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What do Fractions have to do with Jesus?

The following is a guest article with a basic Biblical Classical Approach math lesson by Stephanie Wilding of Healthy Homeschool 101(1).


God’s perfect timing continues to amaze me! I had an unplanned Math lesson with my 7 year old daughter on Good Friday. The next lesson in our RightStart (TM) Mathematics curriculum was on fractions. So, I looked up the word “fraction” for her in the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary. This is where it all begins!

Defining the Word Fraction

FRAC’TION, n. [L. fractio, frango, fractus, to break. See Break.]
1. The act of breaking or state of being broken, especially by violence.
2. In arithmetic and algebra, a broken part of an integral or integer; any division of a whole number or unit, as 2/5, two fifths, 1/4, one fourth,which are called vulgar fractions.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, fraction

Fractioned for Our Sins

Wow! That FIRST definition popped out at me and I was so excited when I read it to her. I explained to her that this didn’t have to do with just numbers or plain-old arithmetic at all. [It has to do with laying the foundations of subjects.(2)] I asked if this reminded her of what we just talked about in our Bible reading that morning. That Jesus’ body was broken for our sins. That He suffered greatly for us in such a violent manner. Isn’t it amazing to find out how fractions go back to Jesus?! Imagine how much more we can learn about Jesus and God’s character by using such an approach as this. Through this, you can learn how there is a much bigger purpose behind Math than just numbers. And, this isn’t just with Math, it’s for each subject that we learn. There IS a reason for everything in all of life!

The Biblical Principle

Amazingly, our Math lesson that day led us to the Bible with this verse: “And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” ~1 Cor. 11:24

The Impact of This Lesson

So, we were able to finish our math lesson that day with excitement. We had our minds fixed on Jesus and His great love for us as we worked on learning the second part of the definition. I will be honest and say that I hated fractions but I absolutely can’t say that now. I LOVE FRACTIONS!


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Footnote 1: This lesson content is © 2011 Healthy Homeschool 101. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for educational purposes only- but not for profit. Thank You.

Footnote 2: This notation is added by Heather Hall.

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  1. This is a great article… I have always hated fractions, I suffered through them in 3rd grade…I see them and thrir purpose in such a different light now…excited about sharing this with my children this year – thank you!

    Lucy

    1. Hi Lucy,

      I’m excited for you and your children! Stephanie’s article helped me to see it differently too! I passed on your comment to her as I know she will be blessed by it.

      Heather 🙂