Quick Freshes are our Sunday notes on the homeschool week ahead. Pick out one or two items below and incorporate them into your regular homeschooling schedule!
Our state-of-the-week is Alabama, and our countries are Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Kiribati. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post will be up shortly.)
❡ Little lessons: “Did you know that the tiny Pacific Ocean nation of Kiribati, then known as the Gilbert Islands, was the scene of fierce fighting in World War II?” Your River Houses history encyclopedia will give you an overview of WWII’s Pacific Theater on pages 402–403 (riverhouses.org/books).
The Moon at the beginning of this week is waxing gibbous — a good time for moonwatching (but less so for stargazing). Track the moon’s phases at timeanddate.com/moon/phases, and note that on Wednesday (31 January) there will be a lunar eclipse!
Monday (29 January) — On our weekly Museums & Monuments Day, take a few minutes to explore a new place and broaden your homeschool horizons. Since Alabama is our state-of-the-week, we’re going to pay a virtual visit to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham — come along with us!
Tuesday (30 January) — Join us for Tuesday Tea at the Library, with notes on books, libraries, and literature. ⬩ Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was born on this day in 1882. You can find an outline of his life and presidency on pages 494–495 in your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books).
Wednesday (31 January) — A lunar eclipse! More notes to follow.
Friday (2 February) — On this Groundhog Day, we’ll take some Friday Field & Nature Notes.
Saturday (3 February) — One of our countries-of-the-week is Jordan, so our Saturday Sounds, Songs, and Music will feature “Jordan’s Stream.”
Our weekly toast: “To evening hours: may their quiet induce reflection, and reflection improve our hearts.”
❡ 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: Jordan is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Jordan River. You can chart its course in your River Houses atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read much more about its storied history in the comprehensive Jordan River entry in Wikipedia.
What do you have planned for the homeschool week ahead?