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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 Maryland, and our COUNTRIES are Brunei 🇧🇳, Bulgaria 🇧🇬, Burkina Faso 🇧🇫, and Burundi 🇧🇮. (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 full — a good time to be out and about in the well-lit night! You can explore the night sky and the features of the moon in your recommended backyard astronomy guide and your homeschool world atlas, and you can learn a host of stellar and lunar facts on pages 342–357 in your almanac (riverhouses.org/books).
🗓 TODAY, Sunday (13 October 2019) — Today is the 286th day of 2019; there are 79 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). 📚 One of the most beautiful objects in the night sky, the Whirlpool Galaxy, was discovered on this day in 1773 by French astronomer Charles Messier. 🔭 The United States Navy was established on this day in 1775 by the Continental Congress, before there was even a United States! ⚓️ The cornerstone of the White House in Washington, D.C., was laid on this day in 1792. 🇺🇸 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). 🌕
Monday (14 October 2019) — Today is Columbus Day in the United States, a federal holiday commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on the 12th of October in 1492. Spain, Italy, and almost all the countries in Latin America have an equivalent holiday. 🌎 On this day in 1066, French forces commanded by William of Normandy defeated the English army of King Harold II in the Battle of Hastings. ⚔️ And on this day in 1926, the much-loved children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne was published. 🐻
Tuesday (15 October 2019) — On this day in 1783 at Faubourg Saint-Antoine near Paris, Étienne Montgolfier (1745–1799) became the first human being to ascend from the surface of the earth in a hot-air balloon. 🎈 Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the third week of October is Robert Frost’s “After Apple-Picking,” for the fall harvest. 🍎 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🖋
Wednesday (16 October 2019) — Today is the midpoint of Cygnus Term and so one of the four cross-quarter days of the River Houses year. 🦢 Today is also the birthday of American lexicographer and education pioneer Noah Webster (1758–1843), of dictionary fame. 📖 And it’s also the birthday of the Irish playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). 🎭 On this day in 1859, in one of the precipitating events of the Civil War, the abolitionist John Brown (1800–1859) led an armed raid on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. ⚔️ And … it’s National Fossil Day! ⛏
Thursday (17 October 2019) — On this day in 1604, German astronomer Johannes Kepler began making observations of a “new star” that had appeared in the constellation Ophiuchus. That new star is now called Kepler’s Supernova, the last naked-eye supernova known to have occurred in the Milky Way. 🌟
Friday (18 October 2019) — The great American novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was first published on this day in 1851 in London (sic). 🐳 Today is also the birthday of the great rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry (1926–2017). 🎸 And our Friday Bird Families post this week will introduce you to a bunch of birds with funny names: the Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anis, and Goatsuckers. Print your own River Houses Calendar of American Birds (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🐦
Saturday (19 October 2019) — Today is the birthday of Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682), author of some of the most luminous prose in the English language. ⚱️ And on this day in 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia, British forces under the command of Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau, effectively ending the American Revolution. 🕊
Sunday (20 October 2019) — Today is the birthday of the architect Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1732), who rebuilt much of central London after the Great Fire of 1666. 🏛 And on this day in the year 1803, the United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. 🇺🇸
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST is one of our traditional offerings, for the birthday of the United States Navy: “To the wind that blows, and the ship that goes, and the lass that loves a sailor.”
❡ 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: Brunei is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is, appropriately enough, the Brunei River. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Brunei 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. 🗓