Multiple Intelligence - Logical and Kinesthetic

Modern day action heroes possess the multiple intelligences of predominately logical and physical learner all wrapped up in a red cape or a polymer helmet. Great logic and agility are skills found in many people, but when a child squiggles around in her chair at school, that greatness is often mislabeled. Fortunately, because your child is home schooled, you can nurture and inspire these special skills into greatness.

The Logical/Mathematical Learner

To score high in this multiple intelligence area of logic and mathematics means that your child displays strength in critical thinking, reasoning, and working with numbers. Mathematical intelligence also links closely to general intelligence, abstract and creative thinking. Children who score high in this field have strong deductive skills, see abstract patterns and number combinations. 

To build these strengths, have your child

  •  write your shopping list according to the aisles you will have to go down
  •  discuss  the most logical order to get chores done
  •  decide where to place her toys that  would have them in the most logical/orderly manner
  •  help layout a garden
  • include drawing lessons in tesselation to improve her ability to see patterns
  • dissemble a small toy and reassembling it (Take a photo of the toy BEFORE the dissembling.)

In order to help your child learn difficult material, you can incorporate these learning techniques by

  • answering the questions "Why?"and "How?" problems occurred in history
  • creating flowcharts that show the logical sequence of steps in a process
  • begin learning activities by stating the goal for the lesson, such as "When you finish this ___, you will understand the difference between present perfect and past perfect
  • always remember to tell your child WHY you are learning something and why it is important. (Remember, if you can't think of a reason, maybe it really isn't important. Analyze everything you teach your child, and she will continue to trust you forever.)

Logical and Mathematical multiple intelligence Careers

  • accountants
  • engineers
  • financiers and bankers
  • scientists

The Physical/Kinesthetic Learner

     Here’s a perfect example of the kinesthetic child all grown up. I have a girlfriend whose husband was a Cobra (helicopter) pilot for years. He’s always been relaxed and easy going whenever I was around him, so I never thought much about him. However, a few months after my third son was born, I invited Becky and her family out to visit. While there, her “mild-mannered husband” is sitting on the couch talking to my husband, and all of a sudden my two-year-old throws a ball straight at him. His hand came up so fast and caught the ball without moving his body at all. That’s a kinesthetic person.  The giftedness of the kinesthetic multiple intelligence should be developed in either athletics or other physical activities that challenge them.  

     In order to help your child learn material, you can include these activity styles. In the art classroom, the kinesthetic children should create ceramics or learn how to use a pottery wheel. At Christmas, they can read a recipe for making gingerbread houses, and then make one. In science, they should conduct experiments-- lots of them-- and keep an active journal account of all their experiments over the years.

     In English, the kinesthetic multiple intelligence child should read adventure stories whenever possible to build their reading skills. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island or Kidnapped, or Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe would all be exciting books to read, especially for boys. But girls have their own adventure stories. Actually, these aren’t stories just for girls; it’s just that they have female protagonists, so be sure to encourage your daughter’s sense of adventure and courage by making sure she reads Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and The Secret Garden.

In English, they should diagram sentences, as that is very similar to math puzzles and requires drawing lines and angles. For math, use manipulatives whenever possible or practical. For physical education, while all sports require skilled movements at times, martial arts classes will provide greater opportunities to develop precision timing in movement than baseball or football. (Of course, if your child is a future Red Sox 2nd baseman like Dustin Pedroia, by all means baseball first.) In social studies, have children draw maps or physically demonstrate what event took place. I saw a video on You Tube of some boys who wrote a rap song about the Bill of Rights.

     Kinesthetic learners are most often labeled hyperactive and attention deficit because they “can’t” sit still in class. In my humble opinion this comes from a faulty understanding of boys. Instead, simply provide activities at home that allow for movement or take five-minute breaks when needed. There is entirely too much sitting in school.

     Children who possess the physical/kinesthetic multiple intelligence enjoy careers as 

  • dancers
  • athletes
  • surgeons
  • pilots
  • áctors
  • artists and sculptors

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