I listed our favorite resources for Reformation Day in a previous post, but wanted to share how our Reformation Day came together. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for your children. This day, once a year on October 31, is such an important day to remember the time of the Protestant Reformation. It is also a wonderful alternative to celebrating Halloween.
We spent most of the time this year just reading as many of the stories and books of the reformation as we had in the house, and as many as we could fit in! There are a plethora of them, but our favorites are linked at the end of this post. The children then did some negotiating of who would study which person more in depth.
Public speaking practice
This year we came together with other families from our homeschool group and the children got to teach us! It takes a few times of doing these types of presentations before children get used to speaking in front of a “crowd”, even when it is just a small group of similar families. However, it gives them a confidence boost when they make it through, and even more so, when they do a good job of it!
Our kindergartener used parts of the lapbook ( http://www.homeschoolshare.com/reformation.php ). Her presentation went pretty much like this… “William Tyndale wanted everyone to read the Bible. He wanted the plow boy in the field to know more of the Bible than the priest.” 🙂 But she said it! And only forgot to go around so everyone could see William Tyndale’s Bible.
Our first grader gave a short presentation on Martin Luther. Again, we used parts of the lapbook, but to make it easier for them to present, we glued the parts on some firmer posterboard.
Each presentation got a little longer. Our third grader did a short presentation on John Calvin and our fifth grader did John Huss.
Our seventh and eighth grader were asked to get beyond the lapbooks though! 🙂 So, they decided on powerpoints. Our 7th grader first had a powerpoint on some of the kings and queens surrounding the time of the reformation. Our 8th grader then presented a powerpoint on the 5 solas and supporting Scripture references.
The 8th grader also made a long time line on construction paper, taped end to end, from the early Waldenses on to the known end of the Reformation. This was a very nice way to wrap it up and for everyone to see all the people they had learned about (and taught about) in relation to each other!
We ended with a quiz, also done by our 7th grader. She split all the children into two groups and had questions for either the younger ones of the team or the older ones. It was another neat way to wrap it up and see what the children had retained from their week of learning.
Okay, really, they wrapped it up with cookies, drinks and then a few good games of freeze tag outside!
Our favorite read-aloud and read-to-yourself books can be found at: