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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 Hawaii, and our “country” is Antarctica 🇦🇶. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post for the week went up just a few minutes ago — and our annual tour of the U.S. states and the countries of the world is coming to an end!)
🌔 THE MOON at the beginning of this week is gibbous and waxing — a good time for moon watching, but alas it will wash out some of this weekend’s Perseid meteors. 🌠 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, 11 August) — Today is the 223rd day of 2019; there are 142 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 annual PERSEID METEOR SHOWER will peak (probably) on the nights of 11–12 and 12–13 August this year. 🌠 The Perseids are debris from Comet Swift–Tuttle. ☄️
Monday (12 August) — Today is the birthday of poet and educator Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929), the author of the great anthem “America the Beautiful.” 🇺🇸 It’s also the birthday of Austrian physicist and Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961), one of the founders of quantum mechanics. ⚛
Tuesday (13 August) — Today is the birthday of American abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Lucy Stone (1818–1893). 👩👧👧 It’s also the birthday of spooky British-American film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980). 🎬 And, it’s International Lefthanders Day! 🎉
Wednesday (14 August) — On this day in the year 1040, Scotland’s King Duncan I was killed by his rival Macbeth — probably in battle, and not in his sleep as depicted in Shakespeare’s play. 🗡
Thursday (15 August) — Today is the birthday of the French general and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). 👑 It’s also the birthday of the great British pianist and composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912). 🎵 Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885), for the third week of August is “August” for, um, August! Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🖋 And, there’s a full moon tonight, so that means we’ll have a report on student research opportunities from the River Houses Lunar Society (riverhouses.org/lunar). 🌕
Friday (16 August) — On this day in 1858, the first transatlantic telegraph cable was put into service with an exchange of messages between U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria. 🇺🇸⌁🇬🇧
Saturday (17 August) — On this day in 1807, the world’s first commercial steamboat service was inaugurated when Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat departed New York City for Albany, 130 miles up the Hudson River. 🚢
Sunday (18 August) — On this day in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified. ☑️
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST: “Here’s wishing us all more friends — and less need of them.”
❡ 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: Antarctica is our “country” of the week, so our Weekly World River is the Beardmore Glacier, one of the world’s largest glaciers and a famous river of ice that guided many early polar explorers. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Beardmore Glacier 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 Tuesday 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. 🗓