Tuesday, March 5, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Activies {and Freebie!}

Hi there!
How are you doing out there? Have you found any fun St. Patrick's day activities to start doing? I feel like I'm finally ready to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day. For the last few weeks IEPs have been the only thing on the brain!
This year, St. Patrick's Day is especially special for me. Last July, my husband and I were blessed to be able to take a trip to Ireland! It was my first time traveling outside the country (I haven't even been to Canada and I live in Ohio!) so I was pretty excited! If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend it! The scenery just speaks of God's amazing beauty and the people there are wonderful!

This year, I thought I would share a few of my pictures with my kiddos and bring some vocabulary to life! Come along for a quick tour tonight!

Our first day there....At beautiful Howth Head.

And here's me pondering a way I could stay in this spot forever....


Jesse and I climbed the Wicklow Mountains. Can you spot him?
Here's a view of me sitting on ancient monestary ruins! 

Of course, we had to visit the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral!

And last but not least, I just had to capture these little guys. And yes-I did look but no-I did not find any four leafers. :-( 

Okay, now that we're "back," there are a ton of ways to bring a little "Ireland" into your therapy room. I thought I'd share some favorites.
1.  (From Pinterest) Make a pot of gold. Grab a few of those gold foil chocolates and write synonyms, antonyms or sounds on them before placing them in the pot. Kids will have a blast making the fingerpaint rainbow! And I don't even have to tell you what to do with the leftover chocolates....

2. (From Pinterest). This little guy is just too cute! Work on emotions and feelings with your little leprechauns. Take pictures of students being mad, happy, frustrated, tired, silly, scared and turn them into leprechauns. See if others can guess what they are feeling!

3. (From Pinterest) Work on naming! Make hats for the kiddos to wear and then place a word on them. The person wearing the hat does not know what the word is but other students can see it. Then, students take turn giving clues to help the person wearing the hat guessing what the word is.

4. St. Patrick's Question Pack -only $3.50

Work on literal, inferential and evaluative questions in this fun game!

4. {Holiday Freebie} You know my way of showing love is by offering a freebie every holiday. Well, here it is! Students compare and contrast Lucky Charms using Semantic Feature Analysis (which is an evidence based intervention!)
Download it HERE.

How is Ireland entering your therapy room? I'd love to know! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

1 comment:

  1. Love your St. Patrick's Day ideas and It is one of my dreams to visit Ireland. I will definitely be "borrowing" you ideas as well as reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover and going on a leprechaun hunt around the building.


Nicole Allison