How to Use and FAQ

Welcome to A Year With Lewis & Tolkien!

Morning time doesn't have to (and shouldn't) end just because your kids get older!

I know I certainly didn't want to stop it with my own kids.

The teen years are the best for wonderful discussion times and making sure that your kids have the solid grounding that you'll want them to have before they leave home.

That's why I've created Morning Time Teens™ !

The first in the series will be one that I'm doing with my own teens in middle and high school (ages 12, 14, and 16) this year: A Year With Lewis & Tolkien.

This course will provide you with a plan to follow to read all seven Chronicles of Narnia books, The Hobbit, and all of The Lord of the Rings books in one school year.

It includes the schedule, discussion questions, and other activities to do alongside your read-aloud time.


What is morning time?

Morning time is when a homeschool family gathers all the kids together to do group activities such as read-alouds, projects, memorization, music, art, poetry tea time, presentations for each other, etc. before the kids head off to do independent work. It's also known as circle time, couch time, morning basket time, and other names.

What is Morning Time Teens™ ?

Since most morning time lesson plans focus mainly on the elementary ages, I wanted to create something meatier for my teenagers to make their last years in our homeschool meaningful. I plan to create others, but the first in the series is A Year With Lewis & Tolkien.

Morning Time Teens ™ are morning time plans for middle and high schoolers in the homeschool

What do I need to buy in addition to this course?

You can actually do the whole course without buying another thing!

You'll need the books or audiobooks for The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, but those will be really easy to find in the library or borrow from friends.

I'll share other resources that I own and will be using with my kids this year (such as writing curricula and a book for philosophy), but those are optional.

How long should my morning time with my teens be each morning?

You should plan for an hour each day, 5 days a week, 36 weeks for the school year. This will allow for 30-45 minutes of reading aloud of the book (or listening to the audiobook) and companion activities.

What are some of the companion activities?

I have 5 topics for companion activities which we will do each week.

  • Art
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Writing
  • Tea Time or Celebration recipes on Literature Discussion days

Will my student get high school credit with this course?

If you read and do discussions for all the Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings books, your student can get a full high school English credit.

Do you grade my student?

No, you as the homeschool parent will give the grade your student deserves for the course.

What is the Course Description for A Year With Lewis & Tolkien?

Morning Time Teens™ A Year With Lewis & Tolkien is a full-year (36-week) high school level English course with literature and writing. Books read: C.S. Lewis's entire Chronicles of Narnia and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Discussions held at the conclusion of each book. Writing assignments include descriptions of characters and the theme of each book.

What do I do if a link is broken or a video is no longer available?

Simply leave a comment right there at the lesson or email Gena at [email protected], and I'll get it fixed ASAP! Thank you for your help and for taking the extra time to let me know about them.

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What is the Copyright information?

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All rights reserved. No portion of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted outside the immediate household in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other—except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

How many copies can I make?

Photocopies of lessons and notebooking pages may be made for only one household or classroom of children.

Can I use the course to teach at a school or co-op?

Purchase of the course is only for one classroom at a school or one family in a household. To obtain a license to use in multiple classes at school or a homeschool co-op, click here or contact Gena Mayo at [email protected].

Is this course only for high school students?

No. You can adjust it for younger ages.

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