Intelligence is not only academic


THE several phases of movement control order, along with the work from home directive, have given many parents the opportunity to spend more time with their children.

During their interactions, they would have been able to observe their children’s talents and inclinations.

A child can be distinguished from another through talents and abilities unique to him or her.

When parents and teachers are able to identify and tap into these unique talents and abilities, the full potential of the child can be realised.

While some children show an early inclination towards academic learning, there are those who may be less so.

Parents must thus be able to identify their children’s inclinations and passions so that these can be developed and encouraged from young.

Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences identifies eight kinds of intelligences that children and adults are endowed with.

They are linguistic intelligence (word smart), logical and mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smart), spatial intelligence (picture smart), bodily/kinaesthetic intelligence (body smart), musical intelligence (music smart), interpersonal intelligence (people smart), intrapersonal intelligence (self smart), and naturalist intelligence (nature smart).

Today, we have uncovered other forms of intelligence such as computer intelligence, artistic intelligence and spiritual intelligence.

Each child is born with multiple forms of intelligence. It is up to parents to discover the dominant intelligence that the child is gifted with, and this can only be achieved through observation and close supervision.

A child who shows a flair for drawing and painting should be given extra motivation and encouragement to develop the skill.

Another who shows extraordinary skills in a particular game should be given training and coaching to develop his or her talent.And if a child likes music, classes to encourage that musical interest should be provided for.

Let us develop our children’s interests from young so that they can go on to reach their full potential.

They may not grow up to be Picassos, Beethovens or Michelangelos, but they will most certainly find a sense of fulfilment in their lives.

SAMUEL YESUIAH

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