What’s Up with Leprechauns?


March SOLC–Day 17

When did kids start setting traps for leprechauns? This wasn’t a “thing” when I was young and my own kids didn’t do it. When did leprechauns become such a big deal? This year my first-grade class has gone leprechaun-mad!  I should probably have anticipated it, as in February the talk and anticipation had already begun.
“Mrs. Hogan. You know why I love March?”
“No, why?”
“Because the leprechauns come!”


On Monday after reading our weekly poem about a “lively little leprechaun,” conversations burst out all over the carpet.
“I caught a leprechaun once! I found him under a bush.”

“You can use a tissue box to catch leprechauns. It’s easy!”

“We set traps in Kindergarten and the leprechauns left sparkles and gold coins around the room!”

“Are we going to set leprechaun traps, Mrs. Hogan?” The volume dropped to zero as all heads turned in my direction.
“Oh.” A sea of crestfallen faces looked up at me. I felt set up. Gee, thanks, K teachers!

One boy piped up, contributing this longer and more mysterious story to a rapt audience, (and thankfully turning their attention from their buzz-kill teacher):

“Last year I set a trap with my brother. We put a box up and under it was a potato because leprechauns love potatoes. And we put a trail of shiny pennies to it. Cause they like gold. And the next morning…the trap was closed! But…” he paused dramatically,
“…we didn’t catch the leprechaun! And…”
another dramatic pause punctuated with a small giggle,
“he changed the potato into a… pear!”
His audience of spell-bound first graders gasped.
Clever parents! I thought.

And then to top it all off, at snack time one of my students approached me.
“Mrs. Hogan, do you want to see my leprechaun dance?”
“Well, of course I do!” I said.

She promptly launched into some sort of hybrid Celtic-Russian seizure dance with her long braids flying, legs kicking this way and that and her arms swirling about her head. After a moment, she stopped, breathless, pink-cheeked, and beaming.

“Wow!” I said, (As Kevin Henkes would say, “Wow. That was just about all she could say. Wow.”)”Where did you learn that?”

“Oh,”she replied, “I just made it up,”

You’ve got to love first grade!  I can’t wait to see what today brings!

11 thoughts on “What’s Up with Leprechauns?

  1. Amy says:

    You’re post make me laugh and laugh so more. I felt like I was right there watching the conversation unfold. All I can say is good luck today! 🍀

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  2. Isn’t it something! The talk yesterday in second grade was the same. Um. No. Leprechauns don’t come to second grade….Thanks for the giggle over the leprechaun dance.

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  3. Cindy says:

    I love how you chose to cross out seizure! Perfect wink to the reader and fellow teacher! Good luck setting your “traps” and dancing today!

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  4. Kimberley says:

    That was just about the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time! I miss teaching first grade. I have no idea when leprechauns became a thing. They certainly weren’t when I was little. My kids were mad at me this morning because I told them there was no such thing.

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  5. terierrol says:

    We have to love the enthusiasm of the young ones!! I agree though too much at times!

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  6. Tara Smith says:

    First grade – such a special age.

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  7. Melanie Roy says:

    They are very entertaining! You must laugh throughout the day! I do love the innocence and enthusiasm. It has turned into a big deal but I’m not getting into setting traps at my house. We’re keeping it simple with green jello for dessert!


  8. […] with laughter: with slices that brought humor to my day. Bob told me about his new best friend, Molly shared what’s up with leprechauns, and I even got to hear a story from Fran’s new phone, and for this I thank you! […]


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