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I grew up protestant but honestly, never really learned about Reformation Day until I was an adult and teaching my children. While we still do not make a big celebration of it in our family, I think it is important for our children to understand the importance of what happened on that day and how it affects us today.
Reformation Day, is October 31st and it celebrates the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. This event turned out to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The changes that were made in the church starting with that day, still effect us today.
From experience, I know that it can feel like a huge and complicated topic. The idea of teaching it can feel overwhelming if it was not something you grew up celebrating. However, I have found some great resources that will allow you to learn about Reformation Day in a relaxed family atmosphere.
First, I went looking to see what resources were already included in my SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership. I love being able to use something that it already included in what we have purchased. They have a variety of resources including several videos, more in-depth history lessons, and even a link to a fun student workbook with coloring books and fun activity pages. The video that I plan to watch this year is the Torchlighter video on Martin Luther. There are also some great videos about William Tyndale included.
If you have older students, there is a three hour documentary titled This Changed Everything, which covers the Reformation much more in-depth and delves into some challenging questions about the division and the ramifications of that day.
In addition to the resources at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, I had an opportunity to read and review the book, Letters From Katie Luther. This book tells the life of Martin Luther’s wife and through that his story. It is a fictionalized account told through letters with her friend but includes a great deal of history and factual information. It is a great way to get a child more interested in the story of his life. You can read my full review here or check out the book on Amazon.
I also found several documentaries on Martin Luther that are included with Prime Video. These documentaries mostly appear to be for older students and adults. As For Me and My Homestead and This Pilgrim Life both have ideas for a Reformation Day party.
Does your family learn about or celebrate Reformation Day? What ideas do you have for celebrating and what are your favorite resources?
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