How to Start Homeschool Poetry Teatime {A Quick Start Guide}

Have you heard of poetry teatime? Chances are you have. Poetry Teatime has taken the homeschool world by storm. It is an enchanting addition to any homeschool.

Poetry Teatime is something we have been doing in our homeschool for years. I first heard about the concept from Julie Bogart and I was smitten by the idea of it.

Emily already loved tea parties so it seemed like a natural progression to add poetry teatimes to our homeschool.

Poetry Teatime is such a fun way to enrich your homeschool. Learn more about it and what things you NEED to have to get started.

What is Poetry Teatime?

Poetry Teatime is exactly what it sounds like. Your whole family gathered around the table with a pot of tea (or other favorite drink) and a stack of poetry (or picture) books.

Julie Bogart from Brave Writer  says that poetry teatime “offers you and your children a break from the fast-paced demands of homeschooling, parenting, and household running. Everyone sighs a collective “ahhhh” as they settle into their chairs, tea cups or mugs in hand, poetry books scattered across the table.”

Free Planning Printables for Poetry Teatime

Why We Love Poetry Teatime

We love poetry teatimes and try to incorporate them into our homeschool as much as possible. There is just something so special about sitting around the table sipping tea, nibbling on cookies, and taking turns reading poems to each other.

It’s a time for us to slow down and enjoy each others company. It provides beauty in what we are reading and connection with each other. Poetry Teatimes give our homeschool that reset we desire. We try to have one each week for that exact reason.

Poetry Teatime in Our Homeschool

Our poetry teatimes can look very different depending on our mood. Sometimes we have a simple breakfast poetry teatime with milk and muffins.

Other times I am exhausted and we have a teatime that includes prepackaged snacks like Little Debbie’s.

Occasionally I will have the extra time and energy and I will go overboard with a theme or homemade treats.

Poetry Teatime in Your Homeschool

What You Need for a Sucessful Poetry Teatime

For a successful poetry teatime you need 3 things.

That seems simple enough right?

The first thing you need is something to sip on.

You do not have to drink tea. If you would like to try tea with your kids I suggest buying a sampler of variety box. We started with Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler, which is still a favorite around here.

The second thing you need is something to snack on.

This can be something simple or something complex. Sometimes our poetry teatimes has homemade goodies and other times they have prepackaged store bought ones.

The third and final thing you need is something to read.

While it is called poetry teatime so poetry is the most common thing to read, it doesn’t have to be poetry. You can read anything you wish at your teatimes.

But, if you are looking for some of the best poetry best for children that adults will also enjoy check out 30+ Fantastic Poetry Books.


You don’t need a teapot and teacups,but it adds to the fun. If you have young children or don’t want to invest a ton of money head to a thrift store and let everyone pick out their own special cup.

We used thrift store teacups up until this year. I felt like Emily was finally old enough to handle things carefully so I bought my first full tea set and I LOVE it.

Now just sit back and enjoy sipping, snacking, and reading together!

Would you like to see one of our Poetry Teatimes in action?

You can do just that in this Homeschool with us: Poetry Teatime video.

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