From the Author
Poetry Teatime Companion is the fruit of a personal practice I began with my own five children as I homeschooled them. Poetry Teatime is the hot new practice among families who want to bring poetry to life! My kids and I would set a lovely table with tea or special drinks with treats like brownies, scones, orange slices, or cinnamon toast while reading poems aloud to one another. This weekly ritual blossomed into a community with thousands of parents (home educators and not!) sharing poetry in a natural, enjoyable way with their kids.
This book is an anthology of 52 poems (in the public domain) to be read over the course of a year. We've paired the poems with gorgeous illustrations so even your non-readers can select a poem to be read. Nancy Graham, co-author, collected the poems and then added a little detail about the poet-author and a few questions to stimulate conversation for each entry.
From the Back Cover
"I would say that Poetry Teatime brings us together in a way that nothing else in our homeschool has. It is a peaceful time of quiet connection. We even brought it on the road with us. Our home-away-from-home town in Ireland has a place called The Poet's Corner which is a bookstore cafe. It has become my daughter's and my favorite spot to steal away, drink tea, and read or have a Big Juicy Conversation." --Christina Celebi
"Our days and weeks had been slipping by, stuck in a must-get-more-done frenzy. Then we started poetry teatime. (Well, really, it's poetry and cocoa over here.) Pausing to savor each other's company and the feast of food and words, has given us a much needed respite in the midst of our busyness. Some weeks we'll feel the need to find this pause more than once, and now that poetry teatime is part of the tapestry of our family culture, impromptu poetry and tea happens pleasantly often." --Angela Awald
"I love that poetry teatime is inclusive--everyone enjoys it, from the 42 year old to the 2 year old. Finding things that a wide age-span of children can do together is tough, and poetry teatime is by far our favorite and most successful." --Amy Uptain