February and March were busy months full of powerful emotions: we were excited, scared and very thirsty for adventure as we went on a near two-month voyage into the Blue Sea of Dreams for our humongous, year-ending Pirate theme, and we were proud and a little sad as we said goodbye to our dear friends, the graduating K3 class.
At the start of our swashbuckling pirate adventure, we had only a blank magical map, a ramshackle ship and a blank canvas. We had to learn our special pirate names and then name our ship and crew (The Silver Hunter Queen, sailed by the Diamond Dragon Pirates). We had a crash course on pirate vocabulary: “Ahoy, matey,” “Aye-aye Captain,” “All hands on deck,” “Shiver me timbers” and many more. We learned about ship parts and trained in various pirate activities such as dodging cannonballs or just slicing them out of mid-air with our cutlasses. We learned about many kinds of treasure and then we were off!
The Pirate Island of Tortuga, where we learned to play rowdy pirate tavern games,
Coconut Grove, where we had to follow a treasure map and defuse some landmines left by our “frenemy” Boom-Boom Brown,
Love-Love Laguna, where we had to defuse even more of Brown’s landmines by carefully replicating some loving gestures,
Dolphin Cove, where we needed to complete a stamp rally, learning all about exotic sea creatures,
MoonStar Marina, where we visited a world-famous Pirate Museum, avoided deadly traps and answered a quiz about the most legendary scourges of the Seven Seas,
Flower Island where we had to identify many flowers and seafaring birds to impress the nature-loving pirate Captain LeFleur,
No Fish Atoll, where we had to avoid some dangerous cannibals,
and Double Dragon Isles, where we had to prevent Captain Hook from exploiting magical creatures by imitating a ticking crocodile… (we got a magic unicorn horn here)! To win this battle, we needed to combine all the magical jewels we had earned throughout our magic month and our pirate adventures, into powerful magic bracelets!
As we travelled, we made a record of our journey in our Captain’s Logs, writing and drawing a detailed description of all of our battles, hardships and discoveries.
Also, along the way, not only did we find some fabulous treasures, but also another Captain’s Log, detailing the tragic story of Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchman. We had a couple run-ins with this dangerous ghost pirate, even sneaking on board the famous ghost ship and liberating some cool treasure (his heart, a magic sword and many valuable spices, which the kids could smell and taste. In the end, we wound up helping Captain Jones regain his humanity, and as a reward we received the materials needed to make some incredible pirate swords!
These months, we also had holidays to observe. Valentine’s Day, Setsubun and Hina-Matsuri.
For Valentine’s Day, we made some yummy dinosaur-shaped chocolates for mommies and daddies (hope they shared a little with the kids)…
For Hina-Matsuri, we had a wonderful celebration on Japanese Day and beautiful decorations for a month. As is often the case, during our Setsubun celebration we were visited by a very scary, if misunderstood Oni. The kids had previously made amazing Oni masks of their own, and armed with these masks and some deadly peanuts, they quickly subdued our frightening visitor. It turns out he regretted his dirty deeds and wanted to be friends, so we snapped some nice photos together.
We also had a STEM day that may have been the funnest yet: Trouble With Bubbles! The kids used all kinds of materials to make creative wands for blowing the biggest, most, or strangest shaped bubbles. We sent many beautiful bubbles flying off into the city skies on this unforgettable day.
Last but not least, the K3s prepared for graduation. They worked so very hard on their speeches, songs and even the decorations. How did it all turn out? Check out our graduation ceremony blog. As the school year came to a close, we said goodbye to our oldest friends, and also to some younger friends whose journey will be leading them elsewhere. It was hard to say goodbye to our dear classmates, but we know they will have many new exciting adventures in their new schools. Now it’s time to get ready to say hello to all the new friends who will join us from April!