Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Welcome!

Welcome to Freshwater Academy!  We're glad you've chosen to join us!  Yes, I often speak in exclamation points! :)


As I write this, I am awaiting my turn in a rousing game of Monopoly.  Though maybe not so much rousing as rambling, rollicking, and roving...It's sometimes a slow trip around the board with my crew.  We do enjoy it though.  Surprisingly enough, Monopoly has come out as one of the most requested, clear favorites of my younger children from our family board game collection.  


This surprises me, because my 8, 10, and 11 year olds are the ones who usually want to play.  It thrills me, because I think Monopoly is a great game!  Sure, it can be long and drawn out, or even seriously cut throat, depending on who you're playing with, but I think it can be an incredible learning opportunity.  Not only are there the obvious math skills, but it's also a great opportunity to teach thinking skills and strategies, as well as life skills like patience, compassion, good sportsmanship, self control, and a million others (okay, a million might be a slight exaggeration, but it is a valuable learning tool).  


My kids like a little extra challenge as well.  My 8 and 10 year old started this, but they try to make the other do as much math as possible to give change.  For instance, if they owe $6 for rent on Oriental Avenue, they will hand the other player a fifty dollar bill.  Or, for $22 on Atlantic Avenue, the renter might pay with a five hundred dollar bill, also giving us a great opportunity to count back change.  


I do usually play the part of the Banker, but I make them do all the math, I'm just there to make sure things are going smoothly.  All in all, Monopoly is a great family game that is also a mecca of learning.  

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