Halloween Teaching Ideas for HomeschoolersOct 18th, 2010 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: General Homeschool Posts
But we can set the controversy aside by not avoiding it altogether. Instead, Halloween is great opportunity for our homeschoolers to dig into history. They can trace the history of Halloween and discover that it was considered the day of the dead and a celebration for witches, druids, Baal and others.
But they can also study another historic event which occurred on October 31st and that is the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Roman Catholic Church and began what we now know as the Reformation. Another significant event in our history and a great opportunity for our kids to dig into history and tie in what they are learning to the current season.
As a writing teacher, I am seeing a compare/contrast paper on the different ways we can attach significance to an often controversial event.
If you are looking for a place where your homeschooler can start, check out the following sites. Most are not for young children so please do review them before setting up your homeschool unit study on Halloween:
Some fun ideas for young homeschoolers with a bit of a twist on a traditional Halloween:
Christians Devise a Number of Alternatives to Halloween
If you homeschool and want an overview of both Halloween and the Reformation:
Halloween: The Great Cover-up
If you homeschool and want ideas on how to plan an alternative celebration of Halloween:
Reformation Day–Redeeming October 31st
For the homeschooler who wants to learn more about the Reformation:
The Halloween that Changed My Life
For the curious homeschooler:
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