Today marks the end of our month-long study of the Reformation. Here’s a review of all the things we learned and the fun we had!
We read lots of books, some out loud, and others as book basket selections. One of our favorites every year is the Luther biography by Paul Maier.
We made eight lapbooks, one as an overview of the people and events of the Reformation, and the other seven focusing on different Reformers.
We also learned about seven rulers (plus Pope Leo X), and completed a notebooking sheet for each.
Of course, everyone’s favorite part of our studies were the crafts. We designed our own coat-of-arms:
Made stained “glass” windows:
Illuminated letters and practiced being scribes:
Made a banner to hang in our school room:
And, of course, made Luther’s Seal:
We also listened to a lot of music, some by Luther, some by Bach, and some by other Lutheran hymn writers.
We were supposed to go on two field trips this month. The first one was a visit to the Saxon Lutheran Memorial Fall Festival in Frohna, MO, I had to cancel that on account of fog, which was disappointing because it’s one of our favorite events every year. Our other field trip, that actually worked out, was going to the Seminary in St. Louis to hear Ryan sing “Ein Feste Burg” with the American Kantorei as part of the Bach at the Sem series. That same day, we also got to attend a fun Reformation Celebration at our church.
We even enjoyed a German meal at home on Reformation Day! Jägerschnitzel with buttered noodles and sauerkraut for dinner (with Leinie’s Oktoberfest beer for those of drinking age!), and homemade apple strudel for dessert…delicious!
This was a fun way to spend the month of October, and I’m glad I finally came up with an in-depth unit for us to learn all about the Reformation!