Pirates

I planned this program without even realizing Sept. 19 is talk Like a Pirate Day.

As the kids entered, I played the Pirates of the Caribbean ride theme song “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s life for Me” and wore a pirate hat from our prop closet on my head. I taught the children some basic pirate words before reading the first book.

I used a flannel called So Many Pirates. You make (or print) pirate ships of different colors and we counted using this rhyme:

There are so many pirate ships in the sea
What color pirate ship do you see?
Red, red, this one’s red.

(Repeat, adding more different colored ships, until you reach five)

There are so many pirate ships in the sea
Can you count the ships with me? 1-2-3-4-5

Then, it was time to do an action rhyme:

I’m a fierce pirate

(brandish sword or dagger)

Captain of my ship

(Stand at attention)

I stride the deck

(walk in place)

With hand on hip.

(Put hands on hips)

Our big black flag shows a skull and cross bones.

(Hands over eyes, or look through telescope)

Everybody moans.

(throw up hands and moan)

Out of the hold dark and dank,

((climb ladder with hands)

We bring the captive

(hands together behind back)

Who walks the plank.

(walk fingers of one hand off index finger of the other hand)

Without our gold and silver,

Away we go with many a SHOUT

(cup hands around mouth)

And a YO-HO-HO!

(Say loudly)

Our next book was:

We did one last action rhyme before our movie:

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck

(swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck

(swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it,

Then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin’

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck

(swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank…

If you’re a pirate and you know it, say AHOY…

If you’re a pirate and you know it, do all three…

The movie I wanted to show wasn’t working, so I showed the very short “We Arr Pirates” song from the Backyardigans DVD

The craft was from OTC:

I put out self stick gems and beads for the kids to decorate their frames with.

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