Monday, September 9, 2013

Preschool Unit Study: Ireland

Given Peter's age and my educational leanings, we are doing week-long unit studies this year. He gets excited about having a new theme each week; I get to make high-level lesson plans that are appropriate for a three-year old. Last week was Ireland week.

Memory Verse: Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praises in the islands. Is. 42:12

Reading: We got a handful of books about Ireland from the children's section in the library, but the best by far was Saint Ciaran: The Tale of a Saint of Ireland. The illustrations are beautiful!

Writing/Art: Made a collage of Irish pictures (from AAA magazines), stickers, and drawings and labelled it. Peter loves cutting and gluing, so collages are always a big hit.

Math: Truthfully, we didn't do any themed math... but I made Irish soda bread and could have had Peter help me with the measurements. He wanted to play with Grams instead, though. :-)

Social Studies: Irish dance, music, food, and dogs. Found Ireland on a map, talked about islands.

Science: Rain! How rain forms in clouds and how wind impacts rain.

Theology: Drew pictures of shamrocks and talked about the Holy Trinity.

Music: Irish Rovers on vinyl and a very cheesy Irish sing-along album

Sunday dinner with my parents was the conclusion of Ireland week. I made the soda bread, Mom played her Irish Rovers record, and we brought a variety of Cadbury candy bars to try. Crunchie is by far my favorite. (Yes, I know Cadbury is English, but it's popular in Ireland, too.) We also all dressed in green, because that's how Americans celebrate Ireland. :-) SlĂ inte!

Curly Wurly, Wispa, Crunchie, Dairy Milk

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