December Holidays Around the World: Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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  Your students will love learning and retelling stories about these winter holidays
that are celebrated around the world: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Las Posadas,
and Christmas. Discover that these celebrations all have a special
story, number, food, and candle! We use art and the creative writing
of paper-cutting, drawing and sign language to tell these stories. Interactive and fun!

Please note: We can modify this program to focus on a certain holiday. For example, Los Posadas.

   Note: This program can be modified to focus on a certain holiday. For example, Los Posadas.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $130.00

I personalize EACH program so let me know a bit about your students and what your goals are!


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Homeschool Groups

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together, or about 45 students, for optimun interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

International, Religion, Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Leadership Storytelling!

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for cancellations due to weather.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. We discuss these holiday celebrations' unique symbols, candles, number of days celebrated, stories and foods.
2. We enjoy paper-cutting stories about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.
3. Your students will use sign language to tell the Las Posadas story.
4. Together, we retell and draw a star to go with this story.
5. We sing and sign "We Wish You a Merry Christmas!"
6. We add the sign language for the other holidays and sing and sign the song again.
7. We play an identification game to review the candles, stories, foods, numbers, and symbols for all four holidays!

Please note: This program can be modified to focus on one particular holiday and to compare or contrast it to others.


Your students will:
- listen to and enjoy December celebration stories of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas
- understand the differences and similarities in these four holidays
- be able to name a food, symbol, and story that is traditional to each holiday
- understand that all these holidays have candles as part of their traditions
- be able to draw the star for the story of Las Posadas
- be able to retell the Las Posadas story while drawing the star
- sing our sign language song for all the holidays.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you are meeting with this program. Please let her know what standards you need to cover.
-Literacy RL K.1 to 8, RL .1 to .10.
-Literacy RL K.1 to 8, RL .1 to 4.
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10.
-Speaking & Listening SL K.1 to 5.6
-Art NA-T.K-4.2, NA-VA.K-4.1-3, NA-VA.K-4.6, NA-D.K-4.1-3

State Standards

Valerie will identify these for you - just let her know!