This short, 5 minute read is perfect to introduce to toddlers some words for colors in English and Spanish. Gather the kids and join the gringa as she reads “The Colors of Horses”.
Join the gringa as I read aloud chapter three in “The Magician’s Nephew”, book one of “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Polly and Digory met and explored the attic. They had a run-in with Digory’s crazy Uncle Andrew and now Polly has disappeared! Join me now to find out if Digory searches for Polly and find out about the mysterious Wood Between The Worlds.
Join the gringa in reading chapter 2 of book 1 “The Magician’s Nephew” of the “Chronicles of Narnia” authored by C.S. Lewis. Find out if Digory went in search of Polly! Join the adventure on YouTube with the gringa. We are delving into another world!
The Gringa is reading aloud, in English and Spanish, a book written by Jane Belk Moncure and illustrated by Linda Hohag. This is a great ten minute video for toddlers to learn the months of the year. I hope everyone enjoys reading with the Gringa.
A couple of years ago “Moon Express” completed a round of flight tests at Kennedy Space Center. Evidently, this didn’t seem like big news because the popular media sources were rather silent on the matter. Is the “Moon Express” newsworthy or not? The gringa just had to find out. I mean, with the name “Moon Express” conjuring up images in my mind’s eye of a space alien whodunit novel, surely there’s a story in there somewhere.
The “Moon Express” is a private company partnering with NASA’s Lunar CATALYST mission to provide a chunk of technology referred to as “MX-1”. The primary role of Moon Express is in the field of transporting commercial cargo from the Earth to the Moon. The MX-1 is an innovative lunar landing vehicle to help Moon Express fulfill its self-proclaimed mission of “blazing a trail to the Moon to unlock its mysteries and resources for the benefit of life on Earth and our future in space.” Considered by Moon Express to be the eighth continent, the company, with NASA’s support, looks to the Moon as an economic opportunity in order to exploit its natural resources that are rare here on Earth. What are these natural resources and their potential to help mankind?
Take, for instance, the platinum group metals classified as PT-78. Platinum is so scarce on Earth, that humans are only capable of producing a few hundred tons every year. This metal is the least reactive and most resistant to corrosion and can withstand extremely high temperatures. Platinum is most commonly used as a catalyst to produce chemical reactions such as igniting hydrogen and is used in the catalytic converters of automobiles. Estimates of manufacturing experts claim that almost one fifth of industrial applications require platinum. The plan is to mine this valuable commodity found on the Moon, return and sell it back on Earth, and the fellas at Moon Express can make the bank and fund their goals of further space exploration. Is that not the wildest “American Dream” story ever? The gringa is fascinated. I’m thinking of going out and buying a pick-axe and shovel and wheelbarrow and coveralls and…
And, the first stage in achieving these goals is the MX-1commercial lunar lander. This robotic spacecraft will deliver scientific and commercial cargo much cheaper than NASA. How can they do this? Moon Express has developed a “green” space vehicle that is powered by sunlight and, for fuel, uses hydrogen peroxide! Next time the gringa cuts herself, when cleaning the wound and the hydrogen peroxide gets all fizzy, I will imagine myself blasting into space like a shooting star!
Moon Express is just one of a small handful of private companies that have contracted with NASA. These contracts do not allow any funds to be exchanged. They are, rather, an agreement about support services and technologies that will be shared. Moon Express in particular will play a key role in assisting space exploration objectives such as returning geologic samples from the moon, providing the first platform of deployment for further space exploration, and prospecting resources on the Moon such as metals, water and oxygen that can be used to advance space exploration programs.
For more information about Lunar CATALYST, visit http://www.nasa.gov/lunarcatalyst.
For more information about Moon Express, visit www.moonexpress.com
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The gringa reads chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis, book one of the series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. This is a great series for adolescents and teenagers. Exciting experiences with courageous young adventurers in a mesmerizing fantasy world. It is such an enjoyable read most young people don’t even realize the wonderful values and character lessons that are all part of the package. I hope young people everywhere appreciate this series that is one of the gringa’s all time favorites and the perfect way to begin a new literacy mission!
Today I am launching my new project “Read With The Gringa” to promote literacy among our youth. Please join me in reading aloud on YouTube. Toddlers can join me as I read fun books in English and my not-so-great Spanish. These are short reads tailored for toddler attention spans! I will also be featuring great literature for tweens & teens, beginning with “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Thank you in advance for all your support.
The following video is the only one available at the moment. That is soon to change so I hope you will subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also, please continue to pop back in to the blog as I post what is uploaded to YouTube if you are not a “YouTuber”. I hope to soon have an expansive library of great literature easily accessible for toddlers, adolescents and teenagers.