Monday, September 30, 2013


Russia is the largest country in the world.

It is so large, that even though it's part of Europe, it's also part of Asia!

(from: wikipedia - russia)

For dessert in Russia, you might have syrniki, which is kind of like a donut!
(from: wikipedia - syrniki)

The Russian's were the first to launch a satellite in space, called Sputnik 1
(from: wikipedia - russia)

Saint Basil's Cathedral is a beautiful famous church in the city of Moscow.
saint basil's cathedral
(from: wikipedia - russia)

One of the most famous musical composers ever was Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
He wrote the famous Nutcracker ballet.
nutcracker ballet
(from: wikipedia - russia)

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Let's keep learning about the four Gospels in the New Testament.

We've already learneda bout Matthew, Mark and Luke.
The last of the four gospels is John.

John was the cousin of Jesus, and one of the Apostles.

One of the most famous things from the Bible is from the book of John, chapter 3, verse 16:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

john the evangelist
(from: wikipedia - john the apostle)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Planetary system

We learned before that our solar system is our group of planets (like Earth and Mars)
spinning around our star which is called the Sun.

We use the word solar just for our Sun, not for other stars.

For other stars with planets that spin (or revolve) around them,
we use the name planetary system.

planetary system
(from: wikipedia - planetary system)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Saturn's Rings

Friday, September 27, 2013

French - one hundred

We just learned how to count to 99 in French! Wow!

What about numbers 100 and over?

100 in French is cent - sounds like son - /?/
For numbers higher than that, you just say the individual numbers afterward.
101 cent un - sounds like sont-on /?/

102 cent deux - sounds like son-doo /?/

103 cent trois - sounds like son-twah /?/

104 cent quatre - sounds like son-cat-uh-ah /?/

105 cent cinq - sounds like sont-sank /?/

106 cent six - sounds like son-see /?/

107 cent sept - sounds like son-set /?/

108 cent huit - sounds like son-oo-ee /?/

109 cent neuf - sounds like son-nef /?/

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
(from: wikipedia - OIF)

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Lava is molten (or melted) rock!

To melt rock, the temperature has to be over 1,200 degrees.
(from: wikipedia - lava)

The word lava is also used for the cooled down lava that turns into rock.

cooled lava
(from: wikipedia - lava)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world.

It can't fly, but it can run faster than any other bird,
and about twice as fast as a human, at 43 miles per hour!

(from: wikipedia - ostrich)

The ostrich egg is the largest egg of any living bird,
about 10 times bigger than a chicken's egg.
ostrich egg
(from: wikipedia - egg (food))

Sometimes if an ostrich is frightened, it will put it's head low to the ground,
so that from far away it just looks like a large pile bush instead of a big bird!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Forearm Extensors

Let's keep learning about the muscles in the human body!

Last time we learned about how the Forearm flexors are used to help flex your elbow together.

Even though the forearm muscles are smaller than biceps, there are a few other important muscles there too.

The extensor muscles are the ones you use when you move the back of your hand up toward your forearm,
or when you open up your hand and spread out your fingers.

forearm extensors
(from: wikipedia - extrinsic extensor muscles of the hand)

Monday, September 23, 2013


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Last time we learned about Belgium.

Next up is Iceland.

Iceland is an Island out in the Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America.
(from: wikipedia - iceland)

For dinner in Iceland, you might have liver sausage called Lifrarpylsa.
(from: wikipedia - Þorramatur)

A geyser is a hole in the ground that shoots water up in the air.
One of the oldest geysers in the world is in Iceland, called Geysir.
(from: wikipedia - geysir)

There are over 200 volcanos in Iceland!
(from: wikipedia - Eyjafjallajökull)

Huldufólk is an Icelandic word that means "hidden people".
Long ago people believed that there were little elves living in Iceland, and people would even build tiny houses for them!
elf houses
(from: wikipedia - huldufólk)

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Let's keep learning about the four Gospels in the New Testament.

We've already learneda bout Matthew and Mark, next up is Luke.

The book of Luke has 20 miracles, 16 of which also appear in some of the other 3 gospels.

It also tells of the angel Gabriel bringing the good news to Mary that she was going to have baby Jesus.

History tells us that Luke was a doctor, an artist and a historian.

st luke
(from: wikipedia - luke the evangelist)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Interstellar cloud

An interstellar cloud is a big bunch of gas, plasma and dust floating together in space.

interstellar cloud
(from: wikipedia - interstellar cloud)

Friday, September 20, 2013

French - counting to ninety nine

We just learned how to count to 89 in French, let's keep going!

Just like seventy was really sixty-ten and eighty was four-twenties, ninety is also a little different.
The word for ninety is quatre-vingt dix which means four-twenties ten because 20 times 4 is 80, plus 10 is 90!

90 quatre-vingts dix - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n dee /?/
91 quatre-vingt onze - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah owns /?/
92 quatre-vingt douze - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah dooz /?/
93 quatre-vingt treize - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah tuh-ay-z /?/
94 quatre-vingt quatorze - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah cay-tow-z /?/
95 quatre-vingt quinze - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah cay-unz /?/
96 quatre-vingt seize - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah sez /?/
97 quatre-vingt dix sept - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah dee set /?/
98 quatre-vingt dix huit - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah dee oo-ee /?/
99 quatre-vingt dix neuf - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah dee nef /?/

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
(from: wikipedia - OIF)

Thursday, September 19, 2013


We've now learned about diodes, photons and electroluminescence.


Now let's learn about something called LEDs.

LED stands for light emitting diode.
Remember that a diode is a special thing you run electricity through.

When you put electricity through an LED, it shoots off photons,
which are tiny little light particles.

And the photons make the diode light up, using electroluminescence,
which means it gives off light when electricity goes through it.

LEDs can be made in just about every color, and unlike a light bulb they won't burn out!

(from: wikipedia - light-emitting diode)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


The kiwi bird is a small bird that lives in a country called New Zealand.
It can't fly, just like the ostrich or penguin.

A kiwi bird is about the size of a chicken, but the kiwi egg
is about six times the size of a chicken's egg!

(from: wikipedia - kiwi)

One different thing about the kiwi is that it has nostrils at the very end of its beak.
It can use it's beak to smell the dirt and find small bugs or seeds to eat below the dirt.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Forearm flexors

In your forearm there are a few different muscles.

One of them is used to help flex the elbow together,
it is called the brachioradialis.

(from: wikipedia - brachioradialis)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Thoracic Cage

Monday, September 16, 2013


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Last time we learned about Austria.

Next up is Belgium.

Belgium is a country just North of France, and West of Germany.
(from: wikipedia - belgium)

For breakfast in Belgium, you might have a Belgian waffle!
belgian waffle
(from: wikipedia - belgium)

You can visit a giant 335 ft tall building of an iron atom, called the Atomium
(from: wikipedia - atomium)

The saxophone was invented by Belgian musician Adolphe Sax.
(from: wikipedia - saxophone)

Hundreds of years ago, people would visit the town of Spa in Belgium, to relax in cool water springs.
(from: wikipedia - spa)

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Let's keep learning about the four Gospels in the New Testament.

Last time we learned about Matthew, next up is Mark.

Mark was another follower of Jesus who also told of the miracles he performed.
22 miracles are listed in the Gospel of Mark, and 19 of them are the same ones listed in Matthew.

st. mark
(from: wikipedia - mark the evangelist)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Black Dwarf

We've now learned that our Sun is a Yellow Dwarf,
after it burns for 10 billion years it will turn into a Red Giant,
and after it burns for another 1 billion years it will turn into a White Dwarf.

That white dwarf will burn slowly for a very very long time,
over 10 Undecillion years (One undecillion is a 1 with 36 zeroes after it!),
then it will cool down and turn into a Black Dwarf.

That's such a long time, that no actual black dwarfs exist!
Scientists are just pretty sure that's what is going to happen some day.

outer space
(from: wikipedia - outer space)

Friday, September 13, 2013

French - counting to eighty nine

We just learned how to count to 79 in French, let's keep going!

Just like seventy was really sixty-ten, eighty is also a little different.
The word for eighty is quatre-vingts which means four-twenties because 20 times 4 is 80!

80 quatre-vingts - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n /?/
81 quatre-vingts-un - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-nt un /?/
82 quatre vingt deux - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n doo /?/
83 quatre vingt trois - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n twa /?/
84 quatre vingt quatre - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n cat-uh /?/
85 quatre vingt cinq - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n sahn /?/
86 quatre vingt six - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n see /?/
87 quatre vingt sept - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n set /?/
88 quatre vingt huit - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n oo-ee /?/
89 quatre vingt neuf - sounds like cat-uh-ah vah-n nef /?/

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
(from: wikipedia - OIF)

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Electroluminescence is a pretty fancy sounding word,
but all it really means is a way that some things give off light
when you run electricity through them.

Electro - for electricity
luminescence - a fancy way to say light

Some of the best chemicals for making this kind of light are doped semiconductors,
which we learned before are just two kinds of chemicals mixed together.

When the electricity flows through them, the photons (which are tiny particles of light)
go shooting off of the chemicals and make it glow.
(from: wikipedia - electroluminescence)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Hedgehogs look kind of like tiny little porcupines.

And just like porcupines, they have poky hairs on their back (called spines) made of keratin.

Their spines don't come out like a porcupine's quills, they are just sharp.

(from: wikipedia - hedgehog)

Hedgehogs also do a funny thing called anointing.
When they find something with a new smell in the wild,
they will lick and bite that thing, and then spit on their spines.

Scientists aren't totally sure why they do this,
but some think it is so they can hide their smell from other animals that want to eat them!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Calf muscle

The muscle on your leg below your knee is called your triceps surae muscle,
but most people just call it your calf muscle.

You are using your calf muscle when you move your ankle.
calf muscle
(from: wikipedia - triceps surae muscle)

Monday, September 9, 2013


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Last time we learned about Romania.

Next up is Austria.

Austria is a country just East of Italy, and South of Germany.
(from: wikipedia - austria)

For dinner in Austria, you might have a Wiener Schnitzel,
which is a flat piece of meat covered in breading.
wiener schnitzel
(from: wikipedia - austria)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Austria was one of the
most famous musical composers to ever live.
wolfgang amadeus mozart
(from: wikipedia - wolfgang amadeus mozart)

A family of singers called the von Trapps were very famous through Austria,
and a movie called The Sound of Music was based on their life.

von trapp
(from: wikipedia - maria von trapp)

Sigmund Freud from Austria is a very famous scientists who studied the way people think,
which is called psychology.

sigmund freud
(from: wikipedia - austria)

Sunday, September 8, 2013


The first books of the New Testament are the four Gospels.
The word gospel means good news, and these books in the bible
all tell about Jesus and the miracles he performed.

The first gospel is the book of Matthew.

In the book of Matthew, he tells of 23 different miracles that Jesus performed.

He healed blind and sick people, walked on water, calmed a wild storm,
and fed thousands of people from just a basket of bread and fish.

He tells of the story of Jesus birth, tells of the wise men visiting baby Jesus.
He also tells of Jesus dying on the cross, and being resurrected three days later.

Matthew started off as a tax collector, but became one of Jesus followers.

st matthew
(from: wikipedia - saint matthew)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

White Dwarf

We've now learned that our Sun is a Yellow Dwarf,
and that after it burns for 10 billion years it will turn into a Red Giant.

After that Red Giant burns for 1 billion years, it will turn into a white dwarf

A White Dwarf is much smaller than a Red Giant or Yellow Dwarf, but very thick.

The big star Sirius A has a very small neighbor Sirius B that is a white dwarf.

It's measurements are:
stellar classification: A1 (white)
luminosity class: V (main sequence, or dwarf)

So we can call it an A1V star, or a white dwarf.

If you look in the picture of Sirius A, you can see a very small white dot
that is the small white dwarf Sirius B.
(from: wikipedia - white dwarf)

Friday, September 6, 2013

French - counting to seventy nine

We just learned how to count to 69 in French, let's keep going!

Seventy is a little different, because instead of a different word for seventy,
you just use the word for sixty (soixante) add ten (dix) and you get soixante-dix!
Seventy one is sixty-eleven, and so on.

70 soixante-dix - sounds like so-ay-sawnt dee /?/
71 soixante et onze - sounds like so-ay-sawnt ay ownz /?/
72 soixante-douze - sounds like so-ay-sawnt dooze /?/
73 soixante-treize - sounds like so-ay-sawnt tuh-ay-z /?/
74 soixante-quatorze - sounds like so-ay-sawnt kay tow-z /?/
75 soixante-quinze - sounds like so-ay-sawnt kay uh-nz/?/
76 soixante-seize - sounds like so-ay-sawnt sez /?/
77 soixante dix sept - sounds like so-ay-sawnt dee set /?/
78 soixante dix huit - sounds like so-ay-sawnt dee oo-ee /?/
79 soixante dix neuf - sounds like so-ay-sawnt dee nef /?/

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
(from: wikipedia - OIF)

Thursday, September 5, 2013


When you turn on a light bulb or use your flashlight, it makes things brighter.

But does light actually have parts?
Is it made up of little bits, or is it just light?

It turns out light is actually made up of something called photons.

Photons have no mass meaning they don't weigh anything like an atom does,
but they do move around and they are tiny little particles!
(from: wikipedia - photon)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


When you see a porcupine, it might look like a cute little animal,
but don't try to pet it unless you want to get poked!

Porcupines have quills, which look like long sharp needles that stick out from their backs.
The needles are actually made of keratin, the same as the spikes on a cat's tongue,
a turtle's shell, and rhino's horn.

The quills have little barbs on them, that are like small needles pointing the opposite way.
So when you get a porcupine quill stuck in you, it's really hard to get it out.
This helps the porcupine protect itself.

(from: wikipedia - porcupine)

What happens when a porcupine pokes itself?

The porcupines have antibiotic medicine built right into it's skin,
so even if it falls out of a tree and pokes itself with a quill, it will heal up fast!
porcupine quills
(from: wikipedia - porcupine)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Let's keep learning about the muscles in the human body!

Last time we learned about the gluteus maximus

Next up is the quadriceps.
These are the muscles on your thigh, sometimes just called quads.

You use your quads when you move your upper leg around, or when you bend your knee.
(from: wikipedia - quadriceps femoris muscles)

Monday, September 2, 2013


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Romania is located just south of the Ukraine.
(from: wikipedia - romania)

For dinner in Romania you might have a plate of sărmăluţe cu mămăligă, which is stuffed cabbage rolls, with sauerkraut and porridge.
sarmalute mamaliguta
(from: wikipedia - romanian cuisine)

If you've ever heard the story of Dracula the Vampire it's a made up story about vampires,
but there was a real person person named Dracula (he just wasn't really a vampire).
He was a prince in a part of Romania called Transylvania.
vlad dracula
(from: wikipedia - vlad dracula)

There is even a castle there that he used to live in, called Bran Castle.
bran castle
(from: wikipedia - bran castle)

There is a wild and crazy winding road in the mountains called the Transfăgărășan.
(from: wikipedia - romania)