Well, that changed, and I am very glad that it did, several years ago, when we decided to find out more about St. Patrick in our homeschool (that's the beauty of homeschooling, study what you want when you want). I was quite impressed with what we learned. St. Patrick was definitely someone worth honoring as he was kidnapped from his home in Britain when he was 16 and sold as a slave in Ireland, where he worked as a shepherd for six years. He became a devout Christian. After six years of captivity in Ireland, he escaped and returned to Britain. He studied for 15 years to become a priest and he then returned to Ireland to minister to Christians already living in Ireland, as well as to convert the Irish, particularly the Druids.
We watched the movie, "St. Patrick: The Irish Legend" of 2000. I thought the movie was very well done, and I really enjoyed it. We don't own it, but I would like to, because I would like to view it again.
Of course, in addition, to studying and learning more history and information about St. Patrick and watching a movie, you can do fun stuff like make an Irish craft, like some shamrock art, make the traditional Irish dinner of Corned beef and cabbage, or just make some Irish soda bread.
Example of Shamrock Art:
Draw or trace a shamrock onto a piece of cardstock.
Cut it out and let your child trace it onto a piece of drawing paper several times, making a sort of collage of shamrocks. Have your child color them in different green colors and shade of green.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe:
(Thank you Kelly Rossiter, who posted this on www.mnn.com)