Having read The Magicians Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe together; today we began on a biography of C S Lewis. The book is from the Christian Heroes then and now series written by Janet and Geoff Benge and published by YWAM publishing. We’ve only read chapter 1 but the amount of discussion it provoked on history, religion and politics was great. I’m excited to see the boys engaged with it all!
I got the idea about using this book from a friend who also home educates. She also got the book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer from the same authors and publisher. Some one growing up in Germany at the same time Lewis was growing up in Britain. Both lived during the two world wars. I’m sure the two books will spark much more discussion and research into the history of the era and most probably economics, geography, faith, conflict etc etc! So thanks goes to her for the ideas … they’ve really sparked our interest.
We are doing a lapbook for each book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Which are really helping us think about what we are reading. It’s a great exercise in reading comprehension without it feeling like it!
I found lots of free online printables for making the lapbooks many referring to the bible to show the parallels Lewis draws.
These biographies read like a story, a living book as Charlotte mason would call it. Which is great! No lists of dry facts instead an insight into what life was like at that time in that place.
I’m excited about these new books we are reading and the possibilities that may spring from them for our education. I say our not the boys because I’m enjoying learning along with them!
Tonight we will be watching The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to compare the film to the book. So popcorn at the ready for a snuggle in front of the screen all in the name of education.