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Tuesday Teatime: Mozart and hot chocolate

Here’s a snapshot of my kids enjoying teatime (hot chocolate actually) and an interesting picture book about Mozart. We chose this book in honor of his birthday this week. It’s called Mozart Tonight, by Julie Downing.

As a former “chapter book snob,” I have recently become an admirer of picture books, too. The writing is so essential and often the artwork is simply gorgeous. They make excellent narration inspirational especially for my visual learner.

Julie, I want to thank you very much for the articles on The Bravewriter Lifestyle pages of your website. These have been just the spark I’ve needed to keep up my enthusiasm for a relaxed CM education with my children. We are learning all the time, sharing what’s good and beautiful and true. Together.

I know we’ll look back so fondly someday…. thank you for helping moms like me to enjoy every moment.

With a Grateful & Joyful Heart,
Brave Mom in Chapel Hill, NC

Thanks for sharing your family photo with us. Notice the essentials: candle, pinecone centerpiece, the tablecloth, the ceramic crockery and even the yummy cookie on the plate!

If you’d like your family teatime photo to appear on the Brave Writer blog on a Tuesday, please send it to me as an attachment in an email.


Teatime can be for all kinds of art enrichment but you will most often hear us refer to them as Poetry Teatimes. You can click the link to read more or watch Julie on Katch talk about some of her favorite teatime elements. 

Coach Julie Bogart: Brave Kids Writing

I’m pleased to share some writing that has been forwarded to me by proud moms. I leave in all spelling errors because we are enjoying the stage of development that this writing represents (just like we enjoy the mispronunciations our kids use as they learn to speak). Look what vivid images these children discover all by themselves.

Heather shares about the Color Walk she took with her three children:

Today it was unseasonably warm for January in Ohio so we decided to try the color walk with my daughter Chelsea (9), and two sons ages 5 and 7. This is what Chelsea wrote about the color brown when we came home:

“Fall-like leaves spread about, like when God separated people at the tower of Babel”

“The old rickedy fence bowing low in our yard, as if a king is riding by”

“The steady, packed mud sneaking beneath poky, green grass, as if trying to rob it’s beauty”

“Singing wooden chimes with hollow tones and patient voices, as a music teacher” ….

As you can tell, she absolutely loved the idea of the color walk! My boys also came up with neat descriptions of things that were green: “a swimming pool of bushes” (the 7 year old said he was very proud of that description!) and “tiny leaves shaped like hearts” from the 5 year old. All of these descriptions came from a silent walk where we said nothing and everyone came home and quietly wrote on their own. We had a wonderful time and even read some poems about color after everyone had a chance to share their list! Thanks so much.  Just had to let you know what a blessing this email list is to us busy moms!

Then Laura shared a short piece of writing her son jotted down at a gymnastics studio (that definitely qualifies for Lifestyle Writing):

I just have to send you my 11 year old son’s writing. He has always struggled with getting any words on paper at all however, he was actually pleased with this work and agreed to me sending it to you!

I took him to a local gymnastics studio to observe his younger brother’s class and he was really able to capture his keen sense of perception on paper for the 1st time.

Enjoy – we really appreciate your help in unlocking our senses!

by Abe

the rigging on the
bars reminds me
of the rigging on
a ships masts.
the rope extended
from the roof could
be holding the anchor
the mats form a
makeshift raft .
the students look
unsure of themselves
drunk like a pirate
crew, beware , they
are a ruthless crew.

Would your kids like their writing published? Send their writing to me and we’ll add it to our growing collection of Brave Kids Writing on the Brave Writer blog.



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