Monday Pep Talk No. 9

home|school|life magazine's Monday Pep Talk has lots of fun ideas for planning your homeschool week.

It’s Monday again — and we’ve got just what you need to get excited about the coming week.  

3 fun things to do this week

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th with some of our fun pirate study ideas from the summer issue.

There’s no better time to start a rock collection than Collect Rocks Day (September 16). The American Museum of Natural History has a great guide for beginning rock collectors. If you don’t have a rock identification guide yet, we like the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals.

Add more primary sources to your history lessons this year with Stanford’s awesome (and free!) Reading Like a Historian program.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

Southern squash casserole is the perfect comfort food for September —— warm and cozy but still full of summer flavors.

This sriracha chicken comes together in less than 15 minutes, but it tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen.

This pasta risotto is like a very posh macaroni and cheese — it would make a nice side for something like pot roast or brisket, but you could also serve it with a hearty salad and call it dinner.


one great readaloud

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, a hilarious novel-in-letters about a girl who inherits some very peculiar chickens when her family moves to her uncle’s farm.


one thought to ponder

in case of emergency {because sometimes you need something stronger than inspiration}

alive and kicking

How to Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day in Your Homeschool

Fun ideas for movies, books, etc for a pirates unit study. #homeschool

Avast, landlubbers, and prepare for a jolly celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate day on September 19 with a booty of sea rover resources.



Younger readers will appreciate How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke. Older readers can check out Pirates! by Celia Rees, a pirate story with a feminist twist, or Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton’s take on pirate life. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is the classic pirate read aloud.



Captain Blood (1935) is the swashbuckling gold standard, the Errol Flynn flick that introduced many of the pirate conventions that have since become cliches. muppet treasure island (1996) is playful fun for family movie night. For a sci-fi take on pirate life, screen the under-appreciated Treasure Planet (2002).



Sid Meier’s Pirates! computer game lets you choose the time period and region you’ll be plundering—it’s an oldie but goodie for pirate-loving kids. Put your sailing skills to the test with the Pirate King’s Sailing Simulator.A combination of luck and strategy play makes the Pirate’s Cove board game fun for different ages.



Dig into the history of some of the sea’s most notorious pirates, including a few feared females. Turn a cardboard box into a replica of a pirate ship with MollyMoo’s simple tutorial. And don’t forget to brush up on your pirate terminology with this handy dictionary that’ll help you get your sea legs.