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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.
☿🌞 A RARE TRANSIT OF MERCURY across the face of the sun will take place on the morning of Monday the 11th. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of this special homeschool astronomical opportunity. Our post from last week includes many details, and the timeanddate.com website will be broadcasting it live online — don’t miss it!
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK this week is New York, and our COUNTRIES are Costa Rica 🇨🇷, Cote d’Ivoire 🇨🇮, Croatia 🇭🇷, and Cuba 🇨🇺. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post went up just a few minutes ago.)
🌔 THE MOON at the beginning of this week is gibbous and waxing, heading toward full on the 12th. 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 (10 November 2019) — Today is the 314th day of 2019; there are 51 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). 📚 Today is the birthday of the German priest and monk Martin Luther (1483–1546), the leader of the Protestant Reformation. ✝️ And it’s also the birthday of the English artist and satirist William Hogarth (1697–1764). 🎨
Monday (11 November 2019) — Today is Veterans Day in the United States, the federal holiday on which we honor all those who have served in the nation’s armed forces. 🇺🇸 On this day in 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns of World War I fell silent. The anniversary is recognized as Veterans Day in the United States, and as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in many other countries. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. 🕊
Tuesday (12 November 2019) — Monday is the birthday of American women’s rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902). ⚖️ It’s also the birthday of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). 👨🎨 On this day in 2014, the Philae spacecraft touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, becoming the first manmade object ever to land safely on a comet. ☄️ 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). 🌕
Wednesday (13 November 2019) — Saint Augustine of Hippo, one of the most influential figures in the history of Christianity, was born on this day in the year 354. ✝️ Today is also the birthday of Scottish novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), author of the much-loved volume A Child’s Garden of Verses. 🖋
Thursday (14 November 2019) — Today is the birthday of Charles Lyell (1797–1875), the father of modern geology. ⚒ It’s also the birthday of German composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn (1805–1847). 🎹 The great French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840. 🎨 And today is the birthday of American composer and conductor Aaron Copland (1900–1990). 🎵
Friday (15 November 2019) — The cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., was laid on this day in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt. 🏛 Our Friday Bird Families post this week will introduce you to the Lapwings, Plovers, and Jacanas. Print your own River Houses Calendar of American Birds (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🦅 And our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the third week of November is A.E. Housman’s “Stars, I have seen them fall,” for the annual Leonid meteor shower. 🌠 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🖋
Saturday (16 November 2019) — The movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released on this day in 2001. It earned just shy of $1 billion worldwide at the box office. 🧙
Sunday (17 November 2019) — Today is the birthday of German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius (1790–1868), inventor (discoverer?) of the strip that bears his name. 🥓 The annual Leonid meteor shower, made up of debris from comet Tempel–Tuttle, is expected to peak tonight. 🌠
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST: “To sunshine and good humor all the world over.”
❡ 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: Costa Rica in Central America is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is Costa Rica’s beautiful Reventazón River, which flows into the Caribbean Sea. You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Reventazón 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 Wednesday 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. 🗓