Friday, September 18, 2020

Russian - Nine Hundred

We counted to 100 in Russian, let's keep going!

200 двести (dvesti) - sounds like d-veh-stee 文A

300 триста (trista) - sounds like t-dee-stah 文A

400 четыреста (chetyresta) - sounds like ch-eh-tee-dreh-stah 文A

500 пятьсот (pyat'sot) - sounds like pyat-soh-t 文A

600 Сшестьсотто (shest'sot) - sounds like sh-eh-st-soh-t 文A

700 семьсот (sem'sot) - sounds like sem-soh-t 文A

800 восемьсот (vosem'sot) - sounds like voh-sem-soh-t 文A

900 девятьсот (devyat'sot) - sounds like deh-v-yah-t-soh-t 文A

And here are some of the even bigger numbers!

And here are some of the even bigger numbers!

one thousand тысяча (tysyacha) - sounds like tee-s-yah-chah

one million один миллион (odin million) - sounds like oh-dee-n mee-lee-oh-n

one billion один миллиард (odin milliard) - sounds like oh-dee-n mee-lee-a-rd

one trillion один триллион (odin trillion) - sounds like oh-dee-n t-dee-lee-oh-n

one google один гугл (odin gugl) - sounds like oh-dee-n goo-ghel

russian language
(from: wikipedia - russian academy of sciences)

Norwegian: to hundre, tre hundre, fire hundre, fam hundre, seks hundre, syv hundre, åtte hundre, ni hundre

Greek: διακόσια (diakósia), τριακόσια (triakósia), τετρακόσια (tetrakósia), πεντακόσια (pentakósia), εξακόσια (exakósia), επτακόσια (eptakósia), οκτακόσια (oktakósia), εννιακόσια (enniakósia)

ASL: two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, six hundred, seven hundred, eight hundred, nine hundred

Italian: duecento, trecento, quattrocento, cinquecento, seicento, settecento, ottocento, novecento

German: zweihundert, dreihundert, vierhundert, fünfhundert, sechshundert, siebenhundert, achthundert, neunhundert

Spanish: doscientos, trescientos, cuatrocientos, quinientos, seiscientos, sietecientos, ochocientos, novecientos

French: deux cent, trois cent, quatre cent, cinq cent, six cent, sept cent, huit cent, neuf cent

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Trailing Wheel

We just learned about the Smokebox at the front of the engine.

Another part of a steam locomotive is the Trailing Wheel.

Back behind all of the other big wheels that move the train is a smaller wheel.
This wheel has an axle bar going under the train that helps make the engine more stable especially where the fireman and engineer are standing.

Because it is not connected to any of the other gears that move the train along, this wheel is very strong and doesn't wiggle around so much.

(from: wikipedia - trailing wheel)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Windings

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

European Wildcat

We just learned about the African Wildcat.

Another type of wild cat is the European Wildcat, also called felis silvestris.

This type of cat is brown and grey, with some dark stripes on its face, body and tail.
These cats are about 2 feet long, and weigh about 17 pounds.
They live mostly in forests and mountains of eastern europe.

They look a lot like a normal house cat, but they are usually bigger and thicker with longer fur.

Sylvester the Cat from the Looney Tunes cartoons was named after the science name for this cat, felis silvestris.

(from: wikipedia - european wildcat)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Jellyfish - Epidermis

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

White Blood Cell

We just learned that there are three types of Blood Cell red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Let's learn a little about White Blood Cells, also called WBCs, leukocytes or leucocytes.

These cells in the blood help fight against diseases or other bad things in the body.
This could be a type of virus or some kind of germs that got into the blood.

White blood cells are made in the bone marrow.
If there are a lot of white blood cells in the body, this can be a way for doctors to tell if someone is sick.
Looking at a liter of blood, if there are between 4,000 and 11,000 white blood cells then this is ok.
If there is a lot more or a lot less, then it is a sign the person is sick.

There are a lot of different types of white blood cells and they all have different jobs for fighting off anything that might be trying to hurt your body.

(from: wikipedia - white blood cell)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Optic Nerve

Monday, September 14, 2020


We just learned about the Valley Glacier.

Another type of glacier movement is a Fjord.

When a glacier is melting and the water helps dig a deep valley in the ground, this is called a fjord.
A fjord is narrow, and has steep walls on either side with water in the middle.

(from: wikipedia - fjord)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Meurtrière

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Divine Comedy - Paradiso

We just learned about the Divine Comedy - Purgatorio.

Another part of the Divine Comedy book written in Early Christianity is Paradiso.

In this part of the story, Dante writes about what heaven might be like.

Long ago people didn't really know how the planets and stars worked, and a lot of people thought that the other planets and the sun went around the earth.
These days we know that the earth and other planets go around the sun, but in Dante's picture of heaven he thought the earth was the middle of our universe.

He wrote about 10 levels of heaven:
- Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Stars, Primum Mobile, Empyrean

Each higher level was better than the last one, and the Empyrean was the special holy perfect place where God lived.
The Primium Mobile was like a circle outside all of the planets that helped move the sun and stars, and this was where the angels lived.

Just like the other parts of this book, it was so popular that many people came to believe that this was what heaven really looked like.

(from: wikipedia - divine comedy)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: The Great Persecution - Persia

Saturday, September 12, 2020

National Shrine of the Little Flower - Chambellan

We just learned about the Hugo Grotius - C. Paul Jennewein.

Another famous architecture sculpture is the National Shrine of the Little Flower by Rene Paul Chambella, made in 1931 in Michigan.

The large limestone tower at this church has a 28 foot tall sculpture of Jesus on a cross. There are also smaller sculptures of the writers of the gospel, Matthew Mark Luke and John.
Below the crucifix are the last words that Jesus said before he died.

The sculptor Rene Paul Chambellan was born in New Jersey, and studied art in New York and Paris.

He spent most of his life as a sculptor of artwork that was part of buildings.

(from: wikipedia - national shrine of the little flower basilica)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: La Mojarra Stela