Quick Freshes are our Sunday notes on the homeschool week ahead. This week (among other things): Maine, South Korea, and a toast to free hearts.
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🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is Maine, and our COUNTRIES are North Korea, South Korea, Kosovo, and Kuwait. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post will be up shortly.)
¶ Little lessons: “Did you know that the Middle Eastern nation of Kuwait has been ruled by the same royal dynasty, the Sabah dynasty, since 1759?” Your River Houses almanac will give you a capsule history of Kuwait on page 796 (riverhouses.org/books).
🌖 THE MOON at the beginning of this week is waning gibbous—a good time for moonwatching, but less so for stargazing. Track the moon’s phases each month at timeanddate.com/moon/phases.
🗓 TODAY (Sunday, 4 February) — This is the 35th day of 2018; there are 330 days remaining in the year.
Monday (5 February) — Take a few minutes on our weekly Museums & Monuments Day to explore a new place and broaden your homeschool horizons. Since Maine is our state-of-the-week, we’re going to pay a virtual visit to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, Maine, the childhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).
Tuesday (6 February) — Join us for Tuesday Tea at the Library and some notes on books, libraries, history, and literature. This week we visit the Library of Congress to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Wednesday (7 February) — John Deere, the American blacksmith and businessman, founder of Deere & Company, was born on this day in 1804. ⬩ Charles Dickens, the English novelist, was born on this day in 1812. ⬩ Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books, was born on this day in 1867.
Thursday (8 February) — Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian chemist beloved (!) by every young student who has ever studied the Periodic Table, was born on this day in 1834.
Friday (9 February) — Join us for a look at the night sky. ⬩ Thomas Paine, the English-American political philosopher and revolutionary, was born on this day in 1737.
Saturday (10 February) — Our Saturday Songs will feature the great Maine singer-songwriter Gordon Bok.
🥂 YOUR WEEKLY TOAST: “May our hearts never be oppressed by the follies of fashion.”
¶ Toasts are a fun tradition for your family table. We offer one each week—you can take it up, or make up one of your own (“To North American dinosaurs!”), or invite a different person to come up with one for each meal (“To variety in toasting!”). Our current examples are adapted from two old collections: Marchant’s “Toasts and sentiments” (1888) and the anonymous Social and Convivial Toast-Master (1841). What will you toast this week?
🌎 EVERYTHING FLOWS: South Korea is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Han River, which passes through the South Korean capital, Seoul. You can chart its course in your River Houses atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the comprehensive Han River entry in Wikipedia (or perhaps at your local library the next time you visit).
What do you have planned for the homeschool week ahead?