Monday, May 9, 2016

Mount Everest


Let's learn about the highest mountain peaks in the world.

The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest in Nepal and Tibet.
It was named Mount Everest after Sir George Everest, who was in charge of mapping out that land when it was discovered.

It is known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā which means "the Head in the Great Blue Sky", and in Tibet as Chomolungma which means "Goddess Mother of Mountains".

It's tallest peak is 29,029 feet above sea level.
Sea level is the height on earth where the ocean is.

The tallest building in the world is only 2,722 feet high, so this mountain is ten times taller than the tallest building in the world.


(from: wikipedia - mount everest)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: New Mexico

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pentecost


We just learned about Easter Sunday.

The next time in the church calendar is Pentecost.

The word means 50th day, and the day is 50 days after Easter.
This is the time when churches remember the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles.

Many churches use rose petals or images of doves to remember the holy spirit coming down, and some even will lower a dove from the ceiling or drop rose petals from the roof.

Other churches remember the day with confirmation, when young people confirm their faith.

The churches are usually decorated in red, the color of fire.

(from: wikipedia - pentecost)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Block Statue of Pa-Ankh-Ra


We just learned about the Ka Statue of Hor.

Another ancient Egyptian statue is the Block Statue of Pa-Ankh-Ra.

Block statues were made of people that were important, but were not royalty like pharaohs.
This statue is of someone named Pa-Ankh-Ra who was a ship master, and he is sculpted holding a smaller statue of the mythical person Ptah.

These block statues were usually put in temples and were statues of the person sitting on a square block, with some words written on the square block.

(from: wikipedia - block statue)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I - Gustav Klimt

Friday, May 6, 2016

Italian - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


Let's learn the days of the week in Italian!

Monday - Lunedi - sounds like loo-nay-dee /?/
Tuesday - Martedì - sounds like mah-d-tay-dee /?/
Wednesday - Mercoledì - Sounds like may-d-koh-lay-dee /?/

academy of the bran
(from: wikipedia - accademia della crusca)

In German:
Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch

In Spanish:
Lunes, Martes, Miercoles

In French:
Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Category 4 Hurricane


We just learned about a Category 3 Hurricane.

The next level is a Category 4 Hurricane - Catastrophic damage will occur.

These hurricanes have wind speeds between 130 and 156 mph.

This kind of hurricane can totally knock over a house, rip up and snap most trees, flood very far inland, and cause power and water losses for weeks.


(from: wikipedia - hurricane gustav)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Snowflake

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spiny Bush Viper


We just learned about Indian Cobra.

Another type of snake is the spiny bush viper.

This snake has scales that stick out, so it is very spiky looking, and can be green or red.

It is also sometimes called the rough-scaled bush viper or spiny bush viper.


(from: wikipedia - atheris hispida)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Alaskan Malamute

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Occipital Lobe


We just learned about Temporal Lobe.

Another part of the brain is the Occipital Lobe.

This part of the brain is used to take the things you see and turn them into pictures that your brain can understand.


(from: wikipedia - occipital lobe)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Tibial Arteries