Sunday, October 25, 2015
We just learned about the famous painting Woman with a Fan by Jean Metzinger.
Another famous work of art is the painting Personnage écrivant by Polish artist Louis Marcoussis in 1931.
Marcoussis was born in Poland, but moved to Paris, France and did most of his art there because many of his fellow artists lived and worked there.
He even changed his name which was originally Ludwik Kazimierz Wladyslaw Markus to be Louis Marcoussis so that he would fit in better in France.
He worked with other cubism artists like Picasso, and made abstract art pieces like this one that showed a picture of a person at a desk writing.
(from: wikipedia - louis marcoussis)
Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Mona Lisa - Da Vinci
Friday, October 23, 2015
We've now learned a whole year of German words.
Let's try another language now, how about Italian?
First let's learn how to say hello and goodbye.
There are actually a bunch of ways to say Hello.
Hello - Ciao - sounds like chow /?/
This is like saying Hi to your friends.
- Salve - sounds like sah-l-vay /?/
This is like saying a polite hello, maybe to someone you don't really know very well.
- Pronto - sounds like proh-n-toh /?/
This is what you say when you answer the phone.
- Piacere - sounds like pee-ah-chay-day /?/
This really means more like nice to meet you, so it is something you would say maybe when you meet someone for the first time.
There are a few ways to say good bye also. Most of the ways to say hello can also be used to say goodbye.
Goodbye - Ciao - sounds chow /?/
This is for your good friends or people you know well.
- Salve - sounds like sah-l-vay /?/
This is like saying a polite goodbye, maybe to someone you don't really know very well.
- arrivederci - sounds like ah-dee-vay-day-er-chee /?/
This is a little more formal goodbye.
(from: wikipedia - accademia della crusca)
Do you remember how to say it in German?
Hallo, Auf Wiedersehen
Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
Do you remember how to say it in French?
Bonjour! Au Revoir!
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
We just learned about the type of dog the Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog.
Another type of dog is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
This type of dog is known for their love of water.
They have been used for hunting, especially for going into very cold water.
Their fur is double thick and has an oily coat to keep them warm, they have a strong chest they can use to break ice to go retrieve ducks when hunting.
This dog is also the official dog of the state of Maryland.
(from: wikipedia - chesapeake bay retriever)
Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Spider Cephalothorax & Abdomen
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
We just learned about how the subclavian veins bring deoxygenated blood back toward the heart.
Those veins are connected to three smaller veins from the upper arm and shoulder area.
The axillary vein, cephalic vein, and brachial veins.
The cephalic vein goes up over the top of your deltoid shoulder muscle.
The axillary vein goes under your arm in your armpit.
The brachial veins are smaller veins connected to the axillary vein, that go off toward your bicep muscle.
(from: wikipedia - axillary vein)
Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Appendix
Monday, October 19, 2015
We just learned about the US Territory of Guam.
Another US territory is the Northern Mariana Islands, which are north of Australia.
(from: wikipedia - northern mariana islands)
Their flag has a blue background, with a white star, a latte stone and a decorative wreath.
(from: wikipedia - flag of northern mariana islands)
Latte stones are large cut stone pillars that are from very old times.
Many people believe they were used to hold up large houses for the important people on the island.
(from: wikipedia - latte stone)
Pagan island is one of the islands in the territory, and people used to live there until the volcano erupted.
Now it is an empty island with a volcano.
(from: wikipedia - pagan island)
Anatahan is another island in the territory that is empty because of the volcanic eruptions.
(from: wikipedia - anatahan)
Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Alaska