Brave Writer Podcast: Poetry Teatime
Want to grow a writer? Focus on the joy of language and the celebration of expression! Make those your top priority before worrying about the details of spelling and punctuation.
We’ve got a sure-fire way to rock your linguistic world—the practice of pairing poetry and tea. Promise—it’s a slam dunk. It’s so easy and natural to find joy in language through what I call: Poetry Teatime (so easy, in fact, poetry teatime is often seen as the “gateway drug” to all things Brave Writer)!
Poetry Teatime fosters a pleasurable language-rich environment effortlessly (okay—a little effort: treats, tea, and stacking anthologies on the table). Your kids will be drawn to the festive atmosphere while opening themselves to the magic of poems they read to each other.
By pairing rich experiences with learning, our children make precious connections that they carry with them for the rest of their lives.
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Why Poetry Teatime?
The idea of Poetry Teatime is to elevate the learning experience for your children.
When we imbue an experience with sophistication, a little intention, and some elegance, we immediately associate the context with the subject matter – suddenly, poetry goes from just another school subject to an opportunity for enchantment.
“When you cultivate a language-rich environment, you are creating a lifetime of passion for the word – and that is different than teaching a paragraph.” –Julie Bogart
By pairing rich, contextual experiences with our learning objectives, our children will create precious associations that they carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.
(Some of) Our Favorite Poetry Books
- Read-Aloud Poems for Young People: Readings from the World’s Best Loved Verses by Glorya Hale
- Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy
- Americans’ Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology
- Otherwise: New & Selected Poems by Jane Kenyon
- You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by John Ciardi
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
- Poemcrazy by Susan Wooldridge (this is actually one of the best books about writing and thinking about poetry)