As explained in the book, The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden and Jeannette Vos,
“Each of us has a preferred learning style and a preferred working style. Some of us are mainly visual learners: we like to see pictures or diagrams. Others are auditory learners: we like to listen. Others are hepatic learners: we learn best by using our sense of touch (tactile learner) or by moving our bodies (kinesthetic learners).”
According to most parents, intelligence is ‘how well is my child performing at school’; however, this is far from true. According to the developmental psychologist, Howard Gardner, intelligence is of eight different types.
The eight types of intelligence can be classified as:
- Linguistic/Verbal Intelligence: Developing reading, writing, and speaking
- Mathematical/Logical Intelligence: Developing the left side of the brain, enhancing the mathematical
- Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence: Developing love for singing, music and rhythmic
- Spatial/Visual Intelligence: Perceiving space in three dimensions and
- Body/Kinesthetic Intelligence: Developing the sense of physical movement, dancing, and role
- Interpersonal Intelligence: Developing the skills of leadership, person-to-person
- Naturalistic Intelligence: Developing a love for nature, flora and
- Intrapersonal Intelligence: Developing self-esteem and self- awareness (spiritual).
We, as parents, need to be aware and identify the type of intelligence that our child is blessed with and nurture our child’s growth in that direction. This way, we will be able to guide the child to attain his fullest potential with his natural aptitude.
It is actually a chain reaction: if you make the efforts to develop any particular intelligence to the maximum, the others too will develop substantially. Alternatively, you may work towards exposing the child to any concept through all the bits of intelligence for better learning, understanding, and memory.
I believe that any art form takes about 24 years to develop. Take the example of learning music.
- It takes about 6 years to develop just the taste for
- If the child learns for another 6 years, he will develop the passion for
- The next 6 years will go in understanding the subtler layers of
- Thereafter, from 19 to 24 years, that is, another 6 years will be needed to master the
So, a total of 24 years are required to master music. This goes for most art forms. Thus, if he is a master of music, he will develop tremendous intelligence to understand the subtler layers of the subject.
This ‘understanding’ would be applied to all acts of life, whether it is cooking, driving, studying, sweeping or playing sports. So if one type of intelligence is developed, it would be applied in all areas of life.
29% of LEARNING TAKES PLACE FROM PICTURES. AUDITORY:
34% of LEARNING TAKES PLACE FROM SOUND/MUSIC. HEPATIC:
37% of LEARNING TAKES PLACE FROM MOVING, TOUCHING, DOING.