This year I began adding in a Poetry Tea Time into our homeschool. When I heard of the idea I fell in love with it right away and couldn't wait to try it out!
What is Poetry Tea Time you ask? It is a day that you pick to do poetry (or whatever subject you choose to also add) with tea and treats.
In other words, it is a special day that you take a break from regular homeschooling and make this a special and memorable time for you and your children while helping them cultivate a love and hunger for words and learning. You can read how it all started here.
You don't have to do tea---you can do cocoa, juice, or whatever suits your fancy. You can make it as fancy or as simple as you want it to. You can even use paper plates and cups. Since this was our first one I decided to go the fancy route to make it extra special.
I got some poetry and nature books from the library that will go along with our nature journaling and for the kids to look over.
The children got to pick and read a poem they liked out loud. Here is a quick list of poetry books that we used and own:
Best Loved Poems by Best Loved Poets
Here are some of the nature books (that we will use for sketching):
I kept the food simple. My eleven year old son baked some gluten-free blueberry muffins (from a box) and we just bought some Pirouettes from the store. I was also thinking that my 5 boys might feel a little weird having a tea time (especially the older ones) so we also alternately called it 'Manly Cocoa Time' as a joke and let them use coffee mugs. Marshmallows are one of their favorite things so I made sure I had plenty to make for a smooth transition.
Here is one of the poems one of my sons read:
Add some flowers and a nice tablecloth--
and don't forget to light a candle in for ambiance!
I am grateful my children have access to such a wide variety of books.
Overall, I think I was really surprised by how much the kids really enjoyed it. They are already talking about the next one and what we will do. I plan to mix up what we do and never have them be the same--I have a whole list of ideas that I can't wait to do with them.
I also plan to have them be themed during the holidays--I am really looking forward to our future "tea" times! I will also try to share some of them here with you in case you'd like to see them or do them as well.
Have you ever done a Poetry Tea Time?
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