Grandpa Ivy & the Candlestick

The Purple Day Podcast is the audio from our Monday episodes of Storytime in the Schoolhouse. Please note: Storytime is written and recorded for the screen. Some elements of Storytime will transfer better than others.

Every Purple Day, or Monday, we are inside the schoolhouse for circle time and storytime.
During circle time we enjoy singing and reciting nature-based, seasonal songs and poems. We start a new circle time at the beginning of the month, learning the songs and poems together slowly throughout the month. We also practice a deep breathing exercise on Mondays. This month we are learning Hand Breathing.

After circle time, we listen to a story together. The first week of each month, Ms. Becca tells us a Grandpa Ivy story. This week we hear the story of Grandpa Ivy & the Candlestick. This story was inspired by the story "Old Gnome & the Candlestick" by Suzanne Down. Learn more about Suzanne's offerings and sign up for her delightful newsletter at

In the story, Grandpa Ivy takes a walk one foggy morning with a candlestick to light his path. He walks to the meadow where he watches a beautiful sunrise. It’s so beautiful that he wants to share the sunrise with his friend Jack and goes to get him. Jack sees the candlestick Grandpa Ivy set on the ground. Being the bouncy, energetic child he is, he decides to jump back and forth over the candlestick. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick!

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