St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th it’s a day that all of us can be Irish and wear Green. Long ago there was a great Man Patrick by name, who came to Ireland teach the word of God throughout the country. St. Patrick for he was indeed considered a saint was very well loved everywhere he went. One day, however, a few of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult for them to believe in his teachings of God.
St. Patrick reflected a moment and then, stooping down, he plucked a leaf from the shamrock and held it before them. St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the meaning of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The simple beauty of his explanation convinced his followers, and from that day forward the shamrock has been revered throughout Ireland. A four-leaf clover has always been considered a symbol of good luck in Irish culture. According to legend, the leaves of a four-leaf clover represent hope, faith, and love, and God added another leaf for luck.
What many people do not know about me is that I was a teacher I taught Pre-school –Kindergarten back in the 1980’s. I taught the Montessori Method. Maria Montessori was the first Italian woman to become a medical doctor when she graduated from the University of Rome Medical School in 1896. Her medical practice initially led her to work with children who at the time were labeled “mentally deficient”. She spent two years observing these children, studying the research of other educational professionals, and preparing her own original materials to aid in teaching these children basic reading and writing skills. Maria Montessori witnessed amazing development and success with these children that she was inspired to forgo her medical career and to concentrate her energies to the education of children.
In 1907, Maria Montessori began to work with children as the director of a day care center in a low-income housing project in Rome named The Casa dei Bambini or Children’s House She discovered that when the children at The Casa dei Bambini used her original materials, they showed much more concentration, would continually repeat the exercise, appeared calm, satisfied and happy with their activity. Montessori’s observation of the children led her discover many important facts about child development and formed the basis for what is now known as the Montessori philosophy.
It is a philosophy that I feel so strongly about and the Children in our family have all gone through the Montessori Method for Pre-School. It’s simple all children, given the appropriate structure, environment and materials would direct their own individual development each child is unique and every child learns at his or her own pace pace.
This particular activity is one I did with my classroom and I still do today with my favorite little Irish Leprechauns its fun, simple and yes paint is involved so somewhat messy but then that is what it’s all about being a kid and being a little messy.
Paper Plate Shamrocks
You will need:
- 3 Paper Plates
- Green Tempera Paint
- Green Construction paper
What you will do:
Paint all three paper plates green. Cut a stem from green construction paper. Glue the three paper plates together and in a triangle type shape. Then glue the stem at the bottom.
Have fun and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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