Monday, May 18, 2015

New York

New York is a state in the northeast part of the US, right on the Atlantic Ocean.

It's nickname is The Empire State, and it's motto is Excelsior which means Ever upward.

The city was named after the Duke of York from England who became King James II.

(from: wikipedia - new york)

The flag of New York is blue, with the state seal on it.
The seal shows a shield with ship on the Hudson river, with a grassy shore, a mountain range, and the sun behind it.
The shield is being held up by Lady Liberty on the left, and Lady Justice on the right.

(from: wikipedia - coat of arms of new york)

New York City which is sometimes called NYC is the most populated city in the US, with over 8 million people living in a tightly packed area.
40 of the 50 states each have less people living in them than New York City.
There are as many people living in NYC than the 10 states with the least population combined.
One of the most famous buildings in NYC is the Empire State Building.

(from: wikipedia - empire state building)

The Statue of Liberty is on an Island in New York City.

(from: wikipedia - statue of liberty)

Niagara Falls is in the north part of the state, a giant waterfall that has more water flowing than any waterfall in the world. place

(from: wikipedia - niagara falls)

Times Square in NYC is a place filled with huge lighted signs, and has a lot of famous theaters and tv shows filmed there.
(from: wikipedia - times square)

New York has had four Presidents come from their state.

Martin Van Buren was the 8th President, in 1837.

(from: wikipedia - martin van buren)

Millard Fillmore was the 13th President, in 1850.

(from: wikipedia - millard fillmore)

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President, in 1901.

(from: wikipedia - theodore roosevelt)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, sometimes called FDR was the 32nd President, in 1933
(from: wikipedia - franklin d. roosevelt)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Sudan

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jesus appears to Peter fishing

Another time Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection was when they were fishing.

Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John Zebedee and two other disciples were out fishing in the boat.
All night long they didn't catch anything.

In the morning they saw someone by the shore who asked if they had caught any fish.
They said no, and the person said to throw the net on the other side of the boat.
They did what the person said and they caught so many fish they couldn't even pull the net in!

Peter realized that it was Jesus on the shore, and he jumped out of the boat and went to Jesus.

They came and ate some bread and fish with Jesus around a fire and talked to him.

(from: wikipedia - miraculous catch of fish)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Blessed are the meek

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Detroit Industry Murals - Diego Rivera

We just learned about the famous work of art Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt.

Another famous work of art is the Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera in 1933.

In the 1930s the area of Detroit Michigan was the best in the world at building things like cars very quickly using machines for manufacturing.

The Detroit Institute of Arts museum asked the famous mural painter Diego Rivera to come make paintings about Detroit's manufacturing.

He painted 27 different murals as frescos showing people using machines to build cars.
In the paintings he tried to make the people and machines very similar, so that people might even think about where the person ended and the machine started.

(from: wikipedia - detroit industry murals)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Solar Core - Size

Friday, May 15, 2015

German - Thursday, Friday

We just learned that in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in German is Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch.
Let's keep learning the days of the week!

Thursday - Donnerstag - sounds like doh-nah-stah-g /?/
Friday - Freitag - sounds like fuh-ah-ee-tag /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
Viernes, Jueves

Do you remember how to say it in French?
Jeudi, Vendredi.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


We've learned that when the air is full of water vapor that is called humidity. And we learned that the Dew Point is the temperature when water vapor turns into water droplets.

When the air close to the earth is very humid, and the temperature is very close to the dew point, it can turn into fog.
Fog is just like a big cloud full of water vapor and tiny water droplets.

If the temperature drops, then the water droplets may turn into rain.
If the temperature rises, then the water droplets will evaporate into the air.

(from: wikipedia - fog)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Quartz

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Irish Wolfhound

We just learned about the type of dog the Alaskan Malamute.

Another type of dog is the Irish Wolfhound.

This dog is the tallest of any type of dog.
It was used a long time ago to protect families by hunting down wolves!
Wolves are very strong fast and fierce animals, but the Irish Wolfhound's job was to chase down a wolf and kill it.

It is a very famous dog in Ireland, and for a long time was owned by the Kings of old Ireland.
When some of the dogs were sent to Rome, they used them to fight against lions and bears!

(from: wikipedia - irish wolfhound)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Stork

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fibular Arteries

We've learned that oxygenated blood comes through the knee in your popliteal artery, and that there are arteries called tibial arteries that go along your tibia.

The other artery in the back of your lower leg is called your fibula, and there are arteries called Fibular Arteries that go along that bone.

(from: wikipedia - fibular artery)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Uvula