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For Month 1, spend two weeks reading The Magician's Nephew and two weeks reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
It should take you about 30-45 minutes a day to read aloud or listen to the books to finish each in two weeks.
Each student should have a composition notebook to take notes while listening. If it helps them, they might prefer to have a copy of the book to read along while listening. If so, they may want to put sticky notes on pages they want to come back for because it will help them answer one of the discussion questions.
Each book will have different discussion questions, and the discussion will take place the day you finish each book. Include food (a recipe related to the story) for more fun!
(Scroll down for a pdf download of the schedule. A blank one is included if you'd like to adjust it for your own needs.)
The Magician's Nephew discussion questions:
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- If you could have a chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
- Which character in the book would you most like to meet and why?
- Which places in the book would you most like to visit and why?
- What do you think of the book’s title? How does it relate to the book’s contents? What other title might you choose?
- What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing this book? What ideas is he trying to get across?
- If you could hear this same story from another character’s point of view, who would you choose and why?
Schedule for the Week:
- Monday: Writing (each student reads their paper of the week and is assigned the next one). Week one (for each book) is to choose a character and write a paragraph or essay about them. Week two is to decide on the theme of the book and write a paragraph or essay about it.
- Tuesday: Philosophy (read aloud/discuss). Read the next chapter or section of A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte and discuss it. If you don't have this book to read, feel free to read the Bible and discuss how it compares to the chapters of literature this week.
- Wednesday: Art (share their work and assign the next one; they'll do the project independently or if you allow it, during read-aloud time.) See art videos below (one video per two weeks, one project per book).
- Thursday: Music (listen to the music of the week). See videos of music to listen to below. (One video per week.)
- Friday: Tea Time or Celebration recipes with Literature Discussion. See links to recipes below.
Paint "Fledge" from The Magician's Nephew:
Music to Listen to Each Week:
Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa (march)
St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy (blues)
Recipes for Tea Time Celebrations on Literature Discussion Days:
Recipe for The Magician's Nephew: