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When you make Poetry Teatime a part of your homeschooling routine, you do more than foster an appreciation and love for poetry in your children from a young age. You also build your family relationships.
Poetry Teatime forces you to slow down. To breathe. It invites you not just to delight in the language of poetry, but in conversation with one another too. In spending time together.
Sometimes we feel the pressure of all the things we think we must do, fearing it will never be enough. But a busy, stressful homeschool schedule doesn’t provide the kind of environment kids learn best in. Think about your own life. Are you more motivated to do things you find stressful or the things you find joy in?
Springtime is the perfect time to slow down. To enjoy one another. And a perfect way to do that is to take your Poetry Teatime outdoors.
DAY 2: Nature Poetry Teatime
Since this teatime is all about nature, it seems only natural to choose snacks and drinks you might take on a picnic.
- Kid friendly finger sandwich ideas from Modernmami
- Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Fifteen Spatulas (Joanne also shared this recipe for Chewy Granola Bars on The Pioneer Woman.)
- Arnold Palmer Popsicles from The Pioneer Woman—It’s a snack and a drink all in one 😉
- And what is more back to nature than a “real food” snack. Lisa from 100 Days of Real Food has 85 Snack Ideas for Kids (And Adults!).
Tea, or not
- Of course you can make up some hot tea and put it in a thermos, but I live in the south. If the weather is good enough to go outside, then it is good enough for a glass of sweet iced tea 🙂
- If you haven’t ever combined tea and lemonade then you have to try an Arnold Palmer from Tyler Florence of The Food Network. Or you can do what we do and mix up store bought Simply Lemonade (my favorite brand) and sweet or unsweetened tea.
- Maybe you want to skip all the tea and just do lemonade. Whether you go for the yellow or pink powder, or make your own, lemonade is the perennial picnic drink. Or try a fun version like strawberry lemonade.
Ideas & Activites
- Go on a picnic for your poetry teatime. As you can see, I’ve given you ideas for some of the perfect picnic foods already.
- Have it at a local zoo.
- Take a nature walk and do some nature journaling along with your teatime. Here are some of my favorite resources:
Many children’s poetry collections will have poems about nature—plants, animals, weather, seasons. Although there are a variety of poems in the following collections, you will find plenty of ones for your Nature Poetry Teatime. And you may have to get a used copy, but Read-Aloud Poems for Young People is still one of my favorite collections. It includes a section called Nature’s People.
Other collections include poems chosen for a theme.
Remember though, Poetry Teatime doesn’t have to be elaborate. You can simply grab a blanket and sit outside enjoying your store bought lemonade and cookies for you Nature Poetry Teatime. The important thing is to sit, be together, and read some delightful poetry.