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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 Nevada, and our countries are Qatar 🇶🇦, Romania 🇷🇴, Russia 🇷🇺, and Rwanda 🇷🇼. (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 new! That’s the best time of the month for stargazing since the sky will be darkest. 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, 5 May) — Today is the 124th day of 2019; there are 241 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). ⬩ The famous performance venue known today as Carnegie Hall opened in New York City on this day in 1891, with famed Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as guest conductor. 🎵
Monday (6 May) — Today is the birthday of the American admiral and polar explorer Robert Peary (1856–1920). 🎿 And on this day in 1954, British athlete Roger Bannister (1929–2018) ran history’s first four-minute mile. 🏃
Tuesday (7 May) — Two great “B’s” were born on this day: the English poet Robert Browning (1812–1889) and the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). 🖋 And since this is the first Tuesday of the month, today we’ll invite you to browse a new Dewey Decimal class with your students on your next visit to your local library. This month: the Artistic 700s. 📚
Wednesday (8 May) — Today is the birthday of the great Austrian-British economist and Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek (1899–1992). 💰 And today in 1945 was V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. ✌️ Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the second week of May is Bruce Lansky’s “On Mother’s Day,” for all homeschool moms. 👩👧👦 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year.
Thursday (9 May) — Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated on this day in the year 1092. It was the first building to surpass the Great Pyramid of Giza in height and was the tallest building in the world for more than 200 years. ⛪️
Friday (10 May) — On this day in 1775, in one of the great early successes of the American Revolution, a small group of colonial militia under the command of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold (not yet a traitor) seized British-held Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain “in the name of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!” 🇺🇸 And on this day in 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, a golden spike joined east and west and completed the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States. 🚂
Saturday (11 May) — Today is the birthday or two great American composers: Irving Berlin (1888–1989) and William Grant Still (1895–1978). 🎵 And since this is the second Saturday of the month, we’ll learn today about one of the Great Stars of the northern hemisphere: Polaris, the North Star. 🌟
Sunday (12 May) — HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to homeschool moms everywhere! ❤️ Today is the birthday of famed nurse and social reformer Florence Nightingale (1820–1910). 👩⚕️ It’s also the birthday of legendary American actress Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003). 🎭
🥂 YOUR WEEKLY TOAST: “May the friends we love be sincere and the country we live in be free.”
❡ 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: Romania is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Olt River, the longest river that flows entirely within Romania. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Olt 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. 👍