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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 Montana, and our COUNTRIES are South Africa 🇿🇦, South Sudan 🇸🇸, Spain 🇪🇸, and Sri Lanka 🇱🇰. (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 a waxing crescent — a good time for moon watching and still a 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 and you can learn many more stellar and lunar facts on pages 342–357 in your almanac (riverhouses.org/books).
🗓 TODAY (Sunday, 9 June) — Today is the 160th day of 2019; there are 205 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 Roman emperor Nero died (by suicide) on this day in the year A.D. 68, sparking a civil war and “the year of four emperors.” 🏛 And today is the birthday of the great Russian emperor Peter the Great (1672–1725). 👑
Monday (10 June) — Today is the birthday of famed children’s book author Maurice Sendak (1928–2012). 📚
Tuesday (11 June) — Alexander the Great died on this day in the year 343 B.C. You can read more about him on page 97 of your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). 🏛 On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. 🖋
Wednesday (12 June) — Today is the birthday of the German-Jewish diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929–1945). 📖 And the Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated on this day in 1939 in Cooperstown, New York. ⚾️
Friday (14 June) — Today is FLAG DAY! 🇺🇸 On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the creation of the Continental Army. ⚔️ And on this day in 1777, the United States Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American national flag. 🇺🇸
Saturday (15 June) — Assyrian scribes recorded the occurrence of a total solar eclipse on this day in the year 763 B.C. The date of that eclipse serves a fixed reference point for much of ancient Mesopotamian chronology. 🌏🌑🌞 On this day in 1215, King John of England set his seal to Magna Carta, the Great Charter that is the historical foundation of English (and so American) law. ⚖️ Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the third week of June is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Children’s Hour,” for Father’s Day. 👨👧👦 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year.
Sunday (16 June) — HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all homeschool dads! 👨👧👦 Today is the birthday of the American geneticist and Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock (1902–1992). 👩🔬 And on this day in 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. 👩🚀
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST, for Flag Day: “To the Star-spangled Banner: long may it wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
❡ 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: Spain is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Ebro River, one of the longest rivers in Spain. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Ebro 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 Thursday this month! 🙀
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. 👍