How I got my 2nd grader to love reading Poetry ♡

Give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had

laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information.

Charlotte Mason

Introducing

“Poetry Tea Time”



Long before I started homeschooling my 2nd grader son, I was introduced to this wonderful ritual called Poetry Tea Time on Instagram. 

I was truly amazed at thebeautiful pictures shared by so many mothers that I knew I would take up on that once I start homeschooling. My life was hectic in the last 3 years with 2 pregnancies in less than 18 months. Then taking care of a baby and a toddler, I just couldn’t focus on anything else.

But Alhamdulillah time is more manageable now and I can finally make Homeschooling more flexible for my son with Charlotte Mason’s style and unique ways to encourage reading time. Today was the very first time we gave Poetry Tea Time a “GO”!

Let me tell you, the ending experience was fabulous! Everyone was in joy, smiling, munching and reading. My son was so excited he was rushing us to get his turn! 

The poetry book that we read today:

From the beginning of setting up the table, making the snacks and tea to lighting the candle was a wonderful new adventure for my son. 

I bought candles and tea cups, decaf tea and snacks the night before.  I took out our Nakshi Kantha sheet (which my Mothe in law sent from Bangladesh) from my store room to decorate the table.

It was just a beautiful new discovery for all of us. Did I mention my husband and the 3-year-old joined in too?

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What is this Poetry Tea Time exactly?

It’s basically a tradition/idea introduced by to get the family and kids together and read poetry/literature together. The setup/arrangement and the warmth of

The setup/arrangement and the warmth of everyone’s presence excite the kids. This whole concept was introduced by Julie Bogart, the founder

This concept was introduced by Julie Bogart, the founder of Brave Writer Program, as part of her writing curriculum for homeschooled kids.

On her Poetry Tea Time website, Julie says:

Poetry Teatime offers you and your children a break from the fast-paced demands of homeschooling, parenting, and household running. Everyone sighs a collective “ahhhh” as they settle into their chairs, tea cups or mugs in hand, poetry books scattered across the table. Stopping the rush for a restorative cup of tea (or hot chocolate or cider or coffee or lemonade or juice) creates the perfect space to contemplate rhymes and riddles, limericks and sonnets. When you pair poetry with tea, your children create a connection between contemplation and rest, while also creating memories of serenity and joy. Try it! You’ll love it.

In the Brave Writer Lifestyle, we recommend a weekly teatime on Tuesdays. You may find that having a routine helps to establish a break that you can all look forward to. Of course, there are some weeks where we have had them more often and other weeks where we have not had them at all. As with all Brave Writer practices, do what works for your family.

 My son asked me after we ended our Poetry tea time, if he could get more poetry books from the Library and do this everyday?

How exciting is that?? Let’s sure hope so!


 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Sumaira
    March 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    What a wonderful and fun way to get children excited about poetry! Love it!

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    Sahar
    March 17, 2017 at 8:04 am

    A beautiful way to make kids learn. I have never heard of this method before but looks sooo much fun! How many days a week do you do this? I mean I love this idea..

    • Reply
      Ummimommy
      March 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      hey Sahar! Thank you so much! Its usually done every Tuesday. But i did it on an Wednesday. LoL But it can be done whenever you want really. My son has been asking what book to read next and when can we do it again since!

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    Umme Hafsa
    March 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Such a great idea! Setting up the whole picnic/afternoon tea theme is soo inviting for a child to want to engage and learn 🙂 Mission accomplished heheh 😉

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      Ummimommy
      March 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      thank u Hafsa! i am waitinf for summer so we can do this outdoord

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    Fozia S
    March 18, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Never really thought about getting the girls into poetry as never been a fan myself. However they do love reading their books…in fact often have to tell the eldest to switch off her light and go to sleep as she is always reading!

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      Ummimommy
      March 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      mashallah that your daughter reads always. I wish my son did that. he is very active and reading only happden during quiet times

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    Lubna Karim
    March 20, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I did not start on poetry for my lil darling till now…I think she is gonna love it….will try it…thank you for the post….love the snack spread….

    • Reply
      Ummimommy
      March 21, 2017 at 12:45 am

      thank you Lubna!! Let me know how you do it! Love seeing poetry tea time posts ?

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    Afreen
    March 20, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Lovely idea..It is good for making a reading habit in children.

  • Reply
    Misbah Akhtar
    March 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Masha’Allah tabarakhallah I absolutely LOVE this idea! What a great way to introduce children to poetry! I wonder if this would work on studying the tafsir too or something Islamically related? And we’ll done for homeschooling sis, I have 4 kids and couldn’t imagine doing it. I admire your strength sister. Look forward to reading more from you. Xx

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      Ummimommy
      March 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      thank you for your words of encouragement sister. Offcourse you can do this with any type of reading material. There is possibility in everything. ??

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    Zainab Dokrat
    March 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Reading generally is a great hobby for kids to develop and actually really helps in future as the child will learn to study on their own. Love the pictures, everything is so cute! (www.beautywithzainy.com and http://www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

    • Reply
      Ummimommy
      March 22, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you Zainab!! Absolutely. Reading is the ultimate secret to success in a child’s future.

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    Veronica Lee
    March 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Wonderful idea!.
    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

    • Reply
      Ummimommy
      March 30, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      hey veronica!! awe thank you and so happy you dropped by! ?

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