October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day. Fun, right? Check out my young adult novel on Martin Luther, When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther. You can download a family discussion guide and a teen Martin Luther unit study over at the book page. You can also preview portions of the book by hitting the “Preview” button in the graphic below.
Martin Luther, the Father of the Reformation, wrote the hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God while his little town of Wittenberg, Germany was ravaged by the plague. Martin fell ill and recovered before his pregnant wife Katie contracted the disease. Their little girl Elizabeth was born, but died before her first birthday. I think of the pain the Luthers must have suffered, and yet they celebrated the truth that God is our mighty fortress–no matter what we suffer in this life.
Once your kids discover the joy of retelling Bible stories with craft stick puppets, you’ll find you have an abundance of small, precious pieces of art floating around your home. Worse, the Bible story characters and props will be all mixed together. To solve that problem, my boys and I developed a file folder system to store the individual story pieces. I’ve made you a printable label for your file folder, too.
Your Bible stick puppet file folders will be important as your children will want to add characters and retell stories again and again….. [Read more…]
In recreating the craft for you, I thought it would be nice to add a 7 Days of Creation Printable for you, so you’d have easy to apply labels rather than having to write on each day or use a label maker like we did. You’ll find that sheet at the very bottom of this post.
Sometimes we’ve used art to reinforce concepts we’re learning about (like Scripture!), and sometimes we just try new techniques. My kids each have an art journal to experiment in. For projects, I like to have them spend time creating work we can put on our walls.
PSSST! There’s an AWESOME giveaway at the bottom of this post!…. [Read more…]