# Daze of Summer

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# Daze of Summer

September 1, 2014

In America it’s Labor Day, when we celebrate American workers. To many it also marks the end of summer: closing the swimming pool, wearing shoes again, and starting school. But all of this is pretty unscientific. For one thing, Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September, which could be any of the first 7 days of the month. Since the number of days in a year (365) isn’t divisible by 7, each year the dates move to the next day of the week. Whatever day of the week your birthday is, it will be one day later in the week the next year. So next year Sept. 1 will be on a Tuesday, and August 31 can’t be Labor Day, so suddenly Labor Day happens really late. Meanwhile, summer doesn’t end until the 1st day of fall, which can start on either Sept. 22 or 23; it’s September 23 this year. So the number of summer days in school changes a lot from year to year. All together, it’s best just to find out from school which days you’re supposed to show up! Figuring it all out takes a little labor after all.

Wee ones: Which happens later, September 1 or September 23?

Little kids: If Sept. 1 is on Monday this year, and next year it moves 1 day later in the week, what day will Sept. 1 be next year?  Bonus: If Labor Day has to be the first Monday in September, on what date will Labor Day land next year?

Big kids: If Sept. 22 is the last day of summer this year, how many days of school land in summer for kids who start Tues., Sept. 2? (Assume school on all weekdays and no weekend days.)  Bonus: What will that number be in 2016 if you start the day after Labor Day?! Remember, Labor Day moves, and 2016 has a leap day, which pushes dates 2 days down…and fall starts on Sept. 22 that year.