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Poetry Teatime: A bit nontraditional

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Poetry Teatime

We had a lovely poetry tea time today. I pulled out my china set that I bought in Hong Kong when I spent a summer there. The girls loved hearing stories of the tea set itself.

We also made Chai tea with honey and added cool whip from the spray can. This ended up being the highlight. A bit nontraditional but loads of fun.

They were having so much fun with the tea that after poetry I read one of their history books to them while they were listening and sipping.

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Thanks,
Suzanne

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Poetry Teatime: Showing hospitality

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Poetry Teatime

This is our first teatime experience while reading poetry. I made the globe charger covers to surprise them with the special treats underneath. Our theme this year is countries and cultures.

We enjoyed an exotic flowering peach tea with European sweet bread and grapes. My children were amazed to see the tea seed turn into a beautiful peach flower. This was causing so much fun the kids wanted me to keep reading the poems.

I’m always looking for ideas to show hospitality to my children, and this definitely allowed me to go above and beyond while creating memories.

Poetry Teatime

As we wrapped up this teatime my daughter already choose the poetry book for next Tuesday.

Sincerely,
Courtney

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FREE Poetry Teatime online workshop

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

HECOA Not Back to School Summit

I’m speaking about Poetry Teatimes on September 21 at this free online summit!

Poetry + tea + treats = a rich excursion into language and joy for your homeschool. Ease into the school year with celebration and exploration. Find out why an appreciation and enjoyment of poetry creates great writers and readers. Learn about how to make your homeschool more about home than school. Poetry Teatimes are the hottest new homeschool practice, and you can join the movement!

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Poetry Teatime: First Day of School

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Poetry Teatime: First Day of School

So…I’ve never been more excited to start school. I have fallen head over heals in love with Brave Writer. Brave Writer is a lifestyle. A lifestyle that teaches your children to write by making it a way of life. I purposefully wanted our first day back from summer to be on a Tuesday, so that we could have our first Tuesday Poetry Teatime!

I went with a Dr. Seuss theme because the first two books the kids will study this year are Dr. Seuss books. While these books are below their reading level, we are using them to explore Writing and Grammar Elements. I also begin and end every single year with the book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Poetry Teatime: First Day of SchoolThe kids were literally at the table by 7:30 AM this morning, going through all their First Day of School Surprises. One Surprise I had for them was a letter from each set of Grandparents! This I hope will be a new tradition that will give them a collection of treasured letters by the time they graduate!

After a bit, we enjoyed our favorite Raspberry Tea and Blueberry Muffins and dove into some Poetry. I read to them out of The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. We laughed and laughed and took turns reading these poems!

Enjoy more teatime goodness at Noelle’s blog, TripleSmiles.

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Poetry Teatime in My Family

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Finlay teatime

Poetry Teatime in My Family

by Finlay Worrallo

For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head: —
‘Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word,’ he said.

‘But why isn’t there anybody there?’ asked my little sister in some consternation. We were reading “The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare, and, caught up in the drama of the poem, she was quite emotional about the Traveller’s plight.

My family have enjoyed Poetry Teatime for years. When we began, we had multi-coloured cotton place mats and bone china, and we would read while sitting around the kitchen table. These days we’re more relaxed (and living in a different house) and drink from ordinary mugs and plates on our oak coffee table. We sometimes have muffins or cookies, but cake is always preferred.

We’ve got about twenty different poetry books, from the prestigious The Nation’s Favourite Poems, to the more modern The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry; from the battered Blue Peter Book of Odd Odes that my dad had as a child to a brand new copy of American Smooth that I bought two months ago.

Mum has never been afraid to challenge us with complex poetry, and there are many famous poems which we now greet as old friends. We all adore “The Road Not Taken” which we see as a metaphor for home education, a road that many people chose not to take. My little sister learned to read with the help of “The Owl and the Pussycat”, which she read every week for a good few months. We’ve all got our have favourites poems. My brother and sister are fond of comic poems, my mum reads lots of classics and I love ones full of rhyme and rhythm, so we usually have quite an eclectic mix to enjoy.

Poetry Teatime has always been very flexible in our family and is rarely the same on two different weeks. We’ve worked through entire cookery books and sampled countless muffins, cakes and cookies. We’ve had cake and poems outside on sunny days, and even in a parked car once! After doing a course on Elizabethan poetry, I led Poetry Teatime one week and showed that many famous poems are technically sonnets. We read “Ozymandias of Egypt” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Remember” by Christina Rosetti, “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen, and several more.

We’ve had many friends round for poetry tea – mostly other home educating families, but also neighbours and retired friends. It’s been fun to pass on something we’ve enjoyed to other people.

Before we started Poetry Teatime, I quite liked poetry. Now, there are hundreds of poems that I truly adore.

Image by Daniela Vladimirova (cc cropped, tinted)

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