I love the whole idea of St. Patrick’s Day! It is one of those days where we are all Irish at heart, I think. Of course, for many Exceptional families, things like parades may be a little too intense sensory-wise, as well as overwhelming for their children young and old. These are things sadly then that a lot of us parents avoid attending with our children as a result. We have yet to try doing one of these with Michael, though we are considering doing it soon, either this year or next. However, if a family still wants to mark the day, there are lots of fun things they can do. We have put up decorations in the house, worn green on the official day and to work and school the day before if it falls on a weekend like this year, and cooked a meal or baked things with green as the theme. That is one of Michael’s favorite things as he loves cooking!
Now that Michael is older, I am looking for other things to keep him busy, festive and in the spirit of St. Patty’s though. One of these things is looking at websites with games that can keep my little guy busy. A great website that caters to kids of all ages, as well as to parents and educators, is one that I am so glad I found out about online. It is called Education.com, and it has many wonderful worksheets to keep kids learning, busy, and having enjoyable creative time alone or with siblings and friends. There are so many worksheets to choose from that help support those skills, such as great spelling resources For example, here is an easy St. Patrick’s Day word search that is perfect for your little exceptional leprechaun: https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/st-patricks-day-spelling.
It can help engage kids at all levels and there are sheets for all ages.You can find this and many other worksheets on this site. I know what I will be getting Michael to try out next time the weather is too cold to go out and he says he is bored! 😉
Exceptional Parents, what activities have you tried with your Exceptional kids during holidays like St. Patrick’s Day? Are they into mazes, worksheets and solitary fun on paper? If so, check out this site. If not, it can also be a way to introduce things like spelling, writing and math in a fun and non-threatening way to an exceptional kid who thinks outside of the box, and may not respond to classroom methods of teaching. Remember though, that whatever resources you try to help your Exceptional child grow, don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. You’ll never know what could or could not work unless you try. Until next time.
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