StoryTime in the SchoolHouse

Story: Grandpa Ivy & The Pumpkin Mouse
Author: Unknown

We will visit the schoolhouse during a week late autumn for this week’s videos. In our story, Grandpa Ivy’s neighbor Dante finds a little mouse living in a wee pumpkin house at the edge of Grandpa Ivy’s yard. Dante is worried she doesn’t have enough to eat for the winter and knocks on Grandpa Ivy’s door to ask for help. Grandpa Ivy makes a small bag of nuts and seeds for Dante to leave for the little mouse. Dante leaves the bag of food just outside the mouse’s door that morning and every other morning until spring returns. 



Every Storytime includes a circle time with songs and poems as well as a time for hearing a story or seeing a puppet show. Each month we have a new circle time. We learn the poems and songs slowly, building week by week. This week we start to learn all new songs and poems including this one “Three Little Kittens”.
Three little kittens they lost their mittens
And they began to cry,
Oh mother dear we sadly fear, 
Our mittens we have lost.
Oh lost your mittens, you darling kittens.
I’ll help you find them.
Each Monday, at the end of our circle time, we practice a breathing exercise. This month we are learning “Candle Breathing.” These exercises are intended to introduce children to mindfulness and deep breathing in an age-appropriate and easy-to-access manner.
We spend the second half of Storytime hearing a story. The first week of each month, Storytime members hear a Grandpa Ivy story written by Ms. Becca. In this week’s story, the focus is on a little mouse his neighbor Dante finds on the edge of his field. “I wonder what friend left me this wonderful gift.”


We are back in the schoolhouse this morning on a foggy and frosty morning. Ms. Becca has the woodstove to keep her warm as we sing songs and listen to a story together.
Today gives us another chance to practice the new songs, poems, and signs we are learning this month. One of our themes this month is animals getting ready for winter.
Winter’s coming, winter’s coming
How will the creatures get ready?
Winter’s coming, winter’s coming
Time to get ready for snow.
After circle time, we hear the story of Grandpa Ivy & the Pumpkin Mouse again. We hear one story each week, repeating the story Monday through Friday. Repetition is beneficial for young children and repeating stories is one way to help lay the foundation for later reading and writing. Because we repeat our stories for a full week, we choose them with care and attention. Your children will get to know the particular details of our story by the end of the week.
That little mousie had enough to get her all the way to spring and she was never hungry again.


We begin the morning outside on Ms. Becca’s porch where it is very chilly! 
Look out! Look out! Jack Frost is about
He’s after your fingers and toes
And all through the night the sly little sprite
Is working where nobody knows
Today and every Wednesday we are outside for Storytime and go on a field trip. Our field trips take us to visit community members as well as places in nature. On the first Wednesday of each month, Ms. Becca takes us to visit somewhere in nature. While she usually takes us somewhere in the mountains close to her home, today we visit the beach with her family. Enjoy watching the sunrise, the birds in the surf, and a stunt kite in action.
The last part of Storytime is back on the porch with Ms. Becca for a story of Grandpa Ivy and the Pumpkin Mouse.


Thursdays we are back in the schoolhouse for circle time and…a puppet show! Every Thursday and Friday we have a puppet show during our storytelling time. This morning you’ll Ms. Becca’s dogs singing along in the background at one point!
Storytime has a predictable and consistent rhythm (flow) each day and week. We start and end each day the same way and each day follows the same rhythm. Children thrive with a predictable and consistent rhythm. We hope Storytime can be the foundation of your mornings together.
Today and tomorrow we will see a puppet show of the Grandpa Ivy story. Our team makes 90% of our puppet show materials and aim to use only natural materials. Our simple puppet shows are intentional. Don’t be surprised if your child starts putting on puppet shows for you!


This is our last day to hear our Grandpa Ivy story. Each new week of Storytime brings a new story and field trip as well as new verses to our songs and poems. We have one last day to practice these verses before adding additional ones next week.
Are you learning the words to the songs and poems? With repetition and practice, even the youngest children will begin copying the words and motions. It will be far from perfect but that’s okay! Let your child join Ms. Becca when they are able. You can encourage them to model the motions. Sit and watch with your child–and sing and move with us!
Storytime also follows a monthly rhythm. The first week of Storytime we hear a Grandpa Ivy tale, the second week a pedagogical or teaching tale, and the third and fourth week a nature tale or folk tale. If you have enjoyed this week of Storytime, please check out the other seasons we have available.

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