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Tuesday Teatime: Unleashing their voices

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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The simple things. This is year two of doing our weekly Friday morning tea time of reading and free writing with also a sweet treat to savor during our time of reflection and sharing. Some of our Fridays, the eager girls come to the table dressed in a role (strollers, baby dolls, pretend glasses) as their props for writing. The creativity of what our Fridays look like are endless fun. These are sacred moments, and despite if our week is a whirlwind (Oh, how that can happen with 4 young ones!) there is great anticipation the night before as they set out their journals and selected books in preparation for our Friday morning. We have collected various pieces of writings of poems and stories together from these cherished Fridays that is “our family book of writings” in the making. There is much value in the words from a page, the creation from the pencil, and a voice. We all have a story to be told. What these children have to say is worth to be heard, and I’m grateful I get to experience their story in the making every Friday. We talk a lot about how their voice and creativity has importance, and with time, craft, and patience, that voice can be unleashed and used for mighty things.

We enjoy making a dramatic drum roll when whoever is up in turn to share what they wrote. We end with lots of applause and encouragement for being brave with sharing their thoughts. Our 4 1/2 year old started referring this year to herself as “a writer.” She sure is, I tell her! She is recognizing that even at her young age, she too, has an important voice to be heard. Her journal is filled with scribbles of pictures and letters that all tell her story. When she sits up so proudly to share during our ritual every Friday morning tea, she looks down to her collage of pictures from her journal. and confidently shares. I record every word from that precious mouth. I re-read aloud what she narrated, and she will often say, “I wrote that!” My oldest now writes freely with limitless creativity, and my kindergartner doesn’t feel restrained since she can’t spell many words yet; she picks up the pencil and intently carries on drawing and sharing her writings. I record and re-read what my preschooler and kindergarten share, and their faces light up with such joy to hear their story being told.

Beautiful thoughts and words start early on. There just needs to be endless opportunities to unleash it. My hope is that my children discover some of their voice on this journey during our Friday mornings of writings.

Kirsten Casper, Brave Writer fan, mom to four children who have voices to be unleashed: 2nd grader, kindergartner, preschooler, & 9 month old)

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Tuesday Teatime: “We’re loving it!”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Alina blog

My friend Autumn and I started Poetry Teatime Tuesdays, thanks to your blog. The kids have all enjoyed it so we plan to continue.

For this week, the kids mostly picked Shel Silverstein poems which was our suggested theme/topic.

At our teatime, each child picked their tea. As it steeped, each child read their poem while the others listened (and laughed).

My son Elliott (age 8) picked “Bear in There.” My daughter (age 6) picked “Pie Problem.” My other daughter (age 4) recited a poem she is learning for her violin lessons called “Up Like a Rocket.” My youngest daughter Nadia (age 8 months) is not in the picture but she was with us, too…in her high chair.

Autumn’s daughter Abigail (age 9) selected “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too.” Autumn’s other daughter Jocelyn (age 11) picked “Sick.”

After reading, we all enjoyed sipping our tea and eating cake & rice krispie treats. I set the the table with Fall colors and china from my great aunt.

After eating, the kids spread out with their teatime journals: on the table, on the floor, and on couches. They each did their own work: copy their poem, copy a line from their poem, illustrate their poem, or all of the above.

Thanks for the wonderful idea. We’re loving it!

Alina

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Tuesday Teatime: Tea, Poetry, and Freewriting!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Hi Julie-

We have been doing teatime off and on for several years now at your suggestion, and it is a highlight of our week.

What I like most about it is that I can take off my “teacher” hat and put on my “mom” hat, and just relate to my children over tea and snacks the way I would do with a friend. It’s so refreshing and encouraging to me, and to my children. We actually do ours on Wednesday, since that works best for our schedule, and helps get over the mid-week doldrums.

Just wanted to share this because it combined the best parts of our Bravewriter lifestyle week: Tea, Poetry and Freewriting!

I found two amazing, different kinds of poetry books at our library that will expand how you think about poetry. Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka The author has a combined word puzzle, poem and rebus all in one approach! It was so much fun we did a free write at the same time as our Tea….it lasted well over an hour, and they wrote many poems later. Now that’s what I call learning!

It’s best to see the book to understand it (you can look inside on Amazon to see examples). It sounds simple, but it’s actually pretty hard to come up with poems using only the letters found in a single word!

For the first day of October, I made this yummy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal for our Tea. I find that having my two littlest boys (7 and 4), not only helps me with the preparations of our snack, but also allows me to keep a close eye on them. Plus they are learning to cook.

For our poetry, we used The Arrow Finds It’s Mark: A Book of Found Poems by Georgia Heard, then practiced writing our own “found poems.”

We also used our set of magnetic poetry words (an amazing thrift store find!) to create poems.

Here is a homeschooling website that explains how to create “found poetry.” The possibilities are endless!

Nanci (joyfulmomof6)​

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Tuesday Teatime: Hot apple cider, cake pops, and Shel Silverstein

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Hot apple cider, cake pops (a rare treat from Starbucks), and the silliness of Shel Silverstein made for an enjoyable teatime this week with my posse of boys.

“Oh, I found one more I want to read!” my eight-year-old squealed over and over before beginning another poem from Where the Sidewalk Ends.

While something always seems to spill and table manners could always improve, Tuesday Teatime is a special treat for all of us.

Sonya

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Tuesday Teatime: Grandma was invited too!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Tara

We had our first poetry teatime today, and it was a huge hit!

Grandma had said how she hated poetry, so I made sure she received an invitation too. She and my son (8) devoured Where the Sidewalk Ends while Baby mostly devoured cookies. Everyone had a great time.

We are recent converts to BraveWriter. (I’ve read Jot it Down and am making my way through Writers Jungle.) I already see a huge difference in my boys enthusiasm for language arts! Just learning that I don’t need to make him do all the writing has made a huge difference. I can’t wait to read more strategies and suggestions.

Poetry Tea Tuesdays are a keeper for sure! Thank you for sharing the Brave Writer lifestyle!

Regards,

Tara

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Tuesday Teatime: Helping a neighbor

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Jen blog

I wanted to share what we did today anyway so maybe others will be encouraged to reach out.

Our widow neighbor has been battling loneliness and depression lately. The kids and i picked up donut holes, brought a picnic blanket and invited ourselves next door. With books and donuts in hand, we set up teatime on the floor of our neighbor’s living room.

She relaxed in her comfy chair while we read poetry and sang songs to her. She was soooo thankful! (I found out later that she called her daughter to tell her we were coming. Then her daughter made her promise to call her back when we left because she was so intrigued by this “teatime” we were doing!)

We were able to bless each other using teatime today! I wonder- how have others used teatime to reach out to neighbors, friends, etc.? Think of it – using language arts to make someone’s day!! It was fun!

Jen

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Tuesday Teatime: Brings us all together

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Cindy

We LOVE Tea Time. And thanks to a schedule change the college student got to join us for tea.

I love how Brave Writer brings us all together.

Thank you!
Cindy

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Tuesday Teatime: Escape

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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When phone calls dominate the day I escape to the patio to finish working. My own private teatime.

–julie

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Tuesday Teatime: Homemade butter and cinnamon toast

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Tuesday Teatime Bryce Andrea

Today was our first Poetry Teatime. I didn’t know how my children would like a “formal” teatime, but they loved it. They raced to help me set the table (something they don’t do for a normal mealtime). We used my grandmother’s battenburg lace tablecloth and her silver. We had fancy store-bought cookies and homemade butter (which we’d made for a history/science lesson this afternoon) for cinnamon toast.

For our poetry, I chose to read some of Lewis Carroll’s silly poetry. My son, 7, who is a beginning reader, asked me to read “The Sneetches.” My daughter, 10, picked out a poem from A Child’s Garden of Verses, but she didn’t want to read it aloud. As this was supposed to be a pleasant experience and not a lesson in “do it because I said so,” I told her she didn’t have to.

Both kids were excited to find out I want to do this every week. And maybe my daughter will become more comfortable with the idea of reading aloud.

Thank you for introducing our family to Poetry Teatime!

Andrea

P.S. Instructions for making homemade butter:

We let 1 cup of heavy whipping cream sit at room temperature for a little while, then we put it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. The kids took turns shaking it for about 10 minutes (making sure they had a good grip on the jar!). We noticed it got really thick and we couldn’t hear it sloshing anymore. Then we started to see butter granules on the sides of the jar and, all of a sudden, there it was! A lump of butter floating in the buttermilk! We poured it into a (non-metal) bowl, then poured off the buttermilk. We worked the butter with a wooden spoon (metal makes the butter taste funny) under cold water, until the water ran clear (it takes a little while). Any milk left will turn the butter rancid. We worked some salt in to help preserve it. By the way, shaking the cream breaks the protein casing on the fat, allowing it to form a lump, i.e. butter!

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Poetry Teatime meets Jot It Down

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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Inspired by our reading of Rapunzel for the fairy tale project, we started off the new year with a fun teatime treat.

A stack of apple cider donuts on a dowel, a frosted muffin and an inverted cake cone…then green frosting in a tube with sugar flowers and a twist of yellow yarn…made in 5 minutes.

Julie

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