Friday, 17 May 2013

For England!

Following our very successful first poetry tea last week, Tiger has been looking forward to this week's tea time.  He has even volunteered to bake something new this week.

Tiger has been baking since he was three years old but not on a consistent basis, only because we didn't have a good reason for him to feel motivated enough to do so consistently.   Now the weekly poetry tea seems to have sparked a new interest in baking for him so I am more than happy to have him spend time in the kitchen to learn the important life skill of cooking.

This week Tiger decided make Jam Drops.

We had to be out on the day that we were scheduled to have poetry tea but Tiger was adamant that he didn't want to miss it, so I packed a handful of jam drops in a lunch box and a poetry book into my bag.  True to his word, Tiger and I spent 45 minutes in a cafe having our version of poetry tea.  We applied the same process as we would have done at home, i.e. taking turns to read verses out loud while the other person was eating.

There was nothing exceptional about what we did except that a French family (a couple with two young children of about five and seven years old ) sat at the table next to ours.  The tables in the cafe were placed very close to one another so they could hear and see what we were doing, and vice versa.

Because we were using Tiger's favourite poetry book at the moment, Edward Lear's Nonsense book, Tiger read page after page poetically and very animatedly before writing his own verses in his sketchbook when it was my turn to read.

I noticed the French mother listening to us and looking at us several times throughout our reading, then signalling to her husband and her older daughter to look at us.  Tiger was oblivious to it all but I felt slightly self-conscious to be stared at.  I have no idea what the French mother was thinking of but at least she didn't give me the disapproving, what-a-pushy-mum look so I assumed, from her facial expression, that she was impressed by what she saw.

This incident reminds me of a minor national outrage that took place last year caused by a caricature piece of writing that pitted stereotypes in French parenting against those in English parenting.  If Tiger and I had swayed the French mother's opinion to the positive about English children's behaviour in public, then we have done our part for England that day, not that we would ever claim to represent anybody but ourselves....

This post is linked up to:
1) Look What We Did!
2) Kids in the Kitchen - Some of Our Favourite Recipes
3) Hobbies and Handicrafts - May17
4) Collage Friday - Math, Appliances, and Other Goodies
5) Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where I Didn't Go to Nashville
6) Hip Homeschool Hop - 5/21/13


  1. I love the idea that you had a poetry tea out. We cannot bring our own food to a cafe here in America, however. We would have had to buy something at the cafe or have a picnic on a park grounds somewhere. Both of those sound nice, however, and are ideas I am going to use sometime.

  2. I bet the poetry reading was even more fun for Tiger in a cafe. I love the way you are able to spark so many varied interests in him which motivate him to seek more information.

  3. Oh, we have to buy something at the cafe too. I ordered coffee and cake at the cafe, so Tiger could eat his own food. A picnic is a great idea, especially for summer. :-)

  4. Julie - I try to "hit multiple birds with one stone", so to speak. That saves a lot of time and we can get several things done at the same time. It's the same idea as cross-curricula learning. I'm leaning more and more toward such learning. :-)

  5. I love Tiger's hat in the first picture. He looks like a proper professional chef!
    It truly is a delight to see learning happening so naturally.

  6. It's part of a children's chef set that comes with the chef hat and a matching apron. I bought it years ago as part of his pretend play to entice him into cooking in the kitchen. Dressing up to look the part always helps. :-)

  7. thank you for linking with Kids in the KItchen - I've pinned your post to our board on Pinterest & look forward to connecting with you again!

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Kelli! :-)

  9. Like the look of those jam drops, would love some with my tea :0) My toddler and I sometimes bake but not consistently. When we do he's over the moon. He has such a sense of accomplishment.

  10. Baking is such an enjoyable activity to do with children. Thank you for stopping by, MsXpat!


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