Morning Time Teens ™ : A Year With Lewis & Tolkien

Morning time lesson plans to guide and connect with your middle and high schoolers

A Year With Lewis & Tolkien!

Your 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) during the 2022-2023 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.

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 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

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.

See a free sample of the first two weeks with The Magician's Nephew here!



Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Fledge from The Magician's Nephew

Food for Discussion Times:

Apple Scones from The Magician's Nephew

Turkish Delight from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lembas Bread from The Two Towers

"I am so excited about this, Gena!! Thank you so much for creating these morning time plans for middle and high schoolers! My kids love all the Narnia and the Hobbit series. :)"

~Ana Willis, homeschool mom of 3 and owner of The Homeschool Sisterhood

Your Instructor

Gena Mayo
Gena Mayo

Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for 30 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It has been her joy to teach elementary and junior high choir, high school voice classes, private voice lessons for teens through adults, early childhood music and movement classes (babies through preschool), elementary general music, and music appreciation for elementary through high school. But, her favorite music teaching experience has been as musical director for stage musicals such as Seussical, Shrek, Singing in the Rain, Newsies, and Beauty and the Beast. It is Gena's desire to help all homeschoolers easily include music in their homeschools!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does access to this product start and finish?
Access starts now and never ends! It's completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this product for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with "A Year With Lewis & Tolkien"?
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