Lesson 19 of our history curriculum, The Mystery of History, Volume II, is all about "St. Patrick, Missionary to Ireland." Since today is St. Patrick's Day, this worked out perfectly. Today's lesson was fascinating. I did not realize that St. Patrick started over 300 churches in Ireland and baptized 120,000 people! What an amazing disciple he was!
After reading from our text, we watched this quick, cute video about St. Patrick at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOqWT2tk9Js (below).
Then, we put together the trinity shamrock printable we found at
http://www.biblestoryprintables.com/StPatricksDayShamrock.html#.WMcep2_yuM9. St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the trinity to the Irish people. This will go in our history binder under "Ireland."
St. Patrick also wrote hymns. (This was something else I didn't know about him!) We listened to one of his hymns, "I Bind unto Myself Today," at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Hin4swdKg (below). We printed the lyrics to this hymn from http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/i/i024.html to follow along as we listened.
We listened to another of his hymns, "Christ Be Beside Me," at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDOdlmUejqA (below). We printed the lyrics for this from http://www.know-britain.com/hymns/christ_be_beside_me.html
Maggie decorated the lyrics for both of these hymns with shamrock stickers. Both of these will go in our history binder under "Ireland."
We then read St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons, which ties in the historical significance of this holiday with some of the fun customs we bring to it today.
Finally, Mags placed the image for St. Patrick in our timeline book.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! May God bless you!