Raising Successful Children

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Raising Successful Children | What makes a successful child? Raising successful children is a dream for any parent. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #childrenRaising Successful Children Marlin and Laurie Detweiler ~ Veritas Founders   

What makes a successful child? Raising successful children is a dream for any parent. Join our special guests Marlin and Laurie Detweiler who are co-founders of Veritas Press. I personally used much of their curriculum in my own homeschool for years, and I am excited to share their heart for homeschoolers. If you are interested in classical education or raising successful children you do not want to miss this episode. Want more information about Veritas Press visit the website or call 1-800-922-5082.

Raising Successful Children Show Notes:

What is a successful child

  1. Embrace the Christian faith – to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christian
  2. Successful in their relationships with their spouses and children
  3. A good citizen
  4. A good neighbor
  5. Successful in their endeavors
  6. Independence
  7. Children we enjoy being together
  8. Extended family get together

Early Years of Child Education

God’s given our children wonder and awe – our job is to allow children to

Tools for learning

  1. Letting children explore and provide them places to do that.
  2. Museums, science, and art, etc.
  3. Reading Aloud
  4. God gives an inquisitive nature and wonder in children

Importance of Reading to Preschoolers

  1. Open their eyes up to the wonders of a story
  2. Learn to sit and pay attention – teaches study skills
  3. Hear language roll off your tongue
  4. Helps them understand language
  5. Many times children who are read to become early readers
  6. Develop a life-long love of reading and learning
  7. Providing opportunities and tools for children to read

Grammar Age:

  1. If you have a child who is not reading do not get uptight
  2. So many times, parents don’t know benchmarks
  3. If your child is falling behind do not forget to ask questions
    • Another way to get through to the child
    • Or if there is a learning disability seek help

Set Goals as a Homeschooler

  1. Set goals for your child
  2. Need to reach them, daily or weekly basis

Education they receive is right for them

  1. Some kids are wired differently
  2. Find what works for that child
  3. Classical education works for all children
  4. May need to tweak for individual child
  5. Homeschoolers don’t have to go the same pace

Homeschooling is better for this generation coming up. As an educator, Laurie feels she is qualified to teach yet there are so many opportunities today for our children. Today there are so many options. Know what your limitations are and look for other options if you can’t do it yourself. It is an important responsibility for your child’s education. You still need to be involved if you are doing an online school.

Advice for Kids:

Explain to them:

  1. What can you do to make things more fun?
  2. What is the purpose behind what you are doing it?
  3. You can take children outdoors and bounce the ball – practicing but finishing your work is important.

Some parents bounce around with curriculum. It is better to learn a child’s learning styles. Not necessarily

Latin for kids at an early age

  1. We are not learning Latin instead of Spanish, or German or French or something else
  2. Latin is a tool for mastering our own language
  3. Helps with English grammar

Classical Education in the Homeschool

  1. Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric
  2. Teach children how to argue well
  3. Teach them how to be articulate
  4. Respects the changing nature of a child as they mature

Teaching children how to argue well – how do we teach rhetoric. We taught the five canons of rhetoric, they learn about it, but they are not learning how to be effective communicators. Rhetoric textbooks, released in 2018 VeritasPress.com, answers the question on how we argue in a way that is respectful to others.

Allowing Children Freedom

The raising of children is eighteen years and you are done. It is not ongoing, we want to see them handle responsibility and freedom well. Gradually reducing the restrictions.

  1. Motivational process that is balancing freedom and responsibility
  2. Parent goes first – leading
  3. Self discipline
  4. As they show self-discipline we give them more freedom and motivate them that way.


Veritas Press Curriculum provides different angles to get to every child.

The Detweiler’s recommend the Seven Laws of Teaching from the 19th century – that they give away – go to their website and sign up for their email. Practical and sturdy advice on how to teach. It will give homeschool parents great information. VeritasPress.com

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Marlin and Laurie Detweiler are co-founders of Veritas Press, an organization committed to creating and developing curriculum based on the classical education model with the purpose of preparing children for life. The Detweilers have been involved in many aspects of classical education for more than 20 years, though their involvement began as a direct correlation to obtaining the best possible education for their own children. After a poor experience at a local school, they sought out different options and were introduced to classical education. Unable to find a local school that taught with the classical model, the Detweilers decided they would found their own. While starting the school, the Detweilers had a difficult time finding curriculum to fit the classical education model, especially a grammar school curriculum that taught history in a timeline from a Christian perspective. With no foreseeable options, the Detweilers created a proprietary history curriculum, and thus was born Veritas Press.

Today, the mission of Veritas seeks to influence the next generation to wholly follow after Christ by instilling the truths of God’s Word into their hearts and minds. To accomplish this, Veritas produces academically sound and technologically advanced curriculum and courses that are fun and engaging for children with the purpose of preparing them holistically for their next steps in life. The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017.

Marlin is that father of four boys with Laurie and has has spoken in dozens of cities on classical Christian education. Additionally, he was a founding board member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), where he served as its intial chairman and as a permanent board member for 22 years. He led the formation of two ACCS charter member schools, Veritas Academy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1996) and The Geneva School, Orlando, Florida (1992).

Laurie is a curriculum writer, former school administrator, curriculum coordinator, head of school, and co-authored the History and Bible Curriculum with Marlin for Veritas. She led the creation of the award-winning Phonics Museum, on which the Veritas Phonics Museum app, released in 2017, is based.

The Detweilers have four adult children and live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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