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Fun and Educational St. Patrick’s Day Activities!

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon!  This Irish holiday honors the official patron saint of Ireland. However, the fun traditions of St. Patrick’s Day aren’t limited to Ireland. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day traditions have caught on all over the world! St. Patrick’s Day is now proudly celebrated in many countries, such as the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and New Zealand.

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Whether you are Irish, have Irish ancestors, or are just looking for some festive  ways to celebrate the unique culture of Ireland, we’re bringing you some fun and educational activities that you can use to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your homeschool!

These crafty activities inspire hands-on learning and can be fun for the whole family to try together!

Create a “life-sized” Leprechaun hat with this fun and simple craft that utilizes those used up K Cups in your kitchen!

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This shamrock wire bookmark is beautiful and features a very Celtic-inspired design! This would be a great craft to make with older kids, and one that they’ll enjoy using, too!

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The rainbow is a popular symbol in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (after all, it’s where you can find the mythical leprechaun’s pot of gold!) Here are some rainbow-themed projects that combine a little bit of art and science to make some colorful, magical fun.

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Create a Saint Patrick’s day masterpiece and teach your little learner about ROYGBIV (color order) using playdough and this printable mat!

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Just download and print these educational worksheets out to add some instant St. Patrick’s Day fun to your homeschool! 

This shamrock-themed printable offers a great visual aid to help children with multiplying by 3s and 4s!

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Use these worksheets to give your child some extra practice counting to 100 with festive, Leprechaun-themed pages.100s 400x600 1

Teaching young kids about skip-counting? Use these printable shamrock-themed worksheets that they can fill in and color, too!

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This article includes links to a variety of downloadable activities: a not-too-hard word search, a grammatical scavenger hunt, and a mad lib activity (all on theme for St. Patrick’s Day, of course!)

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Practice different tenses of verbs in a fun way with this Leprechaun-themed grammar printable!

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Use this St. Patrick’s Day Adjective Word Wall to introduce your child to adjectives or reinforce learning about parts of speech (or just use them for some St. Patrick’s Day themed spelling words!)

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Use this Leprechaun-themed word wall to help teach your child more about action verbs this St. Patrick’s Day! These also make great spelling words for young learners.

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This St. Patrick’s Day themed word wall will make it fun and easy for young children to learn about nouns!

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This fun and interesting cultural study will get kids involved in learning about the nation of Ireland! This printable has a huge variety of engaging activities that work for a wide range of ages.
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It’s funny to think that so many countries around the world celebrate a holiday that honors Ireland’s patron saint, but they do! This printable booklet would fun to read as a family and discover traditions that different places around the world observe on St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you’ll even find some that you want to try in your homeschool!

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These Rainbow Tie-Dye Cupcakes would be the perfect colorful treat to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day!

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This healthier twist on classic Mac & Cheese has hidden treasure (AKA green vegetables) and may just be your new lucky dish for picky eaters.IMG 2823

These thumbprint cookies are fun to make, look at and (of course) eat! Whimsical St. Patrick%E2%80%99s Day Cookies

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (and a pinch of bright green!) You can’t go wrong with these Reverse Chocolate Cookies.

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These fun-to-make cupcakes represent the rainbow (on the inside) and the gold (at the top) which are both symbolic of Irish lore!

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I hope you and your children have some fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day while sneaking in some educational benefits using those activities.

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30 Days of Valentines Books!

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just about celebrating a significant other, it can also be a special season to share some sweet moments with all the people we love, especially our children! We get excited about Valentine’s Day around here. Don’t believe me? Check out this Huge List of Valentine’s Day Ideas, Printables and Activities that we recently published! Of course, as homeschooling moms, we think one of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by snuggling up with our kids and enjoying some heart-warming reads. Today, we’re sharing 30 books to share with your little sweethearts, around February 14th or anytime of year! Below, you’ll find a complete list of books (with links to purchase each one) followed by a free, downloadable calendar containing all of these books that you can print and use to guide your reading! These are all picture-books that are especially well suited to read aloud with toddlers through mid-elementary aged students. We hope you enjoy them!

1. Snowy Valentine by David Peterson

This sweet picture book is perfect for young children and tells the story of a bunny who searches all throughout the forest for the perfect gift to say, “I love you.”

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2. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

This board book is the perfect introduction to the topic of Valentine’s Day and to the fantastic “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. . .” series for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

3. The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

This Valentine’s Day book is perfect for young kids who like to get crafty. It tells about a girl who decides to make some creative valentines.

4. The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Krell

How do you make the best, biggest valentine ever? In this story, it’s all about teamwork! Young readers will also like the foil stickers that are included in this cute book (and could be used in creating their own valentines).

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5. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann

The Pinkalicious books are great early readers, and this one is all about creating that perfect Valentine’s Day card! Your 4 or 5 year old will love this one!

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6. Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson

How do slugs show their affection? Read all about it in this sappy and slimy tale that will appeal to boys and girls alike.

7. My Furry Valentine by Deborah Zemke

This cute book shows how different animals show affection for one another.

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8. Love, Splat by Rob Scotton

Join the adorable cat, Splat, on his question to express his feelings for his Valentine’s crush, Kitten.

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9. Consider Love by Sandra Boynton

This sweet homage to love and affection has received rave reviews from people of all ages, but it’s definitely accessible and meaningful for kids, too!

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10. Love Bugs by David Carter

Everything about this adorable pop-up book is fun for young kids– it even looks like a Valentine’s Day box of chocolates!

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11. Dinosaur Valentine by Liza Donnelly

Dinosaur-loving early readers will especially love this book!

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12. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Tear-jerker alert! This one is about the invisible (but strong) thread that connects people who love one another.

13. A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger

Do you have a kid who’s more into Halloween more than hearts? He or she might get a kick out of this funny and fun picture book.

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14. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

This one is all about spreading positivity, with whatever and whomever you encouter!

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15. Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane Degroat

This children’s book contains some valuable lessons about the importance of being kind and thoughtful.

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16. Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathon London

This book is part of the much loved Froggy series and chronicles Froggy as he experiences his first big crush.

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17. Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks

This rhyming book is perfect for toddlers or young children who love animals.

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18. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli

This book has a lot of heart as it tells about the effect a simple expression of love (a valentine) has on a lonely elderly man.

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19. The Story of Valentines by Day by Nancy J. Skarmeas

Looking for a little bit of historical info to share with your child about Valentine’s Day? This picture book tells about the start of Valentine’s Day in a way that’s easy for kids to understand.

20. If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant

This one is a touching Valentine’s story about the love of family.

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21. Love Rubie, Valentine by Laurie Friedman

This book about a little girl who loves Valentine’s Day is a good reminder that showing love all times of the year – not just on February 14th- is a great thing!

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22. Valentine Mice by Bethany Roberts

This one is a Level 1 reader, so it’s a great Valentine’s gift for children who are just starting to read on their own!

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23. Valentine by Carol Carrick

This book is beautifully illustrated with watercolor paintings and portrays the special bond between grandmothers, mothers and granddaughters.

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24. Olive, My Love by Vivian Walsh

Follow along with a puppy named Olive as she discovered what it means to give all of your love!

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25. Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle

Written by the acclaimed children’s story teller, Eric Carle, this book expresses how even (especially) the grumpiest among us need love.

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26. Groggle’s Monster Valentine by Diana Murry

This monster-inspired Valentine’s Day tale is funny and beautifully illustrated.

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27. Love Matters Most by MIJ Kelley

This beautiful book is about the unconditional love that a mother bear feels for her cub.

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28. Little Ant’s Valentine by S.M.R. Saia

This book reveals why no one should be alone. Life is always sweeter with friends!

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29. Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

This book has an important Valentine’s Day lesson: chocolates are sweet, but sharing them might just be even sweeter!

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30. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Mark Teague

This book is great for dinosaur-loving kiddos and shows that parents love their children all the time…even when their behavior is a little wild!

We hope you found some books that you are excited to read with your children for Valentine’s Day this year! Since love is always an important theme to talk about, we think that many of these stories are wonderful to share any time of the year. Don’t forget to grab your printable calendar containing all of these books by clicking the link below!

Click Here to Download Your Calendar with 30 Days of Valentine’s Day Books!

Click Here to Download Your 30 Day Calendar of Valentine’s Day Books!

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Easy Fall Unit Studies for Homeschoolers

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Now that fall is here, celebrate by going outside to enjoy the weather and by making hot apple cider! Here are some ways to celebrate in your homeschool, too, with these easy fall unit study ideas!

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I love to celebrate our constantly changing world by creating unit studies surrounding the current season. This has the added benefit of keeping kids interested in learning and of preventing boredom. It’s fun to add in seasonal activities when you can. These might have to do with the seasons of the year, holidays, or events that are happening in the world or your community.

Use these ideas to create a unit study surrounding fall topics. Add in additional ideas that your kids love for a well-rounded fall unit study that everyone in the family will enjoy!

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Literature and Language Arts:

Arts and Crafts:

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More Fall Unit Study Ideas:

  • Host a fall pie-making party with other homeschooling friends.
  • These fall-themed printables are the perfect way to bring a bit of fall into your homeschool and learn all at the same time.
  • Bring your homeschool outdoors with this fall scavenger hunt!
  • Make these simple Pumpkin Bird Feeders with your kiddos and hang them out for the birds to enjoy!
  • Or make this Pumpkin Spice Playdough and have your child use the printable playdough mats to practice numbers and letters!

Pick and choose from the ideas and activities we’ve listed here or make up some of your own! But no matter what you do with your children this fall, have some fun learning together!