Quick Freshes are our regular Sunday notes on the homeschool week ahead. Pick one or two (or more) of the items below each week and use them to enrich your homeschooling schedule! Print your own River Houses calendar for the year at riverhouses.org/calendars.
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is Missouri, and our COUNTRIES are Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬, Laos 🇱🇦, Latvia 🇱🇻, and Lebanon 🇱🇧. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post for the week went up just a few minutes ago.)
🗓 TODAY (Sunday, 10 February) — Today is the 41st day of 2019; there are 324 days remaining in the year. Learn more about different kinds of modern and historical calendars on pages 358–364 in your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books). ⬩ It’s also the traditional Christian feast day of Saint Scholastica (ca. 480–543), the patroness of schools and education. 🎓
MONDAY (11 February) — Today is the birthday of the great American inventor Thomas Edison (1847–1931).💡
WEDNESDAY (13 February) — Today is the birthday of the American artist Grant Wood (1891–1942). ⬩ It’s also the birthday of the American aviator Chuck Yeager (b. 1923), the first person to break the sound barrier
THURSDAY (14 February) — Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️ Here’s hoping your little home academy will be full of love on this day and every day throughout the year.
FRIDAY (15 February) — Today is the birthday of the Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galileo (1564–1642), one of the most important figures in the history of science. 🔭 It’s also the birthday of the American women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906). ⬩ Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for third week of February is Stephen Spender’s minor masterpiece “The Truly Great,” for the remarkable collection of important people born in February. Print your own River Houses poetry calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us.
SUNDAY (17 February) — Today is the birthday of the great Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713).
🥂 YOUR WEEKLY TOAST is our traditional naval offering for Valentine’s Day: “To the wind that blows, and the ship that goes, and the lass that loves a sailor.”
❡ Toasts can be a fun educational 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 set of toasts are mostly taken from an old anthology called The Pic-Nic, a Collection of Recitations, and Comic Songs, Toasts, Sentiments, &c. (London, 1816). What will you toast this week?
🌎 EVERYTHING FLOWS: Lebanon is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Litani River, the longest river in Lebanon. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Litani River entry in Wikipedia or perhaps on your next visit to your local library.
❡ Let the river run: Why not do a homeschool study of world rivers over the course of the year? Take the one we select each week (above), or start with the river lists in your almanac (pages 691–693), and make it a project to look them all up in your atlas, or in a handy encyclopedia either online or on a weekly visit to your local library. A whole world of geographical learning awaits you!
AND DON’T FORGET: Friday the 13th comes on a Wednesday this month! 🙀
What do you have planned for your homeschool this week? 😊