treasure island

Monday Pep Talk No. 16

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

It’s a brand-new week, so fill it up with fun. Here’s a little jump-start to get you going.

3 fun things to do this week

Practice your U.S. geography with a Tetris-style online game that uses states and a map instead of just colored blocks.

It’s time to start planning your holiday gifts, and these three-ingredient lemon bar soaps would make a perfect rainy day project.

Make a cloud in your living room.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

Potato hash with spinach and eggs is as easy as breakfast-for-dinner but looks like you made an effort.

Carnitas tacos are always a hit at our house, and you can whip up this version in the crockpot.

The perfect fall pizza: butternut squash topped with broccolini, chickpeas, and red onion.


one great readaloud

Annotated Treasure Island, The
By Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday (on the 13th) makes this a great week to put Treasure Island on your readaloud list. There's a reason this action-packed tale is considered a classic adventure story. (This annotated version is the one to get—the extra historical research and technical details really bring the story to life.)


one thought to ponder


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

apple cider gin fizz

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.