This Saint Patrick's Day we read about
Saint Patrick of Ireland to whom this day was named for.
My son was intrigued when he heard Patrick was a boy captured by pirates
and taken to a foreign land.
We read parts of his inspiring story of faith from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman.
" When the day is just awakening, and the stillness and mystery of the night still lies
hid in sleepy hollows and shadowy woods, there is a magic spell upon the earth.
It is the same old world, and yet all is fresh, all is good and beautiful. Fear
is not yet awake. Wild creatures are tame and friendly. Who would hurt them in
this magic hour? Every flower holds its drop of dew close at its heart; there
will be time enough to open later on when the sunbeams steal in and drink the
crystal drops. Some there are who call this time 'God's hour,' and say in the
strange hush and peacefulness are there because the good God walks through His
world at dawn."
first Saint Patrick's Day, except now I notice it is not a shamrock on the
front. It's a four-leaf clover, for good luck, I assume. How did that
get to become a part of Saint Patrick's Day!?
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea of teaching math so that it comes alive for my son. I know that the understanding of concepts needs to be foremost instead of just quizzing him for facts. I also know that kids learn better when they are having fun. I still have lots to learn on the topic of math and am excited to re-learn some things along with my son! I'm also looking for good living books that will fit his age and abilities. A friend mentioned the Anno books by Mitsumasa. I have them on order from the library :)