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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

Tuesday Teatime_Shelah

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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Tuesday Teatime: Superheroes!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime BrandyHere is a fun picture of what teatime often looks like for us :-). Today we found this fun poem:

Steve the Superhero

From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

I’m Steve the Superhero
and you simply won’t believe
the superpowers I possess
by merely being Steve.

My smile can crack a mirror
and my breath can make you faint.
And when I take my socks off
it’s been known to peel the paint.

The power in my underarms
can make a grown man cry.
A single burp can make you want
to crawl away and die.

The bad guys know it’s hopeless,
so they all get up and leave
whenever they get wind of me–
the superhero Steve.

–Kenn Nesbitt (Copyright © 2005 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.)

I have discovered it is easier to give each of my kids a tray covered with a cute towel to catch drippings and a small serving set of their own (including sugar cubes and cream for each). They can serve tea for themselves and enjoy looking at books while I read or we all recite poems with an audio version of poems chosen from Andrew Pudewa’s Poetry Memorization curriculum.

Thanks,
Brandy

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Tuesday Teatime: Giggles and goodies

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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We have only just begun Tea Times and we are absolutely delighted. They are somewhat sporadic due to our schedule these days, but they are a joy to my son and I. He excitedly creates the most intricate of centerpieces and helps bake our goodies… and then he giggles and laughs throughout our readings.

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Thank you for the most delicious and creative part of our homeschool adventure.

Antoinette

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Tuesday Teatime: Homemade peanut butter cookies

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Jessica 1

My 5 yr old doesn’t like poetry, but my 3 yr old does. Neither of them has found a tea they like, so we just had apple juice and homemade peanut butter cookies. The flowers are Wild Lantana picked from outside by our gate. Our poetry book was purchased from a garage sale for fifty cents.

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Jessica

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Tuesday Teatime: How to Read Poetry Aloud

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-red-teapot-image21374518“A poem will live or die depending on how it is read.” ~Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Before reading poetry aloud for your next Teatime:

Get to know the poem. Read it to yourself a few times.

Look up unfamiliar terms.

Practice hard-to-pronounce words so you won’t stumble over them.

Notice if the poem is from the perspective of a character. If so, choose a voice that will convey that character: high or low, young or old, gruff or kind, serious or silly, etc.

 

When reading aloud:

Relax. Most poetry is conversational. No need, usually, to be formal.

Read slowly and clearly. Sometimes a humorous poem might need more speed but even then make sure to enunciate and don’t rush the punchline.

Don’t give every word the same emphasis. Provide a little extra “punch” here and there.

Only pause when there is punctuation, as you would when reading prose.

Read with emotion but don’t overdo it. Let the words do the work.

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