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Tuesday Teatime: Escape

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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When phone calls dominate the day I escape to the patio to finish working. My own private teatime.

–julie

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Tuesday Teatime: Homemade butter and cinnamon toast

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Bryce Andrea

Today was our first Poetry Teatime. I didn’t know how my children would like a “formal” teatime, but they loved it. They raced to help me set the table (something they don’t do for a normal mealtime). We used my grandmother’s battenburg lace tablecloth and her silver. We had fancy store-bought cookies and homemade butter (which we’d made for a history/science lesson this afternoon) for cinnamon toast.

For our poetry, I chose to read some of Lewis Carroll’s silly poetry. My son, 7, who is a beginning reader, asked me to read “The Sneetches.” My daughter, 10, picked out a poem from A Child’s Garden of Verses, but she didn’t want to read it aloud. As this was supposed to be a pleasant experience and not a lesson in “do it because I said so,” I told her she didn’t have to.

Both kids were excited to find out I want to do this every week. And maybe my daughter will become more comfortable with the idea of reading aloud.

Thank you for introducing our family to Poetry Teatime!

Andrea

P.S. Instructions for making homemade butter:

We let 1 cup of heavy whipping cream sit at room temperature for a little while, then we put it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. The kids took turns shaking it for about 10 minutes (making sure they had a good grip on the jar!). We noticed it got really thick and we couldn’t hear it sloshing anymore. Then we started to see butter granules on the sides of the jar and, all of a sudden, there it was! A lump of butter floating in the buttermilk! We poured it into a (non-metal) bowl, then poured off the buttermilk. We worked the butter with a wooden spoon (metal makes the butter taste funny) under cold water, until the water ran clear (it takes a little while). Any milk left will turn the butter rancid. We worked some salt in to help preserve it. By the way, shaking the cream breaks the protein casing on the fat, allowing it to form a lump, i.e. butter!

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Poetry Teatime meets Jot It Down

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Julie

Inspired by our reading of Rapunzel for the fairy tale project, we started off the new year with a fun teatime treat.

A stack of apple cider donuts on a dowel, a frosted muffin and an inverted cake cone…then green frosting in a tube with sugar flowers and a twist of yellow yarn…made in 5 minutes.

Julie

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Tuesday Teatime: Mindfulness practice

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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This is our first year implementing the Brave Writer Lifestyle. Today was our first day, and the Poetry Tea was a huge hit with my son. We did our baking the night before so that we could easily transition to other activities. Elliot helped by boiling water for tea, setting the table, choosing the linens and picking several poems to read aloud. He enjoyed adding milk and sugar to his tea and stirring it with a spoon– I think he drank at least four cups between bites of banana bread and ginger snaps.

We took our time and savored the experience. It felt like a rare occasion to share this time together, which was different than our normal routine. Less utilitarian. Less objective driven. His reading of Longfellow’s Day is Done melted my heart, especially the line:

Then read from the treasured volume
the poem of thy choice
and lend to the rhyme of the poet
the beauty of thy voice.

I once began our school time by reading a poem, but this experience was better. Pairing poetry with tea calls for a slowing down, like a mindfulness practice to center us. It also gives the learner more responsibility to select a work, to create an atmosphere and to actively participate in a simple yet timeless tradition. I didn’t feel like I was presenting information to be absorbed, hoping that he would finally understand the value or the meaning behind the words. The meaning came from the sharing.

Thank you for the direction that the Brave Writer Lifestyle offers. For the first time in four years, I’m no longer anxious or stressed about teaching writing. Even if we struggle sometimes, we’ll look forward to our tea.

Banana Bread Recipe

The banana bread recipe was adapted from our Betty Crocker Cookbook, but I reduced the sugar by 1/3. It is also lactose free.

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter or margarine (we use lactose free Smart Balance with flaxseed oil, but coconut oil would add a tender texture!)

2 large eggs
3 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup almond milk or water
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour (could substitute with gluten free flour and xanthan gum)
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 c chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350. Grease bottom only of mini loaf pans (this recipe makes four mini loaves).

Combine sugar with all the wet ingredients. Gently mix. Stir in dry ingredients but do not over blend. Too much stirring makes the result tough. (less is better, keep it lumpy!)

Bake mini loaves 30-35 min until golden brown and almost split on the top. Cool completely before slicing so that the bread does not get crumbly. Store in a ziplock for up to four days…as if they would last that long!

Serve with your favorite tea and poems.

Sincerely,
Jenny

Tuesday Teatime: Had a BLAST

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Lori

We have been slowly adding in more Bravewriter to our school days. This week we added in tea time and my boys who are 13 and 11 thought it was the silliest thing I have ever come up with. They tried to get out of doing it. I pulled out some poetry books that I got from the library, cookies and lemonade. I told them they could get a tea cup from the china cabinet if they wanted. That got them interested. We never use those cups. They finally sat down and had a BLAST!!!!!

We also added in copywork. Which has been going really well! No complaints at all! They also LOVED the game where one of them draws a picture and then has to describe it so the other can draw it. That was a huge hit.

Thanks!

Lori

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Tuesday Teatime: Very first!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Caitlin 1

It’s raining Pigs and Noodles over here!

My three little friends thoroughly enjoyed their first Tuesday Teatime. My eldest wrote a poem once our time time was over and just read it to me.

I Ate 10 Pies

I ate 10 pies.
I really am so fat.
I can’t get through the door.
And that is that.

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Not bad for our first session…

–Caitlin

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Tuesday Teatime: Pinkies out!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Rebecca

Tea time has always been one of our most favorite times. My 10 year old son is known as the “tea time nazi” due to his insistence that we always use the formal, nature themed tea set. Every. Single. Time.

Here he is a little over a week ago with his cousin, enjoying an impromptu tea time break – which was preceded by a Minecraft binge and followed up by a dip in the pool.

The boys opted to “discuss things” instead of our usual tea time read aloud tradition.

Pinkies out!

Rebecca

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Tuesday Teatime: Togetherness, beauty, simplicity, and health

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Brandy

I have always loved tea. As a family, we have had a practice of drinking many different types of herbal teas throughout the year. It is a much loved habit that I “blame” on my “genetics.” My mother is from the West Indies and went to nursing school in England, and my father is Scottish. I suppose it was only a matter of time before I fell in love with a more “official” tea time.

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This year, I was introduced to Brave Writer, and knew that her philosophy of teaching and learning fit perfectly with what our family had already implemented in our lives. Nature journaling, movie night, poetry tea times – I was in heaven reading about all the ways to encourage and get my children excited about writing! We had our first tea as a birthday party for my youngest. Our closest friends (who we introduced to Brave Writing) came over and celebrated the day, while also learning some fun etiquette in the process.

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Most recently, we started having the more “official” Tuesday Poetry Teas into our week. I make special drinks and hor d’oeuvres, we enjoy the food, each other’s company, and poetry. Each person takes several turns (if they want) choosing and reading aloud a poetry selection.

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We knew that we wanted our poetry times to incorporate the things that we value and prioritize in our family – togetherness, beauty, simplicity, and health. I own 2 platters/stands (as seen in the pictures), and my husband made a cake stand out of some of our firewood (which serves as a decorative stand for our emergency candles when not used for parties), and the jars pictured serve as functional storage when needed, or as decoration in their “off time” from parties.

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We are so very thankful for Brave Writer, and for how seamlessly the BW lifestyle matches who we are as a family, and how we live our lives.

Brandy

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Tuesday Teatime: On Friday

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Sarah

“Tuesday” Teatime has been a part of our homeschooling for many years. By no means do we do it every week and definitely not on Tuesday but usually on Friday as we find it a pleasant way to end the week.

From the very beginning I knew that it would not happen if I had to come up with the “tea.” So we are found casually strolling, dashing to avoid raindrops, or slipping and sliding on ice around the corner to our neighborhood coffee shop to drink chai, hot chocolate, juice or whatever suits our fancy for the day..

In the beginning I did all of the reading, a couple of poems and the rest from our current read aloud or two. Gradually the kids began to pick up the books. On this pleasant day they shared poems from Winter Poems, Poems to Learn by Heart, and Flamingos on the Roof.

Sarah

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Tuesday Teatime: Diamante poems!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Melanie

Hi Julie!

We had such fun with our tea time and poetry share today! We have been talking about diamante poems, so the kids shared some of their creations while we enjoyed herbal tea and snacks. My oldest two wrote synonym poems, using the following format:

Noun
Adjective, Adjective
Verb, Verb, Verb
Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun
Verb, Verb, Verb
Adjective, Adjective
Noun

The kids started by brainstorming adjectives, nouns and verbs for their poems, which I jotted down for them grouped by word type. Then they went through their lists, chose the words they liked best, and wrote their poems. It was so much fun! Here’s what they came up with:

Minecraft, by Eamonn (9 yrs)

Minecraft
fun, exhilarating
learning, thinking, bonding
mods, stones, houses, blocks
building, exploring, playing
challenging, peaceful
Minecraft

Books, by Fallon (11 yrs)

Books
exciting, hilarious
reading, thinking, imagining
mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, reference
wishing, laughing, hypothesizing
different, fast-paced
Novels

I’ve also included a photo of my four kidlets as they sipped tea while big sis read out some favourite poems.

Thanks for always inspiring us with fun ways to create and explore with words!

Warmly,
Melanie

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