Quick freshes are our Sunday notes on the homeschool week ahead.
Our state-of-the-week is Mississippi, and our countries are Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, and Ireland.
Little lessons: “Did you know one of the ancient names for Iraq is Mesopotamia, which is Greek for ‘between the rivers’?” Your River Houses history encyclopedia will tell you more on pages 54–55 (riverhouses.org/books).
Monday (January 15th) is our weekly Museums & Monuments Day. It’s also Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, so we’ll be celebrating the life of the great American civil rights leader with a virtual visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
On Tuesday (January 16th) we’ll sit down for our regular Tuesday Tea at the Library, with notes on books, libraries, and literature. The 16th will also be the night of the New Moon — a good night for stargazing!
On Friday (January 19th) we’ll take some Friday Nature Notes.
Our weekly toast: “May perseverance be rewarded by prosperity.”
❡ 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: Our Weekly World River is the great Tigris of Turkey and Iraq, one of the most important rivers is human history. You can chart its course in your River Houses atlas and look up its length in your almanac (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read much more about it in the comprehensive Tigris entry in Wikipedia.
What are you planning in your homeschool this week? 😊