Between Blogger being down for a couple days last week and our wireless router being down for a couple other days, I haven't posted much. However, I am still planning the Online Science Class for Preschoolers (or kids 2-6-ish) and am excited to share a little bit about my educational philosophy with you!
I strongly believe that every child has a divine nature and is capable and excited to learn. I also think that every child is unique in his or her combination of strengths and talents. I like Howard Gardner's work on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
A lot could be said about Howard Gardner. Because I like short posts, I'll summarize. Before Gardner published his theory in 1983 (and in many places, even after), educators focused their attention on teaching children through language and math. Gardner emphasized that there are other areas of intelligence, and that children have strengths in different intelligences.
What are those intelligences? Gardner originally chose seven, though others have added to his list. I usually consider the following eight when I think about teaching children:
- Linguistic Intelligence--using language and writing
- Logical-Mathematical Intelligence--using math, logic, and reasoning
- Spatial Intelligence--representing space in your mind, using patterns and layout
- Musical Intelligence--using music and musical patterns
- Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence--using the mind to coordinate body movements
- Interpersonal Intelligence--understanding and connecting with other people
- Intrapersonal Intelligence--understanding and reflecting on oneself
- Naturalistic--using and relating to things in a natural or outdoors setting
I think it's important to allow your child to use as many of the intelligences as possible on a regular basis. That way, you're both aware of where your child has strengths and what might be a challenge. My online science class uses all the intelligences on a frequent basis. I will even list the intelligences that are used in each lesson at the top of the lesson. I think it's that important.
What do you think? Have you noticed particular strengths in your children, or areas that are particularly challenging?