Day 1

Getting Started

Stuff You Need

  • Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
  • die-cut cats (kit)
  • die-cut dogs (kit)
  • number cards (kit)

Things to Know

  • Vocabulary Word: character -- a person or animal in a story
  • Sight Word for the Unit: he

Ideas to Think About

  • How do written letters relate to audible sounds?
  • How does comparing two things teach us about each one?


  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. (LA)
  • With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories. (LA)
  • When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. (M)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies. (M)
  • Give examples of different ways objects and organisms move (to include falling to the ground when dropped): straight, zigzag, round and round, back and forth, fast and slow. (S)
  • Know how to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and animals (e.g., seed-bearing plants, birds, fish, insects). (S)
  • Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger. (M)
Reading and Questions
Materials: Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
Show your child the front cover of the book and ask him to point to the title of the book. Read the title to him. Ask him what he thinks the words "Hondo" and "Fabian" mean. Encourage him to consider the illustration on the front cover and ask how the picture might relate to the title.

Ask your child to find the name of the author and illustrator. Explain that in this book, it is the same person. Discuss with your child what two jobs Peter McCarty had to do to be both the author and the illustrator.

Read the book with your child and then ask him the following questions.
  1. Who are the two characters in the book? Discuss the definition of a character (a person or animal in a story).
    Hondo and Fabian
  2. What were some differences between Hondo and Fabian?
    Hondo is a dog while Fabian is a cat. Hondo went outside, while Fabian stayed inside.
  3. What were some things Hondo did during the day? Fabian?
    Hondo rode in a car, went to the beach, and ate dinner at home. Fabian played with the baby and unrolled some toilet paper.
  4. Would you rather be a cat or a dog? Why?