I am writing to you so I will never forget what may be the most life-changing experience I am having right now. I am writing very late at night, because this is the only time my mind can write. Last night we had planned on going sightseeing and souvenir buying. Doc, Bro. Howell, and I are on a missions trip to Kiev, Ukraine. We are working with Pastor Sasha and Irene Mezpa.
Before we went to bed, the phone rang. It was Irene. She said Alexandra, a lady in their church who interprets English, was able to get us into a boarding school. We would have to leave at 7:30 the next morning, and, oh yeah, all the children are blind. I went to bed thinking, “Okay, we are going to a school for the blind children.” Boy, I didn’t have a clue! Well, it was hard to get out of bed because of a full day before, but we were all ready to go at 7:30.
Earlier this year I learned about a Math curriculum called Life of Fred. I read through their webpage, checked out a few reviews, and decided to try out a book on my younger ones. Turns out- it is a LOT of fun! I didn’t switch any of our schoolbooks, but just added in a lesson of Fred each day.
Basically, it is a VERY silly story of a 5 yr old who happens to be a college professor. Throughout his day lots of crazy things happen… and somehow the children are taught about everything from how Archimedes died to how to say “lightning” in German. I have enjoyed the books so much- and especially enjoyed seeing my children learn so many facts is such a fun and interesting way, that we ended up ordering more elementary, the beginning readers, and also Algebra for the older ones.
I have been amazed the nights that we get home late, pile out of the minivan, and the children point up to the sky and excitedly say, “There’s Orion’s Belt!!” I can definitely say that I never knew who Orion was, or how to find his belt!!
Night after night they have pointed up to his belt, and then one night Joanna (6) says, “Mommy, you could write about this. Three stars make one belt- just like God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost make One God.” Now- I must say I was quite leery of mixing Astronomy with Theology. So, I just gave her a hug and said, “Now that’s a good idea!” (with no intention of writing about it.) Yet night after night as she looked up at the sky she was reminded of what a Great God we serve. The God Who made the stars and placed them all in the heaven. Three in One.