I like to plan Unit studies into our school year and our first one this year was on the Reformation! We had loads of fun and learned a lot. Here are some things we did:
1. We went on a heretic...er, book hunt at our library and found as many books and videos as we could on the subject.
2.We colored pictures, solved crosswords and wordsearches.
3. We researched and printed up valuable information online.
4. We watched an insightful PBS special that narrated the life of Martin Luther.
5. We had spelling and vocabulary words that included words like indulgences, Protestantism, martyr, recant
6. We learned the Five Sola's of the Reformation, what the Diet of Worms were (my children just loved this) and what a papal bull was.
7. We used timelines to do math.
8. We had a creative writing assignment on what the Reformation was about, what they liked about it and how they would change the world in the spirit of 'Semper Reformanda' which in Latin means 'always reforming' the cry of the Reformers.
9. We chose who we wanted to be for a Reformation celebration we are attending.
10. We created lapbooks. This involved all the cutting, gluing, taping, tracing, handwriting practice, art and creativity that we could muster.
Here are some of our pictures (click on them to enlarge):
The Cry of the Reformers: Hidden inside this square is----Semper Reformanda!
We pasted 'A Mighty Fortress is Our God' inside this fold out, we sang the song and had it playing while working on these books
Look inside for the indulgences
We printed indulgences off the internet and stuck them in this envelope
All of this studying led us to desiring to celebrate this wonderful event in history as a tradition in our home annually as a Reformation Celebration. Click here to read about how we are going to remember this event. We will also be spending the rest of our week preparing our costumes for a Reformation Faire, and we have all already handpicked a reformer that we will be dressing up as.
Have you studied the Reformation? Do you have any special books, movies or traditions to share?