Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Portuguese Water Dog


We just learned about the type of dog the beagle.

Another type of dog is the Portuguese Water Dog.
Just like you'd think with a name like that, these dogs love the water.

This type of dog was used long ago to help with ships and with fishmen.
They could herd fish into nets, go out in the water to help get broken nets or fishing tools that fell in the water.
They also were used to carry things from one ship to another, swimming through the water.


(from: wikipedia - portuguese water dog)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Hornet Moth

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Inferior Venae Cavae


We just learned that the iliac veins bring deoxygenated blood from the pelvis area back toward the heart.

Next the blood goes into a large vein called the inferior venae cavae.
This vein goes all the way up to the heart and drops off the deoxygenated blood.

(from: wikipedia - inferior venae cavae)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Transverse Colon

Monday, September 28, 2015

Washington D.C.


Washington D.C. is a part of the US called a district.
It is the capitol city of the USA.
The district's motto is Justitia Omnibus which means Justice for All.

The letters D.C. stand for District of Columbia. It was called that because when the US wanted to make a capitol, Christopher Columbus was very popular, so they named the capitol after him.

Washington D.C. is in the eastern part of the US, right by Maryland and Virginia.


(from: wikipedia - washington, d.c.)

The flag of Washington D.C. is white with three red stars above two red stripes.
It looks like this because it was the flag of George Washington.

(from: wikipedia - flag of the district of columbia)

The seal of Washington D.C. has a picture of George Washington, a picture of lady liberty with a wreath and a stone tablet of the constitution.
It also has the US capitol, some farm crops, an eagle, a train and the sun.

(from: wikipedia - seal of the district of columbia)

Because it is the nation's capitol, there are many famous buildings and statues.

The White House where the President lives.

(from: wikipedia - white house)

The US capitol where the people work to make the laws for America.

(from: wikipedia - united states capitol)

The Lincoln Memorial, a building made to honor Abraham Lincoln.

(from: wikipedia - lincoln memorial)

The Washington Monument, a tall obelisk made to honor George Washington.

(from: wikipedia - washington monument)

The Jefferson Memorial, a building made to honor Thomas Jefferson.

(from: wikipedia - jefferson memorial)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Tunisia

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Paul's Letter to the Colossians


We just learned about Paul's letter to the church in Philippi

Another letter Paul wrote was to a church in a town called Colossae which is now a part of the country of Turkey.

The people in Colossae had started to do things in their church that were against God's rules, so Paul wrote them to teach them the right way to act in their churches.

Colossians chapter 3 verses 1-4 is:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

(from: wikipedia - epistle to the colossians)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Woman in Blue - Léger


We just learned about the famous work of art Fruit Dish on a Checkered Tablecloth - GrisHouses at L'Estaque by French painter Georges Braque.

Another famous work of art is the painting Woman in Blue by French painter Fernand Léger.

Léger's painting is a part of the Cubism style of Abstract Art.
In his style, he sometimes used lots of shaded shapes that looked like tubes. So some artists nicknamed his style tubism instead of cubism.

In his painting Woman in Blue, he used shapes to try and make a different picture of a woman using interesting shapes.


(from: wikipedia - fernard léger)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Saturn - Pioneer 11, Voyager 1 & 2

Friday, September 25, 2015

German - Nine hundred


We counted to 109 in German! Wow!

What about 200 to 900?

In German for the hundreds, the most use the first number and then hundert for hundred.
So 200 in German is dreihundert.

200 zweihundert - sounds like svah-ee-hun-day-uht /?/
300 dreihundert - sounds like duh-ai-hun-day-uht /?/
400 vierhundert - sounds like fee-ah-hun-day-uht /?/
500 fünfhundert - sounds like foo-nf-hun-day-uht /?/
600 sechshundert - sounds like zeks-hun-day-uht /?/
700 siebenhundert - sounds like zee-ben-hun-day-uht /?/
800 achthundert - sounds like ah-kt-hun-day-uht /?/
900 neunhundert - sounds like no-een-hun-day-uht /?/
Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
doscientos, trescientos, cuatrocientos, quinientos, seiscientos, sietecientos, ochocientos, novecientos

Do you remember how to say it in French?
French - deux cent, trois cent, quatre cent, cinq cent, six cent, sept cent, huit cent, neuf cent

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Snow Roller


We just learned about what a blizzard is.

Another type of weather is called a snow roller.

When there is a strong enough wind and the right kinds of snow are piled on top of each other, the wind can blow some small chunks of snow around and it can collect into larger and larger snow balls. This is the same kind of snow rolling used in making snowmen, but this is just done with no one else around.

Sometimes it makes a ball just like making a snowman, and sometimes it makes a long roll like a carpet being rolled up.


(from: wikipedia - snow roller)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Titanium

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beagle


We just learned about the type of dog the Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog.

Another type of dog is the beagle.

Beagles are smaller dogs that are very good at smelling things, and have been used as hunting dogs for a long time.
They are also used sometimes as detectives to find when people are hiding things.

Snoopy is the world's most famous beagle!


(from: wikipedia - beagle)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Colossal Squid

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Iliac Veins


We've now learned about all of the veins that come up from the foot and up the leg.

The Plantar and Dorsal digital veins in the toes go up to the Metatarsal Veins and Dorsal venous arch in the foot.
The Great Saphenous Vein goes all the way from the ankle up to the pelvis.
The Small Saphenous Vein goes from the ankle up to the Tibial and Fibular veins in the lower leg, to the Popliteal Vein in the knee, and then the Femoral Vein in the thigh.

All of those veins bring deoxygenated blood from the toes up and out of the legs.

After the legs, the blood goes to the iliac veins in the pelvis area right above the legs.

(from: wikipedia - external iliac vein)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Ascending Colon

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wyoming


Wyoming is a state in the west part of the US.

It's nicknames are the Equality State, Cowboy State, Big Wyoming and Wonderful Wyoming.
It's motto is Equal Rights

It has the fewest people of any state in the US.

(from: wikipedia - wyoming)

The flag of Wyoming has a red and white border with a blue background and a white picture of an American Bison.
The red is for the Native Americans and Pioneers, the white is for purity and goodness, the blue is for the skies and mountains.
The bison is for the nature found in Wyoming.


(from: wikipedia - flag of wyoming)

The seal of Wyoming shows a farmer and a miner, the lamp of knowledge, the words Oil, Mines, Livestock and Grain, and a statue in the center that says Equal Rights, which is for the equality of women in the state.

(from: wikipedia - seal of wyoming)

Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming. It is one of the largest and oldest national parks in the US.
It is a home to many animal species like moose, wolves and bears that can't live in big cities so they live naturally at Yellowstone.
It has many natural wonders, like it's own grand canyon.

(from: wikipedia - yellowstone national park)

Grand Prismatic Spring is at Yellowstone, it is the largest hot springs in the US.

(from: wikipedia - yellowstone national park)

The geyser Old Faithful is at Yellowstone, which erupts every 91 minutes.

(from: wikipedia - old faithful)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Chad

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paul's Letter to the Phillipians


We just learned about Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus

Another letter Paul wrote was to a church in a town called Philippi, a city in Greece.

In this letter, Paul was giving instructions to people about how to live, to obey God and to serve him.

A famous part of the book of Philipians is:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(from: wikipedia - epistle to the philippains)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fruit Dish on a Checkered Tablecloth - Gris


We just learned about the famous work of art Houses at L'Estaque by French painter Georges Braque.

Another famous work of art is the painting Houses at Fruit Dish on a Checkered Tablecloth by Spanish painter Juan Gris in 1917.

Juan Gris's painting is a part of the Cubism style of Abstract Art, where the painter liked to use lines and triangles to try to show a different side of a picture, making it look very strange, but still very interesting.


(from: wikipedia - Juan Gris)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Jupiter - Pioneer, Voyager, Ulysses, Cassini-Huygens, New Horizons

Friday, September 18, 2015

German - One hundred


We counted to 99 in German, let's keep going!

100 einhundert - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t /?/
101 einhunderteins - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-ah-een /?/
102 einhundertzwei - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-svai /?/
103 einhundertdrei - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-duh-ai /?/
104 einhundertvier - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-fee-ah /?/
105 einhundertfünf - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-foo-nf /?/
106 einhundertsechs - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-zeks /?/
107 einhundertsieben - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-zee-bm /?/
108 einhundertacht - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-ah-kt /?/
109 einhundertneun - sounds like ah-een-hun-day-uh-t-no-een /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
ciento, ciento uno, ciento dos, ciento tres, ciento cuatro, ciento cinco, ciento seis, ciento siete, ciento ocho, ciento nueve

Do you remember how to say it in French?
cent, cent, cent deux, cent trois, cent quatre, cent cinq, cent six, cent sept, cent huit

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Blizzard


We just learned about what a dust storm is.

A blizzard is a type of snow storm where there are 35 mile per hour winds for over 3 hours.

(from: wikipedia - blizzard)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: sulfur

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog


We just learned about the type of dog the Rottweiler.

Another type of dog is the Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog.

The Pyrenees is a big white dog who was used as a shepherd in the mountains of France and Spain.
Even though it's a really big dog, this type of dog is really great with small kids because it is a good protector.


(from: wikipedia - great pyrenees)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Blue Tang

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Femoral Vein


We just learned about the Popliteal Vein that brings deoxygenated blood from the knee area back toward the heart.

After the popliteal vein, the blood goes into the femoral vein in the thigh by the femur bone.
This brings blood up through your thigh to your hip area.


(from: wikipedia - femoral vein)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Cecum

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wisconsin


Wisconsin is a state in the midwest part of the US, bordering two of the Great Lakes, Superior and Michigan.

It's state nicknames are the Badger State and America's Dairyland.
It's state motto is Forward.

(from: wikipedia - wisconsin)

The flag of Wisconsin is blue with the state seal on it.
The state seal has the a badger, a plow, a pick and shovel, and arm and hammer, an anchor, a sailor, a miner, a cornucopia and lead ingots.

(from: wikipedia - flag of wisconsin)

Wisconsin is one of the top producers of milk and cheese in the country, and they are so well known for their cheese that some people call people from Wisconsin "cheeseheads". The people from Wisconsin thought that was funny so they made hats shaped like a piece of cheese.

(from: wikipedia - cheesehead)

The Dells of the Wisconsin River is an area with many beautiful rock formations.

(from: wikipedia - dells of the wisconsin river)

Noah's Ark is the largest water park in the US with 51 waterslides!

(from: wikipedia - water park)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Senegal

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Paul's Letter to the Ephesians


We just learned about Paul's letter to the church in Galatia.

Another letter Paul wrote was to a church in a town called Ephesus which is now part of the country of Turkey.

He wrote to tell the church that all Christians need to work together, and stand strong with their faith in God.

One of the most famous parts of Ephesians is where Paul talks about the Armor of God.
He's not talking about armor that you put on like your clothes, but armor that you wear to protect yourself when people try to say things against God.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


(from: wikipedia - epistle to the ephesians)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Wandering Sheep

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Houses at L'Estaque - Braque


We just learned about the famous work of art Farewell by August Macke.

Another famous work of art is the painting Houses at l'Estaque by French painter Georges Braque.

This was a painting of some houses in the French town of L'Estaque.
Looking at the painting, it may be hard to tell what the shapes are, because it looks like cubes, triangles and lines.
When one of the art critics saw Braque's painting, he said it looked like little cubes, and because of that this type of art was nicknamed Cubism.

Braque was very famous for helping start the Cubism movement, along with Pablo Picasso.


(from: wikipedia - houses at l'estaque)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Mars - Pathfinder, Opportunity, Spirit & Curiosity

Friday, September 11, 2015

German - Counting to ninety nine


We counted to 89 in German, let's keep going!

90 neunzig - sounds like nine-tsig /?/
91 einundneunzig - sounds like ah-een-oon-nine-tsig /?/
92 zweiundneunzig - sounds like svai-oon-nine-tsig /?/
93 dreiundneunzig - sounds like duh-ai-oon-nine-tsig /?/
94 vierundneunzig - sounds like fee-ah-oon-nine-tsig /?/
95 fünfundneunzig - sounds like foo-nf-oon-nine-tsig /?/
96 sechsundneunzig - sounds like zeks-oon-nine-tsig /?/
97 siebenundneunzig - sounds like zee-bm-oon-nine-tsig /?/
98 achtundneunzig - sounds like ah-kt-oon-nine-tsig /?/
99 neunundneunzig - sounds like no-een-oon-nine-tsig /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
noventa, noventa y uno, noventa y dos, noventa y tres, noventa y cuatro, noventa y cinco, noventa y seis, noventa y siete, noventa y ocho, noventa y nueve

Do you remember how to say it in French?
quatre-vingts dix, quatre-vingt onze, quatre-vingt douze, quatre-vingt treize, quatre-vingt quatorze, quatre-vingt quinze, quatre-vingt seize, quatre-vingt dix sept, quatre-vingt dix huit, quatre-vingt dix neuf

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dust Storm


We just learned about what a sand storm is.

Another type of weather is a dust storm.

It is a lot like a sand storm, but instead of a big rolling cloud of heavy sand, it is more like a fog of dust all around everything, sometimes as high as one mile off the ground.

It is dangerous to be outside breathing the air in a dust storm, and the dust can ruin crops and machines, and even spread diseases all over the world.

(from: wikipedia - dust storm)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Oxygen

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rottweiler


We just learned about the type of dog the Pomeranian

Another type of dog is the rottweiler.

This type of dog has been around for a long time, and was used to herd livestock, pull carts, and be a guard dog.

Now they are used as search and rescue dogs, guide dogs for blind people, guard dogs and police dogs.

Rottweiler's are always black with brown feet, a brown belly, brown mouth, and little brown dots on their eyebrows.


(from: wikipedia - rottweiler)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Kakapo

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Popliteal Vein


We just learned about the Fibular Vein which brings deoxygenated blood from the lower leg up to the upper leg.

Another vein that is in the knee area is called the popliteal vein.


(from: wikipedia - popliteal vein)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Villi

Monday, September 7, 2015

West Virginia


West Virginia is a state on the eastern part of the US.

It's nickname is the Mountain State because of the Appalachian Mountains, and it's motto is Montani semper liberi which means Mountaineers Are Always Free.


(from: wikipedia - west virginia)

The flag of West Virginia has a blue border and a white background, and the state seal in the middle surrounded by a wreath of the state flower rhododendron.
The seal has a boulder with the date June 20, 1863 when they became a state, two crossed rifles and a liberty cap above it to show that the state fights for freedom, a farmer on the left and a miner on the right.

(from: wikipedia - flag of west virginia)

West Virginia used to be one state together with the state of Virginia, but during the Civil War, the state split

(from: wikipedia - west virginia)

There are many caves in West Virginia, like Organ Cave.

(from: wikipedia - organ cave)

There is a very long bridge over a gorge in West Virginia called New River Gorge Bridge.

(from: wikipedia - new river gorge bridge)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Malawi

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Paul's Letter to the Galatians


We just learned about Paul's second letter to the church in Corinth.

Another letter Paul wrote was to a church in a town called Galatia which is now part of the country of Turkey.

The church there was following some people who were telling them the wrong things, so Paul sent them the letter to try and straighten things out.

Galatia also had a lot of people that were Gentiles, meaning they were not the Hebrews that were God's chosen people from a long time ago.
Some people argued that they couldn't be Christians, but Paul helped them understand that everyone is equal in the eyes of God.

One of the most well known parts of Galatians is Paul telling people that they are all one in Christ.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

(from: wikipedia - epistle to the galatians)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Farewell - August Macke


We just learned about the famous work of art The Tower of Blue Horses by German artist Franz Marc.

Another famous work of art is Farewell by German artist August Macke in 1914.

Macke was part of a group of artists called Der Blaue Reiter who worked together to make art that used strong colors and shapes, was exciting and had meaning behind it but didn't look like a picture of real people.

His painting Farewell was made when World War I started, and it shows the sadness of people because of the war.


(from: wikipedia - august macke)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Mars 2 - 6, Viking 1 & 2

Friday, September 4, 2015

German - Counting to eighty nine


We counted to 79 in German, let's keep going!

80 achtzig - sounds like ah-k-tsig /?/
81 einundachtzig - sounds like ah-een-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
82 zweiundachtzig - sounds like svai-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
83 dreiundachtzig - sounds like duh-ai-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
84 vierundachtzig - sounds like fee-ah-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
85 fünfundachtzig - sounds like foo-nf-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
86 sechsundachtzig - sounds like zeks-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
87 siebenundachtzig - sounds like zee-bm-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
88 achtundachtzig - sounds like ah-kt-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/
89 neunundachtzig - sounds like no-een-oon-ah-k-tsig /?/

Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

Do you remember how to say it in Spanish?
ochenta, ochenta y uno, ochenta y dos, ochenta y tres, ochenta y cuatro, ochenta y cinco, ochenta y seis, ochenta y siete, ochenta y ocho, ochenta y nueve

Do you remember how to say it in French?
quatre-vingts, quatre-vingts-un, quatre vingt deux, quatre vingt trois, quatre vingt quatre, quatre vingt cinq, quatre vingt six, quatre vingt sept, quatre vingt huit, quatre vingt neuf

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sand Storm


We just learned about Freezing Rain.

Another type of weather is called a sand storm.

When strong winds come along over desert areas with lots of sand, the wind keeps blowing on them until they are shaking.
The wind keeps blowing and eventually the sand is blown up just a little off the ground and is bouncing along the ground.
As the wind keeps up for a long time, more and more sand is blown up into the air higher and higher until it becomes a giant sand storm.

Sand storms can be 50 feet high, as tall as a five story building, and it is very dangerous to get caught in one.
It is not good for you to breathe in sand, so you have to cover your whole face up and get inside quick!


(from: wikipedia - dust storm)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Potassium

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pomeranian


We just learned about the type of dog the Dalmation.

Another type of dog is the Pomeranian, also known sometimes as a Pom Pom, or just Pom.

These dogs are very small, can get excited easily and are known to bark a lot, so they can sometimes make good watch dogs.
They are very friendly, and love to be the center of attention.

Queen Victoria of England had a pet Pomeranian dog, which made the dog very popular.

(from: wikipedia - pomeranian (dog))


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Clownfish