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Blog Roundup: Poetry Teatime Edition

Roundup Poetry Teatime Edition

Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

This roundup in particular is special because April is Poetry Teatime month here at Brave Writer. Poetry + Tea + Treats = Enchanted Learning and Magical Family Time!

Poetry Teatime

5 Days of Poetry Teatime Inspiration by Kay

Poetry Teatime Without the Tea by Shawna

Poetry Teatime Resources by Dachelle

Poetry Teatime: So Much More than Just Poems by Jackie Lee

20 Poetry Activities by Ashley

Poetry Simplified: Open and Enjoy by Bethany

No Stress Poetry Teatime and the Brave Writer Lifestyle by Erin

The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids by Chantel

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to blog@bravewriter.com

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Brave Writer Podcast: Poetry Teatime

Brave Writer Podcast How to Include Poetry Teatime in Your Family

Want to grow a writer? Focus on the joy of language and the celebration of expression! Make those your top priority before worrying about the details of spelling and punctuation.

We’ve got a sure-fire way to rock your linguistic world—the practice of pairing poetry and tea. Promise—it’s a slam dunk. It’s so easy and natural to find joy in language through what I call: Poetry Teatime (so easy, in fact, poetry teatime is often seen as the “gateway drug” to all things Brave Writer)!

Poetry Teatime fosters a pleasurable language-rich environment effortlessly (okay—a little effort: treats, tea, and stacking anthologies on the table). Your kids will be drawn to the festive atmosphere while opening themselves to the magic of poems they read to each other.

By pairing rich experiences with learning, our children make precious connections that they carry with them for the rest of their lives.


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Why Poetry Teatime?

The idea of Poetry Teatime is to elevate the learning experience for your children.

When we imbue an experience with sophistication, a little intention, and some elegance, we immediately associate the context with the subject matter – suddenly, poetry goes from just another school subject to an opportunity for enchantment.

“When you cultivate a language-rich environment, you are creating a lifetime of passion for the word – and that is different than teaching a paragraph.” –Julie Bogart

By pairing rich, contextual experiences with our learning objectives, our children will create precious associations that they carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.

(Some of) Our Favorite Poetry Books


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Poet Highlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Highlight Emily Dickinson

During the month of April we’re highlighting Poetry Teatime in the Brave Writer Lifestyle, which makes this a fitting time to break out some Emily Dickinson along with the teapot!


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On December 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although she would write nearly 1,800 poems over the course of her life, very little of her poetry was published during her lifetime and even those that were published were edited to be more “conventional.” Dickinson’s poetry did not become well-known until after her death.

An infamous recluse, Dickinson remained in contact with her friends primarily through letters. She wrote poetry throughout her life, which she kept in tied-up “bundles.” Her sister discovered these bundles after Dickinson’s death and had them published in an altered form. Dickinson’s work would not be published in anything resembling its original form until later.

Dickinson’s distinctive poetic style is notable for its use of short lines, non-standard grammar, and unconventional rhyme schemes. In particular, her poetry utilizes slant rhyme, which happens when the poet chooses words that nearly rhyme but don’t quite. In other words: she was a rule breaker!

Dickinson’s poems represent an opportunity for young readers to see a respected poet playing with language freely. So, boil some tea and enjoy the word play!

A note to parents: Emily Dickinson’s poetry at times deals with some heavy themes, most often surrounding death. We recommend reading the poems yourself before deciding if they are right for your family.

Resources

The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson – In this BrainPOP YouTube video (8 min.), “Tim and Moby examine the life of the celebrated poet and explore one of her groundbreaking poems. ‘A Bird came down the Walk’ [which] illustrates Dickinson’s lyric style, her vivid imagery and figurative language, and her innovative use of slant rhyme.”

Emily – If your kids are too young for her poetry, this beautifully illustrated picture book follows a little girl who lives across the street from Emily Dickinson.


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Brave Writer Lifestyle: Poetry Teatime

April Poetry Teatime

We’re enjoying Poetry Teatime in April!

We’ll be discussing this month’s theme on Instagram and in the Homeschool Alliance, and I’ll likely share on Facebook Live too.

For regular encouragement as you implement the elements in your home this year, sign up for our monthly BWL email (sent on the 1st of every month in 2018). This month’s newsletter includes these FREE downloadable resources:

  • Hand-lettered Tips
  • Conversation Starters

This month, my hand-lettered tips focus on poetic devices. Look up each one and see if you can find them in any of the poems you read this month.

We’re also including our Poetry Teatime Quick Start Guide plus book ideas for every age. Enjoy!

I also want to make you aware that poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is joining us in the Homeschool Alliance to host a webinar workshop about poetry for you and your kids!

If you sign up now for our 7-Day Free Trial, you will automatically get to come to the webinar on April 5. You can discover whether the Alliance is a good fit for you, free of charge! Can’t wait to see you at the webinar and we hope you stick around!

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2018 Themes

January: Read Aloud
February: TV & Film
March: Big, Juicy Conversations
April: Poetry Teatime
May: Art Appreciation
June: Nature Journaling
July: One on One Time
August: Language Games
September: Copywork
October: Freewriting
November: Shakespeare
December: Celebrate!


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Poetry Teatime Winter Update

Poetry Teatime Roundup

One of our favorite parts of the Brave Writer lifestyle is the practice of Poetry Teatime. The idea is easy: brew a pot of tea, pull out a book of poetry, gather the family together, and have each person share some poems! Teatime allows you to slow down and take a deep breath even when life is at its craziest.

Here are some of our favorite recent posts from the Poetry Teatime blog. You’ll find:

  • Epics from around the world
  • Cold remedies for all your teatime coughs and sniffles
  • Help for reading and writing haikus
  • Dragons of all shapes and sizes
  • An interview with award-winning children’s poet and illustrator Betsy Snyder

Learn About Epic Poetry: Imagine a type of poetry found in ancient cultures all over the world, detailing the most exciting heroic struggles and achievements imaginable. Epic poems do just that! Epics can be found in cultures as far apart as Kenya, India, and Finland. So get your myth-reading voices ready, because you’re about to be swept into a dangerous journey full of daring heroes, perilous quests, and the hope of victory!

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Tea for Colds: It’s currently cold season, when sniffles and runny noses abound. Grab your tissue box and set some water to boil for this teatime featuring all sorts of teas and snacks to help you feel better.

All About Haikus: What’s a haiku? It’s a moment in time captured in three short lines of poetry. It’s the instant before a bird lands on the surface of a still pond. It’s the curl of wind that nudges a single leaf aside and lets a gleam of sunlight through. It’s the ribbon of cloud that crosses a full moon. Haikus give us a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.

Dragon Themed Teatime: Lions, tigers, and dragons, oh my! In this dragon-teatime, take a journey to distant lands, where fire-breathing creatures roam freely and magic lurks around every cup of tea. So gather your golden coins, prepare your riddling powers, and breathe in the curls of steam from the visiting dragons!

Poet Interview: Betsy Snyder: Last month we were excited to welcome to Poetry Teatime the wonderfully creative children’s poet and illustrator, Betsy Snyder. After illustrating everything from greeting cards to children’s books, Betsy shifted gears and started writing and illustrating her own books. Her first few books introduce haikus to the very young, and she’s been busy working with sounds and images ever since!

Poetry Teatime