Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dorsal venous arch

Another vein on your foot that brings deoxygenated blood back to your heart is called the dorsal venous arch.

This vein is on the top of your foot, going across from the left to the right.
Sometimes you can see this vein puffed up a little on top of the foot. It looks like a blue colored tube under your skin.

(from: wikipedia - dorsal venous arch of the foot)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Gall Bladder

Monday, August 3, 2015


Texas is a state in the southwest part of the US, bordering Mexico to the south.

It's nickname is The Lone Star State, and it's motto is Friendship.

Texas is the 2nd largest state in the US after Alaska, and it has the 2nd most people of any state after California.

(from: wikipedia - texas)

The flag of Texas is a blue stripe with a white star, a white stripe and a red star.

(from: wikipedia - flag of texas)

The seal of Texas has two sides. On one side is a star with olive and oak branches around it.

On the other side is a picture of the Alamo, the cannon of the Battle of Gonzales, Vince's bridge, and the flags of France, Spain, Mexico, Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States of America.
The six different flags are for the six different nations that have controlled Texas.

(from: wikipedia - seal of texas)

The Alamo is a place in Texas where a big battle took place between the people of Texas and Mexico.
The Mexican army won the battle, but people in Texas were so angry about losing the battle that they all fought hard together and came back to beat Mexico.
People in later battles would shout "Remember the Alamo!" to help keep everyone fighting hard to win.

(from: wikipedia - alamo mission in san antonio)

A special type of cattle in Texas is called the Texas Longhorn because it has really long horns.

(from: wikipedia - texas longhorn)

There is a NASA space center called Johnson Space Center in Houston.
During the Apollo 13 space mission where some things went wrong after the astronauts were launched into outer space, they said over the radio to the control center Houston we have a problem and it has become a famous saying for when something goes wrong.

(from: wikipedia - christopher c. kraft jr. mission control center)
Dwight D. Eisenhower from Texas was the 34th president of the US, in 1953.

(from: wikipedia - dwight d. eisenhower)

Lyndon B. Johnson from Texas was the 36th president of the US, in 1963.

(from: wikipedia - lyndon b. johnson)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Zambia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saul's Conversion

In the times after Jesus' lived, the apostles were going places and telling people about Jesus.
Some of the people who did not like Jesus tried to stop the apostles and would put them in jail.

One of the people who really did not like Jesus was named Saul.
He was a very powerful leader, and was on his way to a town to go arrest a bunch of Jesus' followers.

While he was going there, he saw a big flash of light and heard a voice say "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me".
He fell down on the ground and said "Who are you, Lord?"
The voice said "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Paul got up, but he was blind, and couldn't see for three days!
They took him to a city called Damascus, and God told a person there named Ananias to go help Saul.
Ananias put his hands on Saul like God told him, and Saul could see again.

(from: wikipedia - conversion of paul the apostle)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Ask, Seek and Knock

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Le Boulevard de Montmartre, Matinée de Printemps - Pissarro

We just learned about the painting Woman with a Bag by German artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

Another famous work of art is Le Boulevard de Montmartre, Matinée de Printemps by Pissarro.

This painting is interesting because the artist painted this same street in Paris for different times of day and seasons.
He painted it in spring, in fall, in winter, at night and with or without lots of people.

He showed a vision of how a busy street can change so much all year long.

(from: wikipedia - le boulevard de montmartre, matinée de printemps)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Venus - Mariner 2

Friday, July 31, 2015

German - Counting to thirty nine

We counted to 29 in German, let's keep going!

31 einunddreißig, z - sounds like ah-een-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek ah-een /?/
32 zweiunddreißig - sounds like svai-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
33 dreiunddreißig - sounds like duh-ai-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
34 vierunddreißig - sounds like fee-ah-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
35 fünfunddreißig - sounds like foo-nf-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
36 sechsunddreißig - sounds like zeks-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
37 siebenunddreißig - sounds like zee-bm-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
38 achtunddreißig - sounds like ah-kt-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/
39 neununddreißig - sounds like no-een-oon-duh-ah-ee-seek /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
treinta y uno, treinta y dos, treinta y tres, treinta y cuatro, treinta y cinco, treinta y seis, treinta y siete, treinta y ocho, treinta y nueve

Do you remember how to say it in French?
trente et un, trente-deux, trente-trois, trente-quatre, trente-cinq, trente-six, trente-sept, trente-huit, trente-neuf

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lightning Rod

Sometimes when people want to protect buildings from getting hit by lightning, they will put a tall metal pole on the top of their building, connected to metal all the way down to the ground.

Lightning electricity goes after the tallest and most conductive thing to strike, so it will hit the lightning rod and go straight through to the ground and not hurt the building.

(from: wikipedia - lightning rod)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Silicon

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Scottish Terrier

We just learned about the type of dog the German Shepherd.

Another type of dog is the Scottish Terrier, sometimes just called the Scottie.

The Scottie is a small dog with lots of energy and makes a great guard dog for homes.
It has perky ears and a pointy tail, and has long hair.

A bunch of US Presidents have owned Scottie dogs, and president FDR's dog Fala was always with him, so they even made a statue of Fala with a statue of the president.

In the board game monopoly, the playing piece that is a dog is a Scottie.

(from: wikipedia - scottish terrier)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Butterfly Pupa