Poetry Tea Time

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Many things have been challenging about this year.  And I’ve written about those things elsewhere.  But here, in this post, I want to share some really happy, really beautiful things.  Things that include family togetherness.  Things that involve exposure to new ideas and new authors.  Things that added a sparkle of magic to our year.  And all of these things could be summarized in two words: Poetry Teatime.

I heard about the idea of poetry teatime from several different sources within a short period of time.  You know how that goes – after the second or third mention, you begin to take notice!  Then I began noticing #poetryteatime in my Instagram feed and from friends on Facebook.  So, what is Poetry Teatime?  Well, rather than tell you, let me show you!

The brother mesmerized by his sister reading poetry.
The brother mesmerized by his sister reading poetry.
The four-year-old who likes to "read" his own poems from wordless books.
The four-year-old who likes to “read” his own poems from wordless books.
The eight-year-old who turned the kitchen into a “poetry cafe” so that she could read her verses to us at breakfast.

Still need more information?  I can think of no better way to introduce you to Poetry Teatime than to send you right to the source and to giveaway a copy of the Poetry Teatime Companion!

Poetry Teatime Companion

In the giveaway below you’ll find a link to more information about the genesis of poetry tea time and how it has impacted many families.  You can even earn entries by visiting the Poetry Teatime site!


  • I just so love seeing all of this sweetness with my nieces and nephews! Maybe we can join you one day and see what this is all about!

    • We would absolutely LOVE for you to join us! Party schooling!! 😉

  • Great giveaway Lynna! Thanks.

    • My pleasure! Wish I could give a copy to everyone!

  • Entered! I keep hearing about Tea Time and would love to get started with my kids!

    • Heidi, I think you’ll love it. Just keep it simple. Seriously – around here, it’s sometimes fig newtons and milk + Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. 😉

  • Thanks, Lynna! I love your new blog! I have not tried poetry tea time yet, but I’m sure this will be added in our near future.

    • Yay! Thank you, Forest, for all of your help and advice in getting it going! Definitely let me know how it goes if you try poetry teatime. You know, maybe blog about it! 😉

  • Hey Lynna! I’m loving your giveaway (crossing my fingers to win!). I always enjoy the things you have to share, so I look forward to keeping up with you here. 🙂

    • Yay! So happy to have you here, Jenny. Thanks for sharing your post, too!

  • Carrie U. says:

    We love Poetry Teatime! This practice has added much joy to our homeschool. We have been holding them regularly for over a year now. The kids remind me if I forget. 😉

    • Wow, Carrie! You’re more of an expert than me, then. We only heard of it in January. What ages are your kiddos?

      • Carrie U. says:

        My kids are 14, 12, and 7. I hope you love poetry teatime as much as we do! Looking forward to checking out your blog. 🙂

  • Thank You for the opportunity to win! Looking forward to reading through your blog!

  • Samantha Meadows says:

    Poetry Teatime is on my list to buy! Would love to win!

    • Samantha, that is so awesome!! So glad you found your way here!

  • We’ve started poetry teatime this year, too, and are loving it! I’ve been telling everyone I know about it, and do extras as special treats in my home-based early childhood program. Thanks for a chance to win the book!

    • Lise, that is amazing! So do you involve other children in your tea times, then? What a beautiful thing to share with others!!

  • Our four year old likes to “read” poems too!

    • Shannon, isn’t that just the sweetest thing? I absolutely adore that they are being introduced to the rhythm and cadence of poetry at such a young age!

    • Thanks, Jen! We really have enjoyed it. Looking forward to exploring your blog, too!

  • Awesome giveaway!! We have book so didn’t enter. Winner will be very lucky indeed!

  • Shannon R says:

    We discovered Brave Writer a couple of months ago but have not yet started Poetry Tea Time. It sounds lovely.

    • Shannon, I hope your family will really enjoy it! What age(s) do you have?

  • Nancy Walters says:

    We frequently do informal Poetry Tea Times. Lovely to just share words and ideas and treats together. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I just started poetry tea time and my son LOVES it!! ?

    • Jessica, that is wonderful! I love hearing from other families about their poetry teatimes!

    • Lynne, so nice to hear hear of other families who enjoy it as well! I sure wish I could buy a copy of the companion for everyone! 🙂

  • Excited to hear more from you! 🙂

    • Thanks, Lindsey! It’s wonderful to have you here!

    • Natalia, that is great! Hope you win, but either way, I know your family will enjoy poetry teatime!

  • Beautiful post – awesome giveaway! We live for teatime in this house. Not just poetry either but now my son will ask for “math teatime” and “copy work teatime” and “having a hard day teatime”.

    • Nadine, I LOVE that. I love that your son knows what helps him to work with a smile. 🙂

  • Jennifer Miller says:

    I have heard so many good things about poetry teatime. I would love to try it!

    • Jennifer, your family would love it! Whether you win or not, definitely give it a try!

    • My pleasure, Ingrid! Nice to have you here! 🙂

  • We only tried this once and it was awkward. Need to give it another go.

    • You know, Heather, at our house, it’s pretty simple. Sometimes it’s just fig newtons and milk. And we haven’t really gotten into any high-brow poetry! Just kids’ stuff. But I feel like it’s been a benefit anyway even to be exposed to poetry. Hope you find a way that works for you guys. (Or not. Poetry tea time is just an idea. Nobody has to do this. 🙂 ).

  • I have also been hearing a lot about this in the homeschool circles. I need to investigate further!!

    • Alexi, we’ve really enjoyed it. I hope other families find it enjoyable as well!

  • Thanks for the chance to win!!

    • Hey, Jeanette! You are very welcome. So great to have you here!

  • Amber Nicole says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    • You are very welcome! It’s so nice to have you here!

  • This is such a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • Gian, you are welcome! Thanks for visiting the blog!