One of the Bravewriter practices, one that people who don’t even use Bravewriter do, is the Poetry Tea Times. Once a week, you pull out books of poetry, take out the good china, put out a treat to eat, and read poetry while sipping your tea. A bunch of blogs I love have done a post like this in the last couple of months and I thought I’d post one of ours.
We don’t have any fancy tea china and we don’t like tea that much, but we do like pink lemonade and have wine glasses, which are automatically fancy if you’re seven years old. I made homemade cookies and cut up fruit. It felt like a very summery poetry time.
This happened to be last week and we were all grieving for Maurice Sendak. Among other things like some ee cummings and plenty of Shel Silverstein, I think the entire Nutshell Library was deemed poetry and read aloud. I have been getting the kids to pick out a single book of poetry at the library. Mushroom read several from the book he chose, Monumental Verses, which featured different types of poems about famous world monuments.
The kids have both been begging to do this more often. Not just for the cookies either, as they can’t stop asking to read just one more poem.