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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

St. Patrick's History

We had studied St. Patrick when we studied the early Middle Ages, but we reviewed it again by reading a chapter every night this month from this lovely living book on Saint Patrick.
It is filled with small, exciting chapters of adventure and heroism, for the life of Saint Patrick is an exciting one.
What we know about the life of the life of Saint Patrick is a mixture of fact and stories. We do know that he was taken from Britain when he was young by Irish raiders. He then lived in Ireland for six years as a slave, herding sheep and pigs, before escaping and returning to his family. After his return to Britain, he entered the church and later returned to Ireland as a bishop in order to teach the youth of this country about his faith.
So that the little boys can have fun narrating each part of the story, we made puppets for them to use.
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Saint Patrick's Puppet
Unfortunately there is not a template for this puppet, but the shapes you need are pretty simple so a template is not really needed.

from Catholic Icing
 Once the shapes are cut out assembly is pretty simple
 and then they can reinact the stories of Saint Patrick's adventures.

 We also continued our study of Ireland, by looking at what came after St.Patrick's Ireland and Ireland in the Middle Ages. Although we have not yet touched on the Reformation, we discussed the Protestant-Catholic strife in Ireland during the Renaissance. English Protestant rule in Ireland was forcibly imposed during the 1600's. Mary I starts Protestant plantations in Ireland in 1556. By 1598 the Catholic Irish begin uprising against English control. In 1649 Cromwell brutally crushes the Irish revolt. Irish hopes were raised when Catholic James II became king of England, but William of Orange marries his daughter and becomes king in 1688, continuing the English Protestant rule. We will touch on this more when we focus on the Reformation.

One of the most famous symbols of Saint Patrick is the shamock. I found this tutorial for these cute shamrocks which are made just from pipe cleaners and beads.
To make these I first twisted two pipe cleaners together to make a large one. Then string 10 beads onto the pipe cleaner.

Bring the top end of the pipe cleaner around to make a loop and attach it to the bottom a few inches up from the end. Use a bead to secure that fasten. I snipped a small bit of the pipe cleaner off the end and secured this on the stem to make a cross.
Shape the circle now into shamrock leaves.
And if you have the chance, you might want to make the cute shamrock cookies at Almost Unschoolers.


  1. Anonymous15.3.11

    These are great projects! I love the St. Patrick puppet. We read a book called St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons and it tells all about St. Patrick and why there is a holiday, etc.

  2. Hey! Thanks for the mention :) That reminds me, it's time to pull out the Veggie Tale about St. Patrick.

  3. This is a great post! I love all the crafts you put together. Now seeing those cookies twice has me thinking that I should get in and make some too!

  4. We might try to make that puppet this week.


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