Thank you so much for the wonderful idea of poetry teatimes; we’ve been loving this new addition to our week.
I don't know what it is about poetry teatime that makes it so special. I can't exactly say why it works. Is it the fancy teacups or the tiny cubes of sugar? Could it possibly be the allure of the store bought blueberry muffins?
The kids and I have been adding poetry to our morning time, but the whole idea of tea, sweets, tea sandwiches, and poetry, sounded too great of an idea to pass up.
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?