Monday, February 6, 2017

Narnia Unit Study 2016-17: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

WEEK ONE:

 All of us waiting for High Tea to be served in place of luncheon. Do we know how to have fun homeschooling or what? What a privilege to have an excuse to have high tea with friends.
Hailey taught us all about the history of taking tea and proper tea etiquette of both low and high tea.  
Josiah taught us about the controversial race to the North Pole and how Arctic explorer, Peary, got the credit of being first to arrive. Very interesting story. 
Naomi taught us how we get different seasons. 

Gracia explained what happened in the London Blitz. What a scary time for the British people!
Alli's presentation was on the evacuation of women and children from London during WWII. 




 Since Lucy was invited to tea at Mr. Tumnus's house, we decided to do a high tea for our lunch.
We had finger sandwiches, egg and cheese quiche bites, deviled eggs, scones with homemade lemon curd and Devonshire cream with two different teas to choose from. 

Delicious!
Of course proper tea etiquette was encouraged. 
Amanda and Rina enjoying high tea together.



WEEK TWO:
The White Which rode in a sledge. Josiah taught us the differences between cutters, sleighs, sleds, sledges, etc. 

Gracia taught us about Beavers. Josiah happened to have a beaver pelt that he and his father had recently naturally tanned, so she was able to use it as part of her presentation. 

Naomi taught us about the fascinating art of ice fishing. 

Alli's presentation was on bird migration. 

Hailey's presentation was on bird watching, in particular the history and hobby thereof. As an activity, we all went outside with binoculars and bird identification books and tried watching for birds on our property. We chose the worst part of the day to do this, so we didn't have a lot of luck. 

We had a lunch similar to what the children had at Mr and Mrs Beaver's den. Fried fish, bread, mashed potatoes and a sausage pumpkin dish I had left over. For desert - marmalade roll! Delicious. This was a first for all of us, but is was a hit. We ended the meal with a nice cup of tea. Then the kids when out and played a WWII era children's game, called the "Statue Game". 

WEEK THREE:

Gracia taught us about Chinese characters. 

Hailey's presentation was on Norse mythology. She was able to use one of her favorite Usborne books as a visual aide. 

Alli did her presentation on hieroglyphics. 

Josiah taught us about animal tracking.

Naomi explained to us the science of fog and then gave us a great demonstration. 

Mrs. Beaver even joined us for a Christmas dinner. 

What a fun spread as usual. This time our theme was a traditional English Christmas dinner. We had salmon pate' with toasted bread rounds, boiled potatoes, pigs in a blanket and plum pudding, made the traditional way. I steamed it for hours. Everyone liked it though. What a feast! Fun to have an excuse to try cooking different things.  

WEEK FOUR:
 With families being out of town, we all decided to finish up the last week of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe on our own. But we did get together one last time for a Christmas/sledding party. We bought each of the kids a pre-assembled gingerbread house kit and to let them each decorate. They had a ball doing it!
 Here they all are with their completed works of gingerbread art. Sometimes ya' just gotta party!
After another traditional English dinner that involved turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and roasted parsnips and potatoes plus pumpkin muffins, the kids all went outside and took advantage of the little bit of snow we had left and had a sledding party. 

We all really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in the series. See you when we're done with The Horse and His Boy!

3 comments:

magnoliasntea said...

You're a homeschool genius. What fun to have the high tea for the Lion, Witch & Wardrobe study.
Have a great week!

Becky L. said...

Sounds like you all had a good study with amazingly tasty food. I enjoyed our homeschool times where there were get togethers and learning shared. Thanks for sharing your unit study fun! Take care and stay warm. It's chilly and wet here, no snow even though there was a threat! God bless you and your family!

Jill said...

This is awesome!! I miss homeschooling so much!! Enjoy your afternoon!

blessings,
Jill

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