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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.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) The Bible says that the wicked do not have God in all their thoughts. How about us? Do we truly have God in ALL of our thoughts? When we see the stars in the sky- do we think of the Word which created them? When we feel the wind- do we thank God for our breath? Do we praise Him with our lips and glorify Him with our life?

God is pleased when we think upon Him- when we speak of Him. He hears, and He remembers. As we increase in knowledge, is it drawing us closer to the Lord? For we are not here merely to grow in our educations, in our abilities, and in our financial status- we are here to glorify God.  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” Truly, when God is first on our minds and hearts, He will be first in our life. Our purpose each day will be fulfilled and our lives will bring Him glory.

Though I may have never thought of Fred, Orion, and the Trinity to have any thing in common- together they have brought praise towards God in the heart of a beautiful six-year-old girl who loves Jesus, and keeps Him in her thoughts!



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