THE TRUTH ABOUT DOGS AND
CATS (Episode 121b)
When two cats "move
in" to the tree next door to T-bone, the dogs try to everything to get
rid of them, but they soon discover that they have no real reason not
to like the cats. The dogs learn that individual differences should not
stand in the way of friendship.
Big Idea: Have Respect
As children become more aware of the world around them, they begin
to learn that families are alike in some ways and different in others.
Lessons in diversity will help build:
- social and emotional development
- appreciation and understanding of cultural and social diversity
Aloud: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley
In this story, Carrie tours her neighborhood looking for her little
brother and discovers that rice is cooking for dinner in kitchens everywhere,
in dishes from Barbados, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and China.
After reading the story
- Talk about things that most families have in their kitchens and
things that are not so common. Make a list of both on a large sheet
- Have the child draw pictures of favorite meals. Browse a variety
of cookbooks to find dishes that are new to you and the child.
- Plan a meal that combines something familiar with something totally
Set up a pet store, just for fun. Collect props for the store, such
as bags of pet food, toys, and grooming supplies. If you add play money,
you can take turns playing shopkeeper and shopper.
If you can, visit a real pet store together. Urge the child to notice
and to tell you about ways in which the pets in the store are alike
Here are a few favorite storybooks about cats and dogs:
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gàg
Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman
Cats (a Scholastic Discovery Book)
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats.