I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m a bit of a nerd. As a classroom teacher, I love it when the date does something interesting. And this month has offered a big bonanza. Sometime earlier this school year we had a date that was a palindrome (honestly, I don’t remember exactly when, but I do remember the conversation with my students). In case you are wondering, a palindrome is a number, word, or phrase that reads the same backwards and forwards–mom is an example of a palindrome word, 3223 is an example of a palindrome number. So last Monday (3-20-23) I was delighted when one of my students pointed out that the date was a palindrome. Then I heard the murmuring, kids were talking to each other, something was brewing. Then someone piped up with…we”re going to have palindrome dates until we get to March 30th.
Brilliant! Not only did they pick up on the palindrome date, they also noticed that the trend would continue…for the next ten days!
Today, the student who has a birthday on Thursday pointed out that his was a palindrome birthday–and the last day of our current string of palindromes. Then another student shared that today was her grandma’s birthday and they had celebrated with her yesterday, highlighting her palindrome birthday. They even gifted her with a robe that had the date (32723) embroidered on it!
I so love when students carry our uniquely nerdy learning home with them. I’ve been making such a big deal out of how wonderful it is to notice a palindrome date, how fun it is to write a palindrome date, how cool it is to have a palindrome birthday… And now I am hearing students figuring out when (and if) they have a palindrome birthday coming…and Grandma’s birthday with a palindrome theme? That is the best!
I think I have three years before I get a palindrome birthday…here’s to 2026!
I was all nerdy about it last year. My daughter remembered and texted me, “Isn’t today a palindrome?” I can’t believe my students who are nerdy by definition haven’t noticed yet.