I loved taking my fifth grade students to the library whenever we started a research project. It never failed that one or more students would bring a much too thick and much too challenging book up to me and exclaim nervously, “I don’t know if I can do this!” It was then that I shared with them a wonderful little secret. Instead of diving into a challenging technical nonfiction book, first gather the basics from a simple children’s book! It’s an easy read, and it gives you the basic background knowledge you need to dig deeper in the “bigger books.” At first my students would look at me like I had three heads, but then you could actually see the tension begin to wane as their fears subsided, and a relieved smile appeared as they gasped, “Oh! I can do that!”
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and I must admit, it was not until just this week that I learned the real story behind Saint Patrick, and you guessed it! I learned it from reading a simple children’s book to my son. In the past, I always associated St. Paddy’s Day with people dressed in green, drinking tall pints of ale, and getting pinched if you weren’t wearing green! So here is some St. Patrick’s Day trivia that I learned from the simple little book called St. Patrick’s Day, by Amy Margaret!
Did you know:
- St. Patrick was born in England in A. D. 385?
- He was kidnapped by pirates when he was 16 years old and then sold into slavery and had to tend sheep?
- Praying is what he did to comfort himself?
- He heard God’s voice telling him to run away so he did?
- He was educated in Europe?
- He heard God’s voice telling him to go back to Ireland to preach about the Christian faith?
- He used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the people of Ireland? (The stem represented how the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are united as one.)
Enjoy, God Bless, and “La Feile Naom Padraig!”