How Many Days in Summer Vacation?

We’re busy trying to finish up our last week and a half of the school year, and everyone in the house in getting pretty antsy. There is a lot of talk about having a summer vacation and just enjoying some time off.

One night when we were having dinner, I told the kids that they were only getting a few days off for summer break.  I told them, “Once we’re done, we’ll take the weekend off, then two more days.  So, we’ll start back up on a Wednesday.”

Everyone knew I was joking, but then Noah (who often sees the world as pretty black and white, in his special Autistic way) said, “I knew you were joking because everyone knows there are exactly 104 days in Summer Vacation.”

We all had to laugh, and then explain to him that there is no actual official count on the number of days in summer vacation.  Every school and homeschool figures out their own calendars, so there is a lot of variation.

Still, we all thought it was pretty funny.

So, for some extra credit points — who knows why Noah was so sure that there were exactly 104 days in summer vacation?

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Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


    • Angie says

      Oh my! What does this mean for you — your kids are all getting older, I guess. (It simply not possible that they’re all getting so big.) It’s from the theme song to Phineas and Pherb (on the Disney Channel).

  1. EBBsMum says

    There’s 104 days of summer vacation, then school comes around just to end it.
    So the annual problem of our generation is finding a good way to spend it, like maybe..(Mom! Stephanie guessed that it’s the Phineas and Ferb theme song!)

    • Angie says

      “Mom! Stephanie made me choke on my own saliva again!” (Thanks for the chuckle, not so much thanks for my body trying to kill itself.)

  2. Lori says

    Does he watch Phineas and Ferb on Disney Channel? That was the first thing I thought of because in their opening song the first line is “There’s a 104 days of summer vacation….”

  3. says

    It was, of course, Phineas and Ferb who tell us regularly that there are “104 days in summer vacation”! Our whole family enjoys that show!

    • Angie says

      It’s just such a clever show. My husband and I like it as much as the kids do.

  4. says

    Phineas and Ferb! My daughter was just singing the theme song, otherwise I would not have known. (and I did not read the other comments, although I’m sure I’m not the first to get it)

  5. says

    In case Noah is curious, lol: My girls will end the spring term on May 25 and will then have through June 12 as “summer vacation” (i.e., no academics, other than probably practicing for their piano lessons with an outside teacher…and they’ve said they want to keep reading, which is fine by me because they often read to me and it’s cuddle time!). So, counting weekends, that’s 18 days. Then, by my count according to the summer schedule I’m putting together, they’ll have another 9 days off or mostly off of academics through the end of July (family vacation, Bible camp, etc.), followed by the whole first week of August off completely. But then we’ll start back on August 8 with our next core. If I count all those 9 days, plus the 18, plus that August week…oh, and the other weekends…my girls will have 38 days of “summer vacation,” all tolled. Give or take… :^) Of course, “summer session” learning will be truncated compared to what we do during the rest of the year, but….

  6. joely says

    because “pheneas and ferb” on their show the themesong is:

    There’s 104 days of summer vacation
    And school comes along just to end it
    So the annual problem for our generation
    Is finding a good way to spend it

  7. Ashley Troyer says

    According to my son also, Phineus & Ferb’s title song starts with “There’s 104 Days of Summer Vacation….and school comes along just to end them!”