Friday, April 17, 2015

German - Our table is short

We just learned in German their car is tall is Ihr Auto ist groß.

To say our table is short you would say Unser Tisch ist kurz.
We can break it up into four words:
Our - Unser - sounds like oo-n-zah /?/
table - Tisch - sounds like tish /?/
is - ist - Sounds like isst /?/
short - kurz - Sounds like koo-ats /?/

So all together Unser Tisch ist kurz sounds like mine oo-n-zah tish isst koo-ats.

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
Nuestra mesa es bajo

Do you remember how to say it in French?
Notre table est courte

Thursday, April 16, 2015


We know that clouds are tiny little drops of water and water vapor floating around in the sky.

When those tiny little drops of water get bigger and bigger from more air vapor and from bumping into each other, after a while they get so heavy they can't stay up in the sky anymore and they fall out of the clouds.

This is rain!

(from: wikipedia - rain)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Petoskey Stone

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chow Chow

We just learned about the Afghan Hound.

Another type of dog is the Chow Chow.

This type of dog has fluffy furn around it's face, almost like a lion's mane.
It is a kind of dog that has been around China for a very long time.

(from: wikipedia - chow chow)

The Chow Chow also has a blue/black tongue and mouth.

(from: wikipedia - chow chow)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Grasshoppers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Abdominal Aorta

We just learned about the thoracic aorta.

Next stop for oxygenated blood in the arteries is the abdominal aorta.

The abdominal artery brings blood to your stomach, intestines and other parts of your digestive system.
It also brings blood to your stomach and back muscles.

(from: wikipedia - abdominal aorta)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Adam's Apple

Monday, April 13, 2015


Nebraska is a state in the midwest part of the US, right about in the very middle of the lower 48 states which doesn't include Alaska and Hawaii.

The state nickname is the Cornhusker State because they grow so much corn, and the motto is Equality before the law.
The name of the state comes from a Native American word meaning flat water.

(from: wikipedia - nebraska)

The flag of Nebraska is dark blue, with the state seal in the middle all colored in yellow.
The seal shows a train, mountains, a steamboat, the Missouri river, a cabin, wheat sheaves, a blacksmith at an anvil, and the state motto.

(from: wikipedia - flag of nebraska)

Kool-Aid was first invented in Hastings Nebraska. Edwin Perkins invented it after figuring out how to take liquid out of a fruit juice, and turning it into a powder.
In the town of Hastings, they have a party called Kool-Aid Days.

(from: wikipedia - kool-aid)

The spade ranch is the oldest cattle ranch in Nebraska. They mark all of their cattle with a shape that looks like an ace of spades.

(from: wikipedia - spade ranch (nebraska))

There is a large rock that has a tall point sticking up on it like a chimney, and it is called Chimney Rock.

(from: wikipedia - chimney rock national historic site)

Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States, was born in Nebraska

(from: wikipedia - gerald ford)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Ethiopia

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jesus Burial

After Jesus had died, one of Jesus' disciples named Joseph of Arimathea asked Pontius Pilate for the body.
Joseph took Jesus' body, wrapped it in a clean cloth, put it into a tomb, and rolled a big stone in front of it. in a rock.

Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene who was a follower of Jesus were both outside the tomb.

Since Jesus had told everyone that he would rise again in three days, Pontius Pilate had a guard stand go make sure the tomb was closed up tight, and stand outside to make sure that nobody would steal Jesus' body and then pretend like he had risen from the dead.

Some of the women who were followers of Jesus went home to make some spices and perfumes which were used on people's bodies after they died, with plans to bring them back later for Jesus' body.

(from: wikipedia - burial of jesus)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Jesus' Miracles - Walking on water

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Calling of St. Matthew - Caravaggio

We just learned about The Thinker by artist François-Auguste-René Rodin.

Another famous work of art is The Calling of Saint Matthew in 1600 by Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

This is a painting of when Jesus came to call Matthew the tax collector to be one of his followers.

Jesus is on the right hand side, pointing his finger to Matthew.
The light coming from the window is almost like light being shined on Matthew because Jesus is calling him.
Also the way Jesus is holding his hand is just like the painting of Adam on The Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.

Matthew is the bearded man on the left, who has a look on his face like "Who, me?" as Jesus is calling him.
All of the tax collectors are dressed very fancy, with nice robes and shoes, and Jesus is wearing a robe and is barefoot.
This helps show the difference between earthly and heavenly treasures.

Caravaggio painted two other pictures of Saint Matthew.
One was called The Inspiration of Saint Matthew and was about Matthew writing the Gospel.
The other was called The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew and was about when Matthew was killed for his beliefs in Jesus.
All three paintings are on the walls at the Contarelli Chapel in Rome.

(from: wikipedia - )

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Waning Gibbous