Poetry Teatime: Special Time

Poetry Teatime

Inspired by Brave Writer, I started doing poetry tea times with my kids a few weeks ago. It’s turned into one of our favorite times together during the week.

I pull out different poetry books for the kids to look through and pick from. My readers choose new poems or old favorites to read to us and my younger nonreaders pick out poems that I read aloud for them.

My kids are finding a love for poetry through these special times and we are enjoying special time together.

Thanks for the inspiration Brave Writer!


Poetry Teatime

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BraveScopes prompts for February ’16

BraveScopes February 2016 Prompts

From Alexandra on the BraveScopes Facebook Group:

February is almost here and so is a new list of prompts!

You are welcome to use all the prompts or just the ones that inspire you. The bonus can be done at anytime and is the same as last month since many of us love books!

I can’t wait to see all your scopes in February!

Also!! I will be posting about our very first bravescopes hop very soon! Keep an eye on this group!

BraveScopes is a safe space to share and discuss Periscope broadcasts plus learn more about the Brave Writer Lifestyle! Run by Julie and the Brave Writer team.

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Friday Freewrite: Candy Room

Friday Freewrite

We talked about the film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, in our Wednesday Movie post. Here are the rooms in the factory that we’re most familiar with because they’re explored in the book or movie adaptations:

The Chocolate Room
The Inventing Room
The Nut Room
The Television Room
Fizzy Lifting Drinks Room
Lickable Wallpaper for Nurseries Room

But there are many fantastical candy rooms that are mentioned in the novel but aren’t explored. Here are just a few:

Coconut-Ice Skating Rinks
Cows that give Chocolate Milk
Dessert Island
Eatable Marshmallow Pillows
Elastic Forest
Glumptious Globgobblers
Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days
Lickity Split Peas
Mighty Jam Monitor
Old Sneezes and Smells Department
Rock-Candy Mine
Root Bear Goggles
Scarlet Scorchdroppers
Square Candies that Look Round
Stars in their Pies
Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols
Toffee-Apple Trees

Pick an unexplored room and describe it (and you can do this freewrite even if you aren’t familiar with the story). Be sure to use all five senses. What do different parts of the room taste like? Does the room feel sticky, soft, smooth, or something else entirely? Who is working there, and what song might they sing?

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.
Image by  Maximilian Imran Faleel (cc cropped, tinted, text added)

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Self-Care Practices for the Homeschooling Parent

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Wednesday Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Movie Wednesday

The 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, isn’t your run-of-the-mill children’s film. Based on Roald Dahl’s bestselling book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s a psychedelic mix of color and chaos, shadow and songs. When Charlie, a boy from a poor family, wins the chance to visit the world’s most famous chocolate factory with four other children, he has no idea what a spellbinding, spooky, and surprising day he’s in for.

Leading the children throughout the factory is Mr. Willy Wonka, who’s every bit as strange as the rooms on the tour. Magically brought to life by Gene Wilder, he’s got a glint in his eye and a lilt in his voice that are more than a little unnerving.

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is a doorway into a world where sweets grow on trees, geese lay golden eggs, and gobstoppers last forever. But it’s a dangerous world for the unwary.

Despite the fact that it’s 45 years old this year, the film is every bit as vivid, joyous, and thought-provoking as when it first came out. So give it a go if you haven’t seen it!

Discussion Questions

  • The four children who explore the factory with Charlie are depicted as highly unpleasant, but do you think they deserve what happens to them? Explain your answer.
  • Roald Dahl didn’t like the film at all, partly because he thought it focused too much on Mr. Wonka and not enough on Charlie. Do you think that is true? Why or why not.
  • If you’ve read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, compare the film to the novel. See how many differences you can spot.
  • Was hiding golden tickets in chocolate bars the best way to find a new factory owner? What might you have done differently if you’d been Willy Wonka?

Also, see that bar of chocolate in the graphic above? The photographer notes that Prestat of Piccadilly is one of London’s oldest chocolate shops, and that Roald Dahl referred to Prestat as “the great chocolatiers.” Could that have been the chocolate he had in mind when writing Charlie & The Chocolate Factory?

Image by Martin Cooper (cc cropped, tinted, text added)

Need help commenting meaningfully on plot, characterization, make-up and costumes, acting, setting and even film editing? Check out our eleven page guide, Brave Writer Goes to the Movies. Also, tell us about a film you and your kids watched together (along with a pic if you have one) and if we share it on the blog you’ll receive a free copy!

Movie Discussion Club

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