St. Patrick’s Day, which is just around the corner, is a great holiday to use as a rabbit trail for learning. This day holds a lot of opportunities for branching out with history, geography, science, philosophy, religion, and even math!
Putting away the books and turning on the TV for a “documentary day” is often a very welcome surprise for kids, especially teens.
Here are my choices for educational St. Patrick’s Day videos for teens.
Be sure to check out my post on How to Homeschool St. Patrick’s Day.
The history channel has loads of video clips about Ireland, Irish culture, and St. Patrick. Most clips are only a few minutes long, but are packed with great tidbits that your kids will love. Topics include:
- Was St. Patrick Irish?
- Bet You Didn’t Know: St. Patrick’s Day
- History of St. Patrick’s Day
- St. Patrick: Why Green?
- Deconstructing History: Ireland
- Deconstructing History: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Did the Irish Discover America?
He’s been shrouded in myth for centuries, but who is the real Saint Patrick of Ireland? This show explores the true story behind the legends and inspects the life of a real man who most likely lived in the 5th century. Includes enlightening interviews with noted scholars and captivating reenactments of Patrick’s life.
Wearing The Green: A Documentary On St. Patrick’s Day
Wearing the Green is a new documentary that brings you on a journey through the history of St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day, its traditions, events and global appreciation. This is an informative and lighthearted documentary narrated by Irish recording artist Liz Madden.
The complete story of the Emerald Isle, drawing together the relationship between events, people and places to capture the rich cultural flavor, sweeping landscapes and unique character of the Ireland that draws millions of visitors every year.
Learn to Cook Traditional Irish Recipes
The Food Network shares video recipes for such traditional Irish goodies as shepherd’s pie, soda bread, corned beef with cabbage, grilled lamb, and more. There are 21 video clips, each no more than 5 minutes.
Lord of the Dance
Need some morning boogie time? Michael Flatley is the creator of the theatrical Irish step dancing shows Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. This video is my favorite of all…the finale of Lord of the Dance.
Non-educational, but still fun
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
This 1959 Disney film starring Sean Connery is the story of an Irish caretaker who manages to exact three wishes from Brian, king of the leprechauns.
The Secret of Kells
Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
The Legend of Longwood
When 12-year-old Mickey Miller moves from New York to Ireland, she soon discovers a link between herself and the 300-year-old legend of the mysterious Black Knight, who regularly haunts the sleepy Irish village. With courage and a sharp mind, she sets out to save a precious herd of white horses and to thwart the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman.
The Secret of Roan Inish
The magical tale of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life. A treat for all ages.
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