I’m Irish. 🙂 We’re BIG on St. Patty’s Day. We’ll be going to the parade this Saturday and celebrating with Reuben sandwiches that evening with family. Why a Reuben when they are clearly German? Because my father loved Reuben sandwiches, and he was the biggest Irishman I know. So that’s that. 🙂
I thought I might try to put a SPD unit study together just for fun for my kiddos. I’m sure many homeschoolers are doing the same. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Write an Irish blessing with neat handwriting. Have younger kids trace the words “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”
- Learn why Ireland really has no snakes. (Myth has it that St. Patrick banished them from Ireland.)
- Fill in the I Spy Something Green printable book. Green is the color we use to represent Ireland because of how green and lush the land there is. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.
- Find Ireland on a map and look at pictures of the scenery. This is especially important for us since we have a couple of family members who will be traveling there at the end of March!
- Discuss why our ancestors came from Ireland (the potato famine) and where they settled (Beaver Island was one such place).
- Color a Celtic cross. Discuss why the sun was placed on the cross (to show the Druids that Christ can take the place of their sun worship).
- Watch a Riverdance video and maybe attempt to learn a few steps.
- Read about St. Patrick.
- Discuss the how St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach the people of Ireland about God. Learn a quick Bible song about the shamrock sung to Are You Sleeping, Brother John: “God the Father, God the Father, (hold up on finger). God the Son, God the Son, (hold up two fingers). God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit, (hold up three fingers). Three in One, Three in One.” (hold up three fingers on both hands).”
What else can you come up with?