We love poetry tea time’s here in our house. With three girls how could we not? This week I wanted to add a bit more to our weekly tea time so since the day I planned on making brownies coincided with our nature study loop a plan was in place. This wasn’t the most picturesque of tea times. I didn’t pull out our tea cups and saucers. We used coffee mugs of milk and paper napkins for our brownies. So don’t be intimidated or put off doing a tea time because it isn’t pretty. The kids had no care what we used.
- I had our first week of January of Exploring Nature with Children printed out and I used that as our outline.
- I baked some brownies for our treat. Poured milk in coffee mugs (my girls hate hot tea)
- I also pulled out their journals, a ruler, pencils, colored pencils
- I made lines across the page using the ruler in Marleigh’s journal to show the two big girls so they could do that themselves.
- I called the girls to the table with their brownie and milk. They made the lines across their journals while I read from Week 1 of Jan and explained we were going to track the weather for the week.
- We then added the date, the temperature, time for the sunrise and sunset, precipitation.
- Color that box with what the weather looks like that day.
- I read aloud the winter poem from Exploring Nature with Children (Winter Dawn by Lucy Maud Montgomery) and a couple of poems from Winter Bees.
- On the whiteboard we came up with words that described winter. I helped them along with questions focused on our senses: What does winter feel like? What does winter smell like?
- The girls then came up with their own winter poems.
- After sharing their poems with me we looked up the painting (A Winter Sky by George Inness.