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February 26, 2019
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New Orleans actor-musician Roland \"Butch\" Caire Jr. stars
in a one-man musical that takes a Christian approach to the legend of
Santa Claus, starting with the childhood of St. Nicholas and emphasizing
that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of Christian love and
giving. Meet Santa after the show. Production is aimed at children from
pre-kindergarten through third grade, though all may enjoy it.
What was St. Nicholas like as a child? How did he become the person
we call Santa Claus? Why is Santa called different names in different
countries? How did stockings by the chimney begin? And just how does
he manage to bring gifts to children all over the world? Most importantly,
he reminds us that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of
Christian love and giving. This critically acclaimed show warms hearts in
kids from 1 to 92.
The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus traverses history and culture to
reflect on the many traditions that are part of the Christmas holiday. This
Study Companion investigates these traditions and provides opportunities
for further consideration of the meaning behind Christmas. During these
investigations, students will reflect on the interactions between family
traditions and settings and how creating the imagery of a setting can
connect to mathematical concepts that include shapes, area and perimeter,
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learn about parts of speech, read a poem well-loved for generations and
investigate the poem’s authorship.
In Exploring Santa Traditions: All in the Family students will learn about
Christmas traditions from other parts of the world, brainstorm about their
own family’s traditions, develop their own narrative descriptive essay about
family traditions, create their own crayon resist to illustrate their essay and
then transform their artwork into a design for a possible set for a production
This lesson also builds on mathematical concepts students learn in
preschool: shape recognition and identification. As an example, a shape
made of straight lines with four equal sides is a square, a shape made
of three straight lines is a triangle, a shape made of straight lines where
the sides opposite each other (parallel) are equal is a rectangle and so
forth. In this lesson, we will expand on students’ understanding of both
shapes and measurement by exploring them through the lens of set design.
In Exploring Santa Traditions: Timeline students will further reflect on
the presence of Santa in the United States, beginning with the first mention
of Santa in an American newspaper in 1773.
The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus: Anagrams for Christmas
guides students as they reflect on another version of the story of Santa (as
told in Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation.) Phineas and Ferb
Christmas Vacation incorporates an anagram as a plot devise. Students
will reflect on how the Phineas and Ferb Christmas story uses an
anagram, look at possible ideas for other Christmas anagrams and then
create their own.
In The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus: ‘Twas the Night Before
Christmas Mad Lib students will learn about parts of speech, read a poem
well-loved for generations, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then
create their own version using JPAS Mad Libs.
’Twas the Night Before Christmas: Moore or Livingston? dives deeper
into this well-known and well-loved poem, investigating its authorship. Was
it really written by Henry Livingston, or someone else?
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