You may be able to relate to this with your children. As you may know, we have four sons. They now range in age from 23 to 28. If you have met our sons you know that they are as different as night and day. I can tell you that I sometimes wonder how they came from the same gene pool, yet alone grew up in the same household. But, they did. And each one of them has his own strengths and weaknesses. We are so proud of the men that they have become.
Very early on we decided to encourage them to develop their own individual gifts. Scripture is clear that we are all given different gifts and should use them to the glory of our Father. Romans 12: 6 – 8 says:
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Finding those gifts is not always easy. Sometimes they need to try many different things, before they really find what fits.
It would have been a whole lot easier if we had just had all four of them do the same thing. Our oldest was very academic and loved to build things and see how things worked. He excelled in mathematics, so we were always looking for math competitions and sent him to a local university his junior and senior year to take higher level math and science classes. Our second son was a natural athlete. He took after his father and played golf, eventually playing at NC State in Raleigh and then turning professional. Our third son was into drama. By the age of 11 he had his first professional paying job and we spent more days than I want to recount auditioning from Lancaster to New York. He has ended up on the other side of the camera with his own production company. Our youngest son was an entrepreneur, starting his first business at the age of 12 with an online shoe store. Today he is still at it, building a real estate investment business.
It seemed Marlin and I were always dividing and conquering. I usually went to the theater and drove our youngest around procuring shoes, and Marlin drove to the golf course and worked with our eldest.
So why am I telling you all this? There were many days when I thought we were crazy. It took lots of organization, and I don’t want to think how many miles we drove between dance lessons, voice lessons, the golf course, etc. But I would do it all over again. I see how all of that has made our sons the men that they have become.
They were also very different from each other academically. What made them look at life differently, also wired them differently. At Veritas Press we see your children as individuals, and this permeates all we do. From the very first product we published, our grammar school history and Bible curriculum, we made sure that versatility was built into the curriculum so you could teach your children the way that God wired them.
to see a good synopsis of three basic learning styles. A quick read of this short article may be all the difference in your teaching between an extraordinary result and a lackluster one.
All of our products were created to be used by visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Filled with music, images, and hands-on projects, you will always find what’s needed to address each individual child. Yet, the core of what they are doing, what they are learning, stays the same. So you can have four children—or 40—and they can all be learning the material in their own way. This is so important!
Find out who your child is and help them live to their full potential. We’ll all be better for it.
By Laurie Detweiler