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The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Interpersonally intelligent

Interpersonally intelligent children have the ability to understand the feelings, motivations and goals of others. They thrive in a group environment and are good at negotiating and cooperating.inter

Does my child:

  • enjoy teaching others?
  • go out of his/her way to help others?
  • have many ‘best’ friends and enjoy hanging out with them?
  • like belonging to clubs, groups and organisations?

Activity – Volunteer at an underprivileged children’s organisation

Find an organisation close to where you live and fix up a time you can come in every week. Ideally, children younger or around the same age as your child, are the ones he/she will most enjoy spending time with. If your child is young, you can print out a bunch of colouring sheets and colour them in with the children from the organisation. As your child grows older, he/she can start teaching younger children – something children with interpersonal intelligence love doing!

 Kinesthetically intelligent

Kinesthetically intelligent children have good hand-eye coordination and gravitate towards physical activities such as sportssport and dance. They tend to move around a lot and express themselves with actions rather than verbally.

Does my child:

  • enjoy jumping, running, cycling or other physical activities?
  • enjoy origami, making paper planes, building models or playing with clay?
  • like dancing?
  • have a hard time sitting still?

Activity – Join a Sports Club

The concept of running and cycling clubs has taken off in many Indian cities and if your child likes either of those activities, sign up! If not, there are tons of other choices out there. Tennis, badminton, basketball, table tennis or swimming – take your pick. And don’t just send your child. You can join too! The advantage of joining a club over doing these activities alone is that you are less inclined to give up or lose interest when you have a group of people motivating you.

Spatially intelligent

Spatially intelligent children are able to understand and accurately represent the visual-spatial world. They generally need to form a mental or physical ‘picture’ to understand new concepts and ideas.

Does my child:

  • daydream a lot?
  • enjoy picture books?
  • always want to know how things work?
  • scribble/draw on various surfaces (paper, walls, etc.)?

Activity – Paint a wall

Like every other activity mentioned, set aside at least an hour a week for your art sessions. If you live in an independent house, you can probably choose a wall of your garage, and if you live in an apartment, the walls of the balcony will probably be the best bet. You can spend the first few sessions planning out your art, researching designs and buying the necessary supplies – paints, brushes, stencils and so on. Once you have a fair idea of what you want the wall to look like – get to work! Remember that this is a long-term project – not one you have to finish in a day. Even after you’ve finished your basic design, adding the details can keep you occupied for a few weeks.


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