Poetry teatimes were not part of our school routine in the beginning; in fact, we started pretty schoolish and nearly ran our homeschool aground within the first month. By some grace, I stumbled upon The Homeschool Alliance and BraveWriter and by December we were humming along. I haven’t looked back. Although I don’t follow any school of thought or homeschool philosophy exclusively, numerous components of the BraveWriter Lifestyle jibe with my personal beliefs of learning and life. Poetry Teatime is an easily executed and delightfully simple way to bring poems alive in your homeschool.
Take A Bit of Verse
Doesn’t matter if it if you start with an ode to a toad, a rhyme about slime, a song that is long or a love sonnet to your yellow bonnet, just invest in a few poetry books and share some with your kids. Gateway poetry for littles includes Silverstein, Pretlutsky, or Stevenson. Anthologies give a wide swath of style from which to choose. Find a themed collection about bugs, zoo animals or months of the year. You may choose to select poems or ask your kids to bring their favorites to the table.
Add A Splash of Tea (or Hot Chocolate)
In our house, we each have our favorite mugs and a kettle for the stove. Truth be told, sometimes we enjoy tea and other times it is coffee and cocoa. Over the summer it is popsicles to suck on outside on a blanket in the sun. We have made teatime fancy but usually what makes it special are the treats we eat and the time we spend at the table together.
Offer Up Some Goodies
My oldest daughter loves to be in the kitchen and we spend time baking in the colder months. Our teatimes have migrated from mid-day to breakfast. A friend inspired this change and it really makes teatimes happen regularly. We make waffles, pancakes, muffins or scones, gather while the sun rises and enjoy each other’s company while taking in some poetic verse.
Watch the Magic Begin
Are you ready to get some add some magic to your days? Tell me in the comments what your poetry teatime looks like–and if you have any awesome poems that are favorites in your house!