Using your knuckles makes it easy to remember which months have 31 days!
I don’t know about you, but as a kid I could never remember that Days-of-the-Month rhyme: “30 days has September”… I was good with that part, but I couldn’t remember what came next. Was it “April, May and November”? Or maybe “June, July and December”? The rhyme was a great concept if you could remember which order to say the months in, but I never could. Thankfully, at a young age, a school friend taught me this super-simple trick to remember which months have 31 days.
You use your knuckles!
My younger son offered up his hand for these photos because, well, let’s just say there’s nothing quite like a close-up of your 40-something hand to make you realize you’re not quite as young as you feel. If you don’t believe me try it. Unless you’re a hand model, or under 30, you may be in for a little surprise. I was like “WHAT? That’s not MY hand! That’s my MOTHER’S hand!” It wasn’t pretty folks, so thank you, Andrew, for stepping up and filling in!
Ok, you’re going to love this! Your kids are going to love this! Your friends are going to love this. It’s so simple!
Make a fist.
You can have your fist facing either toward you or away from you. For the sake of the photos, we have it facing us, because quite honestly, the photo of Andrew’s fist facing away from the camera made it look like he had a mutant toad hand.
Tap your knuckles:
Now, all you do is tap each of your knuckles and the wells in between while reciting the months of the year.
When you get to the end of your hand, go back to the first knuckle, and continue reciting.
Your knuckles (higher up than the wells in between) represent the months with 31 days. Get it? Higher up = higher number of days. The wells in between represent the months with 30 days (lower down = lower number of days).
All you really have to remember is that February only has 28 days ( or 29 in a leap year).
That’s a lot simpler than remember that silly old rhyme, don’t you think?
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