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Learning about Ireland {Unit Study Resources}

 

Our family heritage is Irish, so I want my daughters to know where our ancestors came from and to take pride in those family stories. One way to do this is to learn about Ireland itself as part of our geography studies in our homeschool.

Learning about Ireland {unit study resources}

We’re using Amanda Bennett’s Expedition Ireland Download N Go unit study as our starting point. It has a week’s worth of lessons plus lapbook components. Since my girls enjoy lapbooking, this is a perfect project for us. One of the things I like about it is you can pick and choose which elements you want to cover or skip if your time is limited. Everything is planned out for us so there is little prep time involved. Very handy! The lessons are flexible for different age ranges and you can really stretch it out to take longer than a week if you’d like.

Expedition Ireland Download N Go unit study + lapbook

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I’ve never had much desire to travel the world. I’m too much of an introvert to enjoy the idea of going to lots of different places crowded with lots of people. I need my down time at home.  However, I would definitely make an exception in order to see Ireland. It’s on my bucket list. I don’t know that it will ever happen, but I’d love to go to that place that feels like home away from home in my heart.

My girls and I have inherited the penchant for story-telling that runs rich in Irish history. It would be fun to kiss the Blarney Stone, though I’m not convinced it imparts eloquence. I did think it was very interesting to learn that it actually has Biblical connections amongst its lore.

I’d also love to see Trinity College and the Book of Kells. It has such a rich Christian history, which reminds us of the real reason to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

In addition to Expedition Ireland, we’ve used (or will be using) the following resources:

Books

St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons

St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola

Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #21: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter

A Visit to Ireland

A-Z Ireland

The History of Ireland

Trinity College, Dublin Ireland

Trinity College in Dublin {photo credit}

DVDs

Travel With Kids: Ireland

Ireland Celtic Myths & Splendors

National Park, Killarney

National Park, Killarney {photo credit}

Crafts

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Coffee Filter Shamrock

Rainbow Play Dough

Kiwi Crate St. Patrick’s Day projects

Round-up of ideas and free printables at The Homeschool Post

Cliffs of Moher {photo credit}

Cliffs of Moher {photo credit}

Irish Culture, Food and Heritage

Irish Names

Cooking Traditional Irish Foods

Irish Cultures and Customs

Irish American Heritage

Irish American Journey {the story of immigration and the Great Potato Famine}

St. Patrick’s Day Specific Info

The “Official” St. Patrick’s Day Website

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Travel

Discover Ireland

Authentic Ireland

I also put together a list of free and frugal Ireland/St. Patrick’s Day homeschool resources, so be sure to check that out.

Do you incorporate anything into your studies for St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever traveled to Ireland?  I’d love to hear your stories and ideas!

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  1. says

    This is a great list. I’m glad I found you at Hearts of Home Blog Hop. I’m including your post on my “St. Patrick’s Day Online Unit Study” Pinterest board so other homeschoolers can use it to extend their learning.

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