Sunday, July 16, 2017

Proverbs 17

We just learned about Proverbs 16.

Another chapter in the book of Proverbs is Proverbs 17.

This chapter gives all sorts of good advice about listening to each other, being happy, and being wise.

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.
This means that it's better to be poor and not have much to eat, but have a house with family and friends that are nice to you, than to be rich and all the food you want but all of your family and friends are crazy and mean.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
This means if you are happy all the time, your body will feel good.
If you are sad all the time your body will feel bad.

(from: wikipedia - book of proverbs)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Chi Ro

Saturday, July 15, 2017

David - Donatello

We just learned about Leonardo's Horse.

Another famous Renaissance art sculpture is David by Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi in the early 1400s in Florence.

Donatello was a very famous sculptor, and the marble sculpture of David is the first job that he was given for an important sculpture.

There is another statue of David that Donatello made out of bronze that was also very famous, party because no one else was making standing statues of bronze at the time.

Both statues are of a young David who does not look very strong, standing above a defeated Goliath who looks very strong.
This is supposed to show that David's strength was in God, not his own body.

(from: wikipedia - david (donatello))

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Athena Parthenos

Friday, July 14, 2017

ASL - Counting to Twenty

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

16 - Start with the sign for 6, which is your palm facing you, holding in your pinky and thumb, with your index, tall and ring fingers pointed up.
Spin your hand around, so your palm is facing away from you.
17 - Start with the sign for 7, then spin your hand around so your palm is facing away from you.
18 - Start with the sign for 8, then spin your hand around so your palm is facing away from you.
19 - Start with the sign for 9, then spin your hand around so your palm is facing away from you.
20 - Holding out your thumb and forefinger in the "G" hand shape, pinch your fingers together a few times.

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

ASL Numbers 11-20 in Sign Language - My Smart Hands

(from: wikipedia - american sign language)

Italian: sedici, diciassette, diciotto, diciannove, venti

German: sechzehn, siebzehn, achtzehn, neunzehn, zwanzig

Spanish: dieciséis, diecisiete, dieciocho, diecinueve, veinte

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Plasma Cutting

We just learned about the Water Jet Cutting.

Another way to cut metals is Plasma Cutting using a Plasma Torch.

The plasma torch shoots a fast stream of gas through a nozzle that has electricity shooting across it.
This electricity ionizes the gas, meaning that it gets the tiny electrons in the gas all super excited and the gas gets super hot!

These plasma torches are super fast at cutting metals and other materials.

(from: wikipedia - plasma torch)

(from: wikipedia - plasma cutting)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Anvil - Hardy Hole

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pacman Frog

We just learned about the Central Coast Stubfoot Toad.

Another type of frog is the Pacman Frog, also called the South American horned frog or ceratophrys.

They are called pacman frogs because they have a big round shape and a big wide mouth, just like the video game pacman.

(from: wikipedia - ceratophrys)

(from: wikipedia - ceratophrys)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Black Rate Snake

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


We just learned about the Nail Plate.

Another part of the nail is the Lunula which means "little moon".

This is the small white crescent shape at the base of your nail, right where it touches the skin and your nail starts.
The lunula is connected to the matrix and the plate, and is the starting point where your nail grows out from the matrix.

(from: wikipedia - lunula (anatomy))

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Forebrain

Monday, July 10, 2017

Nova Scotia

We just learned about the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Another Canadian province is Nova Scotia which means "New Scotland".

This is an island province on the east coast of Canada, right on the ocean.

(from: wikipedia - nova scotia)

The flag of Nova Scotia is a white flag with a blue cross on it.
This is supposed to look like the flag of Scotland, which is a blue flag with a white cross on it.
In the middle of the Nova Scotia flag is a gold shield with a red lion, which is the royal arms of Scotland.

(from: wikipedia - flag of nova scotia)

The coat of arms of Nova Scotia has two hands on it that are shaking hands, one of the hands has a metal gauntlet.
Part of Nova Scotia's history was making peace with the Native Mi'Kmaq people that lived there.
By the hands are leaves from a thistle and a laurel, meaning strong defense but also peace.

The coat of arms also has the province flag, a unicorn for Scotland, and a Mi'kmaq First Nation native.
The motto is "Munit haec et altera vincit" which means "One hand defends and the other conquers"

(from: wikipedia - coat of arms of nova scotia)

Because it is an island province, fishing is one of the most important jobs there, and they are one of the largest catcher of lobsters in the world.

(from: wikipedia - halifax, nova scotia)

Cape Breton is a small island that is part of Nova Scotia.

(from: wikipedia - cape breton island)

Sable Island is nother very small island in Nova Scotia, and it is only 150 miles long!
On this island are about 500 wild horses, that just run free on the island where nobody lives.

(from: wikipedia - sable island)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Annapurna Massif