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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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We’d love it if you shared your Brave Writer Lifestyle adventures on Instagram, the BraveSchoolers Facebook Group, in the Homeschool Alliance, or wherever you hang out online.

#2018BWL

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!

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Poetry Teatime Inspiration

Poetry Teatime Inspiration

Need some Poetry Teatime inspiration? Listen to the Roadschool Moms’ podcast where we talk about the magical combination of tea, treats, and poetry.

Plus here are some of our favorite entries from the last month of Poetry Teatime blog posts! Below, you’ll find

  • poems that tickle your senses,
  • activities to set your spy radar on high alert,
  • and even tips to help clean up and reuse your teatime messes.

Sensory Teatime: One of the best parts of poetry is how it tickles your tastebuds, nudges your nose, enchants your eyes, ruffles your fingertips, and makes your five senses come to life! In this post, you’ll discover poems packed with sensory imagery. Don’t miss out on all the action-packed ideas for activities that appeal to all of your senses.

Poetry Teatime Inspiration

Espionage Themed Teatime: Ever wondered what James Bond felt like while scoping out a glittering party for criminals? While not always so glamorous, spying does require Bond-like observation skills and an eye for both the familiar and the strange. Poetry is the perfect way to sharpen your spy-related skills—even a few famous authors have had a career as a spy. Throw an espionage-themed poetry teatime to sharpen your skills and maybe even prepare you for a lifetime of spying!

Teatime Leftovers: So you’ve had your teatime for the week. You’ve sipped tea, enjoyed some poems, and all you have left are a few crumbs and a lot of soggy teabags. What next? Before you throw out the mess, check out this post for some creative ways you can use your teatime leftovers!

Leaf Poetry: It’s fall! The air is crisp, apples are starting to thump to the ground in orchards, and bats are swooping around in the dusk. For today’s teatime, we’d like to offer plenty of ways to use the multitude of leaves now littering your yard. So go outside, scoop up a handful, brew some hot apple cider, and enjoy a leafy Poetry Teatime!


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Poetry Teatime News (and Contest!)

Poetry Teatime News

Missed out on the Poetry Teatime website this month? Catch up on the latest tips, tricks, and treats PLUS enter our photo contest! Learn more below.

All About Teacups: DIY Activities and Crafts

One overlooked aspect of a Poetry Teatime is the humble teacup. Whether golden-rimmed and antique or ceramic and chipped, teacups make teatime personal. Check out this blog post for ideas on personalizing your own teacups or learn about types of cups from around the world. Let your teacups become a central part of your teatime tradition!

Trader Joe’s Teatime

Didn’t get to join in on Brave Writer’s visit to Trader Joe’s last month? Check out this post for a video of the event, some cute pictures, and even a poetic response by a Brave Writer!

Astronomy Themed Teatime

Check out the poems and crafts in this blog post for ideas of ways to bring poetry and the science of astronomy into your home! From Shakespeare to Byron and Keats, read poems about the stars. Then try out space-themed food, galactic decorations, and astronomical activities. Finish up with a list of books and online resources related to astronomy and poetry.

Learn About Rhyme

Rhymes are one of the most exciting elements of poetry. Learn more about how to read and create them in your own writing. Check out this post for all sorts of useful activities, books, poems, and resources that relate to rhymes!


Poetry Teatime Photo Contest!

Poetry Teatime Photo Contest

We are excited to announce the 2017 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest! This month, we invite all Poetry Teatime enthusiasts to record your family’s teatime and enter our contest for the chance to win a whole host of exciting tea and poetry-themed prizes!


Be sure to check the Poetry Teatime website for more fun teatime ideas, and look out next month for another round up here on the Brave Writer blog! Now go drink some tea and read some poetry!

Poetry Books for Teatime

Books for Poetry Teatime

We share poetry titles on our Poetry Teatime website and Pinterest board. Suggested books often come from the featured teatimes of Brave Writer families. Below are the titles we highlighted during 2016. Enjoy!

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Echo, Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O’Connell George

Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animal Poems by Amy Gibson

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes

Surprises by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Zoo of Emotions by Teneisha Jones

Mary Had A Little Jam: And Other Silly Rhymes by Bruce Lansky

Sea Star Wishes by Eric Ode

For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone by Jack Prelutsky

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky

Truckery Rhymes by Jon Scieszka

I’m Nobody Who Are You? Poems of Emily Dickinson for Young People edited by Rex Schneider

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen

Home Grown House by Janet Wong

The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

National Geographic’s Book of Nature Poetry

A Child’s Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn about the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles and Made Us Laugh and Cry by Michael Driscoll

For more poetry book suggestions
see our lists for 2015 and 2014.

Don’t forget about our Poetry Anthology: Poetry Teatime Companion!
We designed it with Poetry Teatime in mind.


Image by Poetry Teatime mom Kathleen