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🗓 🦢 This is the first full week of CYGNUS TERM, our Fall term in the River Houses. Cygnus Term runs from September through November.
🇺🇸 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 gibbous and waning — a good time for moon watching! 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). Browse through our many astronomy posts for even more!
🗓 TODAY, Sunday (6 September 2020) — Today is the 250th day of 2020; there are 116 days remaining in this leap year. Learn more about different kinds of calendars on pages 350–356 in your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books). 📚 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. The voyage took just over three years. 🌍🌎🌏🌍 Today is also the birthday of English scientist John Dalton (1766–1844), one of the founders of modern chemistry. ⚗️
Monday (7 September 2020) — Today is Labor Day, the U.S. federal holiday honoring the American labor movement, celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. 🛠 And it’s also the birthday of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603), who gave her name to the Elizabethan Era. For an illustrated homeschool review and timeline of that important historical period, turn to page 260 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). 👑 Today is also the birthday of the much-loved American painter Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860–1961), better known as Grandma Moses. 🎨
Tuesday (8 September 2020) — Today is one of the most important anniversaries in American cultural history: on this day in 1966, the first episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap,” was broadcast on NBC television. 😊 🚀 🖖 Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the second week of September is Elizabeth Jennings’ “Song at the Beginning of Autumn,” for the new homeschool year. Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the 2020–2021 homeschool year. 🖋
Wednesday (9 September 2020) — Today is the birthday of the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910). 📚 It’s also the birthday of the American businessman Harland David Sanders (1890–1980), better known as Colonel Sanders, the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain. 🍗 And our Wednesday tour of World Heritage Sites this week will take you to the Historic Centers of Berat and Gjirokastra in Albania. 🇦🇱 Print your own River Houses World Heritage Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the 2020–2021 homeschool year. 🌎
Thursday (10 September 2020) — Today is the birthday of the great English composer Henry Purcell (1659–1695). 🎵 It’s also the birthday of the American physicist Arthur Compton (1892–1962), winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize for his studies of electromagnetism. ⚡
Friday (11 September 2020) — Today is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. 🇺🇸 It’s also the birthday of the Scottish explorer Mungo Park (1771–1806), one of the first Europeans to travel to the interior of Africa. 🌍 Our Friday Bird Families post this week will introduce you to the Ducks, Geese, and Swans. 🦆 🦢 Print your own River Houses Calendar of American Birds (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow the flyways with us throughout the year. 🦅
Saturday (12 September 2020) — This is the traditional date of the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C., one of the most consequential battles in the history of the Western world, in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the armies of Darius the Great of Persia in his attempt to conquer mainland Greece. ⚔️ On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would land a man on the moon “before this decade is out.” 🚀 🌕 And since this is the second Saturday of the month, we’ll introduce you to another one of the Great Stars of the northern hemisphere night sky. This month: Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. 🌟
Sunday (13 September 2020) — Today is the birthday of the German composer and pianist Clara Schumann (1819–1896). 🎵 It’s also the birthday of the British novelist, fighter pilot, and children’s author Roald Dahl (1916–1990). 🖋
🥂 OUR TOAST THIS WEEK is our traditional offering for the first week of the River Houses year: “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: Algeria in northern Africa is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Sebaou River, which flows into the Mediterranean on Algeria’s northern coast. You can find its location in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Sebaou River entry in Wikipedia or perhaps on your next visit to your local library.
❡ Daughters of Ocean: 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 Sunday this month! 🙀
What do you have planned for your homeschool this week, this month, this term, and this wonderful year? 😊
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