MATHThis happens every. single. day. Sort treasure, count treasure, add treasure. The boy likes his treasure.
GEOGRAPHY & READINGAll pirates have to have maps to get around on the ocean and find their treasure. We have a map on the wall that we run to at least once a day to talk about a place that comes up in a story or sea tale. And Zach has just started getting in to making his own maps, mostly of the marina and where he imagines there's treasure buried. And finally we have an endless supply of tourist maps we get from our marina fuel dock that Zach loves to study and make up stories about and place X's all over.
HISTORYDid you know that the Mutiny on the Bounty is a true story? Zach is obsessed with this tale of treason and adventure on the high seas. He loves hearing stories and looking at books from "olden times", and his main point of historical reference is Mutiny on the Bounty. "Mama, did the Civil War happen before or after they tossed Captain Bligh off the ship?" "Mama, did the Vikings cross the ocean before or after the Bounty made it's trip?" You get the idea.
SCIENCEWe read a wonderful book called Inside the Beagle with Charles Darwin that talks Darwin's journeys at sea and emphasizes how important a ship's naturalist/ scientist was at the time. This mama likes to emphasize the peace makers at sea and hopes her boy will love the sketching with equal fervor as the swashbuckling. Then of course there's navigating by the stars (daddy taught Zach how to find Orion when he was 3 years old and he continues to amaze me with his grasp on the night sky). And of course oodles of marine life to capture, poke, swim after, and gaze at.
Ships were the very first thing Zach drew after your basic little kid scribble. And it's seriously the only thing he draws. Well, there are a few other things and he IS starting to branch out, but drawing ships is nothing short of an obsession for Z. Nothing makes me smile more than when he hands me a drawing and says, "It's a junk rigged catamaran." Or, "This has a fancy bowsprit but it's just a regular sloop." Future marine architect?
Of course the most fun of all are pirate stories. Aside from the books mentioned before, we have some favorite audio tales that keep us going on long car trips to see the in-laws.
From what I know, Jessie Modic is a teacher in a one room school house in norther California. She recorded 3 CD's (all of which are FABULOUS! The others are about fairies and magic fiddles) and her pirate story one called Saltarello is perfection in my book. No bad guys, no fighting, just silly songs, sweet songs, and two lovely stories about good pirates and salty fisherwomen.
The best thing about Pirate School? No bells, no homework, no desks, no workbooks, no shoes, no shirt, lots fresh air and lots of sunshine!