Ahoy, Me Hearties! Climb aboard for a fun adventure this week. We will be travelling the seven seas and learning all about pirates and mermaids.
Talk to your child about how they have already changed from being a baby to now. Talk about how they look compared to when they were a baby and ask them what they can do now that they couldn’t do as a baby.
Think about how we change as we grow up. What will we be able to do that we can’t do now?
Linked to our story
How would you catch a mermaid?
Would you use a treasure box to catch her eye?
A crown that she can’t resist
Would you put a sparkly necklace inside a giant clam?
Play some funky beats?
Or would the submarine be the best idea?
How to draw....
Sound Island Hopping: Place pillows with sounds taped onto them around the floor, close enough that your child can safely hop from one to another. Say a sound and your child has to get from their current spot to the sound in 3 hops or less, reading the sounds of the pillows they land on along the way (be sure they won’t slip when they jump on them). If they fall off the pillow ‘splash’, they land in the water.
Sight word Island Hopping
Place pillows with words taped onto them around the floor, close enough that your child can safely hop from one to another. Say a word and your child has to get from their current spot to the word in 3 hops or less, reading the words of the pillows they land on along the way (be sure they won’t slip when they jump on them). If they fall off the pillow ‘splash’, they land in the water.
Use flour, foam lentils or sand to practice writing your name. Use your finger to form the letters.
Pirate or mermaid?
Which would you like to be?
Would you like to be a pirate with a parrot on your shoulder and sail the 7 seas or be a mermaid with a beautiful tail and swim in the ocean?
Draw yourself as a pirate or mermaid. Write sentences to describe how your character looks.
My pirates name is Peter. He has a hook for a hand. His beard is black and his hair is long.
Math Facts Plank Walking:
Turn your couch into a pirate ship and your piano bench into the “plank.” No bench? Use masking tape to outline the board on the floor. Create a story line where for every incorrect math fact answer, your child takes another walk down the plank. Or for every right answer,
you have to take another step backwards saving you from jumping of the plank and into the water.
What is double 5?
What is half of 10?
Shape, Space and Measure
Investigating weight of natural materials, sand, rocks, sticks and water.
Make your own scales using string, plastic cups and a coat hanger. Source various materials to weigh. Compare heavy and light. Can you make a prediction before you weigh your object? Was your prediction correct?
People and communities
Would you rather dress up as a pirate or a mermaid?
Have you ever dressed up as a pirate or mermaid? If you have can you find a picture and upload it to Tapestry?
Pirate Treasure Hunt: Eight Challenges app:
Use the map to help Pirate Jack solve 8 puzzles. The game draws on both reading and math skills, along with logic, reasoning, inferencing, and cause-and-effect.
Exploring Media and Materials
Create your very own pirate or mermaid. Here are some ideas…
Draw a pirate treasure map. Don’t forget X marks the spot.
What can you include?
Look at the map bellow for some ideas.