Monday, March 30, 2015


Missouri is in the midwest part of the US.
It's nickname is The Show Me State, and it's motto is Salus populi suprema lex esto which is Latin for The health of the people should be the supreme law.

(from: wikipedia - missouri)

The flag of Missouri has red white and blue stripes.
The red is for valor, white for purity, blue for justice.
The red white and blue are also because there were a lot of French people in Missouri long ago, and the French flag is red white and blue.
The state seal is in the middle, and it has a bear for bravery, a crescent moon for the new and growing state and two grizzly bears.
There is a helmet above the seal with 1 big star and 23 small stars because Missouri was the 24th state.

(from: wikipedia - flag of missouri)

The gateway arch is in St. Louis Missouri.
It is the tallest arch in the world and was built to honor Missouri.

(from: wikipedia - gateway arch)

The Pony Express was a way for people to deliver mail all across the country by people riding horses really fast.
The trail started in Missouri, and went all the way over to Sacramento, California.
It took about 10 days for a package to get all the way across the country on the Pony Express.

(from: wikipedia - pony express)

The 33rd president of the United States Harry S. Truman was born in Missouri.

(from: wikipedia - harry s. truman)

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jesus Crucificion - Why have you forsaken me?

When Jesus had been on the cross a long time, he was almost ready to die.

He cried out My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Jesus was going to die while carrying the sin of the whole world with him.

In the book of Psalms, King David had written a song that began like that, and then goes on to talk about being in pain and suffering, but then being delivered by God and praising God as he rules over all the nations.

(from: wikipedia - crucifixion of jesus)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Jesus' Miracles - Catching Fish

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Charles IV of Spain and His Family - Francisco Goya

We just learned about the famous painting No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock.

Another famous painting is Charles IV of Spain and His Family by Spanish painter Francisco Goya in 1801.

Goya became a famous painter in Spain and the royal family liked his art so much they hired him to do some family portraits.

The painting of Charles IV and his family is interesting because many people believed that his wife Louisa was really in charge, so Goya painted her to be in the middle of the painting.
He also painted them in very fancy expensive clothing, to show how rich they were.
The lighting in the painting shows that although the family is in light right now, there is a dark shadow coming toward them.

Many people were not happy with the kings and queens, so that is why Goya painted them with the queen in the middle, wearing rich and fancy clothes that no one else could afford, and a shadow coming toward them meaning they would not be kings and queens for much longer.

Goya also painted himself in the painting in the back left in the dark, standing at an easel.

(from: wikipedia - charles iv of spain and his family)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: First Quarter Moon

Friday, March 27, 2015

German - My drink is cold

We just learned that in German to say this chair is small you say Der Stuhl ist klein.

Let's learn about more things we see every day.

To say My drink is cold, we say Mein Getränk ist kalt.

We can break it up into four words:
My - Mein - sounds like mine /?/
drink - Getränk - sounds like geh-tuhrank /?/
is - ist - Sounds like isst /?/
cold - kalt - Sounds like kah-lt /?/

So all together Mein Getränk ist kalt sounds like mine geh-trank isst kah-lt.

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
Mi bebida es fría

Do you remember how to say it in French?
Ma boisson est froid

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shelf Clouds

Some clouds only come around during big storms. One of these types of clouds is called a shelf cloud.

Usually when you see a shelf cloud, it is a low sideways wedge cloud right at the edge of a thunderstorm.
The upper part looks like a rising cloud, and the bottom part looks like a wild windy blowing storm.

(from: wikipedia - arcus cloud)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Slate

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shiba Inu

We just learned about the Shar Pei.

Another type of dog is the Shiba Inu.

The Shiba Inu is a type of dog that started out in Japan.
The word Inu means dog, and the word Shiba either means little or brushwood, which is a type of wood that whose leaves turn red like the dog's coat.
Sometimes the Shiba Inu is called the little brushwood dog.

The Shiba Inu are very clean dogs, and almost like a cat they will sometimes like their fur clean!

They sometimes make a sound called the shiba scream, which is like a very high pitched scream.
They can make this sound if they are very happy, or if they don't like the way someone is petting them.

(from: wikipedia - shiba inu)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Emu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Palmar Digital Arteries

We know that the ulnar and radial arteries in the forearm lead to the palmar arch arteries in the palm of the hand.

After that the arteries go into the palmar digital arteries.
There are two palmar digital arteries, the common and proper.

(from: wikipedia - proper palmar digital arteries)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Blood Air Barrier