Pirate School

We're a few months late to this, but we're joining the "Poppins Book Nook", over at The Canadian Homeschooler.  I was so excited to find this monthly link up because we're huge book lovers over this way.  (In fact, we're having a super exciting addition, related to books, at our home come August that I'm so excited to soon share.)
This months theme was "Ye Old Pirates!"
We have several pirate themed books in our home library, so we had a hard time just choosing one.  We ended up reading Pirate School by Cathy East Dubowski.

Pirate School by Cathy East Dudowski. At first I wasn't liking this book.  I didn't like it because the pirates were rude and they were taught to fight out any differences.   I didn't want to be reading this and encouraging such ill manners in my own kids.   But then I settled down.  They're pirates!  Pirates are supposed to be mean!   It's a really cute story; they take a yellow school boat to school!  Plus, in the end, everything turns out good and well mannered and leaves you with a nice "happy ever after" feeling.  

For our go along activity we role played (any surprises there?).  There's just so much fun to be had with pirates, and so many opportunities to sneak in some fun learning.  Like how about gold coin math!?  Since it's summer, I gave the kids a break and just let them do their thing with role playing.

With perfect timing Grandma gifted us an old spyglass that was my brothers.  In today's age of instant gratification, this was a nice lesson on patience.  The spy glass was touchy and you had to get it "just so" before you could see anything.   We explained to Connor that this would be all the pirates had.   They wouldn't have had binoculars or auto focusing lenses.

For an additional hands-on (and free!) activity, we visited our local Home Depot where they were building ships!  Connor embellished his to be sure we knew it was pirate.  You can sort of see at the top he had taped a pirate flag.



  1. The spy glass came at just the right time! I love seeing my daughter play with things that have been in the family for awhile. I hope your son enjoys the spy glass! :)

  2. The ship and the spy glass are terrific activities for this month!
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!


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