“Put the kettle on.” Was something I heard every time a guest walked into our home. Formal tea time was not something we did because we always had tea time! Now that I have children I find that I’m the same way, the first beverage I offer a guest is a cup of tea. And while I won’t give up my many cups of fortification each day, I do want the magic of Tea Time for our family.
Poetry Tea Time was the answer to finding that magic and my Slow Loop provides just the right amount of regularity we want and need.
So just about every other day (some days we don’t loop) I pull out the teacups my Grandmother gave me for my birthday the year my daughter was born. I fill my tea pot that was my Mum’s, with some decaffeinated tea. I check to make sure the sweeter bowl is full of a stivia based “sugar” and I decide on a little something to nibble. Most of the time I do this myself, but the children are working in turns to serve the other with their Helping & Hosting Hands.
My husband picked me up a box of Red Rose tea recently and the children were delighted to find the glass figurine inside. So, we are now collecting them so that they can decorate our tea time table and be played with at that special time. However, they were very disappointed that they could not help me drink that tea so we could buy a new box sooner. Now that I think about it, perhaps that is way they have been so extra helpful about making me tea these days.
After the table is set and the food is made, I pull out a collection of our poetry and literature books, no ebooks for tea time!
Each one of the kids choose a poem or story for me to read and my oldest picks a few for him to read as well. It’s so fun to hear Macaroon pick up our book of Robert Louis Stevenson Poems and declare, “This is my favorite one!”. Or notice that Pumpkin always picks from Shel Silverstein or that Cupcake will take her time and choose from among all our books.
If time is passing peacefully and their attention holds I will also take this time to read a longer story from one of our anthology books and have lovely conversations. If they are being cheeky monkeys I quickly dismiss them to play outside as soon as they are done with their treats so I can savor the last of mine.
These are the books currently in our Poetry Tea Time Basket.
- The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter. We also have the audio for this book and I’m delightful to see it’s in our new language arts curriculum we are starting this fall with Pumpkin as well.
- Go In and Out The Window – The famous art and historical information included in this illustrated songbook also compliments the way we like to strew art appreciation in our home.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends. This is one of Pumpkins go to books and he reads The Beard to us just about every tea time.
- Poetry for Young People Robert Louis Stevenson. This is the book Macaroon always gravitates to, his most requested poem thus far is Travel.
- A Children’s Book of Verse. My favorite! You can read my review here.
- The Children’s Book of Heroes, The Children’s Book of Virtues and The Children’s Book of America.
- The Aesop for Children. I’m often surprised at how much time my youngest two spend with this book, they are quite captivated by the illustrations by Milo Winter.
- The Bookshelf for Boys & Girls: Volume 2 Happy Hours in Storyland and Volume 3 Folk and Fairy Tales. Both of these books belonged to my husband when he was a boy and the kids are delighted by them.
- Old Swedish Fairy Tales. This book was my Grandmothers’ when she was a girl…how could I not cherish and read them with my kids.
And these are a few on my wish list for when we have exhausted or just need to freshen the ones we own..
- Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
- A Light in the Attic
- Classical Poetry Collection A
- The Complete Brambly Hedge
- A Time to Keep
- Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems
- Math Poetry: Linking Language and Math in a Fresh Way
- Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
- James Harriot’s Treasury for Children (this one may end up in our Morning Nature Study)
- The Paddington Treasury