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Today's public schools are rapidly sprinting towards moral relativism and spiritual confusion. Parents who send their kids to these institutions every day run the risk of having their precious children indoctrinated against the very Christian values they hold dear. Southern Baptist leaders are calling for an alternative. This is that alternative Mimi Rothschild, Founder & Christian HomeSchool Advocate



Identifying Childhood Talents


The Southern Baptist Academy
Monday, 20 January 2014 10:52

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Author: Stephen A. Peterson

Every child has interests and talents along some line, whether athletic, drawing, musical and any of a multitude of possible activities. In the majority of instances, a child’s talents, are usually not great enough to place her/him as a “genius” or “extraordinary”—but it serves as a basis of interests and activities that may help bring a child happiness, emotional health and success in life. Encouraging a child develop their interests and talents are well worth the time and effort parents/caregivers give to their cultivation.

Many parents/caregivers generally want to know how to recognize what talents child has and at what age they can be recognized. A child’s talent shows itself in activities related to it. A child with musical ability will demonstrate an absorbing interest in listening to music. The child will also take advantage of every possible opportunity to produce music of her/his own, either by playing with a music like toy instrument, playing with an instrument they find at home or asking for an instrument of choice.

By observing a child’s behavior, a parent/caregiver will be able to determine what her/his interest and abilities are. The stronger the talent, the stronger her/his interest and the more things he/she will want to do related to their interest.

No one knows at what age a talent will manifest itself in a child. A great deal of a child’s interest depends upon her/his environment. Educators and child development specialists will tell parents/caregivers that childhood talents are realized when a child has some contact with what interests her/him and the environment is conducive for the blossoming of their particular talent. For instance, a child with chemical abilities may not demonstrate her/his talent until her/she goes to school and has her/his real first contact with a high school chemistry laboratory. Similarly, a child who, as a little boy or girl, is given no opportunity to work or do things in a kitchen for fear on the part of her/his parents/caregivers that he or she will hurt her-/him-self. A child, in this instance, may exhibit no indication of their talent for cooking until he/she has the free and unlimited access to a kitchen.

Interest and ability go hand in hand. It is very helpful when parents/caregivers make every possible effort to identify, encourage and learn what their child’s talent or talents is/are. Then given them every opportunity possible to develop and enhance them.

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