Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Conversation to Have Around the Dinner Table Tonight

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  If you've been around The Intentional Home blog a while, you know that I enjoy the teachable moments the holidays provide. I have shared the activities I do to teach truths at  EasterThanksgiving, and Christmas. And below is what we Soutters do on St. Patrick's Day. Perhaps the below will give you an idea for a St. Patrick's conversation to have around your dinner table tonight.

We use St. Patrick's Day to teach our kids how to have natural conversations with others about God.  You see, St. Patrick was a real man who loved God and went to Ireland to tell people about God. St. Patrick used the shamrocks in the fields of Ireland to explain the Trinity to the Irish. He used the shamrock to teach that there is one God with three persons, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. 

"Even the plants of the field tell about God. The shamrock has three leaves but only one stem. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three gods, but One God." ~ St. Patrick

We emphasize with out kids how St. Patrick used everyday objects to tell others about God.  We then brainstorm and practice how we can do the same. 

My Brooke is really really good at this. For example, Brooke noticed that her classmate was wearing a ring with a cross on it. So Brooke asked her classmate.  .oh tell me, what does your ring mean to you?  And a natural conversation about what each of them believed followed.

I have collected most of the simple board books by Patricia A. Pingry. I use these books to introduce the holiday. . the history, the symbol, and the Christian significance of each holiday. The books are geared toward the 2-5 year old, but I like them for my older kids (and me!) because it serves as a good reminder of "the basics" of the holiday.  Here is Patricia A. Pingry's St. Patrick's one:

41450: The Story of Saint Patrick"s Day The Story of Saint Patrick's Day
By Patricia Pingry
And here is her Easter one:

918446: The Story of Easter The Story of Easter
By Patricia A. Pingry

May we be intentional even with the holidays.

Note: Both of those book links are affiliate links.


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