Salam (Peace) All!
One of the things that really reeled me into the Charlotte Mason methodology was the idea of spending quality time reading to our children. As mothers, we tend to be overwhelmed with our chores and responsibilities. We don’t have the time or the mental saneness to spend one on one time with each of our children. Most of the time we don’t have time to spend one on one time with our own selves! In addition to that, add a regular crazy day of homeschool and it is a recipe for an overwhelmed mama!
Reading some of Charlotte Mason’s books has introduced me to the idea of taking it slow. Slow but Intentional.
Introducing Story Teatime…
In an effort to slow down the pace of each day, we decided to take a few moments for tea time; where we drink some tea, read a little poetry or some stories, reflect, and eat a snack. What is interesting is that a lot of Charlotte Mason’s writing pulls on the imagery of Food. She suggests that children need a “feast” of living ideas to “feed their hunger”. All this imagery is quite appropriate when you think about the fact that the one thing that connects all people, from all cultures and backgrounds is FOOD.
Story Teatime has helped me a lot in our homeschool. It’s a happy merger between Reading aloud and tea time; where we bring in our living books, poetry or whatever books spike our attention onto the table. We eat and read and discuss. Now, I need to remind you that I have a 2.5 yr old that thinks shes 4, so things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. But, if you add some of their favorite food or whatever your child’s heart pleases it keeps them attentive for at least a little bit.
To give this an Islamic spin we included some poetry of Dawud Wharnsby Ali, who our kids love, and his CDs are our favorite in the car and on long rides. We also plan on trying some Poetry by Rumi, Stories of the Prophets and some other Islamic living books I have found. Some other books we are currently reading from are:
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Poems to Learn by heart
- The llama who had no pajama
- Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
- You read to me and I’ll read to you.
- Children’s book of Art
Story tea time also gives us an opportunity to talk about our learning or about our day, and makes my kids feel like they are spending some special time with me. It also gives me a chance to slow down and enjoy the conversations about randomness with them, from topics such as what’s for dinner to what is the soul. After all, Charlotte Mason says that education is about building relationships and connecting learning with those relationships.
Give Story Teatime a try! What are some ways you connect learning with relationships?