While most people know October 31 as the day of Halloween, most people don’t know that it also marks the day when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses protesting the corrupt practices of the Catholic Church to a church door in 1517. This act – commemorated as “Reformation Day” by many – may seem a small act, but it marked a banner day in church history, and marked the beginning of a restoration of a sound Biblical view of salvation to the church worldwide.
This year I decided to do a lapbook project with my 5.5 yr old son to learn about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Soon after we started on the project, Tim Challies posted a Reformation Day Symposium where he is accepting writings on the reformation. While our project isn’t a deep theological treatise of Martin Luther, I’m entering my son’s project for the contest. Perhaps Challies will give brownie points to a five-year-old? Maybe more brownie points for pictures? Pictures do make reading go faster and soothing and pleasing to the eye. Perhaps a generous reward for five days of hard work?
Here is my son holding the Reformation lapbook which reads “Reformation Day October 31, 2007.”
Matthew holding the lapbook open:
A close-up view of the inside. To the left is a picture of Katharina von Bora, Luther’s wife. Below her picture is a red quarter circle mini-book that talks about her life.
The middle of the book contains two pictures with one overlapping the other. The picture showing is the map of Europe with the city Wittenberg colored in red. (Side note: my son loves saying the word Wittenberg because the “w” is pronounced as “v.”) Underneath it is a picture of Martin Luther (see the next picture). Below it is a mini-book about Martin Luther’s life.
To the right is a picture of Martin Luther and beneath it is a red mini-book explaining the doctrine of justification by faith.
More details of the inside. To the left, the red mini-book is opened up and it lists six things about Katharina von Bora’s life: was a nun, married Luther, was 26 and Luther was 42, had 6 children, lived in “The Black Cloister,” and died on 12/20/1552.
In the middle, the picture underneath the map is brought to the foreground. It is a picture of Martin Luther nailing 95 theses to the church door. As you can see, Luther wears a quite colorful garment for a monk. His face even exhibits a severe case of jaundice. Compliments of my son’s artistic abilities.
To the right, the red mini-book on “justification by faith” is opened and reads “God declares a sinner righteous by faith alone. Salvation is a gift from God through faith in Jesus.”
Focusing on the middle page at the bottom is a blue mini-book where my son entitled it “My Little Martin Luther Book.” Matthew wrote an eight page story of Luther’s life which reads: “Martin Luther was born in Germany on November 10, 1483. His mother and father wanted him to be a lawyer but he became a monk. He taught theology at the University of Wittenberg. He learned about justification by faith from the book of Romans. The Catholic church taught that your sin may be forgiven if you pay money to the church. Luther write 95 theses to say that the Catholic church was wrong.” As you can see, my son decides to be creative and writes each letter with alternating colors. He said he likes to create a pattern.
THE END. I am quite proud of my son for accomplishing this project, even if we don’t win the contest.