C and I have officially dived into our unit study on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I let her choose the subject because she didn't like my ideas. We were at the library and I saw a bunch of fun fairy tale books but she thought that she was "too big" to study fairy tales. (She is only six!) I suggested a few other ideas and she wasn't impressed, so I let her choose. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was her choice. We've read the book together before and we've seen the movie but we haven't done any lessons focused on the book so I was excited. I love so many books by C.S. Lewis and who doesn't love the Narnia series?
Prior to getting started, I searched the internet for ideas. I shared some of my favorites in a round up post which I will link to at the bottom of this post. Many of the activities we will do throughout this unit study will stem from those sources. We have had a lot of fun so far and I am so excited to share with you! For some chapters we did extra activities and for others we have only completed the lapbook pages. We are using the lapbook from Homeschool Share. There are a lot of pieces in this lapbook, I initially made a double lapbook and still will need to add additional space for everything. This is a free resource so I highly recommend it!
An Introduction to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Before we started reading, we took a couple days to introduce C.S. Lewis, fantasy stories, England, and WWII. We didn't do too many activities for this, mostly we just read from books I found at the library. The books we used were:
- Writers Uncovered: C.S. Lewis by Vic Parker
- Fun and Easy Drawing: Fantasy Characters by Rosa M. Curto
- Kids Write! Fantasy & Sci Fi, Mystery, Autobiography, Adventure & More! by Rebecca Olien
- Why did the Whole World Go to War? and other questions about...World War II by Martin W. Sandler
I really loved the book, Why did the Whole World Go to War? by Martin W. Sandler. It had a lot of great information that C was able to understand, without graphic details or images. It also specifically addressed the evacuation of children in England. This is evacuation is the whole reason the children end up at the professors house so I wanted to include a bit about WWII in our study.
I was planning on including the introduction and the first few chapters in one post, but before I knew it, I had a whole post just on the introduction. I will write up a post on the first few chapters very soon! I've added some helpful links to the bottom of this post, enjoy!
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Idea Round Up
- The Homeschool Share lapbook
- My Narnia Resources Amazon Store