Skip to main content

Literature Based Kindergarten Curriculum, "Patron Saint of Ireland"

Primary Literature
  • Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola. This book is a great introduction to kids on not only Saint Patrick but on biographies in general. It is full of factual information yet still offers and engaging story. dePaola's classic bright illustrations also help to draw in young listeners. My children were especially intrigued by five legends it includes about Saint Patrick. 

  • Vocabulary Words to Review
    • noble - distinguished/highborn
    • fierce - violent
    • raided - to steal 
    • pagan - not religious
    • desolate - barren/empty
    • missionary - a person sent to spread God's word

Complimentary Literature
  • The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about Saint Patrick by Sheila Macgill-Callahan, a whimsical book tells of the legend of how Saint Patrick rid Ireland of all it's snakes...and what became of the persistent snake who refused to leave. 
  • Saint Partrick's Day by Gail Gibbons, this is a nonfiction book that not only tells about the life of Saint Patrick, but also explains the many ways people celebrate and the reasons behind the many symbols that surround the holiday.

Other Complementary Materials

Learning Activities and Games
  • Matching shamrocks and numbers. This game was really simple to make. I cut notecards in two, then wrote the numbers on one side and used corresponding stickers on the other side. 

  • Uppercase/lowercase alpahbet sticker matching. I found this game via Rachel at I Heart Crafty Things

  • Stamping with cookie cutters. 

I also brought out a few other learning games and activities from a previous years Saint Patricks Day unit.

Please check our homeschooling page for more children's literature and unit ideas. 


Popular posts from this blog

Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

A Visit to Nashville

Last weekend Jeremy and I took a quick trip to Nashville. We left the kids at home with Maca so it was a great mini vacation. We took overnight Mega buses there and back which was perfect except for one young man who needed convincing that, despite how expensive his headphones were, or how amazing his jams may be, nobody else wants to hear them at 2am. I may have not handle that situation in the most graceful manner. 
We got to Nashville Friday morning and after cleaning up a bit we went to Marche's in East Nashville for brunch and then explored the downtown. 

Friday night we had some crazy good food at an acclaimed local restaurant City House - the building is also very impressive. 

Saturday morning was my favorite part of the whole trip. Our friend Joni took us to a hiking trail where we marveled at Tennessee's beauty and enjoyed the almost 70 degree weather. 

The rest of Saturday was spent exploring Nashville neighborhoods and indulging in a bit of shopping and delicious f…

Preschool Syllabus: Dr. Seuss

Normally I'd do a Dr. Seuss unit in March around his birthday. We had to do one now though because on Saturday Big Buddy and I going on a date to a Dr. Seuss exhibit. The exhibit is only at the museum until January and I'm afraid if we don't go now we might not get the chance.

We are of course reading lots of Dr. Seuss's books. A great advatage to studying Dr. Seuss in November rather than March is that all his books were available at the library. I also found a great children's biography which is perfect for preschoolers.

 We've read it a couple times and Big Buddy loves reciting all the facts he's learned


LEARNING "TRAYS" -I rotate these, setting out about four a day from which the boy's can choose.