Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Somatic nervous system

We just learned about the coccygeal nerve, which is the last part of the Central Nervous System or CNS.

Remember we learned that the other part of the nervous system is the Peripheral Nervous System or PNS.

One part of that system is the Somatic Nervous System or SoNS, or voluntary nervous system.

These are all the nerves that go through your body to control muscles that you move on purpose, like your arms and legs.
The voluntary muscles are the ones you can control, like your feet.
Involuntary muscles are the ones you can't control, like your heart beating.

(from: wikipedia - somatic nervous system)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Northern Mariana Islands

Sunday, October 16, 2016


We just learned about Eve from the Bible.

The next person in the Bible is Cain.

Cain was the first son born to Adam and Eve.

Cain was a farmer, and grew crops.

(from: wikipedia - book of genesis)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Paul's Letter to the Hebrews

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

We just learned about the Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs.

Another ancient Roman sculpture is the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus.

A sarcophagus is a large decorated coffin.
This sculpture shows many different stories from the bible, because Junius Bassus became a Christian before he died.
There are sculptures of Adam and Eve, Daniel in the Lion's Den, the Trial of Jesus, Moses with the ten commandments, and many more.

(from: wikipedia - sarcophagus of junius bassus)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Woman with a Fan - Metzinger

Friday, October 14, 2016

Italian - Vegetables

We just learned how to say some fruits in Italian.

Let's learn how to say some vegetables.

carrot carote - sounds like kah-doh-tay /?/
corn mais - sounds like may-ee-ss /?/
pea piselli - sounds like pee-sel-ee /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

German: Karotte, Mais, Erbse

Spanish: zanahoria, maíz, guisante

French: carotte, maïs, pois

Thursday, October 13, 2016


We just learned about Upsetting in blacksmithing.

Another thing blacksmiths do is called swaging.

When a blacksmith needs to make a shape, a mark or a bend on a piece of metal that they can't do using just their hammer and anvil, they can use something called a swage block.

The swage block may have shapes on it, like a rounded cave that the metal can be pounded into, when they need to make a spoon.

Some swage blocks have rounded edges for helping to make a wheel, or half hexagon shapes for making a rod that is hexagon shaped.

(from: wikipedia - swage block)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Landspout Tornado

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gray Banded Kingsnake

We just learned about the King Brown Snake.

Another snake is the Gray Banded Kingsnake.

This snake is not venomous, and has orange and gray stripes.
It is a very calm snake, and very shy.
Even though it has orange stripes, it can be very hard to find in the wild!

Because this snake is calm, not venomous and very nice looking, many people keep these snakes as pets.

(from: wikipedia - gray-banded kingsnake)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coccygeal nerve

We just learned about the Sacral Nerves.

Further down the spinal column is the Coccygeal nerve.
This is the last spinal nerve at the bottom of the spinal column.

The coccygeal nerve is the 31st pair of spinal nerves. It arises from the conus medullaris, and its anterior root helps form the coccygeal plexus. It does not divide into a medial and lateral branch. It is distributed to the skin over the back of the coccyx.

(from: wikipedia - spinal nerve)

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