Thursday, February 26, 2009

Further Up And Further In







Cadron Creek’s Further Up And Further In is a literature based unit study utilizing C.S. Lewis’ series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Designed to be used in one school year, this program works best with grades 4-8, although younger or older siblings can be included with a bit of adapting. This study covers all seven of the Narnia books. Each book has it’s own unit and each unit takes an average of a month to complete.

If you aren’t familiar with unit studies, the way they usually work is that you take a certain topic (in this case, the Narnia books) and study a multitude of subjects branching out from that main topic. For instance, during the study of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe the student will study animal tracks, sculpting, greed, pride, pronouns, the Arctic, the North Pole, knights, Robert Peary, World War II, ice fishing, bird migration, fog, and more. History, mythology, geography, science, literature, practical living, health and safety, cooking, and some art and music are included throughout the year. As with most unit studies, you will need to add math, grammar, and spelling.

I found this study to be pretty easy to use. The set up was simple and the instructions weren’t hard to follow. This would be an easy study for those already experienced in using unit studies, the layout makes it easy to take what you want and add what you’d like. It also seems as though it would be a nice, gentle introduction to unit studies for those newer to this method of study. I am a fan of unit studies, especially for families with children in multiple grades, and I liked this one quite a lot. I really enjoyed the emphasis on the Bible and Scriptural application. This is a study written by a Christian for Christians. It could be used without the included Biblical application, but much of the richness would be lost.

Additional resources are referred to frequently, including Genesis: Finding Our Roots, Surprised By Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, Poems by C.S. Lewis, and Tales from Shakespeare. Other resources are also suggested, but these are the ones you may want to pick up and have available for the year. There are many suggested readings already printed for you in the appendix, which is helpful, as well as several Narnia recipes. Turkish Delight anyone?

You can orderFurther Up and Further In for $56.0o. A basic pack and additional resources are also available for purchase. If you have a love for all things Narnia, why not spend a year digging into Lewis’ world and sharing that love with your children?

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