Our homeschool lives have been so enriched with the inclusion of Poetry Teatime, and I’m really excited to share with you how WE do it in our home. If you keep reading, you’ll get to hear about something Really Exciting from the Bravewriter world! So, read on, my friends!
In my last post, I mentioned that when things are really tough, or overwhelming – one of the best ways to combat that is to just choose one thing that will bring joy back to your homeschool. And for us, that one thing this year has definitely been our Morning Basket routine. But for a couple of years now, our other ‘constant’ bringer-of-joy has absolutely hands down been our Poetry Teatime routine. Poetry teatime is something I first heard about when I had first started learning about Bravewriter – so much more than ‘just’ a curriculum, Bravewriter is about a lifestyle that is rich in language – great books, loads of creative writing, and… TEATIME!
What can be better than coming together around a beautifully set table, sharing tea, and reading poetry.
Yes. Poetry. That one subject that strikes fear into many hearts – it has always felt so inaccessible to me, like something only the Really Intellectual People talk about. Until we found Poetry Teatime.
Once a week, on Tuesdays (because… alliteration), we set a nice table with candles and tea pots and napkins and if we have them available, we’ll add some fresh flowers in a vase. We may bake snacks that morning, or we may just grab some Oreos from the package and place them on dainty plates. WHAT you use or include is not as important as the simple act of being intentional about creating a special space where everyone can relax and just…be.
So we set our table, and we pull out books of poetry, art appreciation books, and if my kids want to bring along something they would like to read aloud from then we can do that too. While we call this “Poetry Teatime”, we don’t restrict ourselves to reading only poetry, although that is absolutely our focus for these little events. We have sort of evolved into where we now just use it as a time to read from things we think are beautiful. We may decide to work on our Arrow copywork that day, or play funny word games, or rhyming silly words. Sometimes we just chat and enjoy our tea together over a few beautiful pieces of poetry. No dissecting, no analysing – just hearing beautiful words and sharing our favourites with each other. Again – the INTENTION, the time, and the focus on being present and being with each other… that is the real purpose behind Poetry Teatime in our house.
This is one thing that my kids LOVE and look forward to each week! It’s truly been an anchor in our homeschool weeks for such a long time now – occasionally it has happened that our Tuesday Teatimes have been all the schoolishness that goes on in a week. I can’t begin to imagine our homeschool without this now.
You know what’s been even more exciting than having our poetry teatimes at OUR house? Is taking it on the road, and bringing teatime to our friends! We have packed up our tea paraphernalia and favourite books and gone to enjoy Poetry Teatime with our closest friends – once in a while, an Extra Special teatime is just what we all need!
Now… for the REALLY exciting news!! Are you ready for this?! Julie Bogart, the creator of Bravewriter, has seen the impact that Poetry Teatimes have had on so many of our families. And she has decided to create a space just for all things Poetry Teatime. The new website (CLICK HERE to go straight there!) will be live on March 29th, but Pre-Launch is happening RIGHT NOW. So click on over there, and join in on all the pre-launch festivities.
Are you a Poetry Teatime family already? Comment below and let me know how YOU use it in your homeschool – or if you aren’t already, let me know if you plan to make this a part of YOUR homeschool routine, too! Can’t wait to hear from you!