Only our second poetry tea time. We served "A La PB&J," "Bologna Sandwicha," mini candy cookies, fresh strawberries with "Mr. Lipton's raspberry ice tea."
Guest Post by Melissa of Soaring Arrows
At first glance one may assume Poetry Teatime is some old fashioned, boring, homeschool Mom trend that has kids rolling their eyes faster than one can pronounce the word haiku. When I first caught on to this wonderful trend inspired by the Brave Writer lifestyle, my husband reminded me not to get my expectations too high. I do often think my ideas are much better than they play out, so it’s usually good for him to keep me grounded in my homeschool Mom fantasies. Instead it caught my littles by wild fire.
Poetry tea time is our family’s favorite homeschool lifestyle practice adapted from Brave Writer. Even my boys love poetry tea time and the little one begs for “poetry but not tea” every day. I must admit that I totally bribed my kids into loving poetry with sweet treats and a lovely table scape.
I use to be the only one in my house who drank tea. Then my daughter was born and when she was two she started trying to grab my cup of tea. Actually, it was a coffee mug of tea. All I had was a tea kettle and a coffee mug. Soon she was asking for tea parties. We decorated a little play set and had such fun, but it wasn't the same as a real set with real tea. So I took her to tea rooms and restaurants for special teas.
"Poetry is the candy of language for young children." ~Julie Bogart
I believe that to be so. I personally find poetry to be soothing. But how should one introduce poetry to their children? How does one foster a love of poetry in their children?
The WINNER of our Poetry Teatime Big Bundle Contest!
Poetry is something that I always wanted to expose my kids to, but I never felt that they were ready. I wanted them to spend a good time exploring poetry in our homeschool, but I felt that pokemon, and graphic novels would never waver in lieu of classical literature. However, I have recently found that there is a secret to get your kids interested in poetry. It is so simple, free and easy that anyone can do it. Does it sound too good to be true? It did for me, but then I tried it and now I am hooked...
She must have heard me crying...I was on the phone with a doctor about my special needs son. I was upset, my voice was shaking and tears were streaming down my face. After I pulled myself together, I walked to our kitchen. My 2nd grade daughter had put a table cloth on the table and gathered all the supplies for a Tuesday Teatime. I cried again. She said, "I thought you needed a tea time mom."
I pour steaming water from the kettle over tea bags in our favorite mugs and tea cups. Earl Grey in a blue willow china tea cup for me. Sophia chooses the Tom Kitten tea cup and the boys pick out the mugs they painted in an abstract expression-like style a few years ago. They all select the gentle orange flavor of Constant Comment as their tea of choice.