Monday, October 2, 2017


We just learned about the Mexican State of Jalisco.

Another state in Mexico is Puebla.

Puebla is in the southern middle part of Mexico, but does not touch water on either side.

(from: wikipedia - puebla)

The Coat of Arms of Puebla is a shield with four of the state's mountains on the top.
Around the outsides of the shield are two snakes, with corn for their tails, masks of Tlaloc as their heads, with footprint marks and suns on their bodies.
The snakes are for Quetzalcoatl, who long ago people believed created the world.
Below the shield are the words Estado Libre Sobrano de Puebla, which means "Free and Sovereign State of Puebla".
There are four boxes in the shield. The top left is for the textile industry, the top right is for the Necaxa dam.
The bottom left is for the rebellion of the Mexican people, and the bottom right are for the growing of corn.

(from: wikipedia - puebla)

One of the holidays popular in Puebla is Day of the Dead, where people pray for the people that have died.

(from: wikipedia - day of the dead)

Another one of the many pyramids in Mexico is called the Cholula Pyramid.

(from: wikipedia - great pyramid of cholula)

There are many beautiful cathedrals in Mexico, like the Templo de San Francisco de Asis Acatepec.

(from: wikipedia - puebla)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Nyenchen Taglha Mountains

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Eremitic Monks

We just learned about the Basil of Cecarea.

Some of the monks we've learned about were people that mostly lived alone in the desert.
Paul of Thebes and Anthony the Great were some of the first well known monks who lived like this.

The Greek word ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs) means "of the desert", and that is where the word "hermit" came from.
Hermits, or eremetic monks, were some of the first people to live alone worshipping God every day, and became some of the first monks.

(from: wikipedia - hermit)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Adam

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pair of Lovers - Bustelli

We just learned about the Fuga d'Attila Relief by Alessandro Algardi.

We've seen a lot of different Baroque sculptures!

Another sculpture style is called Rococo.
This style of sculpture was very decorated, with lots of curves, white and pastel colors, and gilding with metals like gold.

One of the most famous sculptors in the Rococo style was Franz Anton Bustelli, and one of his most famous sculptures was the Pair of Lovers, showing two people in love, surrounded by curved shapes, painted with bright colors, and gilded with gold trim.

(from: wikipedia - franz anton bustelli)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Great Cameo of France

Friday, September 29, 2017

ASL - Drinks

We counted to 900 in ASL! Wow!

Let's learn how to say some things to drink.

water - To do the sign for water, make the hand sign for the letter W, with your pointer, middle and ring fingers up, and your pinky and thumb held down, then touch your pointer finger to your chin.

milk - To say milk, hold your hand up in the air and then close your hand a few times into a fist, almost like you are milking a cow.

juice - For juice, you make the hand sign for the letter J, and then you just say what kind of juice you want before you make the J. So for orange juice, you put your fist up by your face and squeeze it a few times, almost like you are squeezing an orange and the juice is going into your mouth. And then make the letter J.

Here is a helpful video to show how these signs are done.

ASL #15 - Drinks - Heather Berry

(from: wikipedia - american sign language)

Italian: acqua, latte, succo

German: Wasser, Milch, Saft

Spanish: agua, leche, jugo

French: eau, lait, jus

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ring Fault

We just learned about the Listric Fault.

Another type of fault is a Ring Fault.

This fault is in a crater or a volcano, where the volcano has collapsed, or the ground caved in after getting hit by a meteorite.

(from: wikipedia - chesapeake bay impact crater)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Bending

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lemur Tree Frog

We just learned about the Hourglass Tree Frog.

Another type of frog is the Lemur Tree Frog.

This type of frog lives in South America, in rain forests.

One fun thing about this frog is that it is green during the daytime, but it's skin color changes to brown at night.
This makes it easier for this frog to hide during the night time.

(from: wikipedia - hylomantis lemur)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Madagascar Tree Boa

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Costal Cartilage

We just learned about the Temporomandibular Ligament.

Another piece of connective tissue is the Costal Cartilage.

This cartilage is in the chest, on the front part of the ribs where the ribs connect together in the middle of the chest.

With this cartilage in the ribs, it lets the rib cage move a little, which allows your chest to get bigger and smaller as you breathe.

(from: wikipedia - costal cartilage)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Lumbar Nerves