Sunday, March 10, 2013
I'm being proactive this week and posting my blog early, as I have a busy week ahead working on report cards and going for a mini-vacation to Florida this weekend. Our blog assignment for the BSG challenge this week is to blog about ST Patricks Day, write about if you celebrate it, do you attend any parties & how to overcome temptation.
Well, I love Saint Patrick's Day, since #1. I am 1/4 Irish (my grandmother on my Dad's side was 100% Irish,) and #2, it's a fun holiday to celebrate in my second grade class. I do not consistently celebrate it in the same way though - each year is different, depending on the day it falls and what's going on in our lives. I rarely go to any parties, but I do have fun at school with various St. Patrick's Day activities in each subject (reading books, writing stories, doing a fraction activity in math with Lucky Charms, etc.) Most years I mess up the classroom when the kids are at lunch or recess, and leave a note to the students on the board from Lenny the Leprechaun, saying that he came to visit and left green glitter and paper shamrocks on their desks. The kids get really excited! Years ago, when we used to be able to have food treats in class, I would sometimes bring in Irish potato treats made from powdered sugar, cream cheese, coconut and cinnamon.
Some years we have gone to an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day and have the traditonal corned beef and cabbage dinner, with a green beer or two
and listen to Irish music. Some years we have the dinner at home. I don't really worry about temptation...I don't go overboard with any treats.
This year St. Patrick's Day is Sunday and we'll be on a plane flying back home from Florida. I have no idea what we will do to celebrate over the weekend if I will do anything with my students on Monday...only time will tell!