Quick freshes are our Sunday notes on the homeschool week ahead.
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Our State of the Week is Indiana, and our Countries of the Week are Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, and India.
Little lesson: “Did you know the Mughal Empire of India encompassed more than 100 million people in the seventeenth century?” Your River Houses history encyclopedia will tell you more on pages 244–245 (riverhouses.org/books).
January 8th (Monday) is our weekly Museums & Monuments Day. Take a few minutes to explore a new place and broaden your homeschooling horizons.
On January 9th (Tuesday) we’ll sit down for our regular Tuesday Tea at the Library, with notes on books, libraries, and literature.
On January 12th (Friday) we’ll take some Friday Nature Notes.
Our weekly toast: “May hearts be joined whenever hands are united.”
¶ 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 did you toast this week?
Everything flows: Our Weekly World River is the great Ganges of India and Bangladesh. You can chart its course in your recommended River Houses atlas, look up its length in your almanac (riverhouses.org/books), and read much more in the comprehensive Ganges entry in Wikipedia.
And don’t forget: Friday the 13th comes on a Saturday this month! 😀