Poetry Tea Time has been a sweet part of our homeschool day. It’s wonderful to connect over tea and good books!
We have always loved having tea parties at our house. I’ve been creating tea parties for my children since my oldest two daughters were very small.
Children love tea parties!
This year we’re adding more focus to our tea parties by including poetry reading along with the tea and treats. Poetry tea time is becoming a favorite time of the week!
How to Plan a Poetry Tea Time
It’s really simple to plan your own poetry tea time. All you need to do is set the table (or a quilt outside!) with tea cups and saucers, make some tea (or another beverage), set out some treats (homemade or purchased), and gather up some poetry books.
Make a Tea Time Basket
To make this simple to do each week, I picked out the dishes designated for these tea parties and store them all together in a basket in the china hutch. That way all we have to do is pull out this basket and we’re ready to go!
I used to have a tea time on our Friday schedule, but it didn’t seem to happen very often, so I switched it to Wednesday, which is a slower day for us. It’s just what we need in the middle of our week!
Since I want this to be a fun time for my children, I try to pick out poetry books that will appeal to them. We love Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six, and lots of others. I’ll try to share more of our favorite poetry books in another post.
I really like this Poetry Teatime Companion book, which is a sampler of British and American poems:
Gather your children and enjoy!
Then simply enjoy drinking your tea, eating your special treats, and reading a bit of poetry together. We usually keep the readings pretty short because my youngest has a very short attention span. And I want them to enjoy it and look forward to this time each week.
Mostly I’m just enjoying making memories with my precious children! And As I’ve mentioned before, even my boys love our tea parties—partly because it involves food! 🙂
P.S. My two older daughters aren’t in this picture because one was at work and the other one was in the other room when I quickly snapped this! (And I love the fact that my youngest is reaching across the table with a determined look on his face—probably going after another cookie!)