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Micro-Season: “The Evening Cicada Sings”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Evening Cicada Sings”. This is the first micro-season of the mini-season of First Autumn. As a way to celebrate this season, we will learn about the taxonomy of the cicada and listen to some cicada songs. After that, we will read some seasonal haiku by Basho, Issa, and readers of The Washington Post.

Micro-Season: “Heavy Rain Showers”

We have entered the micro-season of “Heavy Rain Showers”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season of Major Heat. As a way to celebrate this season, we will explore the water cycle and read some rain-themed haiku by Basho, Issa, and Buson.

Micro-Season: “Damp Earth Humid Heat”

We have entered the micro-season of “Damp Earth Humid Heat”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season of Major Heat. As a way to celebrate this season, we will learn about the origins of the phrase "Dog Days of Summer" and then read some dog-inspired haiku by Issa, Basho, and Prondzynski.

Micro-Season: “The Young Hawk Learns To Fly”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Young Hawk Learns to Fly ”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season of Minor Heat. As a way to celebrate this season, we will explore what types of birds are considered hawks, the life cycle of birds, and then read haiku by Basho, Issa, and Shiki.

Micro-Season: “The First Lotus Blossoms”

We have entered the micro-season of “The First Lotus Blossoms ”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season of Minor Heat. As a way to celebrate this season, we are going to learn about the lotus flower and its connection to Buddhism. Then we will read several haiku by Basho, Issa, Shiki, and Buson.

Micro-Season: “The Crow-dipper Sprouts”

We are entering the micro-season of "The Crow-dipper Sprouts". To honor we are going to investigate the Crow-dipper plant, review its medicinal uses, and look at its cultural significance. We will also read a few seasonal #haiku from Basho and Issa.

Micro-Season: “The Common Self-Heal Dries”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Common Self-Heal Dries”. As a way to celebrate this season, we are going to learn how to identify the common self-heal, discuss its potential medicinal properties, and then read some haiku from Issa, Basho, and others.

Micro-season: “The Time for Wheat”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Time for Wheat”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season of Grain Full. To honor this season, we investigate wheat as a cereal crop and take a look at Vincent van Gogh's wheat-inspired paintings.

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