(The girls got up early this morning to go pick green clovers and put them in a green cup. Silly me, I didn't know they even knew what the day is.)
From an educational standpoint, St. Pat's Day is the funnest, educationalest (can you tell I have young kids?) day of the year. You can do so many things on this day! Not only can you count by 3s and 4s with clovers, you can also mix yellow and blue to make green and eat all the green m&ms you can handle while doing math drills. Not to mention history is covered with a bio of St. Patrick himself, geography lessons are fulfilled with an overview of Ireland, and you can even throw in some science in the form of snakes--or rainbows if you'd like something less slithery. And don't forget about studying the richness of an Irish blessing or the tales of a leprechaun.
And then there's Irish dance, Irish music, Irish eyes...and this list could go on forever...
So with all of these various options to choose from, I took the easy road: I threw a box of Lucky Charms on the table and called it a day.
Still, the kids learned. My sheltered, deprived children had never had anything so magically delicious. Which then turned into an entire lesson on advertising. My tongue thinks the cereal is nasty, but my brain tells me a tasty marketing slogan from years ago. Besides, 20 years later after all the commercials I can still rattle off the first original charms and you probably can too.
My kids then learned that Frosted Flakes really are Grrrrrrreat! But their response, I'm sure due to lack of TV in their lives, was that they are just good. And I really couldn't convince them that they could have a Coke and a smile.
Lucky for me, and as if on cue, their pot of gold--in the form of a box from Books-A-Million--arrived as the precise moment that my advertising lesson was loosing steam. BAM boxes give the girls a magical giddy-ness, even if nothing is in the box for them. But today, on this special day o' green, they each had a book all to themselves.
They tore away the paper from the box and grabbed their special books. Who needs advertising and marketers, when the innocence of an imaginary world of a book will suffice?
Oh, here's a fun video from the makers of Veggie Tales:
Happy St. Patrick's Day!