Today we would like to welcome to Poetry Teatime one of the most prolific writers of children’s fantasy and poetry, Jane Yolen! Check out Jane's written interview and listen to the podcast with Julie Bogart below. Plus enter our FUN GIVEAWAY for a chance to win three books by Jane (UPDATE: Winner announced below)!
The extraordinary poem below was shared for the "Writing Your Own Nonsense Poem" assignment, the final exercise in Brave Writer's online Groovy Grammar class. It was dictated by 8-year old Zoe to her mom. Enjoy!
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary….” With these spooky lines, Edgar Allan Poe begins his classic poem “The Raven.” Poe’s poetry never fails to send shivers down the spine with its dark and beautiful imagery. Poe’s works are a wonderful reminder that October is the perfect time to celebrate the slightly ghostly, magical, and spooky.
This is our first year homeschooling a third grader and a pre-k/kindergartener. Today was our first try at Poetry Teatime, and I wanted to share our experience!
When you think of tea, you may think of British high tea or elaborate tea ceremonies in Japan. However, tea is also one of India’s most popular beverages. In fact, tea is so popular in India that the nation not only produces the second largest amount of tea in the world, but it also consumes nearly a third of the world’s teas.
True enjoyment of poetry was ruined for me as a teen when my high school classmates and I were required to pick poems apart and find all the deep and supposedly hidden meanings that existed. I was always afraid my interpretations would be incorrect, and the poems we read were often depressing. When I learned about Poetry Teatime, I was so inspired to make poetry a positive and memorable experience for my own children.
When we started Poetry Teatime my goal was to give my children enough to do (making their drinks and eating/drinking) so that we could read 2 poems. Each week they got more and more into it and sometimes will sit for 30-45 minutes just listening. There are some books they ask for repeatedly (with favorite poems) or I just pick a book that seems timely (like "summer" etc.).
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men,” said Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Besides nonsense, what else should wise men cherish occasionally? Candy, of course!
Combining candy, poetry, and nonsense makes for a spectacular themed teatime. See the ideas below for decorations and ways to celebrate the hilarious nonsense that is Roald Dahl!