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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.
✦ This is the first week of CYGNUS TERM, our fall term in the River Houses (riverhouses.org/2019-cygnus).
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is Delaware, and our COUNTRIES are Afghanistan 🇦🇫, Albania 🇦🇱, Algeria 🇩🇿, and Andorra 🇦🇩. (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 stargazing! You can explore the constellations and the features of the moon in your recommended backyard star guide and your homeschool world atlas, and you can learn many more stellar and lunar facts on pages 342–357 in your almanac (riverhouses.org/books).
🗓 TODAY (Sunday, 1 September 2019) — Welcome to a New River Houses Year! 🎉 Today is the 244th day of 2019; there are 121 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). 📚 For this first week of September, this first week of Cygnus Term, and this first week of the 2019–2020 River Houses year, our homeschool poem-of-the-week will be our traditional extract from Jonathan Swift’s adaptation of the Roman poet Horace (65–8 B.C.): “A handsome house to lodge a friend, / A river at my garden’s end.” 📜 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the 2019–2020 homeschool year as we visit forty-eight of our favorite literary friends. 😊
Monday (2 September 2019) — On this day in 1752, nearly two centuries after the countries of Continental Europe, Great Britain and her American colonies adopted the Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday, September 2nd, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752. 🗓
Tuesday (3 September 2019) — The American Revolution came to a formal end on this day in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris between Great Britain and the new United States of America. 🇬🇧🕊🇺🇸 And since this is the first Tuesday of the month and of the new school year, we’ll invite you today to join our annual library exploration of the whole of knowledge (really!) with an introduction to the Dewey Decimal Classification. 📚
Wednesday (4 September 2019) — On this day in the year 476, Emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by the provincial warlord Odoacer who declared himself King of Italy, bringing to an end the Western Roman Empire, which had lasted for nearly 500 years. 🏛 Today is also the birthday of the great Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824–1896). 🎵
Thursday (5 September 2019) — In response to the Intolerable Acts, the First Continental Congress assembled on this day in Philadelphia in 1774. 🇺🇸 On this day in 1836, Sam Houston was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas. 🌵 (That’s 🌵 what I get when I request an emoji for Texas.) 😊
Friday (6 September 2019) — On this day in 1522, the ship Victoria, the only survivor of the Magellan expedition, arrived back in Spain having completed history’s first circumnavigation of the world. 🌍 Today is also the birthday of the great English scientist John Dalton (1766–1844), one of the founders of modern chemistry. ⚗️
Saturday (7 September 2019) — Today is the birthday of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603), who gave her name to the Elizabethan Era. 👑 And since this is the first Saturday of the month, we’ll post our regular monthly preview today of some of the astronomical events you and your students can watch for over the next few weeks. 🔭
Sunday (8 September 2019) — Today is one of the most important anniversaries in world cultural history: on this day in 1966, the first episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap,” was broadcast on NBC television. 🚀🖖😊
🥂 OUR TRADITIONAL TOAST for the first week of every River Houses year is this ancient offering, which we invite you to share around your family dinner table: “A little health, a little wealth, a little house, and freedom.”
❡ 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!”). What will you toast this week? 🥂
🌍 EVERYTHING FLOWS: Albania is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Drin River, the longest river in Albania. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Drin 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. 🗓