Most homeschooling families have read The Chronicles of Narnia to their elementary-aged children. I’m going to tell you 4 reasons why your homeschool TEEN should study them:
1) Examine Deep Theology
Lewis wove powerful theological concepts throughout all 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia books using symbolism (a concept akin to allegory and explained in the newly released Chronicles of Narnia Study Guides- the complete set on sale for a few days for just $11.99).
Obviously Aslan is a symbol of Christ, but the books are riddled with other symbolic pictures. Eustace being “dragoned” and “undragoned” as pictures of sin and redemption. Caspian and Edmund’s argument at Deathwater Island as a symbol of the blinding power of greed. The witch’s speech in The Silver Chair as she tried to twist truth and lure the children into captivity as symbol of satan’s lies by which he tries to ensnare us. The list goes on and on…
2) Discover Basic Philosophy
Each book has some basic philosophic symbolism. For instance, the underground captivity of Prince Rilian is a symbol of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
Lewis popularized the myth-fantasy genre. They followed a detailed strategy to prepare the stories- divising a sub-creation, developing surprising friendships, detailing a defeat of evil. Lewis also used some of the Narnian to express a special type of literature- for instance, The Last Battle is an example of apocalyptic literature and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an epic.
4) Employ a Creative Vehicle for Critical Thinking
Each of the Narnia books offers, through symbolism and the personal development of each character, opportunities for teens to develop their critical thinking skills- (and in our Narnia Study Guides we ask questions to help teens grow in their thinking skills) .
5) One NEVER Outgrows the Stories of Narnia
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty—except, of course, books of information. The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all.”- Lewis in “On Stories”.
I strongly recommend that homeschooling teens revisit The Chronicles of Narnia during high school. If they use our Study Guides for The Chronicles of Narnia, they will have the opportunity to grow in each of the 5 reasons!
Our study guides advance homeschooling high schoolers through the thinking processes, theology, and philosophy of the Narnian books in the order they were written.
Each study guide has options for learning at an average high school , college prep, advanced, or honors level. The advanced and honors levels have additional writing assignments to guide the homeschooler through writing his/her own simple, myth-fantasy short story.
Here are some excerpts from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: