Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in our homeschool and home

Perhaps it's because it comes at the end of long winters, darker days and we may be wallowing in the midst of the tail end of the winter doldrums but ever since we started homeschooling in 2006, we've celebrated St. Patrick's Day with our own bits of fun, in our own very American Midwestern way.

I thought I'd share a few of our favorite St. Paddy's Day things with y'all.

Our Favorite Books: (Click book for link)

This one is just too funny.... and you may want to make pancakes while you're reading it. And since it's St. Patrick's Day, you may want to make green chocolate chip pancakes. Just sayin'.

For your listening pleasure:
We really enjoy a good audio book at our house and this collection of Irish Folklore doesn't disappoint. I think the piratey Grace O'Malley story is still our all time favorite.

When the kiddos were littler, we added in some fun worksheets to our school day. You can find a slew of printables for St. Patrick's Day on Pinterest.
Here are a few fun ones:
How To Catch A Leprechaun writing activity
Write a Limerick worksheet
And here's a whole History of St. Patrick's Day unit study [PreK-K]
A St. Patrick's Day Trivia Quiz for middle schoolers
A wonderful 5 day unit study from Knowledge Quest on St. Patrick
A seriously cool rainbow themed science experiment
And this experiment using Skittles is super cool- even for high schoolers (possibly because they also get to eat the leftover Skittles)

Again- Pinterest has a plethora of pretty pins for this. I'm all about keeping it simple.
For example, I'm a fan of this oldie but a goodie- the science project turned decoration with white carnations and green dye.... but here's a few more simple yet crafty fun ideas:
Paper Strip Shamrocks
A pretty candle centerpiece with dried split peas

Here's a link to lots my wonderfulness on my St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Board
And here's a post I did a few years ago about our celebrations including my attempt at rainbow jello desserts.... let's just say- t i m e  c o n s u m i n g. 

It can't really be St. Patrick's Day at our house without a showing of this- our all time favorite "Irish" John Wayne Movie.... [Guess what? It's on Netflix right now!]

As for food.... now there's some real fun. It's easy-peasy to add green food coloring to a few good dishes.
For breakfast we've had: green (scrambled) eggs and ham, green oatmeal and green pancakes. Or even Lucky Charms Cereal!

Lunch: Bubble and Squeak (scalloped potatoes and ham)
Supper: Irish Beef Stew or Shepherd's Pie.... and yes we've even had corned beef and cabbage (but I gotta say, not a fan.)
With Irish Soda Bread [a boxed mix from Aldi. Sigh. I heart Aldi.]
And dessert: Mint Chocolate Chip Shakes of course!
Or Grasshopper Pie. 
Ahem, I just found this recipe right here for grasshopper poke cake. I think that's our dessert for St. Patrick's 2015.

Want to get fancier? More involved? Here's a link to 50 different Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

We don't hold much with "luck" 'round these parts... instead we count our blessings. Which is a good habit to be in, really. And so with that- I'll leave you with this snippet of an Irish blessing...

May God hold you in the palm of His hand until next we meet again.


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