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The Theory of Multiple Intelligences



“I have concluded that, in a flat world, IQ (Intelligence Quotient) still matters, but CQ and PQ – Curiosity Quotient and Passion Quotient – matter even more. I live by the equation CQ+PQ>IQ. Give me a kid with a passion to learn and a curiosity to discover and I will take him or her, over a less passionate kid with a high IQ, every day of the week.”

- Thomas L. Friedman


Verbal-linguistically intelligent

Verbal-linguistically intelligent children are sensitive to spoken and written language. They love to read, write and tellcover-story stories. They usually have a good memory for names, places and trivia and use language cleverly.

Does my child:

  • like reading books or listening to stories?
  • remember names, places and trivia easily?
  • enjoy word games and puzzles?
  • communicate thoughts and emotions well?

Activity – Pick a weekly topic to write/talk about

Every week come up with a new topic (for younger children, this can be things like ‘my family’ or ‘my school’ and for older children it can be more advanced topics requiring research) and ask your child to write an essay or prepare a speech on the topic. At a fixed time each week (perhaps Wednesday evenings?) clear time from the entire family’s schedule to sit together and listen to your child’s speech on the topic. If he/she is unwilling to speak, make each member of the family read the essay and comment on it.


The workplace goes beyond IQ

EQ or Emotional Intelligence Quotient is becoming an increasingly valued trait in the corporate world. That is why more attention than ever before is being given to soft skills including communication, language and personal habits like time management. Having a high IQ, though helpful in many jobs, is no longer sufficient. Children should be taught early on  that academics are not the only things that matter in life.


Logical-mathematically intelligent

Logical-mathematically intelligent children are able to reason deductively and can recognise (and manipulate) abstract patterns or relationships. They have strong problem-solving skills.mat

Does my child:

  • enjoy learning maths and playing with numbers?
  • like strategy games like chess, sudoku or brain teasers?
  • easily put things into categories?
  • like to do experiments at school or on his/her own?

Activity – Conduct experiments

Conducting experiments is something children with this intelligence love. There are many great online resources (like chemistry.about.com) with a large number of safe, do-it-yourself experiments (‘Make your own paper’ or ‘Grow a crystal’), for children of all ages. You can take it one step further by buying lab coats for everyone taking part in the experiments! Make sure that this isn’t a one-time activity though make time to do this at least once a week.

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