Poetry Teatime: Raspberries, Cherries, Blueberries, and Brioches
Poetry teatime is my absolute favourite part of the Brave Writer lifestyle.
Setting the scene
I lit a candle and put a posy of summer flowers as a centrepiece. Often we gather flowers from the garden. Today I grabbed the fake flowers that normally live in our downstairs loo!
Food and drink
This morning’s poetry teatime was mid-morning, so I set out raspberries, cherries, blueberries and brioches. I made cocoa for the children, and tea for me.
Everyone chooses their poems beforehand. They can take as much or as little time as they like over this. There are no rules. J(8) almost always chooses poems from The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry. Today he said he was going to make up one of his poems – “I’ve got the first line, I’m just playing with the rest in my head.” C(9) spent much of last term writing out poems for copywork. She chose to read a few of these. I selected a few short, funny poems from Read Me And Laugh.
Poetry teatime usually kicks off with the children commenting appreciatively on how good the table looks (apparently it’s a rare thing!). Then we tuck into food and poems, taking turns around the table to read.
Both my kids adore reading poems aloud; they do it with gusto. For J(8), especially, this is an excellent opportunity – his desire to entertain completely overcomes his reading difficulties, and he amazes us with his fluency!
Read more at Lucinda’s blog, Navigating By Joy.
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