By Danyelle Leentjes | Seeds of Learning
The anticipation had been mounting as St. Patrick’s Day grew closer at Seeds of Learning. The children have been preparing leprechaun traps in hopes of capturing one of these lucky charms. According to the tradition, one must believe leprechauns are real to trap one. It is also believed that leprechauns love gold and trickery and enjoy wreaking havoc wherever they go. If trapped, leprechauns may grant three wishes, but one must be very careful what they wish for.
In keeping with tradition, the traps were designed, constructed and decorated as a home-based project between the parent and the student. This hands-on project is a great way to get the parents involved in their child’s education, which strengthens the teacher-family partnership and promotes development and learning. Building strong partnerships with families is one of the five fundamental principles Seeds’ curriculum is based upon.
The children then brought the traps to school and set them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. The next morning, they couldn’t wait to get into the classroom and check their traps for the elusive leprechaun. What they found was a classroom splashed with leprechaun glitter in every corner; toys, tables and chairs in complete disarray — signs that the leprechaun had been there. They grabbed their magnifying glasses and started tracking the green footprints all around the room that eventually led them to empty traps. The leprechaun had gotten away again, but the thrill of the chase lives on.