Multiple Intelligence Theory and Your Kid's Smarts
What kind of smart is your preschooler? Find out the 7 ways in which your child can be brilliant.
What You Need To Know
Early childhood professionals like to look at the whole picture when analyzing children’s intelligence. Psychologist Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory reinforces the fact that there are many different ways for children to be smart. Instead of asking, "How smart is this child?," a better question may be, "How is this child smart?"
According to Multiple Intelligence Theory, each of us possesses seven "intelligences," or ways to be smart. Some of us are more able to using our hands; others are good at singing songs. Each type of intelligence gives us something to offer to the world.
- Word smart - People who are best at using the written or spoken word to communicate. Usually lawyers and storytellers demonstrate this linguistic intelligence.
- Logic smart - People with a great deal of logical-mathematical intelligence such as Scientists and computer programmers.
- Picture smart - Otherwise known as spatial intelligence, this involves thinking in pictures or images.
- Music smart - Musical intelligence is the ability to keep time with music, sing in tune. These people can appreciate melodies.
- Body smart - Individuals who are best able to control their own movements such as outdoor sports and tasks like sewing and carpentry.
- Person smart - Such persons have the ability to respond to, understand, and work with other people.
- Self smart - Those with intrapersonal intelligence may be introspective and enjoy meditating.
How You Can Help
What makes us unique is the way each intelligence expresses itself in our lives. By recognizing multiple intelligences, we can help children enhance their individual strengths.
You shouldn’t be quick to label your preschooler as a future artist or athlete without allowing the child to develop her own abilities.
Here’s an article from Education.com to help you determine your child’s learning style. http://www.education.com/reference/article/childrens-learning-styles/
By exploring all of their intelligences, children become well-rounded individuals who are successful in many areas of life which has the potential to bring them wealth in a career or happiness in a relationship.
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