Monday, April 11, 2011

The King of Ireland's Son

Padraic Colum

What a fun month March was for us - Springtime and Irish legends, along with some Language Arts tied into the block. We had such fun!

We're have been preparing a nature project and found some old stumps from a Christmas tree farm that we collected. You can contact one by you and ask them if you can pick up a bunch and they usually will welcome the clean-up and you get some free nature supplies for various craft and school projects! We clean ours off and then bake at a low setting to be sure we're not bringing termites and things into the house.

I apologize that this post will be somewhat short, but we are restructuring things in our home and I have been so busy that I haven't taken the time to document as much or share, but I'm goint to start back as soon as I can and until then, wanted to share this for the month of March and Grade 2!

Our monthly book was "The King of Ireland's Son" and we wove it into our homeschooling, as well. Here are a few pictures of some drawings and MLB's that we did that were tied into the story. Following Eric Fairman's suggestion of color coding grammar, we put our nouns in one color and our verbs in another and formed short sentences. Here are a couple more pictures that we tied into the story. I also wanted to share one of my favorite resources for Irish Legends and it is this book by Yvonne Carroll. Irish Legends for Children contains several wonderful stories to tie into this March Irish block! We also enjoyed stories of St. Patrick and some great legends using some of our favorite Tomie dePaola books! I have been working on various Saint stories that I was hoping to put in one big post and will do so eventually, even if it ends up being summer - lol! Great time to get caught up, right?

Also, I'm really excited because we have decided to move our school back into the old school room upstairs, which had been used recently as a play room. So we emptied it out and prepped it and I just primed it yesterday. I have big plans for this room that I will be sharing as soon as it is finished! Can't wait!

Hope you are all having a wonderful spring and enjoying your little elves and pixies grow!


  1. Your blackboard drawings are beautiful dear Jen! I hope you are keeping well:)

  2. So much fun...what a great resource! I may check that out when we become full time campers for fire wood.

  3. Beautiful Chalk drawings- I enjoyed this post, Irish Legends for Children looks like a great book for our family- we love the Tomie dePaola books too. Thanks- April

  4. We to enjoyed the King of Ireland's Son. We got to practice our horse drawings. Your board drawings are beautiful Jen as are the girls in their main lesson book. Tomies books are great aren't they.

  5. Those turned out GREAT :)

  6. The chalk drawings are gorgeous! Did your daughter do those?

  7. Hi Jen,

    I have been thinking about you as your third year must be starting around now. It has been a while since you posted, and I was just wondering if you are all OK? I know life is hectic as a homeschooler. I hope you enjoyed your summer together and had a restful break.


  8. Hi Cathy! Thanks so much for the note :) I've been having trouble with my blogger account and it won't let me publish any new posts - ugh! I had some good ones to put up, but my publish button does nothing...So I will probably have to switch over to a new blog - might try wordpress, but I will leave this one up b/c of the content (unless I can figure out how to move everything over!) I'll have to figure it out soon. But I appreciate your good thoughts and send them right back your way! Hope you had a nice summer!

  9. Hi Jen, I'm a new reader and a future waldorf-inspired homeschooler (my oldest is 4 years old now) and I've gotten so much out of your blog! Thank you for all of the documenting that you have done; it is all so inspiring! I look forward to reading more in the future. Take care,

  10. Really, pictures are cool! YOu've done huge work with all these documents, I think that all must appreciate it! keep going!

  11. Love your blog! I just posted a link to this page about the King of Ireland's Son on my blog:
    Thank you for the ideas.

  12. Awesome, Angie! Thank you and your blog is beautiful! Hope you find a 4 leaf clover :D