I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. And not just on March 17th, but all month long! My house turns green with decorations, I start cooking Irish foods more frequently, and we get take-out meals from Fado’s Irish Pub. Not to mention how much fun it is to homeschool St. Patrick’s Day!
You can take these ideas for everything from math to language arts and spend an entire day homeschooling nothing but Irishness! Lots of malarkey and shenanigans may ensue.
These ideas are meant for older kids, although some of them (especially the leprechaun trap) can be adapted for any age.
Math for St. Patrick’s Day
My son and I created these St. Patrick’s Day math and logic puzzles. Included are 2 logic grids and 4 Sudoku puzzles. Solutions for all 6 puzzles are included too.
General Science for St. Patrick’s Day
Chemistry for St. Patrick’s Day
Since leprechauns spend most of their free time searching for gold, this element is also a huge part of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some interesting things you should know about gold.
Gold may be a leprechaun’s favorite color, but green is the color we humans most associate with St. Patrick’s Day. Try to create a glowing green flower using the ink from a yellow highlighter.
Horticulture for St. Patrick’s Day
Botany for St. Patrick’s Day
Do an in-depth plant study of the shamrock, which is the unofficial national symbol of Ireland. Some wonderful links to peruse are:
- Difference Between Clover and Shamrock Plants
- No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Is
- 17 Things you Didn’t Know About Shamrocks
- The History of the Shamrock
History for St. Patrick’s Day
- Wikipedia has a very detailed timeline showing the history of Ireland.
- Living in Ireland has a condensed version of the major eras in Irish history. This is perfect for a quick one day study.
- Genealogy Pro also has a very nice summary.
- Learn about our Irish-American presidents…there are so many to choose from since 22 US Presidents have had Irish ancestry! Our new President, Donald Trump, has Scottish and German ancestry, but Vice-President Mike Pence’s grandparents hail from Ireland.
- No study of Ireland would be complete without learning about the tragic Irish potato famine of 1845 – 1852, during which more than 1.5 million people immigrated to America. High-schoolers may be interested in delving deeper to form their own opinions on what factors ultimately caused the famine.
Language Arts for St. Patrick’s Day
- Look into the background of Irish writers W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. Choose a few of their poems or short stories to read.
- Learn to speak Gaelic at Omniglot, which has audio clips.
- Learn the Irish alphabet.
Engineering for St. Patrick’s Day
Make a leprechaun trap. High-schoolers should be able to get really creative and elaborate with this, especially if they have access to robotic kits like TETRIX, LEGO Technic, or LEGO Mindstorms. Take a peek at some other leprechaun traps for inspiration.
Mythology for St. Patrick’s Day
Learn about Irish mythology at DiscoveringIreland. Irish folklore includes stories about Cu Chulainn, a warrior who is to Ireland what Achilles is to the Greeks; the Giants Causeway; plus fairies, leprechauns, and other wee folk.
Home Ec for St. Patrick’s Day
Learn to cook some popular Emerald Isle dishes, like soda bread, Irish stew, colcannon, corned beef, and shepherd’s pie.
Geography for St. Patrick’s Day
Prepare an imaginary trip to Ireland. Ask yourself these things:
- Where do I most want to visit?
- If I stay for a week, how many places will I have time to visit? Create an itinerary and travel map based on your choices.
- What flights are available and how much does the cost of flights vary per day?
- What time zone is Ireland and how will this affect me?
- What is the climate in Ireland and what type of clothing will I need to pack?
- Will I need to exchange my money to a different currency?
- Will I need a special adapter to charge my devices at my Irish hotel?
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