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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 and planners for the entire year.
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is Idaho, and our COUNTRIES are Switzerland 🇨🇭, Syria 🇸🇾, Taiwan 🇹🇼, and Tajikistan 🇹🇯. (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 new — that’s the best time of the month for dark-sky stargazing! 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 (21 June 2020) — HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all homeschool dads everywhere! 👨👧👦 Today is the 173rd day of 2020; there are 193 days remaining in this leap year. Learn more about different kinds of modern and historical calendars on pages 350–356 in your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books). 📚 Today is also the birthday of American painter and illustrator Rockwell Kent (1882–1971). 🎨
Monday (22 June 2020) — On this day in 1633, the Catholic Church forced Italian scientist Galileo Galilei to “abjure, curse, and detest” the view he formerly supported, namely that the earth revolved around the sun and was not fixed at the center of the universe. 🔭 Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the fourth week of June is Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Swing,” for summertime play. 🌞 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🖋
Tuesday (23 June 2020) — The great English mathematician Alan Turing was born on this day in 1912. His pioneering work in computer science and cryptanalysis was instrumental in the breaking of German codes during World War II. 🖥
Wednesday (24 June 2020) — On this day in the year 1497, the Italian-English explorer John Cabot (ca. 1450–1500) landed in Newfoundland and became the first European since the Vikings, centuries before, to set foot in North America. ⚓️ And our Wednesday tour of World Heritage Sites this week will take you to the Abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland. 🇨🇭
Thursday (25 June 2020) — On this day in 1876, the combined forces of several Plains Indian tribes under the command of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeated a U.S. Army regiment under the command of George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, known ever since as “Custer’s Last Stand.” ⚔️ And today is the birthday of American children’s book illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929), author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and founder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 👨🎨
Friday (26 June 2020) — Today is the birthday of the great French astronomer Charles Messier (1730–1817), who accidentally documented and numbered many of the most beautiful objects in the universe. 🔭 Our Friday Bird Families post this week will once again visit with the Wood-Warblers. (There are a lot of them!) Print your own River Houses Calendar of American Birds (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🦅
Saturday (27 June 2020) — Today is the birthday of the pioneering African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906). ✒️ And it’s also the birthday of the American children’s entertainer Bob Keeshan (1927–2004), better known as Captain Kangaroo! 📺
Sunday (28 June 2020) — On this day in 1914 the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo set World War I in motion, and on this day in 1919 the Treaty of Versailles brought that war to an end. (See pages 370–375 in your homeschool history encyclopedia for an overview of “The Great War.”) 🕊
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST: “May neither threats nor allurements have any effect on the man of principle.”
❡ 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: Switzerland in central Europe is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Aare River, a tributary of the Rhine and one of the most important rivers of Switzerland. You can find its location in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Aare 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. 🗓