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Motivational Gifts for Children

Do you know what Motivational Gift your child has? Find out with this series of inspired kids books.

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My name is Anna Renee Riley — the one with the jump rope — and I really like having lots of friends. That’s part of my gift! Mr. Henderson, our second and third grade school teacher told us we are all born with gifts from God that help us help others. They’re called motivational gifts. Mine is the longest word–facilitator

I have an older sister named Samantha – Sam for short. She’s four years older than me–she’s almost 12 year’s old– and we get along most of the time. Growing up is hard though now because she has her own set of friends and we don’t hang out as much as we used to when we were both going to elementary school. But that’s okay. My favorite color is PURPLE!

Mr. H., that’s short for Mr. Henderson, is really nice, but he knows I don’t like science and math, so he makes it hard for me. I think sometimes he grades me low to make me work harder because he knows I don’t like making low grades.

On top of that, Mr. H. gave us HOMEWORK over the summer between second and third grade. Can you BELIEVE that? I wrote all about it in my first book: The Assignment. Here’s how that went down … it was the last day of second grade and we were all really ready to go home for the summer. Then, Mr. H. said, “Class, I know that it’s been a tough year and you’re all ready for summer vacation.” Cheers filled the classroom. “Well I don’t want to put a damper on your plans, but I’ve decided that I’m going to give you some homework to prepare you for the third grade.” Boy were we mad. Moans and groans replaced the excitement that moments earlier filled the air.

Daniel, he’s my neighbor, asked Mr. H., “Homework during summer vacation? What’s up with that?”

“Hold on now. It’s not what you think.” Mr. H. had a lot of explaining to do.

“What kind of teacher gives homework during the summer? I’m gonna write about this in my newsletter!”, I told him after I jumped up from my desk and sat on top of it crossing my arms in defiance. The entire class was on my side and more boos and groans filled the air.

“Wait a minute. You don’t even know what the assignment is yet. How can you protest?” Mr. Henderson asked.  

He did have a good point. I had my note pad and pencil in hand waiting to write every word Mr. H. said, but I was willing to hear him out. “This is going to go in the SBS–that’s Students for a Better School–newsletter,” I told him.


So, you’ll have to get the book to find out how the summer between second and third grade went! Thanks for reading, Love, Anna  


I am looking forward to seeing those of you who are going to the 2017 Florida Parent Educators Association’s Annual Conference. This year I am presenting a workshop! It is on Saturday, May 27th, from 1:30 – 2:20. We will be in the “Sarasota” Room.

In this work shop you will learn why your children respond to life the way they do based on the Romans 12:6-8 motivational gifts that we are all born with. Topics of discussion include: 1. Scriptural foundation for the gifts; 2. Purpose and Description of each of the seven gifts: Exhortation; Facilitation; Giving; Mercy; Prophecy; 3. How to identify your child’s gift by examining their character traits; 4. How to develop your child’s gift; exploring challenges of each respective gift.

And of course, stop by my booth #1223. For those who came by last year and purchased the Parent’s Guide, the complete set of 8 books is now finished! Reviews are so exciting! Hope to see you there.


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