Brave Writer - Tuesday Teatime

Monday, August 25, 2014

This year we added a new element to our plans: Brave Writer! I totally wish Julie would adopt me, and show me her homeschool ways. Fortunately, because she has a writing program, she is a fabulous writer that often shares her wisdom on her blog and via Facebook. We are not using all Brave Writer Elements this year, but are testing the waters. Silas is using Partnership Writing for his writing program, but will not be using the Arrow books just yet. Our MFW book basket has plenty of books I don't want to miss this year. Next year we will definitely be implementing the Arrow book lists. Aedan is not using the writing portion of Brave Writer yet. I've been waiting patiently for Faltering Ownership to come out. Until then he will be reading Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang books instead of HOD Dithor this year. So far he loves his first book My Side of the Mountain!

It took me a while to understand what they meant by the "Brave Writer Lifestyle." I read through The Writer's Jungle, but it took a while to soak in. I purchased Partnership Writing this year for Silas. Reading how to implement the elements of Brave Writer suddenly clicked. Truly, Julie understands how to make language arts fun. I so wish I had been able to learn in this way!

One of the elements of the Brave Writer Lifestyle is Tuesday Teatime. We didn't get out our finest china this time, but I may have to dig it out.

I already know my boys love being read to. I didn't know how they would like reading poetry to each other. They both actually had a lot of fun!

Aedan really enjoyed reading the poetry from this book!

I collected some of the poetry books Julie had recommended. The boys really enjoyed these. I hope to collect a few more along the way.

I made Lemon Cream Scones as our snack because what proper tea wouldn't have a proper scone?

These are very simple, but every time I make them someone asks for the recipe. They're not dense like typical scones, but rather more biscuit-like.

We had honored guests, and of course the famous Brit Tin Tin! Mooch the monkey is our school cheerleader. He often cheers kids on when they're doing math because of course a monkey's favorite subject is math!

My boys love chai lattes :) I heated 2 bags of  chai in water on the stove, and then added some sugar and soy milk. Yum!

These are my scones after I mixed the dough. I usually just stir them with a spoon. They're so easy!

Here they are with their lemony and sugary goodness before I put them in the oven. Perhaps you would like the recipe too?

Monarch Room Lemon Scones
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt with a whisk (to sift) in large bowl. Next, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon peel. Add whipping cream and stir just until dough forms. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead gently together. Form dough into 10 inch round and about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 12 wedges.

Transfer scones to large greased baking sheet. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoon lemon peel in small bowl. Brush scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake scones until light golden brown for about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool. Serve scones warm or at room temperature.YUM!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful program! I love the idea of Tuesday tea time. What a wonderful way to encourage a love of learning and make memories!

  2. It really is sooo fun! The boys totally look forward to it each week now :) Ours wasn't as exciting today, but it was still fun to them.

  3. Are you still using Brave Writer? How is it going?

  4. We use many Brave Writer elements. I use it when I want to add a little fun to our day. We use the Arrow and Boomerang issues to discuss Aedan's books.

  5. Wonderful - so much living goes on in the poetry tea time slot. I think it needs to spread a lot more. We'd have a lot more thinkers/ philosophers in the world if everyone did it.


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