Poetry Teatime Starter Kit

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Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!

Lynna Sutherland

Lynna believes that the gospel moves the homeschool mom from performance to possibility. She offers support for moms overwhelmed by homeschooling multiple ages and distracted by constant sibling conflict. Ditch what slows you down and look to Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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You know how much we love Poetry Teatime (see here and here) and what a blessing Brave Writer has been to us this year (like this).  Are you interested in getting started with Poetry Teatime, but don’t know where to begin?  I’ve got you set with everything you’ll need to jump into poetry teatime, simple and easy.  Here’s what you need!

Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!

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From the Expert

Julie Bogart of Brave Writer popularized the idea of Poetry Teatime and she has some fantastic resources available for you!

  • First, definitely check out PoetryTeatime.com.  This free resource, created and hosted by Brave Writer is stuffed full of poetry goodness – poet interviews, book suggestions, and yummy (simple!) treat ideas!  Check out this quick video to give you a glimpse into this beautiful tradition that has become a weekly staple in our home.[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfmT_HSHtPY[/embedyt]
  • Did you hear Julie mention that free Poetry Teatime Quickstart Guide?  Find it here!
  • If you’d like a little more depth, you can check out Exploring Poetry with Children which includes four weeks of simple, easy to implement lessons plans on reading poetry with children.  Believe me – this is about making poetry user-friendly!
  • Several homeschool mama friends and I collaborate together on a Simple Poetry Teatime board on Pinterest.  Follow us if you’d like more ideas and inspiration!

Tea Accessories

We started out with nothing but coffee mugs, grocery store tea bags, and boiling water – and you can, too!  But if you want to add a little pizzaz (and maybe an extra smile or two) why not try some of these nifty niceties?

Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!

My mother and father gave me this lovely FORLIFE Teapot for Christmas and it has come in tremendously handy serving tea for seven!  We love the cheery red finish, but it comes in a wide range of other colors, too.  The lid fits snugly with or without the infuser.  You can still use tea bags with an infuser (we often do) but you also have the option of trying loose tea!Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!

If you aren’t sure what kind of tea you’d enjoy, I’d recommend starting with a sampler pack like this Tea Forte Herbal Retreat Sampler.  There are fifteen individual pouches with all kinds of fun and kid-friendly flavors like apricot, blueberry, marmalade, kiwi and cherry!  Herbal fruity-flavored teas were definitely the biggest favorites with my kiddos.

Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!Of course, if you don’t have seven people crowded around your Poetry Teatime table (I know most folks don’t!) it might be simpler and more whimsical to steep your loose tea in something fun like the set of four Bekith Leaf-Themed infusers or the adorable Mr. and Mrs. Tea.

Poetry, of Course!

Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!Don’t worry.  This part is easy.  And fun!  Start with a few excellent poetry collections.  Of course, a great first poetry anthology would be the Poetry Teatime Companion straight from Brave Writer !  We’ve also loved Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy.

Singing the Praise of Marilyn Singer

One of our all-time favorite poets is Marilyn Singer.  We learned about her work through her interview on Poetry Teatime and a Marilyn-Singer-Themed Poetry Teatime by my friend Mary from NotBefore7.com.  Mary first introduced us to Ms. Singer’s “Reverso Poems”.  This is how Singer describes her unique form of poetry:

A reverso is a poem with two halves.  The second half reverses the lines from the first half, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization—and it has to say something completely different from the first half or it’s what one blogger’s kid called a same-o.  (read more here)

She wrote her first books of Reverso Poems based on children’s fairy tales (Mirror Mirror and Follow Follow).  She also has a new release based on Greek Mythology (Echo Echo)!  But we hit the jackpot when we checked out A Stick is an Excellent Thing.

Planning for back to school? Let's get one thing taken care of! Here's a go-to list of what you need to get rolling with your own Poetry Teatime!This book is full of fun and lively poems dedicated to all things outdoor and all things play!  Though I read this book to my kids while we sat around the kitchen table, we could almost smell the breeze and feel the grass between our toes!  My eleven-year-old son (not generally a poetry enthusiast) proclaimed “That was a great one!” after nearly every single poem and now considers it his favorite poetry book!

Of course, one of the beauties of poetry is that you can explore so many subjects through this medium.  So, to celebrate this virtue of verse, I’ve included two other Marilyn Singer books in the giveaway: On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather (which explores weather and geography) and Rutherford B., Who Was He? (a celebration of each of our presidents – Washington through Obama!).

STEM Poetry

I have to admit, before we started Poetry Teatime, I wouldn’t have considered myself a poetry kinda girl.  I’m more of an analytical person myself.  So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered how many books of poetry not only relate to maths, sciences, and other related fun but even sometimes included problems and challenges!  Here are some of our favorites:

Poetry eBooks!

You know I love me some digital learning, so a post on poetry goodies wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t share this awesome resource!  My kids and I have loved checking out the Epic! App.  It includes a huge selection (as in over 15,000 titles) of children’s books, some of them with “Read to Me” capability!   We can use it on Chromebooks, desktops, phones and tablets.  It keeps track of where we are in a book from device to device and tracks how long the kids have spend reading.  You can even “assign” a book to a student from your parent account.

Best of all?  It includes tons of poetry books!  I’ve already put together a little collection for you of Poetry eBooks on Epic!  You can check them all out right now for free because Epic offers a FREE 30 DAY TRIAL!  Have Epic! read YOU some poetry today! 🙂

Poetry Collection on Epic

Click here to read these Poetry eBooks on Epic! for FREE!

 

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  • Davina Perez says:

    What age level would you say these books are for?

    • Davina, these books represent a variety of reading levels, but they are appropriate to read aloud to children of most any age. We start including our littlest ones in poetry tea time pretty much as soon as they are able to enjoy the treats!