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Tuesday Teatime: Fun and engaging

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Tuesday Teatime_Kelly

My children (ages 11 and 9) were thrilled when they walked into the schoolroom after lunch and saw the table set for Poetry Teatime.  We simply covered our old, scratched-up coffee table with a table runner, some fake flowers from the dining room table, and some poetry books.

We read from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, and Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again.  We drank lemonade from an Asian teapot and cups brought back from Korea by my Korean sister-in-law and baked some pre-made sugar cookies for a treat.  It was really a set-up made from things we already had in the house, nothing overly fancy.

I think it was a wise choice to start our first day of our new Bravewriter Lifestyle with such a fun, engaging activity.  Now they are eagerly looking forward to next Tuesday!

~Kelly

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Tuesday Teatime: A good learning environment

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Tuesday Teatime Katie 2

Hello Julie!

I am a new homeschooling mom and I am so thankful for the poetry tea idea. I have two boys, almost 11 and almost 8, and they were not too sure about the idea at first. But now, as I discuss making changes for our new semester, they have made sure that our poetry tea is part of our week—every week. We will have to change our day due to other classes they are taking, but we are all hooked!

Last semester, we read poetry from Caroline Kennedy’s book, “Poems to Learn By Heart” for several weeks and that was a favorite. Recently I picked up “A Child’s Introduction to Poetry” by Michael Driscoll at a garage sale. (Yay for garage sale finds!). My kids are digging the nonsense rhymes and I really like that they teach about different types of poetry—since I don’t have much recollection of that from my youth!

Sometimes we pull something to eat out of the pantry that we already have, and sometimes when I get the opportunity, I make them a special treat to surprise them. They have both learned to enjoy herbal tea and the fancy tea cups I’ve kept locked up in the china hutch for too many years. It’s been a delight to share something “feminine” with my two boys—who knew they would enjoy it so much??

Tuesday Teatime Katie

We have also added our read aloud time to the tea, thus adding more literature and crossing off one more subject they don’t have to “suffer” through. All in all, it’s been a good learning environment and I’ve learned not to expect perfection from them in their habits or decorum! I have promised a trip to a “real tea house” at the end of the school year where they can practice the habits of gentlemen I am trying to teach them to appreciate.

Thanks again for the grand idea that was relatively simple to employ and now something we all look forward to each week—even their two year old sister who begs to join us for our “tea party.”

Blessings,
Katie

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Tuesday Teatime: Most delightful yet!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Tuesday Teatime AmyReading the poem “Pet Me!” from Dogs Rule! by Daniel Kirk

Hi Julie!

Although her older brother has been homeschooling since August, my daughter just began homeschooling this week, and the first thing she asked to do was Poetry Tea Time!

Tea Time at our house doesn’t usually involve fine china or crumpets. This week it was mugs of hot cocoa, Girl Scout cookies, and a lingering of the holiday mess. No matter! It was our most delightful tea time yet!

Thank you for an idea that inspires.

Amy

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Tuesday Teatime: Pleasant atmosphere

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Poetry Tea outside

Brave Writer mom, Jennifer, writes:

Hey Julie!

Just a quick note to say thanks. An old email of yours showed up in a search I was doing this morning and I remembered all the fab times my daughter and I had at Tea Time and writing outside and reading poems at breakfast…

You inspired a very pleasant atmosphere in our life.

Marianna is now off at college, an Arabic major with the Air Force ROTC. I still keep my own book of poems I’ve read and loved and copied down, as well as my own writings.

You made an impact in both our lives.

Thank you!
Jennifer

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Teatime poems, hands-on activities, banana sushi, and more!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Below are the most popular pins on our Poetry Teatime Pinterest board last year. But first, here’s a poem from one of the pins (5th from the bottom):

When the world is at odds
and the mind is a sea
then cease the useless tedium
and brew a cup of tea.

There is magic in its fragrance
and there is solace in its taste
and the laden moments vanish
somehow into space.

The world becomes a lovely thing
there’s beauty as you’ll see:
all because you briefly
stopped to brew a cup of tea.

~Anonymous

Top Pins in 2014

(clicking on an image takes you to the Pinterest page)

Nutella & Banana Sushi

Shel Silverstein Quote

Hands-On Poetry Activities

Perfectly Steeped Tea

Flower teacup

Tea Poem

Heart-shaped tea bag tutorial

Teatime Quote

Tea Time

DIY Tea Time Tags

From top to bottom, left to right they include: 10) Nutella & Banana Sushi recipe, 9) Shel Silverstein quote, 8) Hands-On Poetry Activities, 7) Perfectly Steeped Tea, 6) Flower teacup, 5) Tea poem, 4) Heart-shaped tea bag tutorial, 3) Tea poem, 2) Tea Time image, and 1) DIY Tea Time Tags with free printable digital download (set of 12).

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Looking for poetry books for teatime?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Tea Time

We share poetry titles on our Poetry Teatime Pinterest board. Suggested books often come from the featured teatimes of Brave Writer families.

Poetry Books Featured in 2014

Five were by Jack Prelutsky:

A Pizza the Size of the Sun
The New Kid on the Block
My Dog May be a Genius
It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles
Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face

Two by Kenn Nesbitt:

The Tighty Whitey Spider
My Hippo Has the Hiccups

And two by Calef Brown:

Flamingos on the Roof
Soup for Breakfast

The others:

Don’t Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies by Shel Silverstein
Custard and Company by Ogden Nash
Pumpkin Butterfly by Heidi Mordhorst
Ten-Second Rain Showers: Poems by Young People complied by Sandford Lyne
The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems edited by Georgia Heard
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
The Children’s Classic Poetry Collection complied by Nicola Baxter
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer! by Alan Katz
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George
Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee
The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
Child’s Anthology of Poetry by Elizabeth Hauge Sword
Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan
A Child’s Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll
Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Poetry for Young People by Walt Whitman
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
Lemonade and Other Squeezed Poems from a Single Word by Bob Raczka
Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Farris
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
Snow Snow by Jane Yolen
Poems to Read to the Very Young by Josette Frank
Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments by Emily Jiang

 Enjoy!

P.S. Many of these titles are available on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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Tuesday Teatime: A collective “ahhhh”

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Still Life with Books, Teacup and Puzzle

Brave Writer has been encouraging Poetry Teatimes for well over a decade! Here’s a compilation of tips and inspiration shared throughout the years:

The Original Poetry Teatime Guide

Poetry Teatimes offer you and your children a break from the fast-paced demands of homeschooling, parenting, and household running. Everyone sighs a collective “ahhhh” as they settle into their chairs, tea cups or mugs in hand, poetry books scattered across the table.

How to Make a Pot of Tea

Plus muffin and scone recipes!

7 Teatime Tips

Some fresh advice for your teatimes!

The Value of Poetry

Poetry teaches us the beauty and potential of the English language. The innovative use of language—of diction (word choice), metaphor and simile, other figures of speech, punctuation and capitalization—encourages our fledgling writers to take a chance with language.

Poetry Teatime Titles

Features poetry books our family has enjoyed during our teatimes. Also, check out the recommendations from readers in the comments!

How to Read Poetry Aloud

“A poem will live or die depending on how it is read.” ~Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Our first teatime of the year

Over and over, they had to read the poems aloud and remember all the times we’ve read them before. At one point, I had to explain why other people didn’t read poetry the way we did: “It’s because a lot of people are intimidated by poetry. They don’t know that you can begin with rhymes and jokes, kids poems and limericks. If they started there, they’d ease into the adult stuff without noticing…like you have!”

No more fantasy teatime

Don’t fall victim to “Fantasy Teatime Syndrome.”

What to do if they don’t like teatime?

The idea here is to keep experimenting with new venues, new options, trusting the overall thrust of your time with your children to be the good that they need. Remember how critical their own input is to a successful home education.

Sometimes mom needs a teatime just for her

Find a private moment to sip, to observe, to take in a little written inspiration, to pause and enjoy the flavor of the hot brew on a cold day.

Then there are the many awesome Brave Writer families who have shared their teatimes with us.

And don’t forget our Poetry Teatime Pinterest board. It’s filled with ideas!

Poetry Teatime Pinterest board
Enjoy!

P.S. Thinking of poetry, our Playing with Poetry online workshop is “the most fun you can have with your kids while working on writing. Taught by our own Susanne Barrett (MA in poetry), your family will not just learn to appreciate poetic forms, but will have the satisfying pleasure of writing them!” Class starts Feb 2nd!

Also, Brave Writer’s Arrow Poetry Guide is a helpful tool! Four weeks’ worth of poetry lessons, using popular poems for children.

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Tuesday Teatime: A new element

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Tara 1

This year we added a new element to our plans: Brave Writer! I totally wish Julie would adopt me, and show me her homeschool ways. Fortunately, because she has a writing program, she is a fabulous writer that often shares her wisdom on her blog and via Facebook [and The Homeschool Alliance!].

One of the elements of the Brave Writer Lifestyle is Tuesday Teatime. We didn’t get out our finest china this time, but I may have to dig it out. I already know my boys love being read to. I didn’t know how they would like reading poetry to each other. They both actually had a lot of fun!

Tuesday Teatime Tara 2

I collected some of the poetry books Julie had recommended. The boys really enjoyed these. I hope to collect a few more along the way.

I made Lemon Cream Scones as our snack because what proper tea wouldn’t have a proper scone? These are very simple, but every time I make them someone asks for the recipe. They’re not dense like typical scones, but rather more biscuit-like [see Tara's recipe!].

Tuesday Teatime Tara 3

My boys love chai lattes. I heated 2 bags of chai in water on the stove, and then added some sugar and soy milk. Yum!

~Tara

Read more at Tara’s blog, Monarch Room.

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Tuesday Teatime: Stopping the rush

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Brave Writer Retreat Book and Tea-blog

Stopping the rush for a restorative cup of tea creates the perfect space to contemplate rhymes, limericks, and sonnets. When you pair poetry with tea, your children create a connection between contemplation and rest, while also creating memories of serenity and joy.

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Tuesday Teatime: Most delightful

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Erin

We added Poetry Tea to our lineup for school this year, and it has been an enormous hit.

My 6yo daughter was adamant we have our teatime a couple of days early last week so that we could include her grandparents, who were visiting from out of state. My mother-in-law is the person who gave us two of the children’s poetry anthologies that we use regularly for our teatimes, and I knew she would be delighted to participate.

My father-in-law snapped this picture of me and her, leaving through books, taking turns reading our favorites aloud. We did this for quite a long time, even after the children had lost interest in muffins, lemonade, and poetry and had skipped off.

It was our most delightful Teatime so far!

~Erin

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