Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bamberg Horseman

We just learned about the Holy Thorn Reliquary.

Another Gothic Art sculpture was the Bamberg Horseman, made in Germany around 1225 AD.

This is a statue of a man riding a horse, and the man is either a king, emperor or saint, but no one knows for sure who it is supposed to be, because the history of it was lost or forgotten.

There were many statues of people on horses long ago, but for a long time people had stopped making statues like that until the Bamberg Horseman was made.

It is also one of the first statues to show the bottom of a horse's foot wearing a horseshoe.

Underneath the front part of the statue where the horse is standing is a sculpted face that looks like a man's face made out of leaves.
This type of sculpture is sometimes called the "Green Man" and can mean a lot of different things like respecting nature, the growth of spring, or maybe even mythological creatures.

(from: wikipedia - bamberg horseman)

(from: wikipedia - green man)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Block Statue of Pa-Ankh-Ra

Friday, May 5, 2017

ASL - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

We just learned in ASL how to say Her Hands are Soft

Let's learn the days of the week in ASL!

To say "Monday" you make the hand sign for the letter "M" and then keeping that hand shape turn your hand around so your palm is facing you, and move your arm around in a circle.

"Tuesday" is the same thing, but use the hand shape for the letter "T", turn your hand and wave it around.

"Wednesday" is just like Monday and Tuesday, make the hand shape for the letter "W", turn your hand and wave it around.

Here is a helpful video to show how these signs are done.

ASL Days of the Week Lesson and Song - My Smart Hands

(from: wikipedia - american sign language)

Italian: Lunedi, Martedì, Mercoledì

German: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch

Spanish: Lunes, Martes, Miercoles

French: Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi

Thursday, May 4, 2017


We just learned about the Boring.

Another type of metal working is Drilling.

Drilling uses a cylinder shaped tool called a drill bit that spins around hundreds or thousands of times every second, and cuts into the metal, leaving a cylinder shaped hole, like a tunnel.

(from: wikipedia - drilling)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Category 4 Hurricane

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Poison Dart Frogs

We just learned about the Mimic Poison Frog & Splash-back poison frog.

There are many other types of poison dart frogs, and they come in just about every color and every type of decoration.
Some have stripes, some have polka dots, some have strange shapes, and some are just bright red, yellow or blue.
These frogs use their bright colors to warn people and predators not to eat them or touch them, because they might get sick or die.

(from: wikipedia - excidobates)

(from: wikipedia - oophaga)

(from: wikipedia - ranitomeya amazonica)

(from: wikipedia - blue poison dart frog)

(from: wikipedia - yellow-banded poison dart frog)

(from: wikipedia - phantasmal poison frog)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Spiny Bush Viper

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hair - Follicle

We just learned a little about human Hair.

One part of the hair is the hair follicle.

This is the part of the human skin that makes the hair that then grows up out of the skin.

(from: wikipedia - hair follicle)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Occipital Lobe

Monday, May 1, 2017

Northern Appalachian Mountains

We just learned about the Ozarks.

Another group of mountains is the Northern Appalachian Mountains.

These are the mountain ranges on the Eastern part of Canada's Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, then going into the United States through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

(from: wikipedia - long range mountains)

In the Harry Potter books and movies, they talk about the "Ilvermorny" school for magic in the United States that is supposed to be hidden on Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.

(from: wikipedia - mount greylock)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Lake Vanern

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Psalm 22

We just learned about the Psalms.

One very famous Psalm from the Bible was Psalm 22.

The Psalm starts out with the words "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?".
In the book of Matthew chapter 27, it says that Jesus cried out the same thing as he was on the cross.

Many people believe that Jesus crying out this Psalm shows that it was a prophecy, because it also says:
"a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet"
"they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

The Psalm goes on to give praises to God and say that he will rule over the world some day.

"All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations."

(from: wikipedia - psalm 22)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Easter Sunday