Posted in CATS ART

Gaudi Cat Awards received!

On 13th of January, while Translational Meeting within “Through democracy to literacy” Erasmus+ partnership, there was an official Award Ceremony for “Gaudi Cat” family contest.

Project partners from Iceland, Spain and Slovenia together with teachers, kindergarten principal,  representative of Children Council, and representative of Educational Demartment in Zabrze – were giving awards to children and parents.

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Contest Jury was made by kindergarten society – children, parents and teachers – who voted for the best cats art in each category.

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Among art made by children and their parents in RED CATEGORY – the winner is Nikola from Butterflies group.

A runner up is Maciek from Dots group.

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In YELLOW CATEGORY the winner is Natalka from Butterflies group.

Runner up is Lena from Bees group.

Third place went to Konrad (Frogs).

Fourth place went to Kuba (Bees). 

Fifth place went to Lena from Dwarfs group.

Sixth place was given to Ala (Butterflies).

Diplomas for the contribution in a contest went to Kacper, Malwina, Adaś, Oliwia, Wiktoria, Maksym and Hania:

We saw lots of hapiness and proud both in kids and parents` eyes that day. Support to children given by their parents let them grow in creativity and self-confidence, which is awesome. 

Congratulations for all participants !

Idea for Gaudi Cat contest is a result of an inspiration of Spain and its culture. Therefore its obvoius that gifts fmaily received in this contest came from Barcelona and Rioja region, Spain.
They were founded within “Through democracy to literacy…” Erasmus+ project budget. 

Reported by: Anna Krzyżanowska

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Posted in CATS ART

Gaudi Cats

Here in Poland we got inspired by Spanish patterns, natural items and landscapes that we decided to create an environment for children to work with Spanish  material of culture and nature. Antoni Gaudi – Spanish architect was very  inspirational too.

Mixture of Gaudi`s art of mosaic, patterns photographed while visit in Spain and a topic of cats was great basis for the family art contest called “Gaudi`s cat”.

You can see what patterns we chose on our kindergarte website: HERE.

It was amazing how nicely our famiies worked on this topic!

In red category (mosaics created with the use of photographs taken by teachers in Spain)  two amazing cats appeared.

In yellow category (mosaics created with any material chosen by children) there came another 13 super great cats!

Kindergarteners and families were voting for two weeks for the best art work in each categories.

Soon, children and families will take part in Prize giving ceremony to receive special awards for their fabulous work. We will tell you about this event soon…

Posted in CATS THROUGH SYMBOLS, GREEN CAT STORY, GREEN CAT TOMORROW

e-books about Green Cat available!

Now you can read the story about the Green Cat in our project languages,
including the universal language of symbols
(created in a scheme of “Key to Learning. Story Grammar”)

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“The Saga of the Green Cat” 
with additional story plots and symbols created by children
participating in “Our Erasmus Cats” project

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“The Saga of the Green Cat” in symbols
created by children participating in “Our Erasmus Cats” project
with the use of “Key to Learning. Story Grammar” method

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“The Saga of the Green Cat”
(English version)

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“The Saga of the Green Cat”
(Icelandic version)
with endings created by children in Slovenia, Spain, Iceland and Poland (coming soon)

Please visit this sight for an Icelandic copy of the book:

www.greencatsaga.wordpress.com

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“The Saga of the Green Cat”
(Polish version)
with ending created by children from 48th kindergarten with integration units (Poland)

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“The Saga of the Green Cat”
(Spanish version)
with ending created by children from C.R.A. Alto Cidados (Spain)

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“The Saga of the Green Cat”
(Slovenian version)
with ending created by children from Vrtec Tržič (Slovenia)

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Enjoy reading!

Posted in GREEN CAT TOMORROW

Voting for the best ending

It was extremely hard to decide what will be our official ending of the Green Cat story…

Bees worked on the story plot again to recall the scenes one by one. Because they dithered the order of scene with the ball going up and down, children made fast experiment to check what should be first to happen – going up or down;) Bees had lots of fun with this trial.

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Then – Bees recalled five possibe endings for Green cat story created by us some time ago and illustrated by “Ladybirds” friends. For some endings children had to vote for the representative picture, which required making choices, counting, comparing the amount and making conclusions.

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When we finally had our five pictures – it was time to vote for the best ending. Everyone had two votes to use among five options. Soon the result was visible, but before – counted and shown through the digit.

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That is how Bees made their choice on TWO new adventures of the Green Cat.

Colleagues from Ladybirds made their proposals for the symbols of new characters and new symbolic scene of episodes

Now it`s high time to go back to the book and share with the whole story with our colleagues.

Posted in GREEN CAT STORY, GREEN CAT TOMORROW

Five tomorrows…

There are still some doubts what to finally choose as the next episode for the Greet Cat saga… Look what ideas children had here, in Poland, (wrote by Bees, illustrated by Ladybirds):

Episode 1: “On the meadow”

The story about Green Cat chasing the Bee who  finally stung his nose…

Episode 2: “In the forest”

About the Green Cat walk to the forest, meeting with snail and poisonous mushrooms…

Episode 3: “In the park”

The story about the Green Cat who went to the park to play with falling leaves and to chase acorns…

Episode 4: “On the street”

The story about the Green Cat crossing the road and almost bumped into the car…

Episode 5: “On the playground”

The Story about Green Cat`s meeting with children, little misunderstanding and sharp claws…

Let`s see what will be our final choice and a plot!

Posted in ASK EXPERT ANSWERS, CATS DISCOVERIES

How to be secure with dogs and cats?

Bees were searching for the answer of their last “Our Erasmus Cats” project question, broaching the topic of secure contact with animals (especially cats and dogs). You already tried to answer this question HERE.
That is what Bees discovered…

 Firstly, Bees tried to make a list of rules to uphold when meeting unknown animal – dog or cat – and reasons, why should we behave with caution.

Then – children tried to act out the scene of meeting with unknown dog and to react on his various behaviour, for that to see the consequences of our gestures, voice and body language in a contact with animal.

Bees searched for these informations also in internet resources. It turned out that it is important how we approach to dog, how we  come closer with our hand to be sniffed, in which place to stroke the animal to let him feel comfortable with…

Main rules are:

  1. Ask the owner for the permition to approach the dog.
  2. Read dog`s body language.
  3. If you approach the dog, let him sniff your hand (better fist then open palm)
  4. Do not stroke dog`s head – better to stroke his sides or place below the head.

It is worth to see this video presenting safe approaching to the dog.

We found some articles, for example: “Nie głaszcz mnie tak, proszę.. – czyli zasady dobrych powitań” and “…niezbędnik psiej komunikacji w pigułce” on the portal pieskiesprawy.pl (Polish version).

Children tried to check this new knowledge in practice – acting out safe scenes again, and trying to correct their behaviour immediately, if needed.

But, what to do if an aggressive dog approaches us?
And what does a tortoise has in common with such situation?

Bees have learned that the best option is to take the “tortoise position” – which helps us to protect as much body parts as possible. It helps coverneck, face, belly and legs. Rules are: entwine your hands inward, keeping your thumbs inside, put your arms on the nape, cover ears, kneel down and bring your head closer to knees. Look, how we did it!

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Try out tortoise postion with family at home. It`s good to practice this, in case any dog approaching you has another plan than being tickled and stroked!