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Reformation Day Project

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.

Posted in Homeschooling, Photos.

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  1. kshcaub says

    Yes, you definitely get ‘brownie points’ @ the Reformation Day Symposium; I can’t wait to have a kid and celebrate Reformation Day as a family . . . ‘he learned justification by faith’!

  2. kim from hiraeth says

    That’s delightful! Thank you so much for sharing your family’s celebration of Reformation Day!

  3. Rebecca says

    wow! that was pretty neat. Matthew did a good job 🙂

  4. Precious says

    Your son put is sooo much effort! I feel proud of him even though I’m not his mama.:)

  5. Ann says

    As always, thanks for the great creative learning idea!

  6. Bridget says

    YAY MATTHEW!! Great job! It looks so cool and you made it look so professional! Yay for Martin Luther too! =) Oh by the way Matthew, if you like saying Wittenberg, check this word in German out: Wunderbar. It’s pronounced voon-der-bar and it means wonderful! So next time when asked “Who is Jesus?” you can say… “He is WUNDERBAR!” hehe.

  7. Everyday Mommy says

    Beautiful, Matthew! And, Matthew is beautiful =)

  8. Jimmie says

    WOW! I love it! Brilliant! (And thanks for linking to the lapbook page!) What better use of a lapbook than to remember our spiritual heritage?

  9. Lois says

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I enjoyed putting the lapbook together with my son. Let’s see if we win anything, even if it’s just brownie points.

    Jimmie, it was you who inspired me to make a lapbook and this was our very first lapbook project. I spent a lot of time reading your lapbook page and I finally decided to make one on the Reformation. Thanks for your link.

  10. Mary Beth says

    Wow! How did you get Matthew to stand so still? Everytime we come back to this page he’s still standing there looking happy. You’re hard work is paying off!

  11. Guenther Troege says

    welcome by

  12. Kelli says

    I love the Reformation Day lapbook, I was raised in a Baptist church and had never heard of Reformation day ( I really don’t know why, because that church was really reformed in theology) until I was an adult. This is a great idea to help my children learn all about it.

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Musings of the Dings » We Won!!! linked to this post on 5 November, 2007

    […] the contest we entered for Tim Challies’ Reformation Day Symposium?  Our submission won!!!  In Challies’ words: Musings of the Dings – The strategy here worked—brownie points […]

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