Good Things Are Coming…

In the past Monday mornings here at A Fresh Brewed Faith have been set aside for the Weekly Brew, little minute-devotionals where I love to share my heart for Jesus and what He’s been teaching me lately.

However, in leu of one today, I’d like to share that I’ve been working on a bigger project recently that’s taking up more time and energy! I’m keeping the details a secret for now, but…

Here’s what I can share!

  • Get excited — it’s Christmas related and you won’t want to miss out on it!
  • This project’s release date is set for Nov. 6, 2020! That’s SO SOON!
  • I’ll be working on this project in all of my spare time for the next few weeks. I’ll try to give you as many updates as I can, but regular blog posting and emails may be sparse for a while.
  • I’m not sure when I’ll have more details for you here on the blog, but for more recent updates, follow me on Instagram and Facebook!
  • For all archived Weekly Brews, posts about mom life, homeschooling, and recipes come back here any time. My site will always be up and running, and I love it when you visit. 🙂

And lastly, if you’re still reading, thanks again for being here.

This is truly my own little creative outlet and cozy corner of the internet, and I love it when others come hang out & find inspiration in this space! I’m thankful for your readership.

Stay tuned…

Good things are coming.

Autumn Teatime Poetry Inspiration

Fall is officially here and with school well underway, my kids wasted no time in asking if we could conduct a teatime poetry, one of their favorite school pastimes.

We love teatime poetry, and in the past it has taken a lot of work on my end – setting a table, selecting the readings, creating the goodies and making the tea, etc. But this time, I wanted the children to really take ownership of it. It was, after all, their request!

This morning I told the kids that their assignment for the morning was to:

  • Make the food from start to finish (with adult supervision/aid)
  • Plate the goodies
  • Help make the spiced apple cider (which was our tea for the event)
  • Set the table, including a tablecloth and a centerpiece
  • Help choose the poems and books to read from
  • Help read the poems
  • Use their best manners
  • Help with cleanup

They honestly did a fabulous job, and I’m so glad I documented so I could share here what they came up with!

So what did Mom do? Here’s my rough list:

  • Choose baby’s teatime snack (mostly Cheerios)
  • Help select poetry and read
  • Provide the recipe for cookies and monitor baking/food prep
  • Help clean up!

The work this time was so much more minimal for me, and I’m thrilled the kids wanted to take such a big part in our teatime poetry! They immediately asked if we could have it once a week. I’ve been hesitant before, but now I’m ready for another one soon!

Okay, enough with the teatime duties. Here’s the details on what we used and loved for our Autumn Themed Teatime Poetry!

Books and Selected Poems:

Red Are the Apples by Wade Zahare
Wonderfall by Michael Hall
Tiny, Perfect Things by M. H. Clark
Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall
Grasshoppers by Paul Fleischman, Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
Honeybees by Paul Fleischman, Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Teatime Food Ideas:

All these choices are kid-friendly, caffeine free, and can be converted easily for allergen friendly necessities.

Other Inspiration:

  • Utilize an autumn-themed radio station or playlist on youtube or spotify to set the mood. We love this one!
  • Bring out a few kid-friendly, fall decorations (battery operated candles, candy dishes, colorful cloth napkins, etc.) and allow the kids to pick what goes on the table and where.
  • Use the real dishes! It helps littles with fine motor control and also teaches the value of being careful. Of course, use your own discretion and judgment. 🙂
  • Let the kids do as much of the preparation as possible. Take the whole morning! (I’m totally giving you permission to skip the subraction flashcards if you need it.) It really amplifies their enjoyment of the process, gives them a varied learning environment, and eases your workload, too!
  • Get outside if you want to! We opted for our kitchen nook – right near south facing, open windows since it was pretty dewy and wet outside still. Also, our tiny one year old likes to chew every stick in sight.

For a quick video of their adorable setup, visit my Instagram stories and request follow today! Or you can check out my Facebook here. 🙂

We hope you found some exciting fall inspiration to create your own special teatime poetry session this season. If you loved this post, please share or visit here and here for more ideas on homeschooling and fresh recipes!

Kindergarten at Home: a day in the life of us

It’s already September and we’ve been working and playing our way through Kindergarten for nearly a month now!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated on our family, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share what life is like for us this fall.

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15 Ways to Turn Around a Chaotic Homeschooling Day

The amazingly creative learning activity you planned was a total bust and ended in toddler tears. You lost your keys somewhere between changing the baby’s diaper and packing the snacks for after soccer practice. The kids’ bad attitudes are quickly growing contagious, and you have absolutely zero plan for dinner.

I’ve been here. So many days.

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Cup of Christmas Cheer

Our tree is up,

the lights are glowing,

Christmas-cheer-cup

overflowing.

 

Presents wrapped and

fire aglow,

ready for the first

big snow.

 

Candles lit and

spirits bright,

Christ, come into

our home tonight.

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Merry Christmas, readers!

 

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