Friday, March 18, 2011

The End of an Era...

Mommy's Yellow Car.
The Short Bus.
Mom's Taxi.'ve been a GOOD car.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patricks Day Unit Study Finale

We ended up lumping the last few St. Patrick's Day activities together because we got so busy!  Here are the last 3 days of our unit study.

Day 10.  Ceili for my Kayley...
A Ceili (pronounced Kayley) is a traditional irish dance party.  Fun to do and good exercise!   (Yes Kayley -- YOU are named after an irish dance party!)

Some more Gaelic words:
Gaelic                      Traditional Irish Language
Ceili                         Irish Dance Party
Feis                          Irish Dance Competition
Erin go Bragh          Ireland Forever!
Sláinte                     Health (to you!)

We watched some Riverdance and learned some dance steps with Mommy while listening to Celtic music!

Day 11.  Irish in America
In the mid 1800s life in Ireland was VERY hard.  Many people relied on their potato crop for their survival...and at this time, there was a blight (a sickness) on their potatoes and there were no good potatoes for a very long time.  People couldn't pay for their homes, they were hungry and didn't know what to do.

Many Irish came to America to try to make a better life.  America was called "the land of opportunity". 

Read:   Small Beauties: the journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara / by Elvira Woodruff  (grab a tissue becaue it is a tear-jerker. 

Day 12.   St. Patty's Day foooood!
There are a lot of yummy traditional food associated with St .Patricks Day.

Corned Beef & Cabbage-yummy meal that was probably bacon...but corned beef was cheaper for the Irish-American immigrants after they arrived in America.

Irish Soda Bread-a delicious bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast also cheaper than buying yeast for the immigrants.

Make a traditional Irish Dinner, complete with green jello? while listening to celtic music!!

We are cooking our Corned Beef in the crock pot right now!  It smells so good!  We are also making potato pancakes, cabbage and Irish soda bread!  YUM!  For Dessert - GREEN cupcakes!

We really enjoyed completing this Unit Study! 
Up Next:  A unit study on CHOCOLATE!!!  Whoo hoo!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patricks Day Unit Study - Day 9

Prayers of Invocation
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
traditional gaelic blessing

Irish Blessings:
There are many Irish Blessings and Proverbs.  One of the most famous is the one above.
We made St. Patrick's Day cards to send to family and friends while listening to some rockin' celtic music!   We included a copy of the Irish Blessing in our lapbook!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

St. Patricks Day Unit Study - Day 8

More St. Patrick's Day Symbols...

Shillelagh- a knotty wood club or walking stick passed down through family.

Claddagh Rings-rings exchanged by friends and sweethearts.  Heart = love.  Hands = faith and friendship.  Crown = loyalty.

We added pictures of these to our "St. Patrick's Day Symbols" tab.

We read: The St. Patricks Day Shillelagh by Janet Nolan, Brigid's Cloack by Bryce Milligan and Finn McCool and the Giant Fish by Eve Bunting.

St. Patricks Day Unit Study - Day 7

Kissing the Blarney Stone-
Blarney is a town in Ireland that is famous for a stone at the very top of Blarney castle.  Irish people believe that the power of speaking well is given to those who kiss this stone!
(You actually have to hang upside down to get to it...and I couldn't even imagine the COOTIES all over that stone!!!  blech!!)

Paint a rock green to make your own Blarney Stone!  Decorate with Jewels, stickers, etc.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Frazzled Mom...

Its been a busy week and I've gotten frazzled...  
Now where did Maggie's shoes go???
Oh, the sink...of course.  Duh.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dr Seuss Day!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring to you a short, one-day unit study on Dr Seuss!  Yesterday was Dr. Suess' birthday (if he was still living he'd be 107 years old!).


We lapbooked this and had a great time with it!

I put pictures of Dr. Seuss books in a bag, and as we drew the names we did several projects!  Kayley's favorite was making her own green eggs to eat for lunch!  (Yuck!)

We learned about Dr. Seuss, we read Cat in the Hat, Mr. Brown can Moo, Hop on Pop, Star Belly Sneetches, Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish and In a People House.  I printed off several activities from to complete and created that cute little hat to make up our own rhyming words.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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