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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.

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

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Tuesday Teatime: A snowy time!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Hi Julie (and staff!),

First, I want to say thanks for being such an inspiration to everyone. You are helping me find my way in homeschooling and parenting. We thoroughly enjoy our teatimes, especially during the winter months. But, I will admit, they don’t often include poetry.

This particular tea time did. We finally got a “warm” day during this snowy month of February and decided to take teatime outside to get some fresh air. We spent the time sipping tea and letting our surroundings inspire us to come up with our own poetry.

Here is the one from my 7 year old daughter:

I Forgot

I forgot when I went out one winter day
I brought my bathing suit and shorts
Then I said, brr it’s cold for a summer day

Then I looked around and said “what’s that?’
Then I remembered it was a winter day.

I forgot you can’t really run in deep, deep snow
Or you’ll trip and fall you know.
I forgot that too.
Then I remembered when I fell flat on my face

And my 5 year old son came up with:

Snow falls down and around into a blanket of white.
It may be a little bit slippery, but that’s all right.
Everything sleeps in the blanket of white.

~Andrea

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Tuesday Teatime: Mardi Gras theme

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Carter and Ava during our tea time

I surprised the kids with a Mardi Gras theme. After learning about the history of Mardi Gras, we had a celebration! We read tongue twisters and silly sayings. Then, enjoyed our treats.

Thanks for a great idea! They are loving tea time!

Best Wishes!
Monica

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Tuesday Teatime: A frugal Poetry Tea

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Tuesday Teatime Saree

A dear friend introduced us to Brave Writer and I recently purchased Jot It Down and a few back issues of the Arrow to use in our homeschool learning from the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op.

I am addicted to books and when I was thrift store book shopping (a favorite Sunday activity of mine) and stumbled upon 8 scholastic poetry books in perfect condition I was thrilled! I also love a good deal! Last month on hip2save.com I also saw a post for free tea samples AND a recipe for Nutella crescent rolls. This was more than a sign, so today we had our “frugal” Tuesday Poetry Teatime.

What a treat! I enjoyed my tea samples and the boys enjoyed some warm apple cider. The boys made the Nutella crescent rolls with little help and they were delicious!

My two boys (ages 7 & 5) had a fabulous time and loved using Mom & Dad’s wedding china in our formal dining room. Not only did we enjoy poetry we were able to talk about table manners, family traditions and etiquette.

We are looking forward to trying our first Arrow issue!

Thank you! Saree

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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

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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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