Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Ideas

Alright, so, Saint Patrick's Day is less than a week away and some of us still haven't figured out what we want to do in our houses or homeschool classrooms for it yet. Here's a few ideas I hope will help you out! *And, nope, I couldn't help doing this post in green!*

Number One: Follow this link HERE for a wonderful (and for a short time only *free*) unit study on Saint Patrick!!! I found this today myself and just had to get it!

Number Two: Follow this link right HERE for Saint Patrick's Day cards (both colored and black and white) and coloring pages (a lot to choose from). A discovery I made myself earlier this morning!!

Number Three: Head to your local library and read some books about Saint Patrick's day! They should still have a few on hand even to sit and read to your child there if you wish.

Number Four: Head on over to YouTube and watch THIS quick (we're talking 3 minutes here folks) Saint Patrick cartoon. There's also a few others including one by Veggie Tales. 

Number Five: While your at YouTube you may as well look up a few Saint Patrick documentaries. Watch out though, this is YouTube and some of these are not documentaries about the saint himself but rather the things folks do to celebrate the day (some have drinking just so that you are aware before you click on it and hadn't intended your child to see that).

Number Six: Find out for yourself more about Saint Patrick by either going here or here. The first link is one to an article about Saint Patrick by the History Channel and the second link is from Catholic.org.

Number Seven: Make plenty of shamrocks to decorate your home/classroom. You can either do these as purely decorations or to help explain the Trinity, as Saint Patrick himself did. Either way they're almost a must have for Saint Patrick's Day!

Number Eight: Make corned beef and cabbage for supper. We do this every year. It's a tradition in our family dating further back than I know, it started on my husband's side of the family several years back in history and I've simply continued the tradition. Although my family does claim some Irish roots, they had never done this when I was younger. It's a lovely tradition and a lovely meal.

Number Nine: Put on some good old Irish music and get up and "jig" with your kids! It'll be sure to put a smile on every one's faces!

Number Ten: Build leprechaun traps! (Just for the heck of it lol)

Now, I will leave you with four quotes associated with Saint Patrick:
When after the Winter alarmin',
The Spring steps in so charmin',
So fresh and arch
In the middle of March,
Wid her hand St. Patrick's arm on...
~Alfred Percival Graves
The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick - who was an Irishman only by adoption.
~Stephen Gwynn
Saint Patrick was a gentleman
Who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland
Here's a drinkee to his health!
But not too many drinkees
Lest we lose ourselves and then...
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see them snakes again!
~ Author Unknown
May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
~Irish prayer

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  1. Awesome list, Chrystal! Thanks for putting this together!
    I'm esp interested in the documentaries you mentioned...as the kids get older, the fun cute stuff is still great...but more substance is super!

    Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your kind words!
    Be well

    1. Thank you Chris! It actually took me a little longer than I originally thought that it would to put this list together. I have kids from (pretty much) K - 6th grade and I needed something for all ages pretty much :-)

      Thank you in return for visiting my blog and your kind words!
      Stay warm! (we're having another blizzard here)