Happy Leap Day to all and especially happy birthday to everyone who was born on this special day! Since Leap Day occurs only once every four years, take this opportunity to step out of your comfort level and try something new.
Interested in joining the dance buzz and learning a few moves of your own? Hip-Hop Dancing by Joan Freese will take you through hip-hop history, explain what type of clothing you should wear, and show how to do a few basic moves. Once you get the hang of it maybe you (or your middle to high school-aged student) can form your own crew and win a few battles!
Dancing not your thing? Try your hand in the kitchen with Spatulatta Cookbook by the Gerasole sisters, Olivia and Isabella (hosts from www.spatulatta.com). Written for grades 3 and up, this creative cookbook is full of bright photographs, easy recipes, and sections that explain basic cooking skills and measurement. Delicious and fun recipes like “Mashed Potato Ghosts” and “Yumbo Gumbo” really make this cookbook stand out from the rest – there’s even a section for snacks and another for vegetarians!
If dancing and cooking are too stressful for you, then a relaxing activity like yoga may be what you are looking for. Strike a Pose: The Planet Girl Guide to Yoga by Karen Birkemoe casually explains how yoga can be incorporated in your everyday life. Organized for grades 5 and up, it covers a variety of poses, breathing, and meditation. Simple illustrations will help readers execute and understand beginning yoga positions.
Take your leap today, unless you can wait until Leap Day 2012!