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Poetry Teatime

poetry teatime

 “You can never get a cup of tea large enough
or a book long enough to suit me.” ~C.S. Lewis

Poetry teatime makes poetry so anticipated! My children look forward to this one day per week in which we drink tea from special cups and have a special cookie. Tea is sometimes just apple juice poured from the teapot (my son does not care for tea), but the point isn’t what you are eating or drinking. It’s the ceremony of taking out different dishes, eating something you don’t get to eat on the other days, and the loveliness (I hope) of Mommy reading aloud. The kids choose a poem to read aloud as well and practice the cadence of poetry. Poetry teatime just creates wonderful serene memories.

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It’s easy to set up.

Dig out a special tablecloth from your linen closet, or get some special napkins next time you are at Target.

Pull out your nicest glasses or tea cups. Choose a beverage of choice, be it tea or juice or lemonade.

Decide if you will bake something special

or just buy Walkers shortbread.

Maybe cut up some fruit for fruit salad.

Bring a poetry book. These are a few of our favorites.


My two favorite poetry books are not pictured. The first comes with a CD and you can listen to the poems being read. The second is a collection I have had since my teaching days. It has great variety.

Eat and read and enjoy!

This is Day 2 of Five Days of Sharing Poetry with your Kids. Read the intro and Day 1 if you haven’t already.

Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.