Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate Math

Pirates should be pretty good at math, one would guess. After all, think of all the counting they have to do: counting their loot, measuring how many steps before burying their treasure, knowing four (fore) and halft, working on the quarter deck, etc. Today, put on your pirate hats and count. How many steps is it to the kitchen? How many kids are needed to swab the decks? How many stuffies are on the captain’s bed? Treasures have to get picked up off the floor before they get tucked away in the toy box trunk. For mates that are ready for more than counting, do some mores. Are there more socks to get put away or are there more pants? Are there more plates or more cups to wash?

Once the chores are done, have more math fun counting out piles of treasures, using blocks, or lego, or toy cars, etc. Smart pirates! What will your pirates count?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #2

Today’s pirates are going to use a treasure that’s buried deep inside–their voices! The tune is Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes. The last line of each verse can be adapted for lots of different pirate actions. Let the kids think of some, too.

Pirates sail on the deep blue sea, deep blue sea, deep blue sea.
Pirates sail on the deep blue sea.  Swab the deck.

Pirates sail on the deep blue sea, deep blue sea, deep blue sea.
Pirates sail on the deep blue sea.  Bury some treasure.

Pirates sail on the deep blue sea, deep blue sea, deep blue sea.
Pirates sail on the deep blue sea.  Hoist the Jolly Roger.

Pirates sail on the deep blue sea, deep blue sea, deep blue sea.
Pirates sail on the deep blue sea.  Walk the plank.

Songs are an effective tool for various skills including auditory memory, careful listening, vocabulary, rhythm, patterning, language, voice expression and more. Singing can help kids practice patience when having to wait or give them something to do rather than be bored. It’s a good strategy to use for self-regulation and can be calming or energizing. Open up the treasure trunk and let your voices shine.
Any more suggestions for some pirate song actions?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates for Learning

Each summer, our community hosts an international race of bathtubs! These were started by a former mayor who used to dress up as a pirate, Black Frank. Pirates are such fun for kids andthey can be used to promote all kinds of learning. The Usborne book That’s not my pirate is fun for wee little ones and older pirates, too. Little toddlers love the simple text and textures on each page. Older kids enjoy the vocabulary and predictability. A fun activity is to make a texture page. Find small bits of different textures such as a smooth ribbon, a bit of sandpaper, fuzzy fabric, a bit of bumpy cardboard, a small sponge, a soft feather,  etc. If appropriate, glue some of these bits on to a big paper or just put them in a little box for feeling. Have your child close his/her eyes and feel one of the textures. Without peeking, which one is it? Not only does this activity work on vocabulary and other language skills, it also helps develop the sense of touch. A small box of safe things to feel can also be used when travelling or waiting to keep a little one occupied for a few minutes. Now, that’s a treasure for parents and caregivers. What do your pirates enjoy?

Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #7

What rhymes with moose? Yesterday’s blog talked about phonological awareness, the ability to divide words into sound bits and then put them together differently.  This is a critical and fundamental skill for learning to read. Finding words that start with the same sound is one way of practicing, finding words that end the same is … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #7

Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #6

Moose starts with the letter m. Moose starts with the sound mmm.  What other words start with the mmm sound? For example, mitten, mother, milk, etc.  This simple activity is fundamentally  important. The skill of figuring out and using sound bits is called phonological awareness. Children’s ability in this area is so critical that it is … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #6

Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #5

This moose topic really is on the loose! The activities  just keep horning their way in–oops, I mean antlering their way in. But it shows how parents and caregivers can take an idea that captures kids and expand it to include all kinds of readiness projects. For today, some moose math. Draft some small blocks or … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #5