Every child is gifted in some way or the other. But in the process of grooming our kids, we often fail to assess our kids effectively. The theory of multiple intelligence opens up a whole new world towards educational enhancement, as it unravels the areas in which our kids can actually excel. We as parents cannot write off our kids just because they didn’t get good grades in language and maths. The realm of multiple intelligence has an altogether different interpretation of the way we analyse our kids. This theory first occurred to a professor by the name of Howard Gardner who proposed that children learn, remember, perform and understand in different ways and hence have multiple intelligences.
Every kid can be put in a different slot of intelligence or he/ she can even be a mix of intelligences. Here are some of the categories, in which a child could be placed on the theory of multiple intelligence-
- Musical–rhythmic and harmonic: sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones and music.
- Visual–spatial: spatial judgment and ability to visualise
- Verbal–linguistic: words and languages
- Logical–mathematical: logic, abstractions, reasoning, numbers and critical thinking
- Bodily–kinesthetic: control of one’s bodily motions and handle objects skillfully
- Interpersonal: Sensitivity to moods, feelings, temperaments and motivations, work in a group.
- Intra-personal: Gifted with introspective and self-reflective capacities
- Naturalistic: Receptive to one’s natural surroundings and
- Existential: spiritual or religious
Every child is blessed with one or a mix of these intelligences and the parents can motivate and train their kids to highlight those qualities for future prospects.
Here is a glimpse of an assessment sheet that can help you to analyse your child’s intelligence skills-
How much time do you spend?
|None||Only a little||A fair amount||A lot||All the time|
|Getting lost in a good book. This field is required.|
|Doing crafts or arts projects.This field is required.|
|Trying to solve mysteries, riddles, or crossword puzzles.This field is required.|
|Writing a journal or blogging.This field is required.|
|Reflecting on your life and your future.This field is required.|
|Playing sports.This field is required.|
|Yearning to spend time with nature.This field is required.|
Based on the ratings of this test you can find out which category your child fits in, so that you can train him accordingly. For instance, if your kid is interpersonal then you can try to engage them in group activities like drama, debate, elocution or group discussions. Linguistic learners can get involved in auditory learning activities or learn more languages.
If your child is a naturalist then you can motivate him in activities like gardening, collecting rocks, feathers, shells, leaves or get involved in outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, skiing, nature trail walks and scuba diving.
Whichever area your child dominated you feed his interests in that field and develop his self-esteem. You never know the unlimited potential your child is born with unless you explore his key interests. Multiple intelligence is a boon we are born with and needs immediate attention.