One family's quest to learn together
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody! No, we are not Irish descent, but it is a good excuse to learn a bit of geography and history 😉
Given the date today, I thought it would be fun to introduce the children to a bit of Irish History and learn more about this beautiful country which we hope to visit one day. I found some St. Patrick’s Day activities last night and left the printed sheets on the desk for the children to find this morning. Lucy loves to do “Plot the Picture” co-ordinate puzzles and I was lucky enough to find a couple of those for her, plus some fun drawing and counting activities and a reading comprehension for Oscar. I found the activities on edHelper.com but there are loads on the internet. I must admit I usually try to stay away from worksheets for the kids, as I dislike the waste of paper printing them off, and the closed, boring lessons that they teach, but since it was all for a little fun today I relented.
In case the printed activities didn’t get their attention (they did) I also book marked a couple of YouTube videos on St. Patrick’s day and Ireland in general. The History Channel website also has some great videos and information which was very useful.
What I love most about unschooling with my children, is how they direct the learning after the initial introduction of the topic. Independently, Lucy later went on to find a recipe for Irish Soda Bread and asked if we could bake some. (Luckily we had all the ingredients in the house, and got to it straight away!) Oscar and I also went on to watch YouTube videos of Irish music and dancing, which of course showed lots of images of beautiful scenery and castle ruins. So, lost in his imagination of castles and knights in shining armour, right now, he’s off making swords again from bits of rolled paper, apparently he’s a blacksmith like Will Turner 😉
Today they have also worked on some maths challenges, and Oscar and I are excited about moving on to the second Harry Potter novel. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody, we hope you have as much fun as we’ve had!