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Tuesday Teatime: Very first!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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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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Tuesday Teatime: Three for tea

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Tuesday Teatime_TiffanyI have 3 kids homeschooling right now- 2 girls ages 13 and 10 and an 8 year old boy.

I have a collection of teacups and everyone loves choosing their cup for the day. My 10 year old likes to plan the treat which has varied from peanut butter and jelly sandwich triangles to freshly baked banana bread. However simple the snack is we always set it out on pretty serving plates.

Our poetry collection at this point is mostly Shel Silverstein and they happily dive in to each choose a poem to share. At first my son was reluctant because it seemed ‘girly’ but he has had a great time and has even helped make up some of the treats.

We have had some great conversations but my favorite thing about poetry teatime is that I feel free to sit down and just enjoy a treat with my children- no guilt.

Tiffany

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Tuesday Teatime: Makes everything better

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime_JenniferWhen we have tea it is usually with our breakfast. (Notice the crazy bed hair in the pic.) We enjoy powdered doughnuts, and pastries. We do read poetry at times, but this is often when we choose to do our daily read aloud.

The funny thing is that I really intend this to be for my 10 year old, but it’s my 5 year old that begs for tea time! She wants to have tea everyday. I recently went on a family vacation and came across the most beautiful tea set in a little gift shop. I bought it to add to our excitement. Tea time has been such a fun addition to our schooling.

Tea and snacks make everything even better.

Jennifer

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Tuesday Teatime: No age limit

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Jennifer

I’ve been obsessing over the Brave Writer website this week… I’m anxious for my children to be old enough to dive in. (My oldest is in kindergarten.) Thankfully, tea and poetry knows no age limits. My 2 year old daughter was in heaven getting to use Mommy’s fancy china. I can’t wait to start scouring my favorite thrift stores for fun cups and saucers and teapots. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a wonderful family tradition. Thank you for the encouragement!!

Jennifer

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Tuesday Teatime: Hot chocolate and peanut butter spoons

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Throwback Tuesday (to the winter).

We were reading My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

My girls (9, 6, and 3) love Tea Time, and we usually have banana bread. I post this as an example that even when lovely baked goods can’t get done for Tea Time, there is always hot chocolate and peanut butter spoons.

Shelah

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Tuesday Teatime: More than the sum of its parts

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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Poetry Teatimes have been the highlight of our fledgling home-schooling experience. We decided at the onset to go “the whole hog,” dusting off the family china and releasing it from captivity in the china cabinet. We even serve the lemonade from the teapot and steep my tea “properly” using loose leaf tea leaves. It has become a ritual of family and history as well as of poetry – and an opportunity to celebrate links to our culture and family many thousands of miles across the sea.

Each week as we sit in our finery (thank-you, dress-up box!), I am reminded happily of learning poetry as a child and sitting Trinity College of London Speech and Drama exams in rural New Zealand. I can still recall many of the poems and the memories of discussing poetry with my wonderful teacher, Edith Grut. Feeling a good poem roll off your tongue is something every child (and adult) should experience.

Our local library is such an amazing source of poetry books so we are never short of reading material. Our most popular choices are nonsense poems and nature poetry. The squirrels and cardinals outside the window seem to enjoy them too.

Poetry Teatime has become so much more than the sum of its parts and we look forward to it every week, debating at length the merits of various baked treats, picking flowers for the table and selecting teacups to coordinate with our outfits. Thanks, Brave Writer, for introducing the magic to our family.

Sarah

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