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A Good Cuppa Tea

I was never much of a tea drinker as a young person which is surprising considering my love for all things English. (I’ve never been to England. But I love the BBC, English Lit, and I do a pretty good accent.)

When in Costa Rica (coincidentally known for coffee and not much for tea of any type) I met a lovely English woman who introduced me to tea with milk, or lemon, or sugar or whatever. It was an instant addiction! I started drinking tea like crazy and I’ve loved it ever since although my craving for coffee still rules me in the morning.

I’m way into the herbal teas at night like camomile and all that. It’s amazing.

Tea BagI have a love hate relationship with the tea bag. It’s convenient. However, it bubbles and floats and you have to get the spoon to sit on it just right to get your tea to steep strong enough to be worth drinking. Then once the tea steeps, you are stuck with that awful bag to dispose of and it usually gets left on the spoon on a table and leaves a mark or a mess or whatever. I hate leaving it in the cup while I drink because it always floats near my face and the spoon handle swings around and slaps me.

So there’s loose leaf tea that you can get and put in one of those lovely little tea steeper things to keep the leaves from floating all around thus avoiding the spoon altogether. But they still have to be cleaned up and if you don’t want over-steeped tea so you have to take it out before you drink the tea and then what do you do with it? It ends up on the table next to the bag.loose leaf tea steeper

teapotMy best option so far has been the loose leaf tea pot. It has a little strainer inside that fits so nicely and the tea stays down in the water where it belongs and there is no clean up right away to keep stains from forming on the furniture. It also keeps more tea warm longer.

Sadly, I had one of these pots. HAD being the operative word in the previous sentence. My kids used it as a play thing and broke it so now I’m back to the bags.

Growl.

What’s your vice?

– the wifey

Hooked on Phonics for ME!!!

Abby has been attending Pre-K since last fall. She attends two days a week and loves every minute of it. She simply adores her teacher. Abby is in the process of learning how to read. She knows her ABC’s, and the sound each letter makes, and can decode some words. Now its just a matter of getting her to put everything together. I enjoy reading, but it takes me forever to get through one book. The time it takes me to get through one my wife has read 6 or 7 different books. We both enjoy reading to our daughters and we  want them to  have a love for reading.

The problem I am having while teaching Abby how to read is all the RULES. I don’t remember any of the rules when it comes to short or long vowels, silent letters and that is just the beginning. I think I need Hooked on Phonics for Daddy’s. I’m most likely making a bigger deal then it really is. But still, the English language is HARD. The positives that I am taking away from this is that I have to research and review all the rules in order to help Abby learn. If anything its something we can both do together.

I realize it will be a long journey, but it should be a fun ride.

This morning I stumbled across a website that I will keep handy to help ME as well as our daughters learn the process of reading.

http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/02/10-steps-to-teaching-your-child-to-read/

We will also be using Star Fall to help us with our phonics.