Hoppy Leap Day!

Hoppy Leap Day, sweet friends!  Today was a CUH-razy day!  Did anyone else feel like that?!  I know I can’t be the only one :)  We started out our day with a little Leap Day calendar fun and the kids couldn’t wait to learn more about our special day.  Since Leap Day is sorta synonymous with frogs, we incorporated lots of frog type activities into our day which is sorta perfect considering we’re right in the midst of our camping theme! 

We learned some fun little facts about Leap Day from a few different websites and I kept up this anchor{ish} chart throughout the day so that the kids would have a resource to use in their writing.


We made these hoppy little fellas for a little writing craftivity.  Did y’all know that Leap Day babies are called “leapers” or “leaplings”?!  I had the kids write about what life would be like if THEY were leapers/leaplings!  Their answers were hilarious!


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We also completed the cutest little Leap Day fact book from Miss Davis’ Desk.  PRECIOUS!!!  Absolutely loved ALL the activities in this little packet!!  FULL of fun stuff!!!!!!!

We finished our day with a game of leap frog…kind of.  I tricked it up just a bit :)  I divided the kids into teams….Team Leap & Team Day :)  One player from each team got to go head to head to find the word with the correct sound on the lily pads.  Our spelling patterns this week are /oa/ & /ow/.  When I introduced the /ow/ pattern, I explained that it can make two sounds. I wrote /ow/ words on the lily pads…each lily pad had a word either /ow/ sound.  When I called out a sound to the teams, the players had to LEAP to a word with the correct sound.  Such a FUN way to reinforce the different sounds & spelling pattern!!!  Some of them were SO excited to be first to land on a lily pad, but they were bummed to find out the word they chose didn’t have the right sound :)  They LOVED it!!!  We’ll be doing MANY more of these little games with our spelling patterns…the kids were SO engaged!!!!



We also played this little game with numbers, too!!  I wrote the numbers 1-28 on each lily pad and the kids had to practice skip counting by 4 by jumping from one lily pad to the next.  After that, I called each student up and had them pick out a number.  Then I asked them to either move to a number that was 4 more or 4 less than the number they chose.  Then they had to give me a number sentence that matched.  LOVED IT!!!!! 

It was a busy, BUSY day in first grade for sure!!  Now I’m at home nursing a very sick little 2-year-old.  I picked him up from the sitter this afternoon and he was running a big fever.  Our sitter said one of the little girls she watches is at home with the flu which means little mister was definitely exposed. YUCK.  We’re about to head out for a night out at our favorite little after hours pediatric care clinic.  Boo.

And before I sign off, let’s just take a moment to stop and remember my favorite Monkee, Davy Jones. 


What a Daydream Believer.  God rest his sweet soul.  He was always my most favorite!!!!!!


  1. I love Davy Jones, too! I was so sad when I heard the news.
    Love your froggies!

  2. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear your little guy is sick. It looks like your Leap Day was AWESOME! Love it all!

    Thanks for sharing!

    A Year of Many Firsts

  3. Those frogs are presh! Davy was my favorite too. Sorry to hear your little guy is under the weather.
    Finally in First

  4. Cara I just get so excited to see your posts. Love the jumping picture so much! FUN!!!
    I also wanted to say that I really appreciated your comment on my remission post. I can't believe your grandma had MG too. That's incredible. I've never known anyone else that had it. Not that I KNOW you like that but still!! Your words were very touching and I really appreciate it.
    Hoppy Leap Day to you too!

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  5. Love the frogs!! It looks like your kiddos had a "hoppy" leap day! :) Do you have a template for those cute little frogs?

    The flu is definately going around! At my campus there are several kiddos in each class out as well as many teachers. Hope he feels better soon.

  6. Hey Cara! I recently posted a small packet with Amphibian Literacy rotations on my blog too as we have been majorly studying how to read and retell nonfiction texts. Tricky stuff! My little ones marveled over the fact that you don't have to read from beginning to end when reading a nonfiction book...who would have thought a table of contents could get kiddos so jazzed up?!

    I have a fun amphibian anchor chart and frog-ified bubble map posted if you are interested in checking it out! I love your lily pad idea...I'm sure your little babes loved that!


  7. LOVE those sweet froggies! :) Looks like y'all had a fun day! :)
    I get so PUMPED when I see a new post from you!
    Hope your little sweetie feels better soon!

    Kelli :)

  8. Those jumping games look and sound fun. What a great day for your kiddos!
    Dragonflies in First

  9. The froggies look like so much fun.

    Grade ONEderful

  10. Sorry to hear about your sick little boy...hope he is better already!! I love your blog and all your activities, you are awesome!

  11. Cute little froggies. Looks like you had a great time. Davy Jones was my favorite too. Saw him at Epcot when he performed at the Flower and Garden Show for Mother's Day last year. He was fabulous.

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  13. I love those frogs! I wish I had time to do those. I could barely squeeze in all my plans with the Dr. Seuss craziness this week. There are just too many fun things to do in first grade! :)
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  15. Love the tongues on the froggies!! Looks like so much fun. We didn't get into leap day as much as I wanted to, but I have four more years to plan for the next one! lol! I love that you pointed out that the next leap year your kids would be in 5th grade -they must have flipped!

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  16. I LOVE your froggies....and YOU! I am truly blessed by you!

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  21. This is amazing! I wish I would have had this idea for my first graders!!! Love it!!!

  22. I think those frogs are darling! I will have to make them. Your blog is so wonderful!

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  24. omg. the action shot of the kids jumping is classic!

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