“Is it tea time yet?” asked one of our enthusiastic preschoolers before we embarked on a ‘first’ in the preschool—an organized tea party! Though Alice, Mad Hatter, and March Hare were short of luck on having a pleasant tea party—we enjoyed ours!
One of our classrooms was treated to tea with a very special guest expert – Judith Parker, former longtime teacher and tea connoisseur. Judith taught at The Philadelphia School for nearly thirty years before retiring almost four years ago.
The Philadelphia School is fortunate that Judith continues to share her love of literature and tea weekly with Middle School and Junior Unit students in an after school club. And this week preschoolers were equally lucky as Judith shared her collection of black teas—singular in taste —with some of us. We sampled English Breakfast, Early Grey, and Keemun teas with the children. Complete with boiling water, porcelain tea cups and saucers, and Fortnam and Mason on display, some of us enjoyed our tea plain, while others asked for 1% milk and/or honey to their liking. What a pleasure it was to see preschoolers handle such delicate porcelain ware while enjoying conversation and tea!