We haven’t officially started our school year yet, but this teatime happened spontaneously, and we all enjoyed it. Mary, my 7-year-old, brought back my old Halloween costume after our last trip to visit the grandparents. She loves to act out Felicity’s tea lessons, from the books and movie about Felicity, the American Girl. It was Mary’s idea to have a colonial tea party. I put on a CD of Handel recorder sonatas and brewed the lemon tea. Since it was nearly lunchtime, we decided to serve savory treats, like turkey roll-ups and cheese and crackers, and Mary learned the word “savory”. Audrey, the 2-and-a-half-year-old, loves to pour (dump), so she had her own pitcher. This will be our first year using The Writer’s Jungle and the Arrow, and we’re looking forward to more fun teatimes, great read-alouds, and growth as writers.