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Tuesday Teatime: A new tradition

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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One warm winter afternoon, I bought some lovely teacups for myself and the girls, along with one more manly mug, for my son, Michael. I baked some special sweet-smelling ginger snap cookies to lure my unsuspecting children to the kitchen, then pulled out an armload of poetry books, and my Commonplace notebook of favorite quotes. My dear, late mother left behind several dozen charming but rarely used hats, which I then quickly dealt out to the little crowd that gathered.

And then it happened. A new Tuesday Teatime tradition of finding and sharing new and old favorite poems and quotes began!!!

~Anne

Image by Anne

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Tuesday Teatime: The Double P Curse

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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Most of my life I’ve been living under the power of the Double P curse. Anyone else crippled by the combined efforts of Perfectionism and Procrastination? Well over a year ago my best friend introduced me to the lovely Brave Writer. Being a long time fan of tea parties and gifts I was immediately intrigued by Tuesday Teatime (or rather Tisane Time in our home).

P & P kept this simple treat at a distance as I felt compelled to go all out but not the time or energy to make it happen. Thankfully the voice of Truth assured me that a simple mug, muffins from the freezer, a TV tray and random poetry books were more than enough. The kids loved it. Even my reluctant reader wanted to keep reading. Victory on so many levels.

Yet, my ego was still holding out for the China and linens so fast forward a few months and invite some friends.

Tuesday Teatime Samantha

Now don’t even ask me how much longer it’s taken me to actually compose and share this journey with you. lol

All the best in this journey,
Samantha

Images © Brave Writer mom, Samantha

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Tuesday Teatime Quotes

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Chest of tea

Morning tea

Table, chair, and teapot image by Jean L. (cc cropped, text added)

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Tuesday Teatime: All’s well that ends well

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Hi, Julie,

This is s fairly typical teatime for us, my youngest reading out of our absolute favorite poetry book, The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist, and my 11 yo waiting her turn.

However, as you can see our almost 2 year old beagle Augustus (Gus for short) decided to join in. He really wanted the treats on the table and nothing, not even the 11yo’s head was going to get in his way! It all ended well. Treats were taken out of his reach, the 11yo was none the worse for wear, and the 9 yo just kept reading!

Teatime Tuesday is our absolute favorite part of our Bravewriter lifestyle.

Sincerely, Laura

Image  © Brave Writer mom, Laura (used with permission)

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Tuesday Teatime: Poetry Resources

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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When we come across awesome poetry resources we pin them to our Poetry Teatime Pinterest board. Here are some we’ve shared over the last few months. Enjoy!

How to Keep a Poetry Notebook by Jimmie Lanley

How to compile favorite poems into a notebook.

Memorizing Poetry with Kids by Erica at What Do We Do All Day?

Seven tips for memorizing poems together as a family.

10 Ways to Experience Poetry by Julie Kirkwood at Creekside Learning

Ten great ways to enjoy poetry with your children, such as acting out poems and keeping a journal.

Host Your Own Kid’s Poetry Tea by Pam Barnhill at edSnapShots

Inspirational thoughts and photos plus yummy teatime treat ideas!

Why is Teaching Rhyming Important? by Mary Catherine at Fun-a-Day!

Part one of five in a series about rhyming. Informative!

Riddle Poems by Melissa Taylor

Kids love reading and writing riddle poems. Riddles often give wonderful sensory details and describe something a child knows about. Plus, they encourage critical thinking and engagement in poetry.

Paint Chip Poetry by Mama Scout

All you need are words (cut from magazines or handwritten), paint chips, glue, and imagination!

Tips for Using Pop Music to Teach Classic Poetry by Emily Guthrie

Examples of how to pair a poem with a pop song and discuss the connections. Encourages analytical thought around universal themes, and students dig the contemporary twist.

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Tuesday Teatime: Shared language

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Hi Julie,

Today we had our first teatime in many months. It was a great success for so many reasons: my six-year-old daughter put the whole teatime together from baking the vanilla cake, to setting the table and making the tea to having my husband join us.

Yet, my favorite moment was when both kids recalled how to say no thank you to tea from our read aloud of Felicity an American Girl. I love that we have a shared language from our read alouds. We laughed and then enjoyed our tea and poetry!

Thank you for your inspiration.
Maura

Image  © Maura (used with permission)

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Tuesday Teatime: Tea art!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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I have been following Julie for nearly a year and have loved every ounce of wisdom and encouragement she shares with us.

My daughter, Sheliya, loves to cozy up with a book anywhere and anytime. But she especially loves to read with a cup of hot tea and some crackers.

All the best,
Shoshana

Image © Sheliya (used with permission)

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Tuesday Teatime: Wonderful memory

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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We finally did our first Poetry Tea Time! Well, we actually did one at our neighbor’s house a few weeks ago, and my kids LOVED it! But it still took that long for me to just go for it…

We had cookies my daughter baked over the weekend, and milk, read some poems and a few chapters from our current read aloud. It was simple, fun, and peaceful (well, except for my overly-hyper almost 7 year old son who just can’t possibly be calm for 5 minutes!)….but they can’t wait to do it again, and have asked that we just start every day like that….sitting around the table, enjoying breakfast and some read aloud time.

I will still try to keep “Poetry Tea Times” special, but definitely want to get back to reading around the table while enjoying yummy food….not only is it a wonderful memory for them, but it keeps my boy quiet….or at least muffled…while he’s eating. LOL

~Erin

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Tuesday Teatime: A tea poem

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Enjoy this poem with your Tuesday Teatime:

Afternoon Tea
by Marianna Jo Arolin

My copper kettle
whistles merrily
and signals that
it is time for tea.
The fine china cups
are filled with the brew.
There’s lemon and sugar
and sweet cream, too.
But, best of all
there’s friendship, between you and me.
As we lovingly share
our afternoon tea.

Marianna Jo’s first book of poetry, “Here In My Garden,” was published in 1999 by Watermark Press. Her poem, “Afternoon Tea,” is included in a lovely volume of poetry by Harvest House Publishers entitled, The Art of Tea and Friendship (affiliate link) illustrated by Sandy Lynam Clough.

Image by Jeff Kubina (cc cropped)

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Tuesday Teatime: Night Flower

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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Brave Writer mom Jennifer writes:

I just wanted to share that my 6 (almost 7) year old daughter spontaneously wrote a poem today! This is such a feat since she has always been behind in language arts and her least favorite thing to do is write.

She did not start talking until she was 4 years old. When I say she wasn’t talking I mean next to nothing was coming out of her mouth, lots of defiant stares, but no words.

I decided to homeschool because I wanted her to have one-on-one help getting her caught up. After A LOT of work, she is at her grade level for reading and is as talkative as ever. Her least favorite thing to do is… WRITING!

She has had her days of tears and hulk-like rage at the prospect of writing and I was ready to give up. I made it my goal to focus on this aspect of language arts so we can foster a love of writing in our everyday lives.

I am SO GLAD I found the Brave Writer Lifestyle and products. I have been implementing the suggestions over the last month and am amazed at the results.

Poetry Tea is probably everyone’s favorite so far. While painting today she made a flower and made squiggly lines on her page. She told me, “I am writing a poem Mom.” I pulled the closest thing to me out and asked her to “read” me her poem. I jotted it down and was very impressed that she had such lovely thoughts to share.

Again, this is amazing because she has never enjoyed telling me anything to write down until now. I look forward to the progress we will make over the next year using this program!!

Emily’s Poem:

Night Flower

When the flower only comes out at night
I saw how beautiful it was
It did not grow in sunlight
but the moon shined onto the flower
and it started to grow
It looked as beautiful as purple.

Emilys Purple Night Flower blog

Images by Brave Writer mom, Jennifer. Painting by Emily.

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