Posted in CATS DISCOVERIES, TRIPS WITH CATS

Animal spies go for a walk again

Some time ago, in June – Bees went for their first scavenger hunt as “Animal spies“, to find cats and dogs who walk aroung our place of living. That day we were very lucky finding two dogs and two cats (what let us learn a word “equal” while comparing the amount).

These days Bees were walking outside again to mark all dogs and cats they found around. Then – to compare the amount and find some conclusions from their observation…

Bees have a special observation card for this task, you can use if you like: how-many-dogs-and-cats

1st day 

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Children found three dogs and one cat (which was running so fast towards trees that we couldn`t take a picture). Bees shared responsibility: Lena was responsible for the card, Adam for the marker, Bartek was a special table while all children were observers. After going back to the classroom they counted the amount of animals and stated that there were more dogs while their walk, trying to answer the question “How much more?” (succesfully, to be said).

2nd day 

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Next day dogs were the winners again. Bees has found five dogs and one cat. Two dogs were walking quite far away but children noticed them immediately. Next three dogs were walking closer – which was a good opportunity to practice how to behave with animals we don`t know. A cat was found in Maks` house as we went to visit him after staying in hospital for some time. Maks` cat is called “Łatka” and she is very cute!

That day we shared responsibilities again – Mikołaj was holding a card, Natan was a marker keeper while Filip wanted to be “a special table”.

Oh, almost forgot to tell you what else happened! While the task, Bees came across a dog drawing. Teachers wanted them to put this dog on the card, but children wisely noticed that this dog is not real but a sign.

Adam even clarified that this sign means : “You are not allowed to come with dog to this playing area”. Why it is like that? We aready learned that dogs make poo in unappropriate places and that would be strange to find dogs poo in the sandbox. So true!

Final statement was suddenly said by Lena, who found out that in this searching task “cats always lose”. Do you know why it is like that?

Posted in ASK EXPERT ANSWERS, TRIPS WITH CATS

Where do cats hide?

We have found different places outdoors where we think cats enjoy to hide themselves. We think they like to hide behind stones.

We also think they hide in the grass or this old flowers.

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We think they like to hide in these ruins.

Look this cat came along and decided to hide there, can you see it?We think cats hide from dogs.

We think the cat wants to eat the duck. The cat might go into the water to get the ducks.

Since the children thought that  cats might hide at the giantess we decided to check it out. We were going to bring our green cat along with us…but for some strange reason we could not find him. We looked everywhere….(maybe he is hiding in Reykjaneshöllina, London or even America?) Instead we brought the cats we received from you all. Look here where we think they would hide at the Giantess.

When we were to leave a cat appeared and look where he decided to hide.

Posted in ASK EXPERT ANSWERS, CATS DISCOVERIES, TRIPS WITH CATS

Hiding in nature

Hiding in our environment was such a great fun, that we decided to try it again but more in nature area. Suprisingly, we discovered that Filemon likes hiding as well!

We got inspired by the animation you can find here (Przygody kota Filemona. Zabawa w chowanego), but also Slovenian hiding question from “Ask Experts” and one of the picture from “The Saga about the Green Cat”. Look, can you spot the difference? 😉

First, we saw an old animation telling us a story about searching the highest tree in a forest. It was fun to play echo with Filemon (need to check it in the nature as soon as possible). We learned the meaning of the word “high” and “the highest” , working with our bodies and trees on the interactive whiteboard and on our green carpets. Now Filemon knows which tree is the highest to hide beneath!

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Then, there was the time to check our knowledge outdoors. We went to the greenery area between our blocks of flats, found some very high trees  (but couldn`t decide about the highest one). While the walk, we found many fantastic places to hide!

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We have learned that:
1. bunch of nettle is not a good place to sit in.
2. a pile of cut grass is a better place, but it tags to our clothes and can be wet.
3. people should clean after their dogs while they walk;)
4. generally – spending time together outside is awesome!

Posted in ASK EXPERT ANSWERS, CATS DISCOVERIES

Tickle everyone and everywhere!

Today it was a tickle day! Bees took an inspiration from the book and Icelandic Lundur question: DO YOU TICKLE AND WHERE DO YOU TICKLE? And have lots of fun and discoveries…

You need to hear about our first language discovery that day. When taking a Polish word “tickle” into consideration (which is ŁASKOTKI) Bees noticed that there is a word KOTKI (cats) or KOT (cat) hidden in a word. Look: ŁASKOTKI or ŁASKOTKI! Isn`t it amazing? It means that tickling is strongly connected with being a cat! There was no other way but go further into this topic!
Firstly, children discussed where they are ticklish the most. Soon it turned out that some of us are ticklish in feet area, on neck or nape, under knees, on the back, belly, thighs or armpits. Others said they are ticklish everywhere while teachers maintained that they are not ticklish at all. Why not to check it out? Bees chose their own magic tickle feather and started a tickling battle…

At the beginning Bees tried to tickle themselves, checking if they were right with their statements.

Soon after Bees made pairs or triples and tickled their colleagues as much as possible. Then children told others which body parts are the most tickish on their friends` bodies.

We also checked teachers and all project cats. Conclusions after tickling them are: 1. Indeed teachers are not tickish at all. 2. Cats pour while tickling all the time;)

At the end, as some children asked about taking feathers home, we decided to make a tickling machine, to bring this fun to our families as well. That is how we managed this:

Simple question, but we learned: word formation, body parts, making conclusions, working in pairs, aome art and even had breathing exercises. Besides all these, it was a great fun! Thank you, Lundur!

Posted in GREEN CAT STORY

The saga about the magic egg

Four children in Lundur have been making a saga about cats.

First they sat down and named all the cats and talked about what they would do in the saga.

In the saga shows how the childrens knowledge come alive. We have been working with the word “bounce” in text talk and their knowledge of the book “the green cat saga” also shows in the saga about the magic egg.

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Here is the saga about the magic egg

 

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Where to hide and why?

Slovenian children from Owls group asked our team WHY CATS LIKE TO HIDE AND WHERE THEY HIDE?
Today, with a help of Bonifacy, we tried to find the answer on this question.

First trial was close to our kindergarten and block of flats we mostly live in.

At the beginning we discovered that cats like to hide on trees, especially when they want to escape from dogs. Then, we noticed two snails climbing the tree. Do they also escape from dogs? And finally we tried to climb the tree as well. It was quite hard, because we don`t have claws as cats do.

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Closer to primary school area we found a fabulous tree cats or people could hide in. Firstly we thought that only Bonifacy is able to get inside, but with a help of our teachers also Szymon fit into this space. For sure it is easier to hide behind the tree, children noticed.

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Soon we discovered that the most diverse space to hide and play is in the PLAYGROUND! Look, where the best places for hide-and-seek game are here!

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Next time we need to find another places to hide in a greenery area.
We will take Filemon with us.  

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We also do Yoga Cats!

Iceland, thank you for your post which inspired us to try Yoga Cats!
We saw the video you recommended and your pictures doing Yoga exercises, and of course decided to try!

First, we tried to clean our faces and ears like cats do everyday.
We also said “Hello” to the Sun and to the Earth…

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Then, on the basis of the video, we put on many poses of Yoga cats. That was very funny, but also tiring. For sure, cats need to be very pliant for that to be able to do all these…

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We will certainly continue on Yoga Cats!

Posted in CATS DISCOVERIES, LANGUAGE OF CATS

The names of cats

We were looking at pictures of our cats at home and discussing their names and what they look like. The names of our cats were f.ex. Pési, Snúlla and Ýmir. We thought Ýmir to be a strange name since we know a boy named Ýmir. We were wondering if there could be a cat named Freyja, Hugrún or Jóna in your countries. Or even a cat named Pési like here in Iceland? What are the names of cats in your countries?

We would also like to know what cats look like, their colors, in your countries?

Here you can add a picture and/or the name of your cats.

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Where do cats live?

Turtles with Mojca and Gregor visited shelter for homless cats in Horjul.

We were reading The green cat story and we started to think about cat’s homes, if all cats have a home… We found some homeless cats in our neighbourhood and some cats living in warm houses and soft sofas.

We started to explore what happens with homeless cats if we can do anything to help. We found a shelter for homeless animals in Horjul. We made posters for parents that we are collecting food and some other stuff and   we put boxes in all units of our preschool and ask for help.

We visited shelter in Horjul where we saw garden, homes for cats… They also told us how they take care for homeless animals.

http://www.zavetisce-horjul.net/index.php