I love doing unit studies with my twin 7-year-old boys as part of our homeschool routine. I usually let them alternate picking themes and this time was Pirates! Arghhh!!!! Here’s how I set up our Pirate Unit Study!
When I got out the materials for our Pirate Unit Study it was a Friday afternoon when we were taking a long weekend, they had had Thursday and Friday off from homeschool and we were happily playing with friends in our playroom/schoolroom. I started setting things up and they immediately wanted to dig in! I told them it wasn’t a school day but they insisted. A proud mom-teacher moment…you know you’ve hit a winner when they want to do school on a no-school day!
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The first thing I do when I’m setting up a unit study is look around my house and my mother-in-law’s (she has a great supply of toys, games, and books for the kids when they’re over there for the afternoon). After all, I’m always looking to make things less expensive and save a few dollars here and there. She had the pirate eye patches and hats and I already had the old Jake and the Neverland Pirates play ship from their toddler days. I snagged them and added them to the pile.
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There are a few main things I like to include in my unit studies – hands-on activities, books (lots of books), and games. Here’s a list of the items I have in this particular unit study.
Pirate Chapter Books
We will read one or two chapter books aloud. Be sure to check out the hands-on materials to keep them entertained quietly while you read!
I love adding picture books as the boys still enjoy them. While more often for fun, you'll often find facts and information presented in a fun way!
Pirate Hands-On Activities
Hands-on activities not only help with fine and gross motor skills but help keep them quiet during read-alouds!