Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Stories on YouTube

I've always been lucky enough to work in public schools where teaching and talking about Christmas was not taboo. My teaching units at this time of year were usually centered around "Winter Holidays" or "Christmas Around the World".

This is also the time of year when little ones are wiggly and excited and need short, hands-on, quick learning moments. Those squirrely moments are a great time to put in a 10 minute video, pass out a fun work packet and get some end-of-semester work or testing out of the way.



Disney World/Epcot Christmas Around the World



Olive,  the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
(Part 1 of 5. Parts 2 through 5 are directly to the right.)



The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree



Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too



The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Read by Lou Diamond Phillip



Twas the Night Before Christmas (1968) by Clement Clarke Moore
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky--A Russian Christmas Story
(This is a link to the 7 part video)


Christmas Songs

Rudolph --the best version with lyrics I could find



I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas



Disney's Jingle Bells



Disney's Deck the Halls



Disney's Up on a Housetop


There's An Alligator Under My Bed

Mercer Mayer reads his picture book, There's An Alligator Under My Bed