Thursday, March 10, 2011

Unit Study: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

So you know E12 has been dying to play Axis and Allies since Christmas. He finally convinced some siblings to play the other day and they love it! I find this a bit hard to believe, but there it is. Those not so enchanted with Risk think Axis and Allies is amazing. But, their interest in playing a WWII game made me think about some other areas of our IHIP (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) that we had not yet approached. Enter The Lion Preparatory Academy and a study of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Axis & Allies- it will be interesting to add a timeline to our prior knowledge of WWII because our kids have studied this topic several times now. Each time we add another layer. This time it's lots more detail in the timeline for the older kids.

There are lots of Narnia unit studies around, but this one was written by a local homeschooling mom years ago and is popular around here. I wish I could say it is widely available because it is so well written, but it isn't. If you are super interested, I can try to connect you with the author.

A sample from the first week of LWW. We are looking forward to tea time tomorrow.

The kids can see what the agenda is for the unit study each day. Number 4 has more going on and they made a notebook page of it.

This book study is expected to take 6 weeks. I'm sticking with several topics/activities per week so that we can keep a forward momentum. This time of year I like to be mindful of lingering too long on a topic. It's also a great time to study as a family and give work to the kids according to their ability. J5 is also doing his FIAR work. I8 is along for this Narnia study at his request.


MamaGames said...

This looks delightful. We'll be covering WWII (formally) next year and I would love a really well-done unit study to work LWW into it. If you can connect me with the author I would love it. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I'm really interested in this curriculm, joining our love of Narnia with Grandpa's love of everything WWII and our English friends. How is this age wise? Is it more for older kids or usuable for your 5 and 8 year old too?

arm said...

I would love to buy a copy of The Lion Preparatory Academy. Could you send me the details!


Heather said...

Hi Everyone! I've contacted the author and we'll see what she has to say.

As for ages Lion Prep targets, well she has recommended resources for each book batched by Secondary, Middle, and Young age groups.

So, it is suited well for a family study.

I am hopeful that you all will have the chance to see this study for yourselves. It truly is one of the best!


Trudy Osborn said...

oh my! oh MY! OH MY!!!! Could you PLEASE get me in contact with the seller?!?! My boys and I would be so thrilled to use something like this for our homeschool curriculum. How many weeks does this cover? We are looking for something to finish out our school year with...but I think they would enjoy this even through the summer.
my email address is waynentrudy @ (just take out the spaces)

Anonymous said...

that would be great heather! thanks for bringing this to the forefront and also helping us to get more information!

Heather said...

Well ladies...I have heard from the author. Her name is Lynn and she can be reached at theophilusbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com.

She does have books to sell and is willing to ship them to you. Just contact her and I hope it works out for everyone!


Diane said...

Looks like a great program. We read all the Narnia books already but wish I would have known about this at the time. Looks like lots of intersting activities to gain knownledge of that time period, etc.

Heather said...


We've read these books a hundred times! The study is still as rich as ever!

Don't let an opportunity go by because your kids are already familiar with a book. Sometimes that yields the best results.

Besides, they aren't gunning for the next chapter all the time. Much more relaxed when they know the story!