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The Power of Poetry

The Power of Poetry

Poetry can help shift the relationship around words. That’s the power of poetry!

We’ve curated some of our favorite poetry resources and activities so you can save some time and get to the fun part — celebrating National Poetry Month in your homeschool!

Poetry Teatime

Fun and Games

Have some fun with these spins on “writing” poetry

Use games to play with poetry and words

Throw a poetry party

  • It’s party school! Throw a poetry teatime party with friends and/or extended family. (Psst…you have permission to party!)

Deep Dive: Poetry Books and Classes

Quill (ages 5-7): Poetry

Arrow books (ages 11-12)

Boomerang books (ages 13-14)

Master Classes

Online Classes

One-Day Celebrations

Crunched for time? We understand! Here are some one-day ideas worth squeezing in:

Poetry Teatime

Poetry Teatime: No Right Way

Poetry Teatime: No Right Way

One of the things I learned for Poetry Teatime is to keep scone and muffin mixes handy. They were easy to whip together, and they felt like home baking. Even though they’re not.

I’ll tell you a funny story. When I lived in Morocco, I had to bake and cook everything from scratch.

When I returned to the states, it was a point of pride with me. I would make pie from scratch! I would bake bread. I would make scones without a mix. I was one of THOSE homeschool moms.

And then, one day, I noticed a yummy vanilla cake mix. I succumbed and bought it. The results were so dreamy I thought “What have I been doing?!” I was a new convert. And just like that, I went on a hunt for the best mixes for teatime.

So feel free to make Poetry Teatime as easy or elaborate as you’d like. There’s no right way to do it.

This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!

Poetry Teatime Companion

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.” –From the Hispanic Heritage Month about page

Here at Brave Writer we would like to direct you to some products and resources for Hispanic Heritage Month.

[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases,
Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Esperanza Rising Arrow

Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.—Amazon (purchase the book here)

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Movie Night Suggestion: Coco

Miguel comes from a family of shoemakers and in the Rivera household there is absolutely no music allowed. Miguel’s great-great-grandmother’s husband abandoned the family many years before to pursue music and ever since then the family has forbade music on principle. But Miguel dreams of one day becoming a renowned musician. His idol is the famous Ernesto de la Cruz, who was a popular singer before his untimely death. And now it seems like it’s Miguel’s lucky break. During the Day of the Dead holiday there will be a music contest and Miguel hopes to enter. But magic is in the air, and when Miguel’s plan goes wrong, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead! Now Miguel must find his musician great-great-grandfather to receive his blessing and transport Miguel back to the living before sunrise or he will remain among his deceased ancestors forever!

Learn more about the film (includes discussion questions) here.

Poetry Teatime!

Here is a list of bilingual English-Spanish poetry books perfect for Poetry Teatime!

For more Poetry Teatime ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our post on the official Poetry Teatime website.

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2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest & Book Drive!

2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest and Book Drive

We are excited to announce the 2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest! Plus we’re also hosting a special Book Drive (see details below).

UPDATE: Look who won the Poetry Teatime Photo Contest!

Poetry Teatime Photo Contest

This month, we invite all Poetry Teatime enthusiasts to take pictures of your family’s teatime and enter our contest for the chance to win exciting tea and poetry-themed prizes! We are also introducing our first-ever book drive to help children in need celebrate Poetry Teatime.

How to Enter

The process is simple:

  • enjoy a Poetry Teatime with your family,
  • photograph it,
  • and write a brief summary of what you did.

Submit all entries by September 30, 2018! The Grand Prize winner will be announced October 2, 2018.


Everyone who enters receives our Poetry Books: Ideas for Every Age pdf! Includes book recommendations for every age group: 3-7, 8-13, and 14-up!

Poetry Book Ideas for Every Age


One winner will receive

If the winner lives outside of the U.S. then she or he will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate instead.

Poetry Teatime Book Drive

We are thrilled to announce a chance to share the joy of Poetry Teatime with children in need through the Poetry Teatime Book Drive. We invite you to support the St. Aloysius program by donating a poetry book. You can find out all about the drive and how to donate here.

Please note that donating to the book drive will not in any way affect your entry to the Poetry Teatime Photo Contest.

Poetry Teatime

Blog Roundup: Poetry Teatime Edition

Roundup Poetry Teatime Edition

Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

This roundup in particular is special because April is Poetry Teatime month here at Brave Writer. Poetry + Tea + Treats = Enchanted Learning and Magical Family Time!

Poetry Teatime

5 Days of Poetry Teatime Inspiration by Kay

Poetry Teatime Without the Tea by Shawna

Poetry Teatime Resources by Dachelle

Poetry Teatime: So Much More than Just Poems by Jackie Lee

20 Poetry Activities by Ashley

Poetry Simplified: Open and Enjoy by Bethany

No Stress Poetry Teatime and the Brave Writer Lifestyle by Erin

The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids by Chantel

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to


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