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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. Add your name to our free mailing list to get posts like these delivered right to your mailbox each week, and visit our River Houses calendar page (riverhouses.org/calendars) to print your own homeschool calendars and planners for the entire year.
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is South Carolina, and our COUNTRIES are Cabo Verde 🇨🇻, Cambodia 🇰🇭, Cameroon 🇨🇲, and Canada 🇨🇦. (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 waxing — 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 (25 October 2020) — Today is the 299th day of 2020; there are 67 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 the year 285 (or perhaps 286), the early Christian saints Crispin and Crispinian, patrons of cobblers and leather workers, were executed in Rome by the emperor Diocletian. 👞 And on this day in 1415, the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, King Henry V of England, outnumbered, defeated the armies of France in the Battle of Agincourt. 🏹 And Crispin-Crispian shall ne’er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but they in it shall be rememberèd. 🎭
Monday (26 October 2020) — The Erie Canal connecting New York City to the Great Lakes opened on this day in 1825. 🚢 And today is the birthday of the great American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911–1972). 🎵
Tuesday (27 October 2020) — Today is the birthday of the great Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas (1914–1953). 🖋
Wednesday (28 October 2020) — On this day in the year 312, the armies of the rival Roman emperors Constantine and Maxentius fought one another in the Battle of Milvian Bridge north of Rome. ⚔️ Tradition says that Constantine secured victory after having had a vision of the Christian cross the night before, which led to his conversion and the eventual adoption of Christianity as an official religion of the Roman Empire. ✝️ For a quick homeschool review of this important historical turning point, make your way to page 148 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). 📚 The great Dutch Renaissance philosopher Erasmus of Rotterdam was born on this day in 1466. 📖 And on this day in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. 🗽 Our Wednesday tour of World Heritage Sites this week will take you to the Temple of Preah Vihear in Cambodia. 🇰🇭
Thursday (29 October 2020) — On this day (or night) in 1964, three men broke into the American Museum of Natural History in New York and executed the largest jewel theft in American history, netting more than $400,000 worth of gems. The thieves were soon caught and most of the gems were recovered, including the Star of India, one of the world’s largest sapphires, which had been hidden in a bus station locker in Miami. 💎
Friday (30 October 2020) — Today is the birthday of the American modernist poet Ezra Pound (1885–1972). 🖋 And on this day in 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his famous radio version of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” leading many people across the country to believe that a Martian invasion of the earth had begun. 👽 Our Friday Bird Families post this week will introduce you to the swampy Limpkins, Rails, Gallinules, and Coots. Print your own River Houses Calendar of American Birds (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow the flyways with us throughout the year. 🦅
Saturday (31 October 2020) — Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻 🦇 The Protestant Reformation began on this day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. 📜 For a quick homeschool review of the Reformation and its consequences, turn to pages 197 and 256–259 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). 📚 Today is the birthday of the great English poet John Keats (1795–1821). 🖋 It’s also the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low (1860–1927), founder of the Girl Scouts of America. 🍪 And, there’s a full moon tonight — the second one this month! — so that means we’ll have a report on student research opportunities from the River Houses Lunar Society (riverhouses.org/lunar). 🌕
Sunday (1 November 2020) — Daylight Saving Time ends this morning in most U.S. jurisdictions (the first Sunday in November) at 2:00 a.m., when you should set your clocks back to 1:00 a.m. 🕑 ↺ 🕐 William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest was first performed on this day in 1611. 🎭 And today is the birthday of the German geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener (1880–1930), who developed the theory of continental drift. 🌍 Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the first week of November is Robert Frost’s “A Leaf-Treader,” for the falling leaves. 🍂 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🖋
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST is an old Halloween wish, for all the cheerful young trick-or-treaters who will be out on the town this week:
May witches, fays, and grinning cats,
Owls and sprites and sable bats,
Have good cheer on Hallowe’en,
And add enchantment to the scene,
With revels wild and free.
❡ 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 unpredictability in toasting!”). What will you toast this week? 🥂
🌏 🇰🇭 EVERYTHING FLOWS: Cambodia in southeastern Asia is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Sangkae River, the principal river of Cambodia’s Battambang Province. You can find its location in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Sangkae 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. 🌏
What do you have planned for your homeschool this week? 😊
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