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Arrrrgh! Pirates!

1328026975arvadacenter-pirate-tattoos-big-pngAccording to the special days in September calendar, the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day!  And on our planner, it’s the last day of our pirate unit study that we have been working on a couple of days a week for the past several weeks.  It’s been a fun and interesting study.  Below are some of the resources we have been using.

For pirate biographies, dictionary, lore, sea sickness, and more  http://the-pirate-ship.com/

For learning about how much work it was to sail a full-rigged ship  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6DZIvMZWzQ

Since pirates needed sewing skills for sail repairs we have added some sewing instruction to our lessons.


How to tie knots was also a valuable pirate expertise, so we gave that a try as well.  This site has step by step knot tying instructions   http://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/

Navigation by stars  was another important sailor skill  https://seahistory.org/sea-history-for-kids/navigating-by-the-stars/

Instructions for making a cork and needle compass  https://www.nps.gov/articles/compass.htm

Our lapbook board  (we glued these to file folders once the unit study was finished).


Free unit studies and lapbook printables along with book lists and other links to follow  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__pirates.php

“Why are pirates called pirates?”   –   “They just arrrrrr!”  and, lots of other pirate jokes for kids   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/topics/pirate.shtml

Blackbeard, pirate, and treasure chest printable notebooking pages  http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_ss.htm

More pirate themed notebooking pages  http://edgalaxy.com/printable-paper-for-teachers/2012/9/22/pirate-themed-writing-pack.html

Pirate Adventure Writing Prompts                                                                         https://writeshop.com/pirate-printable/

These are a few of our library finds.

994563_499037283511462_2074833300_nMovies and music!


Interactive sunken treasure game  http://nationalgeographic.org/education/multimedia/interactive/maps-tools-find-sunken-treasure/

Interactive “Walk the Plank” and Pirate themed Math Games https://www.math4childrenplus.com/?s=pirate

And “Talk Like a Pirate Day” Math Lesson                                                                https://www.yummymath.com/2018/talk-like-a-pirate-day-viral-growth/

Our chalkboard wall mural.  The instructions for how to draw a pirate ship from here were  quite helpful.  http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/drawing/how-to-draw-pirate-ships.htm


In conclusion to our pirate unit studies we attempted to make this treasure chest cake! https://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/category/other/pirate/treasure-chest/

treasure-chest-cake-recipe-photo-420-0497-FF0403CAKEA19Haha!  Another “Pinterest Fail”, but still tasted good!


For more resources for special days in September click here

Wishing you smooth sailing!

betty jo



Our Homeschooling Week Ending 8/23

This was our third week of the new school year.   E17 had her 12th Day of the 12th Grade photo taken for our yearbook.

1146523_503579246390599_1268898172_nNow that the kids photos in front of the chalkboard wall are finished, we’ve been able to start on the next mural.  We’ve got a lot left to do on it, but so far we’re liking it.

537858_505167939565063_278430117_nJ10 and Z8 have been working on their pirate lapbook.  I like to put the booklets on the bulletin board as we make them.  Later, they will be transferred to a file folder.1231251_504273662987824_1453824905_nE17 and B15 have been researching pirate facts and superstitions for their notebooking assignments.  Some of the things they are learning are pretty strange.  For example, when a pirate said “Shiver me timbers” it was actually a request for another pirate to shave an especially difficult to reach portion of his back ( “shiver” means “shave” and “timbers” means “lower back”).  Now if only the research could help us in answering why would a pirate need his lower back shaved because that was the question we had.


We’ve been reading more pirate themed books.  1009836_504273782987812_83552123_nOur movie of the week was Muppet Treasure Island12693

The movie lead us to our next pirate lesson, music!  We all enjoyed the soundtrack as we listened to identify instruments and applied what we have been learning about music theory .  This was the most popular sing along of the week.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltWirB6jKh0

Next week we’re looking forward to more pirate adventures as we continue with our first unit study of the school year.  And I’m looking forward to finishing the mural and getting the dust mess cleaned up, argh!

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