Hi! This is Future Ticia 2023 updating this post, wow 10 years later. We’ve since studied Ireland again, and honestly I’m a bit more organized in my geography lessons, so I’ll be updating this old post with the new materials, into one uber Ireland Unit! There is a bit of a history lesson and more specifically church history lessons (apparently I need to create a church history landing page).

Ireland unit for homeschooling geography

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Last year, I have to admit I didn’t do as good of a job as I wanted to with our cooking around the world, and I completely missed Austria……..  That recipe turned out not quite right, and would make for a great comic post………..  This year, I’m excited to announce all of the countries ahead of time, so you can join in more easily! We’re starting off with some time in Europe and heading over to France next.

Ireland Unit recipe: Irish beef stew and beer bread.

based loosely on Irish Beef Pub Stew

irish beef stew
I really need to remake this recipe so I can have a picture that isn’t my son’s mostly empty bowl…

Irish Beef Stew ingredients:

2-4 pounds of beef stew meat, 1 can of tomato soup, 1 can of water, 1/4 cup of apple juice, 4 carrots cut up, 6 potatoes cut up, onion powder (forgot to buy onions), pepper and salt to taste, garlic

Let’s make some Irish beef stew

making irish beef stew
  1.  Heat a frying pan to high, then brown the meat for just a few minutes to seal in the juices.
  2. In the meantime send your kids over to peel carrots and potatoes (you can just clean the potatoes, but my family prefers no skin).
  3. Chop up the carrots into pieces about an inch or so long.  Then chop up the potatoes into bite-size pieces as well.  Dump all of this into your slow cooker.
  4. Add everything into your slow cooker and stir it to mix it all up.  Now turn your slow cooker on low if you remembered to do this in the morning.  Or if you’re like me, and remembered to do it about 2:00 in the afternoon, turn it on high and hope it cooks really fast.
Yield: 5 servings

Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

This hearty Irish beef stew makes enough food to fill hungry teenagers.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 2-4 pounds of beef stew meat
  • 1 can tomato soup or tomato sauce
  • 1 can of broth
  • 1/4 cup of white wine (or apple juice)
  • 4 carrots cut up
  • 6 potatoes cut up
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • pepper and salt to taste


  1. In a hot pan sear the stew meat for a minute on each side to seal in the juices.
  2. While the meat sears, chop the carrots, onions, and potatoes. Then mince the garlic.
  3. Dump all of the meat, and the vegetables into the slow cooker. Pour in the tomato soup, can of broth, and white wine.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Irish Beer Bread

The kids ate it so fast, I do not have a picture of it. Future Ticia 2023 says I need to remake this so I have a picture, mentally rearranges meal plans for the week.

Irish beer bread ingredients:

2.5 cups of self-rising flour, 1 warm beer, 2 tablespoons sugar

Making Irish Beer bread

  1. Amuse the heck out of your husband because his teetotaler wife has asked him to get a bottle of “good beer.”
  2. Measure out the flour and sugar, and pour in the beer.
  3. Lightly mix it together, then put it in a greased loaf pan to cook.
  4. Cook at 375 for 45 minutes.  While it’s cooking pat yourself on the back for making homemade bread.
  5. Eat 2 of the mini-loaves yourself and don’t share them with anyone.  Oh wait, maybe that’s just what I did…………  Either way, we devoured most of it that night.

Elementary Ireland Unit

Hi, Future Ticia 2023, this is what we did way back when my kids were in elementary school. At the time I was creating country summaries for the kids to read and get their facts from (maybe at some point I’ll go back and do that for all of the countries we’ve studied). You can find that in the subscriber portion of the website (JOIN MY NEWSLETTER).

But Ticia, you say, I also have a child in preschool, well then you are lucky, because my friend Brandi has Ireland preschool activities. So go see what she has for this.

Ireland lapbook
Lazy Ticia is not bothering to update this logo.

Sigh, I miss Microsoft graphics, where I could search for images I could use without worrying about copyright. Also, it had some of the weirdest images in it.

Ireland elementary unit

We made paper dolls of the people with Making Friends Paper dolls.

Then we created a lapbook……….

Paragraph of resources that no longer exist. I also printed out the foods from Ireland from Homeschool Share’s Ireland lapbook. Sigh, 10 years later, of the original things I linked to, only Homeschool Share is still up.

Saint Patricks' bell craft
Lazy Ticia 2023 is not bothering to update with new logo

We made Saint Patrick’s bell.  I loved that I could find a picture of the Saint Patrick’s bell in its case to show my kids.  We also read St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice, which the kids have made us reread about 10 times since we first read it.  They’ve also been carrying it around rather obsessively. Super easy craft, directions are in Ireland printable I created (remember that newsletter I mentioned?).

Saint Patrick craft

As they were busy painting, I started making a Saint Patrick peg doll, inspired by this little guy.

Saint Patrick peg doll
You can see his adventures in History of Saint Patrick

I can’t quite decide if I want to draw a face on him or not.  I still want to add some gold trim, but my gold paint pen had dried up…….  Poor Ticia

Then we designed leprechaun traps from the printable I made.  I loved the creativity my kids had.

Finally, we listened to the Adventures in Odyssey episode about Saint Patrick and read about his explanation of the Trinity using the Shamrock (also in the Ireland printable).

Future Ticia 2023 is adding, now watching Lutheran Satire video is a must.

All in all, quite a successful study.

Saint Patrick's Day ideas

Ireland Unit booklist

I used these books both in our elementary study and our middle school. So here are all of the books I used (this is part of the Ireland printable on the subscriber page).

Ireland Unit geography

High School Ireland Unit, or maybe middle school

For high middle school, we used our Europe notebooking pages and some mini-books based on the books I got from the library. Somehow I don’t have pictures of the mini-books though, so I’ll just describe what I added in.

Ireland notebooking pages

So not-pictured mini-books:

  • How to trap the loch ness monster
  • My Illuminated text
  • Irish folktales

and my amusing fun facts from this unit:

  • they can’t agree on the number of counties
  • they have strong ties to France and Spain, which is amusing to me given England’s traditional dislike of France, though there’s that story where Ireland and Scotland (I think) were playing each other in soccer, and Ireland’s cheer was “We hate England more than you,” which greatly amuses me
  • the sport of hurling amuses me, I very much enjoy learning about unique sports from different countries

Later after we did this study, we briefly talked about the British/Irish stuff going on for most of the 20th century, and the information I had about it from growing up during the last half, and how STNG did a not-so-thinly-veiled show about the “Irish terrorists/freedom fighters.”

More learning you can do

Since this post has become a mash-up of many different things, the suggested posts I give you will also be a mashup of many different things.

Follow Ticia Adventures in Mommydom’s board Saint Patrick’s Day for kids on Pinterest.

I’ve got a few ideas for Saint Patrick’s Day on my pinterest board,

Ireland Unit

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23 responses to “Ireland Unit”

  1. Yum!! Sad I missed out on that tasty dinner! I need to make some shepherd’s pie soon!

    1. Everyone else in my family loves shepherd’s pie. I”m the odd man out. I’m just not a big potato fan. Now Superman…….. He LOVES potatoes.

  2. What a great study! That stew looks SO good. I pinned it.

    1. It was amazing!

  3. This looks so much fun! Love Princess’s colouring. Great opportunity to get the kids peeling veggies, too!
    Lucinda (on holiday in France – the food’s good! :-))

    1. We’re headed to France next, what should I teach them about it? I keep thinking of the Eiffel Tower and the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is helpful, the French Revolution is probably not so helpful.

    2. Well we are enjoying croissants and “les pistes” this week so not a great deal of French culture apart from the scrummy hotel food! Oh and C(9) is the only English speaker in her ski lesson so she has learnt a lot of French words for “sorry” as the kids all crash into each other 😀

      We are having fondue tomorrow night which is typical food of the Savoy (French Alps) region.

      Enjoy your “visit” to France!

  4. Tiffany Avatar

    Looks fun! I’m looking forward to st.patty’s games and crafts as well!

  5. Wow you went all out this time! Thank you for this awesome post and your participation 🙂

    1. My “goal” is to get more done this year……. That’s the theory anyways…..

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    Varya @ littleartists

    Love your post!!! So informative and you did everything: cooking and craft! Bravo!

    1. Thanks! It’s the first time we actually did both a craft and cooking within the same month.

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