Ready or Not, Here Come the Pirates

  • August 18, 2016
  • Bilingual Therapies

pirate speech therapyIt’s time to be a pirate, matey, or you may have to walk the plank! Yes, pirates are a fantastic ice breaker to use with kids of all ages. Pirate pragmatics get kids actively involved and lighten up the mood when working on speech and language goals. Arrr they ready to tackle the letter R? Many kids, including multilingual learners, have a difficult time with the |r| when it is within a word. Personable and funny pirate friends, like the ones in these activities, will help them to practice this pesky letter sound.

To get into the pirate mood, begin with some funny pirate tales. There are countless books about these hilarious characters, and kids will adore getting to know new pirates along the way. Some great book options are:

  • The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
  • I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck
  • Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
  • The Pirate Who Couldn’t Say Arrr! by Angie Neal
  • Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer
  • There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward
  • Small Saul by Ashley Spires
  • Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
  • Pirates Go to School by Corrine Demas

Before reading the books, take time to talk about pirates with the kids. Ask them what famous pirates they know about. See if any of them have ever dressed up like a pirate or gone to a pirate party. Check and see who is familiar with some pirate vocabulary like the plank, doubloons, and more.

When it’s time to read, begin by taking a book walk through each book. Look for |r| words and practice saying them like a pirate together. Talk about how important the letter r is for all pirates and that it takes lots of practice.

There are a lot of pirate crafts that you can do together if you look on Pinterest. Another fun option is to make an Arrr |r| treasure hunt for the kids to work on speech and language letter R goals. Items could be hidden around the room and they can make a treasure map to mark the spot where they find things. If space is limited, make an |r| sensory box filled with toys and things that begin with the letter R.

Be sure to send home connector activities for families to keep up on what is taking place in speech sessions. Remember to include fun games that they can play together using the |r| sound and translations of instructions for multilingual families.



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