Today we had our first ever poetry tea time I honestly had no idea how it would go. I put out a nice table cloth and some poetry books. We had freshly baked banana bread, coffee and hot chocolate. We all took turns reading the poetry of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Shel Silverstein. We paused to talk about each poem and eagerly awaited our turn to read. This was an idea I got from reading (affiliate link) The Brave Learner, if you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend it. It really changed my perspective on homeschooling.
We had more than enough poetry books on the table, but we all chose one and stuck with it. I think we’ll end up going to the library and finding other interesting poets. It was so fun hearing Gator read Shel Silverstein poems, at her age those were the only poems I was ever exposed to. I feel that it’s so impactful that she’s listening to us read from famous poets like Frost and Dickinson, poets I wasn’t exposed to until I was in high school.
Certain poems brought quite lengthy conversations, while others received a quick pause before moving onto the next one. Some received a lot of belly laughs. It was inspiring, it was fun, and it was delicious.
I think the fact that the banana bread was freshly baked by Gator and AJ right before reading added to the fun, and I think we’ll have to bake again next week. Maybe muffins with fresh fruit or scones, something that will pair well with our afternoon coffee.
Before we knew it a few hours had passed, we decided that this will be our new Sunday afternoon tradition and we can’t wait to explore other poems next week. I know this will be a tradition for many years.