Are You Talking Like a Pirate Today?

Ahoy Mateys!

Did you know that today is the International Talk Like a Pirate day? Aye, it tis! I stumbled upon the talk like a pirate website by accident and thought it sounded like a fun thing to do with Andrew.

The website has some great ideas but be warned, the writers are somewhat crass and there are talk and recipes about alcohol – but, then again, what would you expect from a bunch of pirates, right?! They do have some appropriate stuff for junior pirates, a party kit and even a curriculum you can use, too, though.

“Plundering” (borrowing) from some the above linked curriculum, here is what I am doing with Andrew today:

Handwriting/Spelling/Reading: We will talk about the words that pirates used, such as ahoy, avast, embark, disembark, foul and grog. I’ll have him write the words out and read them back to me and I’ll adapt our usual spelling activities using the words above.

Math: Not sure how to incorporate pirates into the math lesson, so I’ll probably do our regular math.

Geography: We will talk about global positioning (longitude and latitude), nautical directions and seafaring.

Art: I will let him color this pirate boat.

Religion: Usual curriculum; plus, as a treat, I will let him watch the Veggie Tales movie, “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” 🙂

I may make one of the drink recipes from the site or find a “pirate friendly” recipe to make for lunch and/or dinner. And of course, we will be talking like pirates! Arrr!

What about you? Doing anything fun for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”?

Disclaimer: Yes, I know that real pirates and piracy is a terrible thing and I will be making sure Andrew knows the difference between pretending and real pirate life. Please take this post and these activities in the spirit of fun they are meant to be! 🙂


  1. I first learned about Talk Like a Pirate Day several years ago when doing graduate studies at East Carolina University, whose mascot is the Pirates. I told the freshman students I was teaching (freshman composition class) about this day, but otherwise I didn’t do anything with it. Maybe some of the activities you mentioned would have been fun and useful, particularly the vocabulary one, since it was an English class.

    Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Arrrrrgh! 😉

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