30 Days Hath September

When I was in seventh grade our teachers gave us a "basic knowledge" test of sorts and one of the things we were asked was to tell how many days were in each month. The teachers were disgusted that the majority of us couldn’t give the correct numbers.

So, while my children are still in grade school, I thought it would be fun to memorize the "30 Days Hath September" poem for our Morning Meeting time.

I never remember the ending, so I looked it up and found that there are several versions to this rhyme. In fact, this site has 70 versions listed!

My favorite being:

Thirty days hath September,
All the rest I can’t remember.
The calendar hangs on the wall;
Why bother me with this at all?

I also liked this:

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
‘Til Leap Year gives her one day more.

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_days_hath_September , "Thirty days hath September is a traditional English mnemonic rhyme, of which many variants are commonly used in English-speaking countries to remember the lengths of the months in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

The rhyme has a long history. A medieval version is found in the 15th century manuscript Harley 2341, in the British Library:

Thirty days hath November,
April, June, and September:
Of twenty-eight is but one,
And all the remnant thirty-one"

It seems our family has decided to go with the more modern,

30 days hath September,
April, June, and November.
The rest have 31… no, wait!
February has only 28!
Except in Leap Year, that’s the time,
When February’s days are 29

You can also remember how many days in each month by using your knuckles. I prefer the one described on the wikipedia site:
"There is also a mnemonic counting on the knuckles of one’s hand to remember the numbers of days of the months. Count knuckles as 31 days, depressions between knuckles as 30 (or 28/29) days. Start with the pointer knuckle as January, and count one finger at a time towards the pinky knuckle (July), saying the months as you go. Then jump back to the pointer knuckle (now August) and continue for the remaining months."

You can also use the one described here – http://lifehacker.com/software/macgyver/macgyver-tip-use-your-knuckles-to-remember-each-months-days-232828.php  

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