Saturday, October 31, 2015

Le Bal élégant, La Danse à la campagne - Laurencin


We just learned about the famous painting Personnage écrivant by Polish artist Louis Marcoussis.

Another famous work of art is the painting Le Bal élégant, La Danse à la campagne by French artist Marie Laurencin, in 1913.

The French name for the painting means Elegant Ball, Dance in the Country.

Marie Laurencin was part of the Cubism movement with artists like Picasso, but focused mostly on paintings of women, and used curves more than sharp edges.


(from: wikipedia - marie laurencin)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: The Starry Night - Van Gogh

Friday, October 30, 2015

Italian - Good Morning


We just learned a few ways to say hello and goodbye in Italian, like ciao and arrivederci.

Many times in Italian instead of hello people say good morning, good day, good evening or good night.


Good Morning - buongiorno - sounds like boo-oh-n-jee-oh-rd-no /?/

Good Afternoon - buon pomeriggio - sounds like boo-oh-n poh-may-dee-jee-oh /?/

Good Evening - buonasera - sounds like boo-oh-nah-say-dah /?/

Good Night - buona notte - sounds like boo-oh-nah no-tay /?/

academy of the bran
(from: wikipedia - accademia della crusca)

Do you remember how to say it in German?
Guten Morgen, Guten Tag, Guten Abend, Gute Nacht

In Spanish:
Buenos días, buenos tardes, buenas noches

In French:
bonjour, bonsoir, bonne nuit

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Waterspout Tornado


We just learned about the Multiple Vortex Tornado.


Another type of tornado is called a Waterspout.

A waterspout tornado is a tornado that happens out over the ocean or very large lake.

These tornadoes can sometimes suck up fish, frogs or turtles that are near the surface of the water, and whip them up into the air inside the tornado.

Sometimes when the waterspout tornado gets closer to land, it can throw the fish that it had sucked up into the tornado out over the land, and it will rain fish on the land.

It has rained fish as far as 100 miles away from the coast of the water, so the fish can be carried very far!

(from: wikipedia - waterspout)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Evaporation

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Labrador Retriever


We just learned about the type of dog the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
We learned a while back about the Golden Retriever.

Another type of dog is called the Labrador Retriever.

This dog is sometimes just called a Lab, and comes in three colors: Black, Yellow and Chocolate.
It is a very smart dog that is good at hunting and loves the water.
Labs are also great helping dogs and are used a lot as seeing eye dogs for blind people.


(from: wikipedia - labrador retriever)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Spider Eyes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Median Cubital Vein


We just learned about the Axillary, Cephalic and Brachial veins in the upper arm.

There is a very important vein in the elbow area called the median cubital vein.

This vein brings blood through the elbow area and back up the arm toward the heart.

When doctors have to put medicine into your blood, or if they have to take a sample of your blood to test for something, they usually poke a needle into your median cubital vein.

This is because it is a very large vein, and very close to the top of your skin so it is easy to see and find.

(from: wikipedia - median cubital vein)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Rectum

Monday, October 26, 2015

Puerto Rico



We just learned about the US Territory of Northern Mariana Islands.

Another US territory is the island of Puerto Rico, which is just east of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.


(from: wikipedia - puerto rico)

The flag of Puerto Rico has a blue triangle with a star in it, three red stripes and two white stripes.


(from: wikipedia - flag of puerto rico)

On Flamenco Beach, there are some old rusting tanks that were left there over 30 years ago, and people have painted graffiti on them.

(from: wikipedia - flamenco beach)

There is a fancy old fire station called Parque de Bombas that was designed over 100 years ago to show off at the world's fair.

(from: wikipedia - parque de bombas)

There is a giant telescope called Arecibo Observatory that is over 1000 feet wide.

(from: wikipedia - arecibo observatory)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Arizona

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Paul's First Letter to Timothy


We just learned about Paul's Letter to the Hebrew's.

Another letter Paul wrote was to his friend Timothy who he wrote to give instructions for how to run a church.


(from: wikipedia - saint timothy)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Rich Fool

Personnage Écrivant - Marcoussis


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

Italian - Hello and Goodbye


We've now learned a whole year of German words.
Sehr gut!

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.

academy of the bran
(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?
Hola! Adiós!

Do you remember how to say it in French?
Bonjour! Au Revoir!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Multiple Vortex Tornado


We just learned about the type of tornado the landspout tornado

Another type of tornado is called the multiple vortex tornado.

This type of tornado looks like two tornadoes right next to each other!


(from: wikipedia - multiple-vortex tornado)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Water Vapor

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Retriever


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

Axillary, Cephalic, Brachial veins


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

Northern Mariana Islands


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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Paul's Letter to the Hebrews


We just learned about Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians.

Another letter Paul wrote was to the Hebrew people who thought that Jesus was not the Messiah because he did not come as a king conquering the world for his Hebrew followers.

Paul told them that Jesus came as a priest to atone for everyone's sins, and that he would come again another time as a king to conquer the world.


(from: wikipedia - epistle to the hebrews)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Good Samaritan

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Woman with a Fan - Metzinger


We just learned about the painting Portrait of Jacques Nayral by French artist Albert Gleizes.

Another famous work of art is the painting Woman with a Fan by French artist Jean Metzinger in 1912.

This is another painting in the abstract art style of cubism.
You can see in the painting that there is a woman with a fan, sitting on a bench.
The different shapes and colors are there to show the many different sides and different shapes in the world, and the wild shapes almost make it look like the painting is moving.


(from: wikipedia - femme à l'éventail)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Neptune - Voyager 2

Friday, October 16, 2015

German - Vegetables


We just learned how to say some fruits in German.

Let's learn how to say some vegetables.


carrot Karotte - sounds like kah-ah-oh-tuh /?/
corn Mais - sounds like mice /?/
pea Erbse - sounds like ay-up-suh /?/
Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

To say it in Spanish?
carrot zanahoria - sah-nah-oh-dee-ah
corn maíz - mah-ee-ss
pea guisante - gee-sahn-tay

To say it in French?
carrot carotte - ka-uh-oh-t
corn maïs - mah-ee-ss
pea pois - poh-ah

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Landspout Tornado


We just learned that a funnel cloud is a type of cloud that is almost a tornado but does not touch the ground.

Another type of tornado is called a landspout.
This type looks like a long tube coming up from the ground, and then connecting to the funnel cloud at the top.


(from: wikipedia - landspout)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Troposphere

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog


We just learned about the Hairless Chinese Crested Dog.

Another type of dog is the Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog.

This is actually the same type of dog as the hairless kind, but it has a whole lot of hair, and even needs to get haircuts sometimes to keep the hair shorter.

The hairless and powderpuff dogs can even be born to the same mother dog, so they can be brothers and sisters but some of them have hair and some don't.

(from: wikipedia - chinese crested dog)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Spider Legs

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Subclavian Vein


We just learned about the superior vena cava vein that brings deoxygenated blood into the heart from above the heart.

That vein is connected to the left and right subclavian veins which go across the chest.
One goes to the left, and one goes to the right.

These veins bring deoxygenated blood from the chest area to go back to the heart.


(from: wikipedia - subclavian vein)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Sigmoid Colon

Monday, October 12, 2015

Guam


We just learned about the territory of American Samoa.

Another American territory is Guam.
Guam is in the Pacific ocean, north of Australia.


(from: wikipedia - guam)

The flag of Guam has a blue background, a red border, and the seal in the middle.
The seal is shaped like a type of stone called a Chamorro sling stone, which was used for hunting.
On the seal are a coconut, a boat called a proa, a palm tree, a river and the Agana Bay.

(from: wikipedia - flag of guam)

There is a high place on the island overlooking the ocean called Puntan Dos Amantes.

(from: wikipedia - guam)

There is a peninsula on the island that sticks out and makes an area called Apra Harbor that is very nice for ships to travel in and out of.

(from: wikipedia - apra harbor)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Alabama

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians


We just learned about Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians.

Paul wrote a second letter to the church in Thessalonica.

In the second letter he wrote to tell the people that Jesus had not come back from heaven yet for his second coming.
Some people had been saying that Jesus had already come back, so he wanted to tell them not to believe the rumors.

He also told them that people should not be lazy, and that everyone should work to help each other out.

(from: wikipedia - second epistle to the thessalonians)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Two Sons

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Portrait of Jacques Nayral - Gleizes


We just learned about the famous painting Simultaneous Windows on the City by French artist Robert Delaunay.

Another famous work of art is the painting Portrait of Jacques Nayral by French artist Albert Gleizes in 1911.

This is another painting in the style of Cubism.

(from: wikipedia - portrait of jacques nayral)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Uranus - Voyager 2

Friday, October 9, 2015

German - Fruit


We just learned how to say some things to drink in German.

Let's learn how to say some fruits.


apple Apfel - sounds like ah-p-fell /?/
orange Orange - sounds like oh-uh-ah-n-zh-uh /?/
banana Banane - sounds like bah-nah-nuh /?/
Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

To say it in Spanish?
apple manzana - mah-n-zah-n-ah
orange naranja - nah-dah-n-hah
banana banana - bah-nah-nah

To say it in French?
apple pomme - poh-m
orange orange - oh-uh-ah-n-zh
banana banane - bah-nah-n

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Funnel Cloud


We just learned that a tornado is a column of spinning air that is touching both the ground and the clouds.

If the air is spinning by the clouds so much that it makes a funnel shape,
but it is not touching the ground that is called a funnel cloud.
(from: wikipedia - funnel cloud)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Clouds

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hairless Chinese Crested Dog


We just learned about the type of dog the Portuguese Water Dog

Another type of dog is the Hairless Chinese Crested Dog.

This dog only has a little bit of fur on it's head, and the rest is just bare skin like a person.
Because they don't have fur, they can get sunburned and sometimes even need lotion for dry skin.
Their skin can be light or dark.


(from: wikipedia - chinese crested dog)

One of the most famous types of hairless dogs was the dog Sam, who was blind and hairless and was the winner of the ugliest dog competition for 3 years in a row.

(from: wikipedia - sam (ugly dog))


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Spider bodies

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Superior Vena Cava


We just learned that the inferior vena cava vein brings deoxygenated blood back from the lower part of the body to the heart.

There is another large vein called the superior vena cava that brings deoxygenated blood down from the head area toward the heart.

When you're talking about the human body, superior means above, and inferior means below.


(from: wikipedia - superior vena cava)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: descending colon

Monday, October 5, 2015

American Samoa


We've looked at the 50 states in the US, and Washington D.C. There are also places called US territories, that are kind of like states except some of them can't do things like vote for president or some other laws.

One of the territories is called American Samoa.
It is out in the Pacific ocean, between Hawaii and Australia.

Their motto is "Samoa, Muamua Le Atua" which means Samoa, Let God Be First.


(from: wikipedia - american samoa)

The flag of American Samoa is red white and blue with a bald eagle on it.
The bald eagle is holding a Samoan uatogi war club for the power of the government, and a Samoan fue fly-whisk for the wisdom of the Samoan leaders.

(from: wikipedia - flag of american samoa)

The seal of American Samoa has the fue fly switch, the To'oto'o staff for the chiefs, and the Tanoa bowl for service to the chief.

(from: wikipedia - seal of american samoa)

There are tattoos there called pe'a for boys and malu for girls.
The boys get tattoos all the way from their back down to their knees.
The girls get tattoos from their thighs to their knees.


(from: wikipedia - pe'a)

There is a special fire dance in American Samoa called the siva afi, or fire knife.

(from: wikipedia - fire knife)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Liberia

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians


We just learned about Paul's letter to the Collossians.

Another letter Paul wrote was to a church in a town called Thessalonica in Greece.

In this letter Paul talked to the people and told them about how he had come to them like a normal person and worked hard to earn his keep there, even though he could have come to them expecting that they take care of him because he was an apostle.

He did this to show them how to treat other people.

He also explained how the dead will be resurrected to heaven some day.


(from: wikipedia - first epistle to the thessalonians)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Parable of the Bags of Gold

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Simultaneous Windows on the City - Delaunay


We just learned about the famous painting Woman in Blue by artist Fernard Léger.

Another famous work of art is the painting Simultaneous Windows on the City by French artist Robert Delaunay in 1912.

Delaunay was another artist who was part of the abstract art and cubism movement.

His paintings used strong colors and shapes to try and show a different artistic side to something real, like his painting of windows looking out on the city.


(from: wikipedia - robert delaunay)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Saturn - Cassini-Huygens

Friday, October 2, 2015

German - Drinks


We counted to 900 in German! Wow!

Let's learn how to say some things to drink.


water Wasser - sounds like vah-sah /?/
milk Milch - sounds like mee-l-hh-k /?/
juice Saft - sounds like zah-ft /?/
Goethe Institute
(from: wikipedia - Goethe Institute)

To say it in Spanish?
water agua - ah-goo-ah
milk leche - lay-chay
juice jugo - hoo-goh

To say it in French?
water eau - oh
milk lait - lay
juice jus - zh-oo

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tornado


We just learned about the type of weather the snow roller.

Another type of weather is a tornado.

Tornadoes are a column of air that is spinning violently, and is touching both the ground and the clouds.

They are very dangerous, and have nicknames like twisters and cyclones.


(from: wikipedia - tornado)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Hydrogen