Yet another thing I love about Homeschooling is that we can decide how to celebrate holidays. For us, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to learn about Irish history and to read Irish folktales. My Dad was an amazing storyteller and was incredibly proud of his Irish heritage. So to celebrate him we go all out for St Patrick’s Day all March. Actually… it pretty much starts the day after Valentine’s Day. We make decorations, make a little leprechaun fairy garden, and I put all our Irish folktale books on the coffee table and we read them often.
I teach them traditional Irish recipes and read through my Irish cookbooks and look for new ones to try.
I don’t dye milk green or make leprechaun traps. There are no pots of gold to be found. But there is apple cake and soda bread and isn’t that pretty much the same thing? 🙂
Some of our favorite Irish folktale and history books are:
Irish Tales of Mystery and Magic by Eddie Lenihan
The Story of Ireland by Brendan O’Brian
Tim O’ Toole and the Wee Folk by
O’ Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute
Jamie O’ Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie Depaola