Day 3

Getting Started

Stuff You Need

  • A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan
  • alphabet cards (kit)
  • brown yarn (kit)* (Activity 2 - Option 2)
  • glue* (Activity 2 - Option 2)
  • number cards (kit)
  • pencil
  • scissors* (Activity 2 - Option 2)
  • sight word cards (kit)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Ask your child to say or sing the letters of the alphabet in order. Ask your child to practice counting to 20 aloud. Ask your child what a herd is.
Reading and Questions
Materials: A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan
Today when you read the book, ask your child to find the word that is marked out for each letter and substituted with "musk ox." Encourage him to point to the first letter of each word and to say the letter aloud. Read each marked out word and see if he can find the picture of that item in the accompanying illustration. For example, on the page "C is for clown," there is a clown in the window who is shivering. When you get to the letter H in the book, focus on the word "herd." Ask your child what "herd" means. He may explain that it means to hear something, or he may remember the definition from the discussion about musk oxen (Lesson 2). Explain that it is the vocabulary word for the book and that "heard/herd" has two meanings. Read the definition of "herd" (a large group of animals that live together) and discuss why it is the right word for the context of the book.