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“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?
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!