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Activities to Stimulate the Eight Types of Intelligence

on July 23, 2013

Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory emphasizes the rich diversity of ways in which kids show their gifts within and between the intelligences. According to Gardner, individuals don’t have one fixed intelligence but at least eight distinct ones that can be developed over time. These eight kinds of intelligence are listed with some pertinent activities to stimulate each type of intelligence.

Verbal/Linguistic – the ability to be at ease with reading and writing skills

Play word games or language oriented ones (Scrabble, Spill and Spell) or crossword puzzles. Choose a favorite movie or TV program and write a aequel or tell what you think will happen in the next episode or in next year’s series.

Logical/Mathatical – the ability to reason deductively or inductively and to recognize and manipulate abstract patterns and relationships.

Select a project requiring you to follow directions. Assemble a model car, follow a recipe and bake cookies, download a software program on the computer

Visual/Spatial – the ability to visualize shapes in three dimensions

Express yourself! Share ideas, opinions, and feelings with different media: magic markers, oil paints, play dough, pottery, and ceramics. Plan a scavenger hunt with friends. Draw a secret map with many details and the location of the treasure for all players. Wtite a play and perform it with the help of family and friends. Write a book and illustrate it.

Intrapersonal/Interpersonal – the ability to understand yourself, and be aware of your inner feelings, intentions, and short term and long term goals/strong>

Keep a journal. Record key events from your day. Express your feelings about the events. Reflect on them. Evaluate your thinking strategies and patterns you use in different situations. Develop alternate plans for any given situation.

Interpersonal/Social – the ability to get along well with others and to work with them effectively

Try to guess what others are thinking and feeling. Use your intuition! Experiment with supposing an individual’s profession, background, or talents just by observing non-verbal cues:dress, accent, gestures.

Bodily/Kinesthetic – the ability that involves the body to solve problems, create products, and convey ideas and emotions/strong>

Express your mood by various activities: dance, jog, or perform a pantomine. Try role-playing to express an idea or opinion of feeling. Play a game of Charades.

Naturalistic – the ability to recognize and classify numerous speies – the flora and fauna – of an individual’s environment

Research topics of great interest: cloud formations, mountains, volcanoes, or whales.

According to Gardner, the question should be “How Are My Kids Smart?” not “How Smart Are My Kids?” His ideas focus on the fact that the eight types of intelligences can be developed and nutured. His premise is not meant to be a way of “pigeoninholing” kids into set categories. For students to develop these eight intelligences, parents and teachers need to perceive kids as having a combination of these intelligences and being capable of growing in all of them.

As a parent, you must never loose sight of the fact that each of your children, no matter how they are special, must have an environment where they can thrive and succeed.The eight intelligences must be nutured. Just as students must be taught the alphabet, how to sound out and make words, and how to read and write, they must also be taught such things as how to use an active imagination, how to do a graphic presentation, and how to see relationships between different objects in space. Give your kids the opportunities and the support needed to exercise and practice using all of their intelligences at home.

As a parent, you know very well that there’s much more to life than school. You are aware that life success doesn’t always rely on grade point averages. Some kids have trouble seeing beyond what happens in school. You can help your young ones gain perspective, and even a little self-esteem boost by guiding them toward those activities that play to their strengths, and offers more continued opportunities for success now and in the future.

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