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A Homeschool 'Mr. Putter and Tabby' Unit

Looking for a book series for those of you who homeschool? "Mr. Putter and Tabby" will provide simple chapter books, interesting stories and the opportunity for meaningful activities.

Introduction to Mr. Putter and Tabby

It is often difficult to find just the right books for your child to read when you homeschool. The " Mr Putter and Tabby" book series is a wonderful place to start.519nIM8yIsL. BO2,204,203,200 PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76 AA300 SH20 OU01

The series is written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard. The first book in the series is Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea. It is in this book where the friendship begins.

When you open the book you may like to point out to your child that it is a chapter book. ( Young children love to tell that they are now reading chapter books!)

Look at the title. Take the opportunity to talk about the word Mr. Show your child how the word would look if it was written out (Mister). Discuss the use of the abbreviated form of Mrs.

Share the book with your child.

Ideas for Introducing Vocabulary

English muffins - Why not have an English muffin as you sit together to read the book?

peppy - The kittens are jumping up and down. Demonstrate with your fingers and hands how they are bouncing around. Now lay your hands quietly in your lap to show the opposite of the word.

shelter - Explain what an animal shelter is and its purpose to your child. Look in the telephone directory and find the listing for one in your area. Look in the local paper to see if there is an article spotlighting animals for adoption.

opera - Ask your child to sing a nursery rhyme in an "opera" voice. Find a radio station that plays opera selections.

Comprehension Questions

Why did Mr. Putter not want a kitten? (They were too active and he knew he could not cope with their antics.)

Why did Mr. Putter want a cat? (He was lonely.)

Why was Tabby an ideal cat for Mr. Putter? (He was a little deaf, his bones creaked and his hair was thinning.)

What is important to Mr. Putter ? (His friendship with the cat.)

What are the things that Mr. Putter enjoys in life? (His routines and his tulips.)


Fold a large sheet of paper in half. Invite your child to draw a picture of Mr. Putter showing his thinning hair, his rumpled appearance, his creaky posture on one side. On the other side of the paper draw Tabby showing the same characteristics. Write a story with the help of your child to go with your pictures.

Discuss with your child how older people are often lonely . Do you have relatives or neighbors who are lonely? How could you cheer them up? Make a batch of cookies together and deliver them to an elderly neighbor, or invite an older relative to share a special tea time with you and your child.

Mr. Putter loves his cup of tea. Have a tea party together. Show the difference between Mr. Putter's tea and Tabby's tea.

Visit a local garden center or stroll through a garden where there are tulips. Then ask your child to make a bright colorful picture of tulips in a garden. Maybe the picture would brighten some lonely person's fridge.

Mr. Putter and Tabby had definite routines. Together with your child, make a timeline of your day. Discuss: Do you have a routine each day? Is it different on the weekend?

Tabby is an orange-colored cat. Help your child to find a picture of a cat in a magazine and cuta936b4b4935d5c81f2e711984cea0bc764e4c597 large it out and paste it in the middle of a large sheet of paper. Around the picture cut and paste, or draw the things that the cat would need to survive(food, water, exercise, love, etc.). Look in books or on the Internet and find out about cats. e.g. What are cats called who have no tails?

More Mr. Putter and Tabby

For your homeschool, Mr. Putter and Tabby books will provide many opportunities to discuss relationships, extend vocabulary and act as a starting point for activities across the curriculum.

For a complete list of the series, you can go to Amazon.


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Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, Amazon

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