Do you remember our holiday tree? After taking down the number ones I hung for Pal’s first birthday, we decided to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day!
To be honest, I didn’t know much about St. Patrick. Mostly what you see for advertising of the holiday consists of leprachauns and shamrocks, and although I knew there was more to the story, I hadn’t researched it before.
That’s one of the great things about home schooling, or at least getting more hands on in the education of your children wherever they are being formally schooled. My little research project turned into a shamrock decorating party, a little historical review of the man we call St. Patrick, and even a short discussion of salvation.
We learned together that St. Patrick was originally from Scotland, and after being taken as a slave to Ireland and escaping home again, he returned to Ireland as a missionary and stayed there for much of the remainder of his life. He was one of the first people to bring the written word to the Irish by way of the Bible, and led many nobles to commit their lives to God. One interesting tidbit is the reason behind the shamrock. It turns out, St. Patrick used the shamrock’s three leaves to describe the trinity of God, and now many pictures of him also show a shamrock.
I printed out this story to read to the kids, and this is the website I used to find a clover to trace as well as coloring pages. Our librarian is ordering a couple of children’s books on St. Patrick from another library for us next week, just in time to celebrate the 17th of March.
Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? How do you share the holiday with your kids? Any special crafts, books, or activities you’d like to share?