Have you heard about "Poetry Tea Times"-- check out the hash tag #poetryteatime on instagram or look at their website! Also check out their #poetryteatimecontest !
It's not a curriculum or for only homeschoolers. It's an idea that can be molded to fit any family or interests.
Here's the idea.
1. Parents (usually) value poetry (or other educational or enrichment type things they could plug into this idea.)
2. Kids value snacks! Or a special meal of some kind! (If they aren't into a tea party you could go to Starbucks for Frapps or a frozen yogurt place!)
So, basically you are using snacks or a special drink or "tea party" as the hook to introduce a subject to be enjoyed! You can do this with math even! As a kid I remember my mom giving me a little pile of chocolate chips to use for counting with my math page and when I was done I got to eat the chocolate chips. I don't remember what part of math I was learning at the time, but I remember that feeling of enjoyment even in a subject I didn't really want to do. That's the idea. ;) It's a way to make some educational thing enjoyable. :)
Animals spelling book. It is a great way to learn spelling words in a holistic in-context sort of right brain dominant learning style way.
spelling book as well. This book is bigger than the previous one and the poems are longer. I would say it's a bit more advanced, but I have my older daughter doing the easier one because she likes it and I went with their interest more than level because I wanted them to enjoy poems and spelling at this age without too much pressure.
|We all took turns writing our own poems as well! It was a fun goofy thing and not serious at all. After reading a poem that had a change in a word into a fake word to make it rhyme in a funny way. Hence the end "Bunny on Mars? Bunnies every-wares!"|
OR you can totally do covered cups (for less fear of spilling!) and do really any drink. Doesn't have to be tea, it can be anything that your kids and you enjoy. I usually do coffee while they do tea and sometimes they have some coffee as well if it's early enough in the day.
And it wouldn't have to be poetry even if that's not your thing. Maybe the kids need a little special enchantment added to their math time.
Why not sip tea while working on math? Or bring your art journals and frosties on a picnic!
Note, the "Poetry tea time" or whatever subject and drink you've chosen doesn't have to last a really long time and it shouldn't be a serious dull thing. Enjoy it and experience these things together. Think half hour on average and feel out the kids. If they are getting bored, just skip the poem and talk instead! Make up funny rhymes for no reason without an agenda except to be together and enjoy snacks and the subject you value.
Brave Writer" was who first came up with the "poetry teatime" idea and you can add this idea to your life with any resources you already own. Think of it as a rhythm to add to your week or month. It's not a pressure thing or a "have to" thing. It's a place to inspire our kids and us. A place to simply enjoy being together and enjoy poetry.
Poetry can be in favorite songs, it can be in children's books, it can rhyme or not, and you don't have to be all proper about how you approach the subject. You can know nothing at all about poems and simply read one that you happen to like!
The "Thinking Tree" has a new poetry writing book out now as well. I don't have it yet, but it looks lovely. I would probably enjoy it more than my kids yet! I'm sure we will get this later, but I wanted to share it now since it goes along with the subject so well.