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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! Visit our River Houses calendar page (riverhouses.org/calendars) and print your own homeschool calendars for the entire year.
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is Kansas, and our countries are Palau 🇵🇼, Panama 🇵🇦, Papua New Guinea 🇵🇬, and Paraguay 🇵🇾. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post for the week went up just a few minutes ago.)
🌖 THE MOON at the beginning of this week is gibbous and waning — an increasingly good time for stargazing! You can dial up this week’s constellations and explore the moon’s features with your homeschool star atlas and world atlas (riverhouses.org/books).
🗓 TODAY (Sunday, 21 April) — It’s Easter Sunday! Happy Easter to all our homeschool readers and friends! 🕊 Today is the 111th day of 2019; there are 254 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). ⬩ And why not spend a few peaceful Easter minutes today with the great “Alleluia” of American composer Randall Thompson, born on this day in 1899. 🎵
Monday (22 April) — Today is the birthday of the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804). 🧠 And our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the fourth week of April is A.E. Housman’s famous spring ode “Loveliest of Trees,” for cherry-blossom season. 🌸 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year.
Tuesday (23 April) — The great poet and playwright William Shakespeare was (probably) born on this day in 1564. Happy birthday, Will! 🎭 And today is also the birthday of the great German physicist and Nobel laureate Max Planck (1858–1947). ⚛️
Wednesday (24 April) — Tradition says that the city of Troy fell on this day in the year 1184 B.C. (although that tradition may not be correct). 🐴 And today is the birthday of the Library of Congress! On this day in 1800, President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 for “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” 📚
Thursday (25 April) — Today is the birthday of the English poet and novelist Walter de la Mare (1873–1956). 🖋 The World War I Battle of Gallipoli began on this day in 1915. The date is commemorated as Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand. 🇦🇺🇳🇿 On this day in 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson published “A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid,” outlining for the first time the double-helical architecture of DNA, the molecule of heredity.👨🔬
Friday (26 April) — It’s Arbor Day! 🌳 On this day in 1803, thousands of meteor fragments fell from the skies over L’Aigle, France. 🌠 And today is the birthday of the famous French-American naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785–1851). 🎨
Saturday (27 April) — On this day in 1667, blind and impoverished, John Milton sold the publishing rights to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for £5. 📖 And today is the birthday of the American artist Samuel F.B. Morse (1791–1872), the creator of Morse Code.
Sunday (28 April) — Today is the birthday of the American novelist Harper Lee (1926–2016), author of the school-standard story To Kill a Mockingbird. 🖋
🥂 YOUR WEEKLY TOAST: “May prosperity never make us forget the friends of our adversity.”
❡ 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 Pocock’s Everlasting Songster (Gravesend, 1804). What will you toast this week?
🌏 EVERYTHING FLOWS: Papua New Guinea is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Fly River, which is one of the longest rivers of Papua New Guinea. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Fly 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!
What do you have planned for your homeschool this week? 😊
❡ Lively springs: This is one of our regular “Quick Freshes” posts looking at the homeschool week ahead. Add your name to our River Houses mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get these weekly messages delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. You can also print your own River Houses calendars of educational events (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us. 👍