I was on a forum at “iambaker.net” for homeschoolers and the topic came up that one of the most beneficial things about homeschooling is that you can tap into whatever your child is good and and run with it. You can adapt almost any “school” subject to fit a theme that interests your child(ren). This helps them develop their interests and understand their passions earlier and how they can be used to further God’s Kingdom.
For instance, Ella loves all things crafts and creative (how is she MY child??). She wanted to make a gift for EVERYONE at Christmastime. I was able to talk her out of knitting Sawyer pajamas, but she worked hard at making Addie a doll.
We are often able to pursue the kids’ interests because we have time to invest into a project rather than a workbook. If a topic interests them in particular we can slow down and research and find books about it and try different things.
It has been coming back to me again and again that I want to be casting a vision for my kids and not just sheltering them. “I don’t want good kids” is becoming my mantra. Our calling is much more vast as parents than merely raising good kids.
On this quest to help my children understand they have a purpose that is important in this world, I have been eager to hone in on their gifts that are God-given. Now my oldest is currently 8 so I know that there is time to observe and investigate and try things. One thing that I ran into this week that is helpful is a Spiritual Gifts Inventory for Children.
A parent (or teacher) takes the test FOR the child (unless they are above 4th grade) as a tool to tap into their areas of gifting. These are based on the Spiritual Gifts taught in 1 Corinthians 12. This was fun for me to do, and it is something I will file away in their portfolios. I also had my husband do one for my older 2 children to see how our view of them lines up.
I’m excited to sit down with each of them and talk to them about what mom and dad see as their strengths and dream with them about all that God has created them for and what He has in store for them.
I would love to know if you have other ways that you have gained insight into your children’s gifts.
Blessings to your family,