Thursday, September 3, 2009

Just Call Me Mister Tea

In my opinion, teaching without tea is just 'ching. And what good is ching-ing. Honestly...

I like tea. A bit of an aficionado, really, but that couldn't matter less during our Twice/Thrice a Week Tea Time. These are moments during the week, usually mid-morning, where we choose a brew of peppermint or some other herbal-- i usually opt for an aged Pu Erh, Darjeeling, Formosan or Tulsi, sometimes Rooibos or a good Mate' though-- and take a seat in the front parlor. It' not unlikely to turn on an instrumental CD at this time.

With mugs in hand, we then start round-robin discussing what we've learned or observed recently. It's a nice little recapper to help things sink in a bit. Then we talk about what we're doing today and tomorrow, and where we'd like to go in our discoverings next.

I cannot tell you the value this has added, giving the kids a vested interest and crucial role in our learning. Responsibility, encouragement, teamwork and camaraderie are all tasty accompaniments to our drinks. Although a scone every now and then sure would hit the spot.

You should give it a try if you don't do something like this. It's something we really look forward to. And if tea isn't your cup of tea, we've also had success with Happy Hour-- I discourage the traditional alcoholic option though. Every now and then we do the same thing during an afternoon, complete with chips, salsa, Mexican sodas and Mariachi. Works just the same.

What... so we raise our family on Tex-Mex. Should've tried my chili last night. i'm usually not one to brag, but this batch was Mucho Good-o!

~Senor Padre


Anonymous said...

Well, Mister Tea, I agree with your ideas here. If families would get rid of their television and have instead a tea time in the evening where they talked a little it would change everything by removing most dysfunction. And I too am choosing Pu-erh a lot lately. --Spirituality of Tea

The Stone Age Techie said...

Assam seems to have settled in as our current favorite, and I enjoy watching as my 9-year-old son fixes his own with breakfast.
I do love a good Darjeeling, too... happy fall, Mister Tea!

Anonymous said...

We have a slew of tea's. I'm a chai kinda gal :)

Hubby likes green citrus

Green Tea Fiend said...

I wish I had thought of Mr. Tea before you! I pity the fool... I'm glad to know you're on the tea wagon. I'm hooked too! If you want to try some loose teas or teaware from my online tea boutique, feel free to use my promo code "summertea2009" by next Tuesday, to get 15% off your total order. Cheers!

Green Tea Fiend said...

oops, forgot to tell you where... my online tea shop is The Tea Spot. cheers!

Anonymous said...

Ah, tea-time. What a wonderful way to connect with the kiddo (or kiddoes, in your case.) I like plain green tea,and my daiughter favors Red Zinger.