Wednesday, June 24, 2015

St. Bernard

We just learned about the type of dog the Old English Sheepdog.

Another type of dog is the St. Bernard.
It is a very big dog, and can get as big as 260 lbs, heavier than a grown person!
They can get as tall as 3 feet tall, about waist height on a person.

Long ago in a mountain area that has a lot of snow, some people used these dogs to go out in the snow and rescue people that were stuck from avalanches or just out in the cold too long.
One dog named Barry saved the lives of 100 people!
He was so famous that they made a statue of him.

These days there are safer ways to get through the mountains so people don't use St. Bernhards for rescuing anymore, but they are still great dogs.

(from: wikipedia - st. bernard (dog))

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Loon

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


We've learned about how oxygenated blood goes all the way from your heart to your head fingers and toes.

At the very end of the trip, the arteries that are carrying the oxygenated blood split apart into smaller tubes called arterioles to bring blood to every part of your body.

(from: wikipedia - arteriole)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Stomach - Hydrochloric Acid

Monday, June 22, 2015


Oregon is a state on the west coast of the US, just north of California.

It's nickname is the Beaver State, and it's motto is Alis volat propriis which means She flies with her own wings.

(from: wikipedia - oregon)

The state flag of Oregon has a blue background and a yellow foreground.
On one side is a picture of a beaver, the state animal.
On the other side is the state seal.
On the state seal is an eagle above a shield that shows mountains, an elk, a covered wagon, the Pacific Ocean, a British ship, an American ship, a sheaf, a plow and a pickaxe.

Oregon is the only state in the US that has two different sides on either side of it's flag.

(from: wikipedia - flag of oregon)

There is a large stratovolcano in Oregon called Mount Mazama.
It erupted a long long time ago, and now where the peak of the mountain was is a lake called Crater Lake.
In the middle of the lake is an island called Wizard Island, made when they volcano erupted.

(from: wikipedia - mount mazama)

The books written by author Beverly Cleary about Henry, Ramona and Beezus were supposed to take place on a street in Portland Oregon. There is a park nearby that has statues of the children to honor the author's writings.

(from: wikipedia - grant park, portland, oregon)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Ghana

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

After Jesus had gone up into heaven, the Disciples were together one day and they heard a very loud sound like the blowing of a large wind.

They saw what looked like tongues of fire set on each of them!

After that they were able to speak in many other languages, and were able to talk to anyone no matter what language they spoke.

Some people thought they were being crazy, but Peter came out and told them that it was the Holy Spirit that had come to the disciples to let them talk to everyone and tell them about Jesus no matter what language they spoke.

(from: wikipedia - pentecost)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Salt of the Earth

Saturday, June 20, 2015

First Abstract Watercolor - Kandinsky

We just learned about the work of art Primvera by Sandro Botticelli.

Another famous work of art is the painting First Abstract Watercolor by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky in 1910.

Around the time Kandinsky painted this, people were starting to change the way they made art.
For a very long time artists tried as hard as they could to make paintings that looked real.
But people stared to want to make paintings that were different, like paintings that didn't look like people or things or really anything at all.
They called this style Abstract Art.

Kandinsky's First Abstract Watercolor is just a bunch of shapes and colors, and isn't really supposed to be a picture of anything.
It really doesn't even have a name, it's just the first abstract painting he did in water color, so they call it Kandinsky's First Abstract Watercolor.

Many other artists made abstract paintings after Kandinsky, but people usually think of his painting as the first ever famous abstract art painting.

(from: wikipedia - kandinsky's first abstract watercolor)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Solar - Convection Zone

Friday, June 19, 2015

German - July, August

Let's keep learning about the months of the year in German!

We already learned that January, February is Jaunar, Februar,
March, April is März, April,
and May, June is Mai, Juni

Let's keep going!

July - Juli - sounds like yoo-lee /?/
August - August - sounds like ow-goo-st /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
Julio, Agosto

Do you remember how to say it in French?
Julliet, Août

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lightning Upward Streamers

We've learned about negative charged lightning leaders, and how they are ionized gases going down toward the ground looking to zap something.

Sometimes there are positive charges on the ground that are going up looking to get zapped.
These are called upward streamers or upward leaders.

If there is a positive charge on the ground, it will reach out from the tallest points, either a tall building or a tree top, reaching up to the downward leaders.
If the two connect, there is a huge lightning zap!

(from: wikipedia - lightning)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Sodium