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Story Notes and Extras  

 

 Love On Christmas Day

 

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

with 

the music of Country Music Hall of Fame

and

Hee Haw member

 

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, families, teachers and children to share and enjoy

 

What makes a gift special?

What would be a special gift for you to give to someone?

What are some of your favorite memories of winter?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How do you honor each other with love?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of something you might wear ice skating.

Draw a picture of a gift you could make for someone.

Draw a picture of a Christmas tree.

 

Being A Good Listener

 

What game did Paul dream of playing?

What color were Paul’s first pair of ice skates?

What did Paul’s father tell him to remember about wearing 

his sisters ice skates?

 

A Special Question

 

How do you treat something as your friend?

and

How does it bring you much happiness? 

 

From The Kitchen

 

Ideas For Special Gifts

 

Bake some cookies.

Make a pie.

Bake cup cakes and brownies.

 

Knowing More About Paul

 

http://cfstorytime.com/sparky-mccloud-meets-an-nhl-referee

 

Other Stories 

For All To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

 

Some Other Ways To Enjoy The Holidays

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs 

with family and friends.

Write a Christmas poem.

 

Sharing The Holiday Spirit

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note or letter to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
 Smile.

 

Text Of Story

 

Love

 On Christmas Day

 

by Sean Hunter

 

 

    When the sky begins to tell you that snow will soon be upon the ground.  It is easy to get that joyful feeling.  Christmas Day will soon be here.

 

    And what a special moment the memories of Christmas can be.

 

    The preparing to pick and decorate the tree.  The songs to be heard and sung.  The soft, warm glow of candles coming from the windows.  The cheerful greetings from neighbors and friends.  And all the delightful aromas that would soon be coming from the kitchen.  

 

    For Christmas is indeed special.  For it is a time of joy and honoring each other with love.

 

    And for Paul, all of that was true.

 

    When Paul was a young boy winter was also a time to go skating and dream of playing hockey.  Having fun gliding about the ice.  Enjoying the fresh air and the delights of the moment.  Wearing his sisters white figure skates.

 

    For those were the only skates Paul had.  

 

    And that’s how Paul grew up.  With hand me downs being common.  Wearing those skates each day with pride. 

 

    Remembering his father’s kindness and encouragement.  “That those are still a pair of skates.”  “Treat them as your friend and they’ll bring you much happiness.”

 

     And indeed the skates did.

 

    Then one day on his way to go skating Paul passed the local sporting goods store and stopped to look in the window.  The owner seeing Paul came out and asked Paul if he could help him for a moment.  That he had a nephew just about the same size as Paul, and would Paul please tell him what he thought about the comfort and fitting of a certain pair of skates. 

 

    So Paul tried on the skates and wow!  The skates were wonderful.  And yes!  Any hockey player would be happy to have those skates.

 

    Then off Paul went.  To have a good time skating.

 

    And each day as Paul skated Christmas became a little bit closer.

 

    On Christmas morning Paul and his family gathered.    For everyone was excited      And around their tree with all it’s decorations the family began to celebrate and open their gifts.  For Santa had left gifts for everyone. 

 

    And with delight and surprise.  Tucked away somewhere behind the tree there was one more gift, and it just happened to be for Paul.  And Paul began to wonder.  What could it be?

 

    And as Paul opened his gift his eyes widened with joy.  There was a pair of brand new skates.  Just like the ones he had helped the store owner with.

 

    It was now many years later.  The snow had begun to fall and Paul was thinking of his father and their memories of Christmas.

 

    Over the years Paul had often thought about his first pair of skates.  And each year those skates became even more special.  For there were other memories that were to become a part of Christmas that Paul now remembered and cherished.  Like his father’s sweaters having patches on the elbows, and how his mother was always clipping coupons.  And walking to and from the market, when the bus went right by their door. 

 

    And with each of those memories, Paul began to see the love in the many small sacrifices his parents had so willingly made.   And now realized the true love and joy of the gift of Christmas Day

 

© - Sean Hunter – 2018

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Story Notes and Extras

 

 

And The Fish Went Away Laughing

 

written and presented 

by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

Why do you think fishing is fun?

Where would you like to go fishing?

What kind of fish would you like to catch?

 

More Talk And Discover

 

Why would you like to go fishing?

Who would you like to go fishing with?

What are some colors fish can be?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

What did the little fish say as he went away laughing?

What is something all the fishermen knew about little fish?

What did the fishermen whisper?

 

Fishy Wishy Fun

04

What game did the fish like to play with the fishermen?

What are some other games the fish could play?

 

Just A Thought

 

What do fish have to be thankful for?

 

Extra Credit

 

Name three fish you would find in the ocean.

Name three fish you would find in a river.

Name three fish you would find in a lake.

 

The Surprise Question

 

What do you think fish like to dream about

when they are not looking for squiggly, wiggly worms?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a mystery fish.

Draw picture of a happy fisherman.

Draw a picture of a house a fish might live in.

 

Bonus Question

 

In what waters would you find a dogfish?

 

Extra, Extra Question

 

Where would you find a catfish?

 

Double Bonus Question

 

Where would find a blue fish and a red fish?

 

Little Fish Tales

(for all to enjoy)

 

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

The Little Mermaid

 

Big Fish Stories

 

Moby Dick

The Old Man and the Sea

The River Runs Through It

Jaws

 

Fishing Safety

 

Always wear glasses to protect your eyes when fishing,

and 

when near someone fishing.

 

When in a boat or fishing in the water, wear a proper life jacket.

 

Respect the weather – and go immediately 

to safety at the first signs of possible lighting.

 

Fishing Etiquette and Laws

 

Know the local rules and regulations before you start fishing.

 

The water is not a trash can –

Do nothing to endanger or pollute the waters.

 

Take all debris and used fish line with you.

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Sparky McCloud and the Grand Old Flag

 

 Story Notes and Extras 

Sparky McCloud and the Grand Old Flag 

written and presented by Sean Hunter 

Talk and Discover 

for parents, teachers, families and children 

What are some of the places you have seen a flag flying? 

Who in your family was born when the Grand Old Flag had 48 stars? 

Where in your community do you always see the Grand Old Flag displayed? 

Learning With Art 

Draw a flag for your family. 

Draw a flag of a country whose flag is also the colors 

red, white and blue. 

Draw a picture of your state flag. 

The Flag and Freedom 

Who are some of the men and women that have made your freedom possible? 

What are some of the sacrifices that freedom requires? 

What are some countries where freedom isn’t always possible? 

More Talk and Discover 

What year was a star added to the American flag 

for the state where you live? 

What year was a star added to the American flag for a state 

that begins with the letter K? 

What year for a state that begins with the letter I? 

What year for a state that begins with the letter M? 

Flags 

What are some of the shapes of flags? 

What are some ways flags are used in sports? 

What is the difference between a flag and a pennant? 

Where would you find an ensign? 

Who in the US government is honored with a personal flag? 

Knowing More History 

What changes did President Eienshower and Congress authorize 

in the pledge of Allegiance in 1954? 

When is Flag Day? 

Extra Credit 

In what state is Flag Day an official holiday? 

Bonus Question 

What are some other nick names for the American Flag? 

How did the nick names happen? 

 

Double Extra Credit 

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Oscar O’Reily  and the Meicee, Micee, Mousey

Story Notes and Extras 

Oscar O’Reily 

And The Meicee, Micee, Mousey

 

by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

Who do you like to play with?

What games do you like to play that are fun?

How many mice do you think Oscar taught to

wiggle their whiskers, wiggle their toes

and make their ears go up and down?

Can you wiggle your toes?

Can you make your ears go up and down?

Why do you think Oscar wanted to be a teacher?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of one of the mice.

Draw a picture of one of Oscar’s friends.

Draw a picture of Oscar with his “Happy” smile.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What is something that you could teach someone?

Why was it important for Oscar to be “a cat of his word?”

Do you think there are any more cats like Oscar?

 

More, Talk, Talk and Discover

 

Do you know how to whistle?

Do you think Oscar will teach the meicee, micee, mousey

to whistle any particular song?

What would be a good song to learn how to whistle?

 

Extra Credit

 

Could Oscar teach the meicee, micee, mousey to make cheese?

What else could Oscar teach the meicee, micee mousey?

 

Having More Fun

 

Make up names for a family of cats –

the father, mother, brother, sister and little baby kitten

 

Having Some More Fun

 

With a friend, write a poem about mice.

Go to the library and find a book about cats.

 

One Of The Books That Oscar Likes To Read

 

Cat Stories - by James Herriot

 

One Of The Books the Meicee, Micee, Mousey 

Like To Read

 

 

The Tailor of Gloucester – by Beatrix Potter

 

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King Hop A'Tommus

Story Notes and Extras 

King Hop A’Tommus

by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, teachers and families to enjoy

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Why did the Pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving?

What are some of the blessings that you have had this year?

What are some of the blessings that you had last year?

What are some blessings that you can share?

What are some of the ways to share your blessings?

Besides their health, families and freedom, what else do you think 

the Pilgrims were grateful for?

Who should we thank for our blessings?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of King Hop A’Tommus

Something you could grow for Thanksgiving.

the “Mayflower”

More Talk and Discover

Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

What risk and dangers did the Pilgrims face coming to America?

What risk and dangers did the Pilgrims face when they arrived in America?

Why was the Mayflower Compact important to the Pilgrims?

In what other countries had some of the Pilgrims lived?

How long did the voyage take to cross the Atlantic Ocean?

How many Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower?

How long did the Pilgrims live on the Mayflower?

What are some of the ways that you could be like a Pilgrim?

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

Who are some famous decedents of the Mayflower Pilgrims?

What freedoms are important to you?

Fun For All

In school – and the week of Thanksgiving – 

have each student select a name that has reference to the Pilgrims 

and place that name on their desk

Extra Credit

Ask each student look up / learn something significant about the name they selected 

and then share that with the class.

Some Of The Names King Hop A’Tommus Saw 

Speedwell

Mayflower

Christopher Jones

Provincetown

Mayflower Compact

Plymouth

Plymouth Rock

1620

Squanto

John Carver

William Brewster

Mules Standish

William Bradford

Plymouth Plantation

Massasoit

Stephen Hopkins

Mary Chilton (Winslow)

John Alden

Priscilla Mullins (Alden)

Elisabeth Tilley (Howland)

Peregrine White

Samuel Fuller

Oceanus Hopkins

Mary Allerton

Edward Winslow

Cape Cod


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The Pirates of Jamestown

Story Notes and Extras 

The Pirates Of Jamestown

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

for parents, children, teachers, and families to enjoy

How deep do you think the treasure chest was buried?

Why is a full moon a good night to look for hidden treasure?

What do you think the people of Jamestown thought they would find hidden?

What did you think might be in the treasure chest?

Where do you think the pirates had been before they came to Jamestown?

How many pirates do you think were on their ship?

Where do you think the pirates went after they buried the treasure chest  and sailed away?

Where could the pirates go and live like the people of Jamestown?

Do you think any of the pirates left the ship and then moved to Jamestown?

What jobs would a former pirate be good at? 

What are some of the jobs that a pirate would have had on their ship?

When do you think the pirates thought the treasure chest would be discovered?

What other surprises do you think the pirates may have left behind?

Where do you think the pirate ship is today?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a pirate.

Draw a picture of a pirate ship.

Draw a picture of a treasure chest.

Draw a picture of the Jolly Roger flag.

More Talk and Discover

Why did the pirates think that the people of Jamestown were rich?

In what ways were the pirates robbing themselves?

What is something that the people of Jamestown can be proud of?

What was the real treasure that the pirates had left for the people of Jamestown 

and everyone to have?

A Little Bit of History

What are some names of famous pirate ships?

Extra Credit

How could someone get an idea of what year the pirates may have been in Jamestown?

How did knowing math help the pirates to sail their ship?

 What else would a pirate or any sailor need to know to sail a ship?

Stories About Famous Pirates

(that you can find at your library)

Captain Kidd

Blackbeard

Long John Silver

And One More Question

What are some of the other questions to the mystery that still need to be answered?

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 Sparky McCloud  and the Christmas Angel

Story Notes and Extras

Sparky McCloud 

and the Christmas Angel

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with a melody of music by Country Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, family, friends and children to enjoy

Which ornament do you think is Sparky’s favorite?

Which ornament do you think the family has had the longest?

Why do you think the family put a star on top of the Christmas tree?

What song do you think Sparky sang?

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Do you think the ornaments sing every Christmas eve?

What might be some of the other reasons that Sparky likes the song

“Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer?”

What are some of the ways to show love?

What are some of the ways for you to show kindness?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a star.

Draw a picture of a snowman.

Draw a picture of a candy cane.

Draw a picture of a Christmas tree.

More Talk and Discover

What type of tree are many of the Christmas trees?

In what country did the Christmas tree tradition begin?

With what fruits were some of the first Christmas trees decorated?

How many Christmas trees are prepared each year in Europe?

How many years does it take for a Christmas tree to grow to be six feet tall?

In the music following the story, what ornaments do you think are singing?

What are some Christmas traditions for your family?

What is something special one of your friends can do?

What is something special that you can do?

What is a gift that you can give someone that doesn’t need to be bought?

What are some of the gifts that you receive everyday?

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.
Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
 Smile.

Help a neighbor in need.

Other Ways To Have Fun

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs with family and friends.

Write a Christmas poem.

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The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

Story Notes and Extras

The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families, children and friends to enjoy

What do you think it was that King Hop A’Tommas smelt cook’n?

What do you like to smell cook’n?

If you had a garden, what would you grow for Thanksgiving?

What is something good to make for Thanksgiving diner?

Who would you invite to celebrate Thanksgiving with you?

Why is it good to be thankful?

What do you have to be thankful for?

What are some of the blessings that you receive each day?

What are some of the ways your family celebrates Thanksgiving?

What are some of the ways that you can help celebrate Thanksgiving?

Why do you think the Pilgrims had a day of Thanksgiving?

What does King Hop A’Tommas have to be thankful for?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of King Hop A’Tommas.

Draw a picture of a pilgrim.

Draw a picture of one of King Hop A’Tommas’s friends.

More Talk and Discover

How fast can a turkey run?

How fast can a turkey fly?

Where do turkeys sleep?

What sound do turkeys make when they talk?

What is something that you could pop or roast

 around a fireplace on Thanksgiving?

Why is the moth of November a good time to celebrate Thanksgiving? 

Where did the Pilgrims celebrate their first Thanksgiving?

In what year did George Washington first declare a national day of Thanksgiving?

When did Abraham Lincoln declare Thanksgiving as a holiday?

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

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Wally - The Coolest Pig in Town

Story Notes and Extras 

Wally 

The Coolest Pig In Town

Written And Presented By Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

What are some other tricks that Wally might do?

How did Wally learn to do his tricks?

What do most pigs like to eat?

What else could Wally eat besides blueberry pie?

What won’t a pig eat?

What do you think Wally does if there is no mud?

Do you think Wally knows how to dance?

Do you think Wally knows how to sing?

How much could Wally weigh?

How many teeth does a pig have?

How many teeth does a piglet have?

What are some of the other animals that like to take a bath?

Could a pig take a bath with an elephant?

Would and elephant want to take a bath with a pig?

What are some other good names for a pig?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a pig without mud?

Draw a picture of something that a pig might dream of?

Draw a picture of one of the pig’s friends?

More Talk and Discover

Where is there a state fair near you?

When is the state fair?

What attractions would you find at a state fair?

What attractions would you find at the midway?

What other animals would you see at a state fair?

What are some of the contest at a state fair?

What are some of the contest at a fair that don’t involve animals?

At a fair what are some of the prizes that can be won at a fair?

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Three happy mice
Three happy mice
They found some cheese on a Friday night
Then danced and dined with the farmer’s wife
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three happy mice

Three happy mice
They danced and dined with the farmer’s wife
The cheese was good and the moon was bright
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three happy mice

Three happy mice
Dancing there in the bright moonlight
Sharing their cheese with the farmer’s wife
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three happy mice

Three happy mice
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three happy mice
Three happy

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