學泡茶的小孩樂趣多
文/許玉蓮

小孩學泡茶時,我們都給他安排一套屬於自己(即專用)的泡茶用具,有時是兩人合用一套。整個泡茶奉茶喝茶過程要親自做,從取拿茶葉給大家觀賞、把杯子翻正、打開壺蓋、提保溫瓶倒熱水入壺、蓋上壺蓋。茶泡好了,把茶倒入茶海,再拿起茶海將茶倒入茶杯,倒完一杯再一杯,最後拿起杯托將茶杯放在上面,再一杯一杯奉茶給身邊的人喝,奉茶時要微笑點頭或說一聲“請喝茶”。茶喝完了,杯子一個一個收回來放回原位。

這樣泡茶几次之後,小孩們對“自己”那套茶具會產生感情,會珍惜照顧它們。他們都不想杯子被自己摔破,取拿的時候會格外小心,拿杯子的手勢是一公分一公分移動的,神情專注得好叫人感動。

小孩對茶具擺放的位置、泡茶的程序逐漸熟練後,他們會瞭解前、後的分別,上、下的不同,然後他們也會對每一件物品用過之後需要放回原位這個原則認同,養成習慣後可以讓生活有規律,東西不會亂丟。

泡茶是一種“呈現程序”的遊戲,一個步驟過了又一個步驟,小孩在玩時可鍛鍊記憶力,當他們投入時他們會難得的安靜下來,不像平常那麼浮躁。
  
泡茶奉茶喝茶的過程,小孩學習關照別人、尊重人家,他們會注意到誰還沒有喝上茶,趕緊奉一杯茶給對方。我們會請求參與茶會的來賓,在被奉茶時與小朋友點頭微笑說一聲“謝謝”,那是小孩最有成就感的一刻。
 
Tea Affairs - Children having fun brewing
By Hooi Yoke Lien
 
There is a dedicated set of tea brewing utensils for each child (sometimes two children, depending on the situation) who learns tea brewing with us. The entire experience is highly participatory -- the children are responsible for presenting the tealeaves for appreciation, turning over the teacups, lifting the teapot lid, pouring hot water from the thermal flask into the teapot and putting the lid back. When the tea is ready, they will pour it into the pitcher, and from the pitcher into one teacup after another. Then, they will put each cup onto a saucer and serve the guests, one at a time. With a smile or nod, they would say, “Have a cup of tea, please.” They will collect the cups when the guests have finished and put them back at the original place.

After brewing a couple of times, the children will become emotionally attached to their ‘very own’ sets of tea ware. Great care is shown so as not to break any item. It is indeed moving to see them lifting the cups with such an intense expression and delicate touch.
When the children have grown familiar with the layout of the tea utensils and tea brewing, they will become more alert to the concept of the right sequence and position. Soon, they will identify with the principle of ‘everything in its right place’. This awareness also helps cultivate the good habit of discipline in life.

Tea brewing is essentially a game of ‘presenting procedure‘; it emphasizes a step-by-step approach. This drills their memory; the children will become calm when they concentrate in the procedure.

With tea brewing and serving, the children will learn to respect and take care of the others. They will become more observant and are quick to offer tea to those who haven’t been served. We would request our guests to show your appreciation by nodding with smile, and saying ‘Thank You’ to the children when you are served – this will be the most rewarding moment for these children.