Saturday, July 16, 2016

Athena Parthenos

We just learned about Statue of Zeus at Olympia.

Another famous sculpture from ancient Greece is the Athena Parthenos.

This was also made by the famous sculptor Phidias, who made the famous Zeus statue.
It was over 70 feet tall, and made of ivory and gold.
A fancy word for a statue made of ivory and gold is Chryselephantine.
The arms and face were made of ivory, and the gown and other parts were gold.

When the Romans came and took over, they destroyed the statue, but there were many writings about it, and some drawings.

(from: wikipedia - athena parthenos)

Some people have tried to make statues just like the old one to put in museums.

(from: wikipedia - athena parthenos)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Broadway Boogie Woogie - Mondrian

Friday, July 15, 2016

Italian - Counting to Twenty

We counted to 15 in Italian, let's keep going!

16 sedici - sounds like say-dee-chee /?/
17 diciassette - sounds like dee-cha-set-tay /?/
18 diciotto - sounds like dee-chee-oh-toh /?/
19 diciannove - sounds like dee-chee-ah-noh-vay /?/
20 venti - sounds like vay-n-tee /?/

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

sechzehn, siebzehn, achtzehn, neunzehn, zwanzig

dieciséis, diecisiete, dieciocho, diecinueve, veinte

seize, dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Anvil - Hardy Hole

We just learned about the Anvil - Table.

Another part of the Anvil is the Hardy Hole.

This is a rectangle shaped hole in the top of the anvil that can be used to hold special tools called hardy tools that are used to help shape the metals.

(from: wikipedia - hardy tool)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Lightning Plasma

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Black Rat Snake

We just learned about the type of snake the Colorado Desert Sidewinder.

Another type of snake is the black rat snake, also known as the western rat snake, pilot black snake, black chicken snake, black coluber, chicken snake, mountain black snake, mountain pilot snake, pilot, rusty black snake, scaly black snake, cow snake, or pantherophis obsoletus.

These snakes are not venomous, they are constrictors that squeeze their prey.

They are the largest snake in North America, with the largest one found being 8 feet long.

(from: wikipedia - pantheropis obsoletus)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Bulldog

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


We just learned about the diancephalon.

The diencephalon, along with the cerebrum make up the forebrain. This is the large part of the brain that takes up most of the skull.

The forebrain is also known as the prosencephalon.

(from: wikipedia - cerebrum)

(from: wikipedia - diencephalon)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Vein

Monday, July 11, 2016

Annapurna Massif

We just learned about the mountain peak Nanga Parbat.

The next highest mountain peak is Annapurna Massif in Nepal.
It's name means full of food, or Goddess of the Harvests.

This mountain is one of the most dangerous to climb, and has the highest rate of death for all mountains in the world.
For every 3 people that have tried to climb the mountain, one has died.

In 2014, 39 people were killed from avalanches and snowstorms on the mountain.

(from: wikipedia - annapurna massif)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: South Carolina

Sunday, July 10, 2016


We just learned about the symbols Alpha and Omega.

Another Christian symbol is the Staurogram, which is like the letter P crossed with the letter T.

It comes from the greek word stauros, which means cross.
Some people think it also looks like Jesus on a cross.

(from: wikipedia - staurogram)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: The Apostles Persecuted