A young child’s brain is beyond belief in terms of its capabilities.
Every child is a genius. All kids are born with unique, individual capacities of growing into geniuses. Children have inborn creativity that gives them the foundation for evolving into future whiz kids and brilliant adults thereafter.
Therefore, parents being the prime educators, need to become more involved in bringing up children and taking the right steps towards nurturing their special abilities and talents.
Who knows, maybe the next Mozart, Einstein or Picasso is waiting to come out from within your family.
What is Multiple Intelligence?
The theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. In the traditional view of intelligence there is only one general intelligence that can be gauged by IQ tests.
However MI theory maintains that
1. Several intelligences are at work, not just one
2. Intelligence is expressed in our performances, products, and ideas, not through a test score
MI theory proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are:
All these 8 intelligences work in combination & not in isolation.
Dr. Gardner says that our schools and culture focus most of their attention on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. But it is important that all 8 intelligences are developed in a child in order to ensure holistic development. It may happen that a child is exceptionally gifted in one or two of the 8 intelligences compared to the others but the other intelligences also can be developed.
One of the most remarkable features of the theory of multiple intelligences is how it provides eight different potential pathways to learning. You don’t have to teach or learn something in all eight ways, just see what the possibilities are, and then decide which particular pathways interest your child the most, or seem to be the most effective teaching or learning tools.
So go ahead, understand your child’s pathway and “make learning fun”!
The Intelligences Defined:
|Multiple Intelligences||Brief Definition||Some questions to identify this intelligence in your child||Future Careers|
|Word Smart||The capacity to use language to express oneself & to understand others. This intelligence enables children to||Does your child:||Teacher, writer, journalist, novelist, comedian, preacher, coach, politician, lawyer, poet.|
|Logic Smart||The capacity for logical problem solving & numerical reasoning. This intelligence enables children to||Does your child:||Scientist, Engineer, Architect, Computer Programmer, Budget Analyst, Accountant|
|Picture Smart||The capacity to represent the spatial world internally in your mind. This involves perceiving & transforming visual & 3D information in one's mind & also understanding causal/functional relationships through observation.||Does your child:||Gardener, Sculptor, Surgeon, Mechanic, Carpenter, Photographer|
|Body Smart||The capacity to use your body or parts of your body effectively to accomplish tasks. This involves athletic movement, creative movement, body control, motor skills, etc.||Does your child:||Dancer, Athlete, Actor, Coach, Artisan, Mime, Sculptor, Sign language Interpreter, Surgeon|
|Music Smart||The capacity to think in music terms – to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, remember them & manipulate them||Does your child:|
|Musician, Choreographer, Conductor, Disc Jockey, Composer, Sound Engineer, Song writer, Vocalist|
|People Smart||The capacity to understand & relate to other people. It involves being sensitive to others' feelings, beliefs, moods. This intelligence helps children||Does your child:||Educator, Counselor, Diplomat, Activist, Researcher, Management Consultant, Religious Leader, Politician, Salesperson|
|Self Smart||The capacity to understand one self – who you are, what you can do, what do you want to do, how do you react to things etc.||Does your child:||Poet, Psychologist, Artist, Musician, Philosopher, Religious Leader, Motivational Speaker|
|Nature Smart||The capacity to discriminate among living things – plants, animals, etc. & also sensitivity to other features of the natural world. It includes the ability to understand the natural world well & to work in it effectively||Does your child:||Florist, Fishing, Chef, Farmer, Environmental Educator, Biologist, Veterinarian, Meteorologist|
Toys on Move and Theory of Multiple Intelligences [Kids Intelligences]
Play is the way babies and children develop their sense of self, sense of the world, and sense of where they fit in. Apart from entertainment & fun, toys & games play an important role in the development of your child. Everything that a child plays with develops one or more of the 8 intelligences in some way or the other. Through the knowledge of Multiple Intelligences [Kids Intelligences], parents can help shape their child’s inherent interests and quality through new ways and techniques. Even though your child will be stronger in one or two intelligences, the other intelligences also can be developed. So it's very important to select the right toys.
Selection of an appropriate toy is a struggle for a parent. Most toy stores use a simple age classification only to categorize toys that does not cater to individual learning needs.
At Toys on Move, our endeavor is to simplify the selection process of toys/games through the application of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. We review each and every product and comprehensively classify it under the eight MI framework, for you to be able to pick what is right for your child.
Seize this window of opportunity and open infinite doors of potential for your child.