Celebrate The Reformation!


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Celebrate The Reformation!

  1. 1. Celebrate the Reformation! Sharing the story of Martin Luther with young children Drew D. Gerdes Kindergarten Teacher Springfield/Redeemer Lutheran School Springfield, Missouri LEA Convocation – 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. 2. What Does This Mean? <ul><li>This session will share ideas for teaching Martin Luther and the Reformation to young children. Beneficial for early childhood and elementary teachers, school principals, pastors, and directors of Christian education </li></ul><ul><li>Learn something new, or be encouraged </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why teach about Martin Luther? <ul><li>Because we’ve always done it that way! </li></ul><ul><li>Because it’s our identity </li></ul><ul><li>Because it’s an important part of history </li></ul><ul><li>Because it’s interesting (yes, it can be  ) </li></ul><ul><li>Because it’s fun! </li></ul><ul><li>Because it shares a Gospel-filled message of God’s love and forgiveness </li></ul>
  4. 4. Things To Consider… <ul><li>Age-level of children </li></ul><ul><li>A somewhat forgotten part of history </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Luther King, Jr. (include him, too) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge base of children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lutheran vs. non-Lutheran </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Churched vs. un-churched </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christian vs. non-Christian </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why Martin Luther King Jr.? <ul><li>MLK was a pastor, just like Martin Luther </li></ul><ul><li>MLK taught about love </li></ul><ul><li>MLK wanted to do what was right </li></ul><ul><li>MLK wanted to change things that were wrong </li></ul>
  6. 6. Useful Materials To Have <ul><li>The Story of Martin Luther Flannelgraph Set </li></ul><ul><li>Concordia Publishing House </li></ul><ul><li>Recently redone (remember the 1952 edition  ?) </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul>
  7. 7. Let the children use it!
  8. 8. Useful Materials To Have: <ul><li>Martin Luther plush toy </li></ul><ul><li>Made exclusively for CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Great for those students who like “hands-on” materials </li></ul><ul><li>Fun, fun, fun! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Useful Items To Have: <ul><li>Child-size Martin Luther Cardboard Display Cut-out </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Communications for the Parish </li></ul><ul><li>Great to use on the very first day of unit </li></ul><ul><li>Parents can’t miss it! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Great for student portraits!
  11. 11. Family Connection <ul><li>Students are teachers, too! </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to share items with parents! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in a folder/book </li></ul><ul><li>Use picture as cover! </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas are endless… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Useful Materials To Have: <ul><li>Luther’s Seal Puzzle </li></ul><ul><li>Make one on your own, and have children paint it! </li></ul><ul><li>Have a Buddy Project with a senior citizen from the congregation… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Martin Luther Coins <ul><li>Obtained from Creative Communications for the Parish </li></ul><ul><li>Use in your Sensory Table </li></ul><ul><li>Luther taught about the “treasures of heaven” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Luther’s Seal Mobile <ul><li>From CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Two different sizes, 18 in. and 4 in. </li></ul><ul><li>Hang at children’s eye level </li></ul><ul><li>A neat decoration with meaning! </li></ul><ul><li>Hang outside your classroom! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Martin Luther Books <ul><li>Simple, rhyming text for all ages </li></ul><ul><li>CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Small, and Big Book format </li></ul><ul><li>Record you or your pastor reading the story for Listening Center! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Martin Luther Books <ul><li>The Story of Martin Luther </li></ul><ul><li>CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Offered as a Thrivent benefit a few years back </li></ul><ul><li>Awesome pictures!!! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Reformation Videos <ul><li>God Loves You! </li></ul><ul><li>Age-appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Divided into different “sections” </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used along with daily lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Communications for the Parish </li></ul><ul><li>Also available in book format </li></ul>
  18. 18. Luther/Reformation Curriculum <ul><li>CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Younger Children </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Teachers Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive with stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Best for Preschool/Pre-K/K </li></ul>
  19. 19. Luther/Reformation Curriculum <ul><li>CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Grades (K-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Teachers Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive with stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Follows story very well </li></ul><ul><li>Flannelgraph </li></ul>
  20. 20. Luther/Reformation Curriculum <ul><li>From CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Older grades </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 5-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 7-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Student Book and Teacher Book Available </li></ul>
  21. 21. Coloring Pages <ul><li>Can be obtained from a variety of places </li></ul><ul><li>Use at Writing Center </li></ul><ul><li>Have readily available </li></ul><ul><li>Include in “My Story of the Reformation” folder </li></ul><ul><li>Assists children as they retell the story </li></ul>
  22. 22. Variety of Bibles <ul><li>Obtain copies of Bibles written in different languages </li></ul><ul><li>Luther translated the Bible into German </li></ul><ul><li>Reminds the children that God’s Word is for EVERYONE! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Pin The Quill on the 95 Thesis! <ul><li>Idea on LEA Online Library </li></ul><ul><li>Submitted by Tim Roggow, DCE </li></ul><ul><li>Use “sticky tack” for younger children </li></ul><ul><li>So simple, yet so much fun! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Luther Song <ul><li>I always use this at the beginning of the unit </li></ul><ul><li>Piggyback song </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about GRACE </li></ul><ul><li>Luther Coin </li></ul><ul><li>Can you make other verses with older children? </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Luther, Martin Luther </li></ul><ul><li>Saved by GRACE, Saved by GRACE </li></ul><ul><li>All our sins forgiven, All our sins forgiven </li></ul><ul><li>God loves US! God loves US! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Musical Instruments <ul><li>Great to use during Jesus Time songs </li></ul><ul><li>Luther loved music, and play the lute </li></ul><ul><li>Small guitars </li></ul><ul><li>We use music as a way to praise God </li></ul><ul><li>Take a “field trip” </li></ul>
  26. 26. A “Field Trip”?...YES!!! <ul><li>Visit your church’s organ </li></ul><ul><li>Children are AMAZED at its size and how it works! </li></ul><ul><li>Great connection to your church’s music ministry personnel </li></ul>
  27. 27. Using Organ Music to Praise God
  28. 28. What Is A Pastor? <ul><li>Priest vs. Pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Monk (kids love this term!) </li></ul><ul><li>What does a pastor do? </li></ul><ul><li>Take a “field trip” to your pastor’s office </li></ul><ul><li>Have snack with your pastor </li></ul>
  29. 29. Get to know your pastor!
  30. 30. What Is A Pastor? <ul><li>After you’ve talked about the job of a pastor and maybe even visited with your church’s pastor, encourage students to “teach” their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Concordia Seminary </li></ul>
  31. 31. Luther Bobblehead <ul><li>Can be obtained from a variety of different resources </li></ul><ul><li>www.oldlutheran.com </li></ul><ul><li>Try to find a Katie Luther! </li></ul>
  32. 32. Pictures of Martin Luther <ul><li>Try to have pictures of Martin Luther throughout the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t replace Jesus! </li></ul><ul><li>Look for some in infancy, childhood, and adulthood…so the children can relate </li></ul>
  33. 33. More Luther Pictures…
  34. 34. So Now What? <ul><li>Ok, so I have some of these things… </li></ul><ul><li>I know what I want to teach the children… </li></ul><ul><li>I have things scheduled with the pastor/organist/DCE… </li></ul><ul><li>My curriculum lessons are planned out… </li></ul><ul><li>How can I let parents know the importance of learning about Luther and the Reformation? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Communicating With Parents <ul><li>Some parents and families may already know about Martin Luther </li></ul><ul><li>Some families may think you are talking about Martin Luther King Jr! </li></ul><ul><li>Some families won’t have a clue as to why you are teaching about this person </li></ul><ul><li>How can we teach parents, too? </li></ul>
  36. 36. Communication with Parents <ul><li>Taken from Caring and Sharing , October 2000, written by Ed Grube: </li></ul><ul><li>Lutheran schools and teachers tell students about Jesus! </li></ul><ul><li>Lutheran schools and teachers make disciples! </li></ul><ul><li>Other reasons our schools are special… </li></ul>
  37. 37. What’s Lutheran About A Lutheran School? <ul><li>Also taken from C&S , Oct. 2000, Ed Grube </li></ul><ul><li>“Your children will discover the answer this month. We celebrate Reformation Day on October 31. Lutheran schools are named for Martin Luther, who helped to reform a church that has strayed from Scripture. Luther reminded believers that they are saved by God’s grace. </li></ul>
  38. 38. What’s Lutheran About A Lutheran School? <ul><li>Cont… </li></ul><ul><li>God’s grace is His unconditional and unmerited gift to the world. Lutheran schools teach what Luther taught. They teach the Gospel and how to respond to it. Are there any better reasons for sending children to a Lutheran school?” </li></ul>
  39. 39. Where is the WHAT of what I could teach? <ul><li>CPH, The Story of Martin Luther – Teacher’s Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Special Curriculum Unit Session for Preschool and Kindergarten/1 st /2 nd </li></ul><ul><li>Each has 5 sessions </li></ul><ul><li>I like to make this a 2-week long unit! </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s how  … </li></ul>
  40. 40. A Two-Week Long Unit? <ul><li>Week 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Lutherans and Luther </li></ul><ul><li>Luther’s birth and baptism </li></ul><ul><li>Young Luther’s schooling </li></ul><ul><li>Luther in college </li></ul><ul><li>The “old” Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Luther’s Big Change! </li></ul><ul><li>Week 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming a monk </li></ul><ul><li>Luther’s realization </li></ul><ul><li>Tetzel </li></ul><ul><li>95 Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Diet of Worms </li></ul><ul><li>Knight George </li></ul><ul><li>The “new” Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Luther as a Pastor </li></ul>
  41. 41. Week 1, Day 1: Lutherans and Luther <ul><li>Our school and church has a name </li></ul><ul><li>Lutheran is named after Martin Luther </li></ul><ul><li>Christians – Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Over 500 years ago! </li></ul><ul><li>Penny visual </li></ul><ul><li>An important part of history! </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Luther helped the church </li></ul><ul><li>He helped people realize God’s love and forgiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Luther Song </li></ul>
  42. 42. Week 1, Day 2: Luther’s Birth and Baptism <ul><li>Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Hans and Margaret </li></ul><ul><li>Luther’s birth and baptism </li></ul><ul><li>Luther was baptized when he was just 1 day old </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about children’s own baptisms </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the church baptismal font </li></ul>
  43. 43. Week 1, Day 3: Luther’s Schooling <ul><li>Luther went to school when he was just 4 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Worked hard </li></ul><ul><li>Had to walk to school </li></ul><ul><li>Spankings! </li></ul><ul><li>Martin moved away to go to school </li></ul><ul><li>Singing </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Cotta </li></ul><ul><li>Martin studied to become a lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Martin’s father valued education </li></ul>
  44. 44. Week 1, Day 4: Luther’s Bible Find <ul><li>People could not read the Bible…language and cost </li></ul><ul><li>People didn’t really know about God’s love </li></ul><ul><li>God was a mean God </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment </li></ul><ul><li>God’s Word is for all! </li></ul><ul><li>The more you read, the more you learn </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of Bibles </li></ul>
  45. 45. Week 1, Day 5: Luther’s Big Change <ul><li>Luther was visiting home </li></ul><ul><li>The big storm </li></ul><ul><li>Monk! </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about the life of a monk </li></ul><ul><li>What does a monk do? </li></ul><ul><li>Monastery </li></ul><ul><li>Martin got his very own Bible! </li></ul><ul><li>Bring in your own Bible! </li></ul>
  46. 46. Week 2, Day 1: Luther’s Awakening <ul><li>Luther in the monastery </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the Bible helps Luther realize </li></ul><ul><li>God is love! </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing Luther could do could get him to heaven…it’s GRACE! </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is REAL! </li></ul><ul><li>Luther preached and taught about God’s love and forgiveness </li></ul>
  47. 47. Week 2, Day 2: Martin Luther vs. John Tetzel <ul><li>Eat some pretzels! The kids will remember! </li></ul><ul><li>Indulgences </li></ul><ul><li>If you buy these papers… </li></ul><ul><li>Luther was mad! </li></ul><ul><li>95 Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin Board </li></ul><ul><li>Castle Church Door </li></ul>
  48. 48. Week 2, Day 3: The Diet of Worms <ul><li>Printing Press </li></ul><ul><li>Martin became popular </li></ul><ul><li>The leaders of the church didn’t like this </li></ul><ul><li>Burning Luther’s writings </li></ul><ul><li>Eat gummy worms! </li></ul><ul><li>The BIG MEETING </li></ul><ul><li>Getting “kicked out” of the church </li></ul>
  49. 49. Week 2, Day 4: Knight George <ul><li>Luther was afraid for his life </li></ul><ul><li>Knight George in the castle…a disguise! </li></ul><ul><li>Translated the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote songs </li></ul><ul><li>Catechism </li></ul><ul><li>Stayed there about a year </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to Luther, we have our Bible today! </li></ul>
  50. 50. Week 2, Day 5: Luther’s Seal <ul><li>Luther’s Seal </li></ul><ul><li>Coloring Picture </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the colors </li></ul><ul><li>Puzzle </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile by CPH </li></ul><ul><li>Luther as a Pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Visit your pastor/invite him for snack </li></ul>
  51. 51. Unit Conclusion What Does This Mean? <ul><li>The real meaning… </li></ul><ul><li>We have a Bible we can read today in our own language! </li></ul><ul><li>We have our Lutheran Church! </li></ul><ul><li>We have our Lutheran School! </li></ul><ul><li>We are forgiven because of GRACE!!! </li></ul>
  52. 52. Luther Paved The Way! <ul><li>Luther “paved the way” for other reformers </li></ul><ul><li>Other churches began during this time </li></ul><ul><li>The Reformation (a time of change) </li></ul><ul><li>We must allow for change to happen in order to prosper! </li></ul><ul><li>Lutheran educators change lives! </li></ul>
  53. 53. My Prayer For You <ul><li>That you learned something new! </li></ul><ul><li>That you are re-affirmed in your ministry! </li></ul><ul><li>That you are excited to teach young children and their families about Martin Luther and the Reformation! </li></ul>
  54. 54. My Contact Information <ul><li>Drew D. Gerdes </li></ul><ul><li>Kindergarten Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Springfield/Redeemer Lutheran School </li></ul><ul><li>Springfield, Missouri </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.slssaints.org </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: www.lutheraneducation.net </li></ul>