How can I help my child do well in school? This is actually the very first question that popped in my mind when my 6-year-old son started schooling in grade 1. I was briefed by the school administrator that grade 1 level is far different from kinder and preparatory in terms of class hours and academics. In school they observe the 8 multiple intelligences. The teacher head told me that using multiple intelligences gives children with the real edge. Why Multiple Intelligence provides children with the real edge?
First, let us know what multiple intelligence is. Multiple Intelligences according to Dr. Howard Gardner are the following:
1.) The ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture,
2.) A set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life
3) The potential for finding or creating solutions for problems, which involves gathering new knowledge.
It only shows that each individual possesses a unique blend of all the intelligences and multiple Intelligences. These multiple intelligence should empower learners and not restrict them to one modality of learning.
With my son, linguistic, logical-mathematical, and interpersonal has always been observed with him. His bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, and musical follows while intrapersonal and naturalist seemed to be the least. That means that I should help my son to enhance more with his intrapersonal (does alone well when left alone to play or study) and naturalist (has keen sensory skills – sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) intelligences. So, how am I going to do that?
To help with his intrapersonal – focusing to be independent when I let him answer or finish his activity alone, at home I tried several ways which works well with him. The best way to do it is to give him a timer and I allow him to take a break in every activity.
Why Multiple Intelligence provides children with the real edge?
I choose multiple intelligence because it makes my child to fully develop his well-being to be adaptive, aware, and smart in many ways leading him towards a brighter future.
In dealing with multiple intelligence, as parents we should guide our children to find out what needs to be improved and let’s do something to support them.
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