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Tuesday Teatime: On a Wednesday or a Friday or a Saturday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Poetry Teatime

These clowns LOVE Poetry Tea Time Tuesdays! Sometimes I’ll come downstairs and they’ve set the table and put the kettle on – on a Wednesday, or a Friday or a Saturday! It is the most consistent homeschool routine we have – we love Tuesdays.

As for our choice of poems we ALWAYS read Shel Silverstein – along with a collection of others old and new – I try to pick some that are fitting to the season or month – as for treats – I used to try and make cookies the day before but found that if that didn’t happen we would miss poetry tea time – so now I just buy a package or two of store bought treats! It is also important that the cream goes in the glass creamer – if I try to just put the carton on the table someone always mentions it! We have a candle that usually sits on our dining room table and the oldest rotate turns lighting it.

I used to stress a bit over tea time – wanting it to be perfect – Julie had posted something about this on her blog once – about keeping it simple – so I took her advice to heart and we now enjoy tea time very regularly – sometimes more than once a week!

Thanks for all you guys do over at Brave Writer! Our family sure appreciates you all.

Brenda

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Tuesday Teatime: The show must go on!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Tuesday Teatime Shawna

Poetry Tea Time Tuesday. There isn’t one place in my house that doesn’t need picked up, scrubbed, or sand blasted, but my baby boy asked if it was Tuesday yet, so the show must go on.

In lieu of Shel Silverstein today, Goodnight Moon is the theme. I’ve had a really crappy past 2 days so I’m going to post some “happy fluff” OK? Plus, you can’t bicker with your siblings if your face is stuffed with Moon Pies, eh?

So, I’m feeding this crew moon things. Mush like in the book (grits), nighty night tea, circle crackers with circle cheese, Oreo Moon Phases, boiled eggs, grapes, marshmallow “moon rocks,” pepperoni slices, and moon pies!

Oh, and there are helium balloons! Yippee.

Next week we’ll be back to tea and toast. Ha!

Much Love, Shawna

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Tuesday Teatime: Snipped a rose from our garden

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Tuesday Teatime Beth

This is my six-year-old and my four-year-old at our very first “tea and poetry” last fall.

We snipped a rose from our garden for the centerpiece, and our tablecloth is made of baby blankets with the printed side turned down. My son and I read from Now We are Six, and my daughter picked something from A Child’s Garden of Verses.

We’ve kept this up every Friday afternoon, and they love, love, love it! (We have since acquired a “real” tablecloth, by the way!)

~Beth

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Tuesday Teatime: Gave it a try

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Thomas pouring tea Michelle blog

Hi Julie,

After years of homeschooling all three of my children, only my youngest is at home this year. I have been struggling this year to come up with ways to make reading enjoyable for my youngest son, who is a very reluctant reader. I decided to give Teatime Tuesday a try, and although the poetry was Shel Silverstein instead of Shakespeare or Shelley, it was a wonderful experience!

We are already looking forward to next Tuesday. Thank you!

Michelle

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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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