Monthly Archives: May 2015

Multiple Intelligences Activities

multiple intelligencesChances are you’re familiar with Howard Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligences — which refer to eight different types of intelligence that guide how individuals learn and process information. Multiple intelligences activities can help you apply Gardner’s theory to how you approach your child’s learning process.

How do you start engaging your child in multiple intelligences activities? The checklist I’m going to provide in this post is a perfect place to start. In addition to providing ideas for multiple

intelligences activities I will also will also explain how they may appeal to your child based on their particular strengths. From there, you can choose the multiple intelligences activities that best suit him or her.

Before going over these activities, it’s important that you first identify your child’s multiple intelligences if you haven’t already. In order to do that, you can have your child complete The Connell Multiple Intelligence Questionnaire for Children. This will help you gain a better understanding of the areas your child is strongest in, and which activities would most compliment their learning style.

Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

Children with strengths in verbal-linguistic intelligence use words as their primary way of thinking and solving problems. They can excel as writers, speakers, or sometimes both. Through using words they are skilled at persuading others, participating in debates, entertaining, or teaching.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence:

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Word games
  • Writing short stories and/or articles
  • Using word processing software
  • Creative writing, such as prose and poetry

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Children with strengths in logical-mathematical intelligence excel at working with numbers. They are skilled at interpreting data and understanding patterns.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

  • Math-oriented games — such as dominoes, chess, checkers, and Monopoly
  • Performing experiments based on scientific concepts
  • Using math and science software such as the games found on our site

Spatial Intelligence

Children with strengths in spatial intelligence think in terms of pictures and images. They have strong visual receptive skills as well as fine motor skills. Students with this intelligence use their eyes and hands to make artistic or creatively designed projects.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Spatial Intelligence

  • Photography
  • Creating things with their hands and eyes using clay or play dough
  • Building with Legos
  • Putting together jigsaw puzzles

Musical Intelligence

Children with strengths in musical intelligence process information primarily through sound. They excel in their ability ability to interpret, compose, and/or perform music.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Musical Intelligence

  • Writing song lyrics
  • Playing an instrument
  • Composing music with a band .
  • Using rhythm and clapping to memorize information
  • Listening to audio teachings of things like the alphabet, parts of speech, and states and capitals, etc.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Children with strengths in bodily-kinesthetic intelligence interact with world through touch and movement. They have exceptional control over their bodies, and excel in physical activities.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

  • Acting, role-playing, or performing skits
  • Playing games the involve the use of one’s whole body, like Twister and Simon Says
  • Scavenger hunts that involve searching for items related to a theme

Interpersonal Intelligence

Children with strengths in interpersonal intelligence excel at getting along with others effectively. They enjoy interacting with others and tend to have many friends.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Kinesthetic Intelligence

  • Working in groups to complete projects
  • Working in pairs to learn new things
  • Teaching others

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Children with strengths in intrapersonal intelligence have a keen understanding of their own feelings, ideas, and goals. It’s not unusual for children with this intelligence to need occasional alone time.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Intrapersonal Intelligence

  • Keeping a journal
  • Writing essays
  • Recording their goals for the future, with a plan for how to achieve them
  • Making scrapbooks

Naturalistic Intelligence

Children with strengths in naturalistic intelligence have natural interest in the environment. These children especially enjoy interacting with nature.

Possible Multiple Intelligences Activities for Naturalistic Intelligence

  • Caring for plants
  • Caring for pets
  • Identifying and organizing items found in nature, such as leaves and rocks
  • Participating in park/playground clean-ups, recycling drives, and other such projects

For more information on multiple intelligences, click here.

Please see our full selection of games for further multiple intelligences activities.

 

executive function skills

Executive Function Skills

executive function skillsThink of a person who can focus on a task for hours; recall obscure trivia facts; is always late to everything. These individuals have differing mastery of their Executive Functions.

Executive function skills refer to the mental processes that allow us to make plans, focus our attention, remember instructions, and multitask. You can think of EF skills as the brain’s filter  for removing distractions, and allowing us to prioritize tasks, achieve goals, and control impulses.

Effective coordination and control of EFs allows one to take in and process information, plan actions, and execute on those plans. Conversely, ineffective mastery of EFs result in behaviors that lead to difficulties in school and work environments.

Encouraging the development of executive function skills at an early age is critical for your child’s learning and development. EF skills also play a role in enabling good behavior and making healthy choices.

George McCloskey, a leading researcher, practitioner and lecturer in the field of EF, developed with his colleagues the “Holarchical Model of Executive Functions” (HMEF), which explains the five different levels of executive control. Among the five levels, our focus is on “Self-Regulation” – the 33 separate EFs that can be grouped into 7 clusters, some of which are:

  • Attention cluster: Perceive, focus, sustain.
  • Engagement: Energize, initiate, stop, etc.
  • Memory cluster: Hold, store, retrieve, etc.
  • Solution cluster: Generate, plan, prioritize, etc.

Go to the Executive Function page or download Identifor’s EF Primer to learn more.

Executive Function Skills Really Begin Developing At Age 3-5

According to tests that measure different forms of executive function skills, results say that these skills begin to develop shortly after birth. Tests revealed the prime window for development of executive function skills is around ages 3-5. These skills continue to develop into early adulthood.

It’s important for parents to know that children are not inherently born with executive function skills. However, every child is born with the ability to develop them. It’s up to parents to provide children with the proper environment and activities to nurture these skills, otherwise development can be delayed or impaired altogether.

Providing the support children need to build EF skills at home is critical for proper development. It’s necessary to develop these skills at home while the child is young so they’re adequately prepared to perform these skills when they’re not under parental supervision, like at school or playing amongst their peers.

Parents can help encourage the development of a child’s EF skills in a number of ways, including:

  • Establishing routines
  • Modeling social behavior
  • Creating and maintaining supportive, reliable relationships.

In addition, it’s also important that the child have opportunities to exercise the development of EF skills through creative activities and social interactions.

Games For Assessing Executive Function Skills

One of those creative activities to assess your child’s skills can be games. Yes, games. Here you can find games that are not only fun, but are designed to assess EF skills. Let your child browse through our game selection and we’re sure they’ll find their next favorite game in no time.

Our games are a great, easily accessible solution that assess your’s EF skills while he/she is having fun at the same time. They have been specially designed to collect lots of data on how the player make decisions, react to information, etc.  Our system analyze all the data to prepare the Dashboard for parents and educators to provide an understanding of the player’s EF profile.