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Tuesday Teatime: Grandma was invited too!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Tara

We had our first poetry teatime today, and it was a huge hit!

Grandma had said how she hated poetry, so I made sure she received an invitation too. She and my son (8) devoured Where the Sidewalk Ends while Baby mostly devoured cookies. Everyone had a great time.

We are recent converts to BraveWriter. (I’ve read Jot it Down and am making my way through Writers Jungle.) I already see a huge difference in my boys enthusiasm for language arts! Just learning that I don’t need to make him do all the writing has made a huge difference. I can’t wait to read more strategies and suggestions.

Poetry Tea Tuesdays are a keeper for sure! Thank you for sharing the Brave Writer lifestyle!

Regards,

Tara

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Tuesday Teatime: Helping a neighbor

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Jen blog

I wanted to share what we did today anyway so maybe others will be encouraged to reach out.

Our widow neighbor has been battling loneliness and depression lately. The kids and i picked up donut holes, brought a picnic blanket and invited ourselves next door. With books and donuts in hand, we set up teatime on the floor of our neighbor’s living room.

She relaxed in her comfy chair while we read poetry and sang songs to her. She was soooo thankful! (I found out later that she called her daughter to tell her we were coming. Then her daughter made her promise to call her back when we left because she was so intrigued by this “teatime” we were doing!)

We were able to bless each other using teatime today! I wonder- how have others used teatime to reach out to neighbors, friends, etc.? Think of it – using language arts to make someone’s day!! It was fun!

Jen

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Tuesday Teatime: Brings us all together

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Cindy

We LOVE Tea Time. And thanks to a schedule change the college student got to join us for tea.

I love how Brave Writer brings us all together.

Thank you!
Cindy

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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

Tuesday Teatime Jenny-blog

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.

Tuesday Teatime Caitlin 2

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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