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Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas. When most of us see the word holiday, we tend to think of one of these. And all of those can inspire your Poetry Teatime. But you may want to consider some of the lesser-know holidays, too. For example did you know that January 9th is Word Nerd Day? Or that March 6th is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day?
Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.)
To get your creative juices flowing, let’s look at one of my favorites. April 12th is Drop Everything and Read Day 💛 Although D.E.A.R. is celebrated the entire month,
D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. (dropeverythingandread.com)
So during your teatime, do the obvious! Drop everything and read. And it seems quite appropriate to start, not with a poem this time, but a chapter from one of Beverly Cleary’s books. We are homeschoolers, so it is OK to break the “rules” sometimes 😉 Don’t worry though…we’ll still incorporate some poetry activities.
I still remember Ramona the Pest being one of my favorite childhood books. And recently I loaned it to a friend’s daughter and it had the same effect on her. There is something timeless about Cleary’s depiction of Ramona’s kindergarten year.
Both of my sons loved Ramona’s adventures, too. But their favorite was probably the Ralph Mouse series. What’s not to love about a mouse who can ride a motorcycle?
Snacks & Tea
Let Ramona inspire you with applesauce and Fig Newtons. If you’ve read about Ramona, you’ll understand 😉 Simply Recipes has a recipe for a homemade version of applesauce. Or if you have an Instant Pot, check out this one from Tastes Better from Scratch.
Ideas & Activities
- Share more about the Ramona books: Facts About Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books from Mental Floss.
- Read a scene from one of Cleary’s books, then have your kids write a poem based on it.
- Ask your children to write a poem about a character from one of Beverly Cleary’s books.
- In Ramona the Pest, Ramona can’t seem to stop from pulling on Susan’s curls and saying “Boing”. Try one of these 6 Tips for Using Onomatopoeia in a Poem from powerpoetry.org.
Books by Beverly Cleary
D.E.A.R. and Poetry Teatime
Yes, one of the points of having poetry teatime is to foster a love of poetry. But there is so much more to it than that! Developing relationship through sitting together, slowing down, and appreciating the beauty of language is also key. And a few laughs are a perfect way to build your family relationships. So go ahead, get one of Cleary’s books or choose another one. Then drop everything, make some tea, and READ.