Poetry Teatime: Jumping in with both feet
My goal for school this year is to more fully implement a Brave Writer Lifestyle. Ever since I started planning our school year, I’ve been so excited to start Tuesday Tea Time. We’ve done it off and on before, but this year I wanted to jump in with both feet and really implement it more consistently as well as the other components of the Brave Writer lifestyle. With this in mind I’ve been on the lookout for a real but inexpensive tea set. I also didn’t want something fancy, as I have four boys and no girls. Last week I came across this great little, all white tea set for under $20 and I had to buy it up! Then I ran to the store and bought four different types of Koolaid (for tea) and a box of brownie mix. We started school last Wednesday and I couldn’t wait for Tuesday to finally get here!
We piled all of our poetry books on the kitchen table, set out our tea cups and saucers, sliced some brownies and put them on a lovely glass tray, and our Tea Time officially began. We read from a book called “Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart” , from “Kids Pick the Funniest Poems”, and from a little book called “The Wonder Book.” While technically not a book of poetry it has so many fun language “treats” it seemed like the perfect addition to our tea. It includes poems, palindromes, lists, word games, and just generally amusing word play. Dad didn’t read from a book. He recited the poem “Invictus” from memory. Although we’ve heard him recite it several times, we enjoy hearing it and watching him get choked up as he finishes with a stirring, “I am the captain of my soul.” This is going to be, by far, my favorite thing we do this year. I can’t wait until next Tuesday.