In this first book, the five Alpha-Maniacs are playing pirates when a band of real, but bumbling pirates, sail ashore. Speaking only in rhyme, the pirates ask the Alpha-Maniacs for help with a treasure map. The Alpha-Maniacs jump at the chance to train the clumsy buccaneers in all aspects of being proper pirates.
This book is based on rhyming, which is the first phonological awareness skill to develop in young children. Words that rhyme have the same middle and end sounds, such as cat and mat. Rhyming helps children notice similarities and patterns in words, which lays the foundation for both reading and spelling. In the story, Captain Ray and his pirate crew speak only in rhyme. Occasionally, they stumble on their words and the Alpha-Maniacs help them to complete the rhyme. Drawing children’s attention to the rhyme helps them to develop this skill more quickly. As you read, be sure to emphasize the rhymes and encourage them to repeat the rhymes along with you.
At the end of the book, you will find additional rhyming activities meant to be played at home or in a classroom. In addition to rhyming games, this book also includes activities to practice letter formation.