spouse about financial matters and started working on this post. When I finish this, I will clean the kitchen, change a load of laundry, and make sure I have everything ready for co-op tomorrow. The boys did a few more chores, and now they are playing Minecraft. Luckily for them, Minecraft released their new upgrade on a “holiday,” because there’s no screen time on school days.
9:00 PM: I call the boys down to the living room for our nightly ritual. Each of us says three good things about our day, and then we read a chapter from our read aloud. We are currently on chapter 35 of Ivanhoe.
10:00 PM: Bedtime. After verifying that teeth have been brushed and faces have been washed, we all plop into our respective beds and read our own books for a while. I will drift off to sleep while reading. I wonder if I’ll dream of poisons, pancakes, or planetariums tonight.
Lynne–Lynne has enjoyed homeschooling her two sons for over 5 years, after their brief stint in the local public school. Her older son is a humorous fellow with high functioning autism who thrives in a home education environment. Her younger son is a sensitive soul with a great deal of patience. The boys, Mom, and Dad, along with the two guinea pigs, live in Northeast Ohio. Lynne holds a Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature. She is also a Harry Potter fanatic, enjoys line dancing and Zumba, spends hours scrapbooking, and loves organic vegetables. You can visit her soon-to-be revitalized blog at www.daysofwonderhomeschool.blogspot.com.