Unit studies are a fun way to mix up your daily routine and still add learning to your day. With Homeschool Legacy's Pirates or Privateers: You Decide we were learning History, Language, Geography, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking, Music, Art, Government, and more. This is a 4 week study, which can be done in 30 minutes just 3 times a week.
The course was very simple to follow. I printed the course and had it bound, but I often went to the digital download as there are several links to follow and learn more as you go through the course. There were also links for printable worksheets like this one here on learning the parts of a ship...
This has been a fun unit study learning about pirates. I didn't realise my son thought they were fictional people. We learned about who pirates really were and what they did. It also opened some great discussions on how one would become a pirate, in which my son supposes "it was a person who didn't have a mom or dad that took care of them, and they had to get their food by stealing."
It was suggested to do a timeline, we are in the process of adding a timeline to our school room, so we didn't do this option, but I have a feeling we'll be coming back to this unit study and we can add it once our timeline is up on our wall.
There were several movie suggestions throughout the course such as Muppet Treasure Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Swiss Family Robinson. We have recently watched some of those, so we went and saw The Wild Life: Robinson Crusoe.
Although this doesn't pertain to us here in Australia, the American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts can earn merit badge requirements through doing these unit studies. There's a fun extra bonus for you!
Homeschool Legacy is a Christian company started by a homeschool mom who desires to bring glory to God and instil a love a learning in your child. As she started searching different homeschooling methods she discovered unit studies. As she has found that unit studies were a good fit for her family, I have found the same with my son. He thrives on hands-on learning. He has enjoyed this unit study, and I'm planning to incorporate more of them into our next school year. (We school year round here in Australia, and are nearly finished with our last term of the year!)