Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Poetry Tea ~ Casey at Bat

The kids and I really enjoy our poetry teas. This week we did Casey at Bat by Earnest Thayer. What a great baseball poem and fable. Casey is so overconfident that he doesn't even bother to swing at the first two pitches. Boy, what a mistake! He swings and misses the last pitch completely. The famous Casey strikes out! I read the poem to the kids and then we listened to James Earl Jones reading it. We then watched a Disney mini episode of Casey at Bat. Why do the cartoons seem so much more educational from the 1940's and 1950's? I guess it is just another example of the dumbing down of America.
Having a poetry tea doesn't have to be an elaborate affair. A few snack or breakfast foods, a tea or two, and maybe some fun tea cups is all you need. I find that feeding their bodies and minds at the same time is a fun and efficient way of homeschooling. On this day we had bananas, raisins, fruit leather, cheddar bunnies, yogurt, blackberries, baked beans, Irish breakfast tea and tropical herbal tea. I did some quick theme decorating with patriotic dishes (baseball is an All-American sport, after all), a baseball, and helmet.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Love this! Poetry tea with a twist! I love the table decoration, beats flowers any day!

  2. Great idea and I appreciate your encouragement to keep it simple! Also like hearing about your AG club in the previous post. Brings back sweet memories of enjoying these books with my oldest dd.