No joke. This year, September 19th, marks the 10th annual Talk Like A Pirate Day! Although you won't find this special day marked on your traditional calendar you WILL find many fun things to do surrounding this arrrrrr-mazing day!
Say, what? What is Talk Like A Pirate Day?
Back in 1995, founders John Baur and Mark Summers were playing a game of tennis. As the game became more competitive they began, (for reasons they still can't quite figure out) hollering at the other in "pirate-slang." They joke that it was likely a "pulled muscle" that made one of them moan the first "arrrrr" but by the end of that tennis game both declared the need for a Talk Like A Pirate (TLAP)* holiday. Settling on September 19th, within several years, TLAP Day has become, nearly, a National Holiday.
What? You want to be a Pirate too?
So...ye landlubber, you want to learn how to be a pirate too? Of course ye do! Arrrr, I'm glad that I could be here to point ye in the right direction. Here is a chum-bucket list full O' fun activities, crrrrrrafts and morrrrre!
Learn how to talk like a pirate:
Make a Pirate Craft:
Throw a Pirate Party:
Pirate lapbook and curriculum ideas:
Do-It-Yourself Pirate costume ideas:
VeggieTales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
Muppet Treasure Island
Mary Pope Osborne - Pirates Past Noon
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker - Pirates
June Sobel - Shiver Me Letters, a pirate ABC
Kathy Tucker - Do Pirates Take Baths?
For Moms n' Dads there is even a special book for you! The Guide to Pirate Parenting!
*You can find out a lot more about the original TLAP Day by visiting the official website at talklikeapirate.com but beware Matey's it is not for the faint of heart as there is some light scalywag language on the original site...so if'n ye are sensitive 'tis best to stick with the links I've provided above decks.
Stephanie has been married to her wonderful husband James for 10 years. They are parents to 2 special blessings through the miracle of adoption. Kayley, age 6 and Maggie, age 2. This is her second year "officially" homeschooling although her Father always taught her that "every day is a day at school." You can visit her family at Swinging On Small Hinges.