Saturday, December 17, 2022

Le Facteur: Joseph Roulin - Van Gogh


We just learned about the Café Terrace at Night - Van Gogh.

Another of Van Gogh's paintings is Le Facteur: Joseph Roulin.

Roulin was a friend of Van Gogh's, that lived near where he was so he painted self portraits of him.


(from: wikipedia - portraits by vincent van gogh)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Michelangelo - Sistine Chapel - The Sacrifice of Noah

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Lima Flag


We just learned about the Kilo Flag.

Another of the maritime flags is the Lima Flag used for the letter L.

It is four squares of yellow and black.

It can also mean "Stop immediately".


(from: wikipedia - international maritime signal flags)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Memory

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Asterias Amurensis


We just learned about the Heliaster Microbrachius.

Another type of starfish is the Asterias Amurensis, also called the Northern Pacific seastar or Japanese common starfish.

This type of starfish can grow to be 50 centimeters, and can be orange, yellow, red or purple.

Where this starfish lives it is called an invasive species, because there are so many of them they hurt the environment.


(from: wikipedia - asterias amurensis)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Aye Aye

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Femoral Head


We just learned about the Electroencephalography and a lot of other things about sleep.

We've learned before about all of the bones in the human body, like the femur.
All of the bones have different parts, so let's learn about those!

One part of the femur is the Femoral Head.

This is the ball at the top of the femur that fits into the hip socket and helps the leg move around in the right way.


(from: wikipedia - femoral head)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Eustachian Tube

Monday, December 12, 2022

Tokyo, Japan


We just learned about the city of Tianjin, China.


Let's learn a little about the city of Tokyo, Japan!

This city is in Japan.
It is about 2 million square kilometers, and about 14 million people live there.
The people in this city speak Japanese.


(from: wikipedia - tokyo)

There are lots of different sports in Tokyo. The baseball teams Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows, the soccer teams FC Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy, the basketball teams Hitachi SunRockers, Toyota Alvark Tokyo and Tokyo Excellence.
Tokyo also has the Japan Sumo Association where they wrestle at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan.

(from: wikipedia - ryōgoku kokugikan)

To eat in this city you might have Japanese boiled spinach salad.

(from: wikipedia - japanese cuisine)

Visiting this city you might go see Mount Fuji.
This is a volcaono that is over 3 kilometers high. It is the tallest mountain in Japan, and is called one of the three "Holy Mountains" in the country.


(from: wikipedia - mount fuji)

There is a bridge in Tokyo called the Rainbow Bridge.
It is a white bridge, and at night they shine rainbow colors on it, using electricity that they collected with solar power from the day.

(from: wikipedia - rainbow bridge (tokyo))


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: El Salvador

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors


We just learned about the Rachel's Children.

Another part of the Bible is Joseph's Coat of Many Colors.

Joseph was one of Jacob's sons, and Jacob really loved him a lot.
He gave him a special coat that was very nice and had lots of colors.
Back in these old times clothes were not that fancy, so this was a very special coat.

Joseph's brothers were jealous of him, and they sold him to people to have him taken away.
They told Jacob that Joseph was killed, and he was very sad and said that he would never be happy again.


(from: wikipedia - joseph (genesis))


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Carol of the Bells

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Café Terrace at Night - Van Gogh


We just learned about the Van Gogh painting of the Great Peacock Moth.

Another of his famous paintings is Café Terrace at Night.

His most famous painting of Starry Night was part of a group of three paintings.
The first one was about a Cafe that he visited and then painted in 1888.

The other is called Starry Night Over the Rhône, which he also painted in 1988.
Both of these were before the more famous Starry Night, and were the inspiration for him to make his most famous painting.


(from: wikipedia - cafe terrace at night)


(from: wikipedia - starry night over the rhone)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Michelangelo - Sistine Chapel - The Sacrifice of Noah

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Kilo Flag


We just learned about the Juliet Flag.

Another of the maritime flags is the Kilo flag used for the letter K.

It is vertical stripes of yellow and blue.

It can also mean "I wish to communicate with you."


(from: wikipedia - international maritime signal flags)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Motherboard

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Heliaster microbrachius


We just learned about the Freyella Elegans.

Another type of starfish is Heliaster microbrachius.

This starfish grows to be about 4 inches, and can have lots more arms than most starfish, and also a bigger disc for the center of their body.

They can be purple, black, yellow or white, and they live in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico.


(from: wikipedia - heliaster microbrachius)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Greater Dwarf Lemur

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Electroencephalography (EEG)


We just learned about the Theta Waves.

Another part of the science of sleep is Electroencephalography (EEG).

Sometimes to try and figure out if someone has a sleep problem, scientists can use this to test the different types of brain waves happening while you sleep.

To do an EEG they put stickers on your head, and hook them up to wires called electrodes which are hooked up to a computer to listen for any electricity your brain gives off.


(from: wikipedia - electroencephalography)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Tensor Tympani

Monday, December 5, 2022

Tianjin - China


We just learned about the city of Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Let's learn a little about the city of Tianjin, China!

This city is in China.
It is about 12,000 square kilometers, and over 13 million people live there.
The people in this city speak Tianjin Mandarin.


(from: wikipedia - tianjin)
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For sports in Tianjin there is a soccer team the Jinmen Tiger FC, baseball team the Lions, and basketball team the Pioneers.
(from: wikipedia - tianjin - sports)

To eat in this city you might have Goubuli, which is a type of stuffed buns.

(from: wikipedia - goubuli)

Visiting this city you might go see the Tianjin Eye, a giant ferris wheel.

(from: wikipedia - tianjin eye)

St. Joseph Cathedral was built in 1913, and is the biggest Roman Catholic church in the city.

(from: wikipedia - st. joseph cathedral (tianjin))


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Belize

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Rachel's Children


We just learned about Leah's Children.

Another part of the Bible is Rachel's Children.

Rachel had two kids with Jacob, the boys Joseph and Benjamin.
In Genesis chapter 30 it talks about her first son Joseph, and then in Genesis 35 she had Benjamin.


(from: wikipedia - rachel)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Good King Wenceslas

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Great Peacock Moth - Van Gogh


We just learned about the painting of Irises by Van Gogh.

Another of Van Gogh's famous paintings is the Great Peacock Moth.

He painted it in 1889, when he made a few different paintings of butterflies and moths.

Van Gogh felt liked the idea of people transforming, so he liked thinking about the way caterpillars do that too.


(from: wikipedia - butterflies (van gogh series))


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Michelangelo - Sistine Chapel - The Fall and Expulsion from Paradise

Friday, December 2, 2022

Arabic Alphabet

We just learned how to Count to ten in Arabic.

The Arabic alphabet looks very different from the English one.
There are a few different ones, but one of the common ones is called abjadī.
ا ب ج د ه و ز ح ط ي ك ل م ن س ع ف ص ق ر ش ت ث خ ذ ض ظ غ
There aren't different letters for vowels, they just use dots over some of the letters called diacritics.


arabic language
(from: wikipedia - lebanese academy of sciences)

The Hindi alphabet: अ, अं1, ॲ / ऍ, इ, उ, ऋ, ऌ4, ए, ओ, प, पं, पि, पु, पृ, पॢ, पॅ, पे, पो, क, ख, ग, घ, ङ, च, छ, ज, झ, ञ, ट, ठ, ड, ढ, ण, त, थ, द, ध, न, प, फ, ब, भ, म, य, र, ल, व, श, ष, स, ह
The Swahili alphabet: a, b, ch, d, dh, e, f, g, gh, i, j, k, kh, l, m, n, ng', ny, o, p, r, s, sh, t, th, ts, u, v, w, y, z

The Russian alphabet: Аа, Бб, Вв, Гг, Дд, Ее, Ёё, Жж, Зз, Ии, Йй, Кк, Лл, Мм, Нн, Оо, Пп, Рр, Сс, Тт, Уу, Фф, Хх, Цц, Чч, Шш, Щщ, Ыы, Ээ, Юю, Яя

The Norwegian alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Æ, Ø, Å The Greek alphabet: Α, Β, Γ, Δ, Ε, Ζ, Η, Θ, Ι, Κ, Λ, Μ, Ν, Ξ, Ο, Π, Ρ, Σ, Τ, Υ, Φ, Χ, Ψ, Ω

ASL alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

The Italian alphabet looks the same as the English alphabet.

The German alphabet has the letters ä, ö, ü, ß

The Spanish alphabet:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G H, I, J, K, L, LL, M, N, Ñ O, P, Q, R, RR, S, T, U V, W, X, Y, Z

The French alphabet:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G H, I, J, K, L, M, N O, P, Q, R, S, T, U V, W, X, Y, Z

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Juliet Flag


We just learned about the India Flag.

Another of the maritime flags is the Juliet flag used for the letter J.

It is sideways stripes of blue, white, blue.

It can also mean "I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board: keep well clear of me." or "I am leaking dangerous cargo."


(from: wikipedia - international maritime signal flags)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Motherboard