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It's Pirate Week! The kiddos are LOVING it! Bulldozer still remains afraid of pirates for the most part, but that hasn't stopped him from participating and learning more about them.
Here's what's on our shelves!
Pirate Vocabulary Nomenclature Cards
Source: I created these cards. For your free printable, click HERE.
Phonograms: Long O
Source: I created these cards. For you free copy, along with cards for each of the other vowels, click HERE.
Phonograms: Writing Long O
Source: I created these cards. For your free copy, along with cards for all of the long vowel sounds, click HERE.
Pirate Spelling Words
Pirate & Parrot Beginning Blends Match Up
Source: I found this free printable at Ms. Kist's Kinderkids.
Pirate Treasure Match Up
Adding Up Our Treasure
Source: I created this printable. For you free copy, click HERE.
Telling Time Like a Pirate
The kids have cards that show the location of the sun in the sky, a compass, to determine the direction, and a reference pirate point to where they are. The cards also have the time written on them. Depending on the kiddos' age, they choose a specific number of time cards. Dinomite selects six. Bulldozer selects five. Princes selects four. The first step is to position the hands on the clock to match the time on the card. All three kiddos have done AMAZING with this. I'm still in awe that Bulldozer and Princess understand time, at least on the hour times already.
The second step in the activity is to take a blank card (provided in packet) and draw a sun in the correct position (to match their other card). This way the kiddos learn and practice both ways to tell time. They've all done extremely well with this activity. I was worried it would be a difficult concept for them. I was wrong. Bulldozer even mentioned the position of the sun as we were returning library books tonight after dinner. It always amazes me how much he understands, when I can barely tell he's listening or getting anything out of what we do.
Source: I created these printables. For you free copy, click HERE. Obviously the sun rises and sets at different times depending on the time of year. I went with a generic 6 AM and 6 PM sunrise/sunset time.
Parts of a Boat
Source: I created this printable, for your free copy, click HERE.
Pirate Ship Construction
Source: I found this image HERE.
Land Forms Part IIHERE. It being Pirate Week, I thought it a perfect time to bring in the rest of the cards. After all, these are definitely terms and visuals pirates would need to know, while reading maps. We've done the clay models and water activity before. The kiddos loved it, however, they really didn't learn much as they were so focused on pouring the water (and loving it).
As I was trying to come up with an idea, as to how to use the cards, I came across some blue and brown felt in one of my drawers. That's when the idea hit me. I'll use felt! They'll have to make the land forms! Now, I'm guessing I'm not the first person who's come up with this idea, however I have not seen it done in other places to give someone credit.
The felt pieces are working fabulously! Even better, the kiddos are really learning the names of the land forms. Bulldozer is even doing well with them!
A Pirate's Map Activity
Anyways, I digress. What I loved about this map, was that I had a miniature version of every item on it. Instead of searching the house or room over, following a map, I decided they'd create the ocean using the map, and then have the pirate ship sail around each place to the treasure. It's been a really fun creative play activity for the kiddos with no script to be had, which I love for my two autistic boys.
Parrot Nomenclature Cards
Pirates have pets, the most well known ones being parrots. Why not learn about the different kinds? Little did I know there are over 350 different species of parrots. With some research I selected 8 that are known to be really great pets. To my surprise the kiddos really love this activity. Bulldozer and Dinomite couldn't stop talking about their favorite parrots. Both really like the Lovebirds.
The kiddos want to go to the pet store to see if they can identify any of the parrots, now that they know some of the names. I'm guessing that will happen this weekend.
Source: I created these cards. For your free copy, click HERE.
A Pirate's Life
The kiddos get so excited to learn a new songs, especially when I pair it with a fun music video. They have LOVED this song! I must say it's a pretty cute video!
The kiddos also continue to work on their piano piece for the month. I'm hoping Dinomite will have the whole thing down by next Monday with confidence. Bulldozer tries about every other day to play, but he really struggles with the hand coordination. Still he loves the piano and has such a great touch for it. When he gets bored playing the piece he's supposed to practice, he plays his own masterpiece. He's always been my music kiddo. Though he never sings along during our singing time, I find him singing around the house all the time. I think he really struggles to process the words fast enough when they're set to music. Princess hasn't really shown much interest in the piano but LOVES to sing.
My Very Owen Treasure Box
Pirate Week just wouldn't be the same without a treasure box of some kind. I don't have a cute little pirate treasure box, so I decided the kiddos could make their own. I'm not one to have the kiddos do crafts and projects unless they'll actually have a use for the end product. Already, I know Dinomite will use his box for all of his LEGO guys. Princess will use it for her mini My Little Ponies. Bulldozer has said he's using it for his "special" marbles.
I picked each kiddo up a treasure box and their favorite color glitter paint. Dinomite's is black. Bulldozer's is purple. Princess' is pink. They've been working on them every day so far. Once the base coat is on, they're add stripes or dots or whatever, using the other colors provided. Lastly they can glue sequins on to the boxes. I'm not sure if the sequins will hold with Elmer's glue, but it's the only glue Bulldozer's not allergic to so... It's just going to have to do.
Monday the kiddos couldn't wait to paint their first coats one at a time, so they all sat down together to work on their boxes. It was super cute. Painting definitely proved to be challenging for all of them, especially Bulldozer. Today he seems very happy about his first coat though.
The kiddos are almost in full swing with their extracurricular activities. Dinomite is bowling and doing fabulous in gymnastics. Bulldozer went to his second private tennis lesson today. He's doing so well. His coach, who is ranked very high in the state, told me today that Bulldozer's hand eye coordination is the best he's seen in a kiddo that age. He's truly talented in the sport. Now we just have to teach him to move his body the way he wants it to go. Bulldozer is amazing at hitting a tennis ball (you wouldn't believe it unless you saw him), but can't catch a ball for the life of him. His coach is fabulous and does so great with Bulldozer. Bulldozer also started his private swimming lessons tonight. These were recommended by his previous OT to help him regulate and work on sensory issues he has. He LOVED The lesson and didn't want to get out of the pool. Granted, he's still trying to figure out how to make himself move in the direction he wants to go in the water, while keeping his mouth closed, but still, he's made such progress. Two years ago he wouldn't step foot in the water. Bulldozer continues to bowl also. Princess continues swimming and gymnastics.
Pirate Sensory Bin
I've had little images in my head of what our pirate sensory bin would look like for quite some time. Of course when it came down to it, I couldn't find any of the things I had wanted to put in it. We made do. Our bin consists of:
Plastic Coins (They're actually our St. Patrick's Day Coins as I couldn't find any pirate coins anywhere.)
Square Glass Beads
Plastic Diamond Like Beads
Mini Kazoos to act as telescopes
Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces
Safari Toob Pirate Figures
Plastic Dollar Bill Signs
Unlock the TreasureSorting Sprinkles, and just had to use it. Pirates need to know how to unlock their treasure! Dinomite and Princess are so fascinated with this activity, doing it over and over again. Bulldozer hasn't tried yet. They love how the locks pop open with the turn of the key.
Dressing Like a Pirate
Wind Up Toys
Clipping Parrot Feathers
We've done this activity before, about 9 months ago. All of the kiddos really struggled with it, especially Bulldozer. I'm hoping this time around they'll have developed more strength and succeed. Even if it's a little difficult, they were super excited about "parrot" feathers.
Scrubbing the Deck
I thought it would be fun to have the kiddos learn to "scrub the deck" just like pirates. Little did I know what a hit this activity would be.
We are having a fabulous week! The kiddos have been begging for learning time to start each day so they can do their pirate activities. Next week we start our Fall Harvest/Halloween themed month. The kiddos can't wait for Halloween. Bulldozer asks every day if it's Halloween yet. Keep an eye out for our Halloween Countdown Calendar coming soon!