What is the Theory of Multiple Intelligences?
Our curriculum is based on the principle that a person has more than one ‘type’ of intelligence, following the Multiple Intelligence model of Dr. Howard Gardner. Each individual possesses a unique blend of all the intelligences. The Learning Curve provides the child with the right stimuli and interventions to ensure the well-rounded development of multiple intelligences.
WORD SMART: Verbal-Linguistic
A ‘word smart’ child picks up words quickly, starts speaking early, or loves listening to stories. He exhibits an increased verbal and linguistic fluency that will later translate to an aptitude towards language.
LOGIC SMART: Logical–Mathematical
‘Logic smart’ children may not know or understand numbers, but are able to make logical and critical connections, such as when they play with jigsaws or blocks, or when they recognize the cause and effect behind an occurrence. They may be able to interact with patterns, identify colors, or play with jigsaws better than their peers.
BODY SMART: Bodily–Kinesthetic
If a child loves to play outdoors, dance, or is always on the go, then they are likely to be ‘body smart’. This kind of physical intelligence also applies to fine and gross motor skills, and can translate to an aptitude towards sports or other physical activities.
PICTURE SMART: Visual-Spatial
If the child likes to express herself by drawing, or making things out of play-dough, then she may be ‘picture smart’. This intelligence deals with the ability to visualize and use space intelligently. Children who like to draw, or play with blocks and enjoy building things, tend towards this intelligence type.
PEOPLE SMART: Interpersonal
Children who love to be around others, or play in groups can be considered ‘people smart’. This intelligence refers to a child’s social aptitude—their ability to interact with others and be comfortable in groups. Both extrovert and introverted children can have high interpersonal intelligence if they are able to understand group dynamics and work well with others.
MUSIC SMART: Musical–Rhythmic
One of the first intelligences to develop in a child is ‘musical intelligence’. They are receptive to music, such as rhymes, lullabies, or simple songs. Toddlers who enjoy listening to music, love to sing, or like to make music by tapping or shaking objects, may be ‘music smart’ and enjoy taking part in rhythmic or musical activities.
SELF SMART: Intrapersonal
Toddlers do not have a very strong sense of the self versus the other. However if a child develops the ability to introspect faster than her peers, or is able to articulate how she would feel in certain situations, she can be considered ‘self smart’. “How does this make me feel?” or “If I do this, what does that mean for me?” are important questions related to this type of intelligence.
NATURE SMART: Naturalistic
If a child likes animals, gardening, or just loves being outside, he might be ‘nature smart’. This intelligence refers to a connection and understanding of nature, and can later translate to the child being passionate about ecology, or wildlife conservation.