Friday, January 31, 2014

Spanish - Green, blue, purple, pink

Last time we learned red orange and yellow in Spanish is rojo naranja and amarillo, let's learn more colors!

Green - verde - sounds like vay-uh-day /?/
Blue - azul - sounds like ah-zool /?/
Purple - morado - sounds like moh-dah-doh /?/
Pink - rosa - sounds like doh-sah /?/

association of spanish language academies
(from: wikipedia - Association of Spanish Language Academies)

Do you remember how to say it in French?
French - vert, bleu, violet, rose

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lava Fountain

A lava fountain is like a big fountain of lava erupting from a fissure vent.

lava fountain
(from: wikipedia - lava)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Binary

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


We just learned about the Kudu.

Another type of antelope is the gazelle.

It is known for it's speed, and also it's beauty.
In arabic, the word for love poetry is ghazal, and some people think that word came from the word gazelle.

(from: wikipedia - gazelle)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Coyote Yips

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nose muscles

There are two main muscles that you can use for your nose.

When you flare your nostrils, that means your nostrils are open more.
The muscle you use to flare your nostrils is your nasalis muscle.

(from: wikipedia - nasalis muscle)

The other nose muscle helps you raise your nose up like a snarl.

levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle
(from: wikipedia - levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Patella

Monday, January 27, 2014


Maylasia is a small country in Asia that is made up of two peninsulas.

One is just North of Indonesia and the other is just south of Thailand.

(from: wikipedia - malaysia)

For dinner in Malaysia you maight have nasi lemak,
which is cookied rice with anchovies, peanuts, egg, lamb curry, vegetables, and sambal tumis.
nasi lemak
(from: wikipedia - nasi lemak)

The Petronas Twin Towers in the city of Kuala Lumpur are the tallest twin towers in the world.
petronas tower
(from: wikipedia - petronas twin towers)

Michelle Yeoh is a famous actress from Malaysia.
michelle yeoh
(from: wikipedia - michelle yeoh)

A special type of dance in Malaysia is called Joget.
(from: wikipedia - Joget)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Prime Meridian

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Jesus' Miracles - Healing the Paralyzed

We've learned about Jesus' Miracles healing lepers and healing the blind.

Jesus also healed people that couldn't walk, also known as being paralyzed.
jesus healing paralytic
(from: wikipedia - healing the paralytic at capernaum)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Apostles Creed - Part 8

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Gravity on the Moon

When the astronauts walked on the moon, it wasn't the same as walking here on earth.

The gravity on the moon is a lot less than earth.
That means if you dropped a ball to the ground, it would fall slowly like a balloon!

If you are on the moon and you jump up in the air, you won't come down fast like normal,
you'll float down slowly like a balloon too.

If you weigh 50 pounds on Earth, you would only weigh about 8 pounds on the moon.

aldrin apollo
(from: wikipedia - buzz aldrin)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Planet Mercury

Friday, January 24, 2014

Spanish - Red, orange, yellow

We learned our Spanish alphabet, now let's learn some colors!

Red - rojo - sounds like ro-ho /?/

Orange - naranja - sounds like nah-dahn-hah /?/

Yellow - amarillo - sounds like ah-mah-dee-oh /?/

association of spanish language academies
(from: wikipedia - Association of Spanish Language Academies)

Do you remember how to say it in French?
French - Red, orange, yellow

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mud Volcano

Mud volcanoes are not like other volcanoes because they do not erupt lava.

But they have similar shape, and they do erupt with hot muddy water!
mud volcano
(from: wikipedia - mud volcano)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: And Or Logic Gates

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


The kudu is another type of antelope.

It has spiral horns!
(from: wikipedia - kudu)

The kudu's horn is sometimes used as a loud noisemaker called the kuduzela.

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Komodo Dragon

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ear muscles

Can you wiggle your ears?

We all have ear muscles, but not everyone uses them.
There are two different ear muscles.

One is the auricular.
Auris means ear, and cula means little.
auricular muscles
(from: wikipedia - auricular muscles)

The other is the temporoparietalis.
tempus means time and paries means wall.
(from: wikipedia - temporoparietalis muscles)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: femur

Monday, January 20, 2014


Nepal is a small country located in the Himalayan mountains, between India and China.

(from: wikipedia - nepal)

In Nepal you might have some momo to eat, which is a steamed bun, sort of like a donut!
(from: wikipedia - nepal)

If you want to climb one of the mountains in Nepal, you may need to bring a yak!
(from: wikipedia - nepal)

The highest mountain peak in the world is at the top of Mount Everest in Nepal.
mount everest
(from: wikipedia - mount everest)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Arctic Ocean

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jesus' Miracles - Healing Lepers

We already learned about Jesus healing the blind.

Another miracle Jesus performed was healing lepers.

A leper was someone who had a disease called leprosy.
It was a really horrible disease, and if you had it no one would touch you and you had to live all by yourself away from other people.
There was no cure for this disease!

Jesus healed people with leprosy, and people were amazed!
jesus healing leper
(from: wikipedia - jesus cleansing a leper)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Apostle's Creed - Part 7

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lunar rocks

When the Apollo missions visited the moon, they brought back over 800 pounds of rock!

Those lunar rocks (or moon rocks) have helped us to study what the moon is made of.
moon rock
(from: wikipedia - geology of the moon)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: ISS - International Space Station

Friday, January 17, 2014

Spanish Alphabet - V W X Y Z

We've know learned Spanish A B C D E F G, H I J K L LL M N Ñ and O P Q R RR S T U.
Now let's learn about V W X Y Z.

V - is called vay. The word venir sounds like ven-ear
W - is called doh-blay-vay. It makes the same sound as it does in English.
X - is called eh-key-ss. It can make a sound like an S, or like KS, or like an H.
Y - is called ee-gree-ay-gah-ss. The word yo sounds like yo.
Z - is called zoh-tah. The word zapatos sounds like zah-pah-toe-ss.

association of spanish language academies
(from: wikipedia - Association of Spanish Language Academies)

Do you remember how to say it in French?
French Alphabet - V W X Y Z

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Submarine Volcano

Sometimes volcanoes are underwater!

An underwater volcano is called a submarine volcano.

submarine volcano
(from: wikipedia - submarine volcano)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Boolean True False

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


An antelope is a type of animal that looks kind of like a deer or a goat.
There are 91 different kinds of antelope!

Most antelopes are very fast, have horns on their head, and live in Africa.

sable antelope
(from: wikipedia - antelope)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Camel Humps

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Eyelid muscles

Your eyelids have two muscles, one to open them and one to close them.

The one that closes your eyelids is called the orbicularis oculi.
orbicularis means little circle, and oculi means your eye.

orbicularis oculi
(from: wikipedia - orbicularis oculi muscle)

The one that opens your eyelids is the levator palpebrae superioris.
levator means lifter, palpebrae means eyelid, and superioris means above.

(#9 in the picture)

(from: wikipedia - levator palpebrae superioris muscle)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Pelvis, hip bone

Monday, January 13, 2014


Burma is a country just East of Bangladesh.
It is also called Myanmar.
(from: wikipedia - burma)

Lahpet thohk is a popular meal, it is pickled tea salad!
lahpet thohk
(from: wikipedia - burmese cuisine)

One of the largest types of snakes in the world is a Burmese python, called that because it can be found in Burma.
burmese python
(from: wikipedia - burmese python)

There are some beautiful castles in an area called Mrauk U.
mrauk u
(from: wikipedia - burma)

The saung is a type of Burmese musical instrument, kind of like a harp.
(from: wikipedia - culture of burma)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Southern Ocean

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jesus' Miracles - Healing the Blind

Jesus performed many miracles in the Bible.

One miracle he performed was healing blind people.

jesus healing blind
(from: wikipedia - blind man of bethsaida)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Apostle's Creed - Part 6

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lunar Lava Tube

We just learned how lava tubes on earth are tunnels underground formed by lava channels.

There are also lava tubes on the moon!

Scientists think they could make great places for astronauts to live if we ever have people stay on the moon.

lunar lava tube
(from: wikipedia - lunar lava tube)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Friday, January 10, 2014

Spanish Alphabet - O P Q R RR S T U

We already learned Spanish A B C D E F G, and H I J K L LL M N Ñ.
Now let's learn about O P Q R RR S T U.

O - is called oh. The word hola sounds like oh-la
P - is called pay. The word pico sounds like pee-coh
Q - is called coo. The word que sounds like kay.
R - is called ay-day. The word para sounds like pah-dah.
RR - is called ay-d-d-day. It's like a longer version of ay-day. Making this song lounder is called rolling your tongue. It's tough, not everyone can do it! The word perro sounds like pay-d-d-oh.
S - is called ess-ay. The word siete sounds like see-et-ay.
T - is called tay. The word tio sounds like tee-oh.
U - is called oo (ryhmes with boo). The word tu sounds like too.

association of spanish language academies
(from: wikipedia - Association of Spanish Language Academies)

Do you remember how to say it in French?
French Alphabet - O P Q R S T U

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Volcanic Crater

A volcanic crater is a bowl shaped hole in the ground that was created by lava from a volcano.

Sometimes the crater is part of the inside of the volcano, but sometimes it's just a hole in the ground.

volcanic crater
(from: wikipedia - volcanic crater)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: ROY G BIV

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blue Jay

Blue Jays are big bossy loud birds that often chase other birds away from bird feeders.

But they do help other birds!
Blue Jays are great at screaming out warning sounds when hawks are around, and other birds know to go hide or the hawk may come eat them!
They also will work together with other blue jays to try and fight back against hawks that come to attack.
And some blue jays are even able to make the same sounds as a hawk to confuse them!
blue jay
(from: wikipedia - blue jay)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Rhino teeth and horns

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Eyebrow muscles

There are two muscles that help you raise and lower your eyebrows.

The occipitofrontalis muscle raises your eyebrows like a surprised look.

The corrugator supercilii muscle lowers your eyebrows like a frown.

occipitofrontalis muscle
(from: wikipedia - occipitofrontalis muscle)

corrugator supercilii muscle
(from: wikipedia - corrugator supercilii muscle)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: The Coccyx bone

Monday, January 6, 2014


The Philippines is a small island country in Asia east of China that is made up of 7,000 islands.
(from: wikipedia - philippines)

Halo halo is a type of dessert from the Philippines, made up mostly of fruits and nuts.
(from: wikipedia - halo-halo)

Manny "pacman" Pacquiao is a famous boxer from the Philippines.
manny pacquiao
(from: wikipedia - manny pacquiao)

There is an old farming area called the banaue rice terraces, where people farmed on a bunch of land that they shaped into steps.
rice terraces
(from: wikipedia - banaue rice terraces)

Over 20 years ago, a volcano called Mount Pinatubo erupted on the Philippines.
mount pinatubo eruption
(from: wikipedia - category:1991 eruption of mount pinatubo)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Indian Ocean

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Apostles and Disciples

We just learned about all of the apostles:
Andrew, Simon Peter, James and John sons of Zebedee, Philip and Bartholemew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Iscariot and Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot.

Sometimes they are called disciples instead of apostles.
What's the difference?

The word disciple means student.

The word apostle means messenger, or sent one.

Jesus had many disciples. Anyone who is a student of Jesus' teachings can be called a disciple!

The apostles were the 12 people that Jesus chose to send out into the world to spread his message.
calling of the apostles
(from: wikipedia - commissioning of the twelve apostles)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Apostle's Creed - Part 5

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Lunar Soil

The dust, dirt and broken rocks on the moon are called lunar soil, or regolith.

When the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon, their boots left footprints in the soil.
apollo 11 boot print
(from: wikipedia - lunar soil)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Ranger 4 - First American spacecraft on the moon

Friday, January 3, 2014

Spanish Alphabet - H I J K L LL M N Ñ

We already learned Spanish A B C D E F G, now let's do H I J K L LL M N Ñ.

H - Sounds like ah-chay. The word hola sounds like oh-la
I - Sounds like ee. The word dinero sounds like dee-n-air-oh
J - Sounds like #ho-tah. The #h part is the sound someone might make before they spit, like hk. The word jugar sounds like #hoo-gar.
K - Sounds like kah. The word kilo sounds like kee-low.
L - Sounds like el-ay. The word leche sounds like lay-chay.
LL - Sounds like ay-yay. The word pollo sounds like poh-yo.
M - Sounds like em-ay. The word mucho sounds like moo-cho.
N - Sounds like en-ay. The word no sounds like no.
Ñ - Sounds like en-yay. The word niño sounds like neen-yo.

association of spanish language academies
(from: wikipedia - Association of Spanish Language Academies)

Do you remember how to say it in French?
French Alphabet - H I J K L M N

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lava Tube

After lava erupts from a volcano and is flowing in a lava channel, sometimes the top of the lava cools down and becomes hard, but there is still hot lava flowing underneath.

This makes a tunnel in the ground, called a lava tube.

lava tube
(from: wikipedia - lava tube)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Frequency

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


The mink is a small furry animal with a long body, kind of like an otter.

Some of the mink's favorite meals is mice and rats, so long ago they were kept as pets to help hunt mice and rats that were eating people's food or carrying diseases.
They were even better than cats or terrier dogs because they were small enough to climb into places where the rats lived.

(from: wikipedia - mink)

A mink's fur is very soft and warm, so mink fur is sometimes used to make winter coats.

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Otter Noses and Ears