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 (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!


Frogs trip to the ZOO

Frogs and Bees went for the trip to ZOO for that to answer one of their project question: “Do cats live in a ZOO?”.
Here is the report on what Frogs discovered while this adventure.

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One of aims was gaining knowledge about wild animals living in different part of the world and conditions of animals life in ZOO. Main purpose was to discover as many cats as possible among ZOO inhibitants.

With a help of educational cards children were to find different wild cats species. Indeed, they found five out of nine species living in zoo in Opole: cheetah, snow leopard, jaguar, serval and puma. Independent way of gaining knowledge let children find the answer on their questions.

During long walk children had a chance to see uncommon animals from different continents. Looking at exotic species brought lots of emotions to children. Kindergarteners liked monkeys, sea lions and giraffes the most. After the walk children had a tasty snack.

Direct contact with animals will help children remember their experiences for a long time. Time in ZOO was very attractive lesson of Nature.

  Report created by: Frogs


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!


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!


Help us to make a world-wide “Meow book”!

As you all probably know – in this project we work with democracy and literacy, in collaboration with families, society and eTwinning community.
Together, we create a simple book with the word CAT and MEOW in as many languages as possible. 

We collect all information on common padlet and already gained answers from: Belarus, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Nederlands, Norway, Persia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey.

And, of course, we want more!

Please – tell all your friends about our searching and ask them for support. 

Link to the padlet is HERE.


Cat food hunting;)

CatMeowBowlsmallOne day little Bees decided to go for cat food hunting…

No worries, they weren`t catching mice! The task was to find appropriate food and care items for cats. It meant for us to visit different places in our settlement and ask for foodstuff and different items for animal care.

We visited a post office, but there was no food for cats to buy…
We entered a pharmacy, but there was no medicine for cats to take…
No special cat bread or buns in bakery
In chemist`s there were many shampoos and brushes. Unfortunately, not for cats…
That was great place in florist`s, but nothing connected with cats…

So, when we entered a market, we thought there is no chance to find any cat dainties. Then, we found MILK (Do cats drink milk?), some cans and sausages with meat, special substance for cat`s toilet and even dental sticks (Do animal dentists exist?).

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People said that there are special shops for animals. We will visit one soon after holidays, we decided!


Discussions in large group gathering

In large group gathering in Laut (with our youngest) we talked about the green cat. We know he is SWEET and NOT MEAN (text talk), but when he is not sweet he can be very angry.

He finds it funny to tickle us, he tickles our ten tiger toes.

We also saw that he wanted to eat our lunch. We had fish and the green cat would like to eat it because he likes fish.

We practice counting, feets, ears and eyes.. ours and the animals

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