Poetry Teatime: Brave Writer inspired!
Since it was the first day of spring, I thought it would be a great time to have our inaugural Brave Writer inspired Tea Time with my three youngest kids (7-12). I had kept some favourite scones hidden in the freezer which I was saving for this. Using my grandmother’s china tea cups with sugar cubes in our tea was fun!
I Googled ‘springtime poetry’ and printed off a couple of pages of very short poem’s. I tried to read them with great gusto (especially one by Shakespeare) but still felt like I was losing my kids’ attention. So I passed the paper to them and asked them to read and that helped a lot. I did get a few, ‘Why are we doing this?’ questions and general silliness, but once we all started reading that seemed to help.
Our favourite poem was written by Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933). It reads:
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first
spring day is another. The difference between them is
sometimes as great as a month.
These days of March have been very much like this poem and we often refer to it!
Thanks for the idea,