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Fun cool facts about Leap Year Day February 29

OK, let's learn how to say it correctly.
Someone born on February 29 was born on Leap Day,
or Leap Year Day. They were NOT born ON Leap Year.
Leap Year is the year we are in; like 2012 or 2016.

Anyone can be born IN a Leap Year. Leap Year lasts
all year. Leap Day Babies were born ON Leap Day.
THAT is what is rare. In fact, the odds are 1 in 1461!

You don't have to be born on February 29 to enjoy Leap Day.
|It's everyone's extra day!


28 DAYS HAS FEBRUARY
 
Twenty-eight 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
WHAT DO LEAP DAY BABIES
CALL THEMSELVES?

We are Leap Day babies,
not Leap Year babies.
Anyone can be born IN a Leap Year.
We were born ON Leap Day.
There's a big difference there!
If you were born on February 29
You are a Leap Day baby.

HOW TO TELL IF IT'S A LEAP YEAR
BY 
WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IS IT?

Another way to tell if it's a Leap Year or not is by what day of the week the year starts and ends on.

Every year January 1 and December 31
(the first and last day of the year)
fall on the same day of the week.

Unless, of course, it's a Leap Year.

Leap Years only occur in years that show January 1st landing on one day of the week and December 31 on the following day of the week. See the example below.

Even Decades have three Leap Years
Odd decades have two Leap Years.
1960     1964     1968
1972     1976
1980     1984     1988
1992     1996
2000     2004     2008
2012     2016

THE JUMP ROPE RHYME
Leap Year, Leap Year
When will you be?
Every four years
Then you'll see.
You want more?
We do too!
How many more
can you Leap to?

This can be used for one of those
hand-clapping games too!

by Raenell Dawn

Monday If you were born in...

1904

1932

1960

1988

2016

Saturday if you were born in...

1908

1936

1964

1992

2020

Thursday if you were born in...

1912

1940

1968

1996

2024

Tuesday if you were born in...

1916

1944

1972

2000

2028

Sunday if you were born in...

1920

1948

1976

2004

2032

Friday if you were born in...

1924

1952

1980

2008

2036

Wednesday if you were born in...

1928

1956

1984

2012

2040

 
IF YOU ARE A LEAP DAY BABY...

You will hear the same questions for the rest of your life!
If you haven't heard these yet, you will!  Be ready.

    1. When do you celebrate?
    2. How old are you really?
    3. What's it like to not get a birthday?

Number 3 - Of course we get a birthday. We age, we
celebrate that age every year, and we "get" a birthday.

The question they are really asking is:

    What is it like to have a birthday that's
    not on the calendar every year?

Just explain to them that you do "get" a birthday. Just
because it's not on the calendar doesn't mean you don't
get one. It doesn't mean we don't age either.

Let them know what it feels like to you. Be honest.

Sometimes, when they know what it's all about, they
wish they were a Leap Day baby too!

IF I WAS BORN ON LEAP DAY,
HOW OLD AM I REALLY?

 
When speaking of your Leap-age, it is incorrect to say
you are 2 "years" old when you are really 8 "years" old.

You are 2 LEAP Years old. Or - even better, just simply 2.
Keeping it simple has the best impact.

When talking about a friend or relative born on Leap Day
it is best to say "This is my Aunt, she is only 5."

And watch the facial expressions change.

Don't say "5 'years' old" that doesn't make sense.

BUT, stopping at the number has a bigger impact.

I was born in 1960, but I turned 13 this last Leap
Year 2012! See the difference? It's fun too. I will
be 14, again, next Leap Year 2016!

 If you were born on February 29
your birthday will be on a
Wednesday in Leap Year 2012!

 

    
   

WHEN DO LEAP DAY BABIES
CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAY?

In Leap Years, we celebrate ON February 29th.
We only get to do that every 4 years.

In off years, we can celebrate on February 28th
because we were born in February. However,
we were born the day after the 28th so we can
celebrate on March 1st if we want to.

Or, both because we can! And some of us do!

WHEN WILL I BE OF LEGAL AGE?

 Depending on where you live will determine
when you may drive or be considered an adult. 

 Regardless of when we celebrate,
 we will not be our next age until 
 after midnight of February 28.
 No matter what the next day is.

That makes sense right? Think about it. 

Turning 13 is a big deal to some of us.
But when we Leap Day kids turn(ed) 13,
in annual years, our birth DATE is not
on the calendar. So, no one can tell it's
our birthday because it's not there to
remind them. That's what I'm talking
about in this poem:

THE BIRTHDAY RHYME

There is a girl named Raenell
Who didn't like her birthday very well.
When she turned 13,
she thought it quite mean,
It was her birthday but no one could tell!

(You may substitute the first line with:
There is a girl/boy I know well...)

When I was a kid I didn't think it was very cool to have a birthday that's only on the calendar every four years. My thinking changed when I turn 4@16. Ever since then I've thought it a very cool date to be born on. Especially afterlearning more about it.

IF YOU WERE BORN IN: YOU WILL BE

THIS AGE IN LEAP YEARS BY 2012:
(If you find any errors in this chart please let us know by clicking here)

Birth Year

Leap Years

Actual Age

 

Birth Year

Leap Years

Actual Age

1908

27

108

1964

13

52

1912

26

104

1968

12

48

1916

25

100

1972

11

44

1920

24

96

1976

10

40

1924

23

92

1980

9

36

1928

22

88

1984

8

32

1932

21

84

1988

7

28

1936

20

80

1992

6

24

1940

19

76

1996

5

20

1944

18

72

2000

4

16

1948

17

68

2004

3

12

1952

16

64

2008

2

8

1956

15

60

2012

1

4

1960

14

56

2016

A Leapling
is born!

 

 

TEASING - AND WE'RE NOT TALKIN' HAIR!

I got teased in elementary school. Kids back then were not aware of Leap Year Day like kids of your generation are. They didn't know how cool it really it is.

There were kids who sang
                    "You don't get a birthday" in that sing-song style kids do so well.

They said things like,
            "You can't play with us, you're a baby!" or "You're only 2, how could you know?!" 

My second grade teacher asked if we knew someone born on February 29.

I rose my hand and told her I was born on that day. She said, "Oh you poor child"

Teachers of today probably wouldn't say that. And if you hear of one, let us know!

Teachers in this generation know so much about Leap Year. But, there might be an UnLeapified teacher lurking somewhere. So be aware, be Leap Year Day Aware, and make sure your teacher is too!

 

WHO IS RAENELL AND WHY DOES SHE THINK SHE KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT THIS?
I am not a child, or even a parent. But I've been a child, and I am a Leap Day baby.

I want to give you an older Leap Day baby's perspective
to help you understand Leap Year Day. It's nice to be
born on a day in history that represents balance and
harmony.

Now, more than ever maybe, teachers, students and
parents will have a clearer understanding of what Leap
Year is, and what Leap Day is.

And if you are a Leap Day baby I hope you have a
clearer understanding of why your birth date isn't on
the calendar every year.

If you are NOT a Leap Day baby I hope you, too, have
a clearer understanding of this extra day.

It's not just our birthday, it's everyone's extra day. Do
something good with it!

Please contact me if you have any questions or
comments regarding this subject.


You may email me, Raenell, here.
Be sure to have your parent/guardian's permission first.