As it’s recently been Hallowe’en, and we have Celtic roots, I’ve been reminded of the relative scarcity of Pagan resources for structured educators. (Hallowe’en is loosely associated with Samhain, and Scottish guising has more resemblance to Pagan traditions than American trick-or-treating.) While we haven’t been looking at Paganism since last year, when we were studying the Anglo-Saxons, I thought it may be useful to list some Pagan educational resources for structured homeschoolers.
Twinkl Pagan Resources
- Wheel of the Year Activity Sheet
- Pagan and Wiccan Altar Tools Differentiated Activity Sheets
- Beltane Information Sheet, and Beltane Powerpoint Presentation
- Stonehenge Facts and Quiz Powerpoint – using the sun to observe the summer and winter solstices.
- Samhain Display Banner, Samhain Display Bunting, Samhain Acrostic Poem, Samhain Page Borders (writing paper), and Samhain Colouring Pages
- Winter Solstice Powerpoint – why the solar calendar differs across the hemispheres.
Some useful, but not specifically Pagan, resources may include the Four Seasons Wheel (also available for the southern hemisphere) and the Moon Phases Wheel Visual Aid. Talk about the cycle of nature while decorating The Four Seasons Tree Drawing – add Spring blossom, and Autumn leaves. Keep a Moon Diary as you observe the waxing and waning of the moon. Use a Venn Diagram to find differences and similarities with other religions or celebrations.
Other Website Resources
Little Pagan Acorns is dedicated to worksheets and printables for Pagan homeschoolers. The author is Wiccan but aims to cover all aspects of Paganism. Resources include lapbooks, word searches, recipes, colouring pages, and handwriting sheets.
Activity Village has some general Harvest Festival printables and craft ideas, which could be used around Samhain. (In fact, if you don’t mind general resources, many websites have Spring, Harvest, and other seasonal resources.)
The Pooka Pages has some crafts, recipes, and colouring pages that could be used for home education. They also publish a free PDF magazine, which could potentially be used as independent reading material.
There are lots of pretty Pagan printables on iChild, however, they are mostly all colouring pages – with a few handwriting sheets thrown into the mix. Some of the highlights include the Pagan Festivals information sheet, which can also be coloured in, and the Eoster Hare colouring page. (I’m not sure any young child would thank you for Lughnasadh handwriting practice!)
Final mention (for now) goes to Rayne Storm; a lot of colouring pages but also a few gems to be found, if you trawl through the files – notebooking pages, puzzles, crafts, and lesson plans (filed under WEBSS 2012).