It’s important to stay educationally active throughout the summer so I’ll be sending some ideas each week to help. When I taught fifth grade, I introduced my students to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory to show them that they were ALL smart. We simply have different strengths and different areas of challenge. The notion that you are only smart if you are good at reading, writing and math discounts so many brilliant people so I wanted my students to recognize the various ways they were smart, while recognizing the intelligence of others. Starting next week, I will highlight a different “intelligence” and share activities that correspond. I hope you enjoy them together as a family.
Interpersonal “People Smart” kids may enjoy:
- Telling stories
- Teaching a cooperative game
- Role playing a situation
- Surveying or interviewing others
- Person to person communication
- Collaborative games/activities
- Receiving feedback
- Sensing other’s motives
- Teaching someone else something new
- Creating group rules
- Acting in a play or simulation
- Learning something new
- Group projects
- Empathy practices
Naturalistic “Nature Smart” kids may enjoy:
- Categorizing species of plants and animals
- Collect data, materials or ideas
- Developing an outdoor classroom
- Collecting objects from nature
- Making celestial observations and using scientific equipment
- Initiating projects on the Food chain, Water Cycle, or environmental issues
- Predicting problems in nature related to human habitation
- Joining an environmental/wildlife protection group
- Take a hike
- Study means of survival
- Finding/Reporting/Researching local/global environmental concerns
Musical “Music Smart” kids may enjoy...
- Writing or singing a curriculum song in a content area
- Developing and/or using rhythmic patterns and recording them
- Composing a melody
- Changing the words to a song
- Finding song titles that help explain content
- Creating a musical game or collage
- Listening to music from different cultures
- Create a rap or song
- Play musical instruments
- Choreograph a dance
- Make up sounds and sound effects
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are enjoying some good books along with the holiday. I just finished, "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto". Great book!
Kinesthetic “Body Smart” kids may enjoy:
Creating a dance or movement sequence
Using physical gestures to communicate an idea
Performing a skit or play
Building a model
Performing Martial Arts
Making a board or floor game
Putting together a puzzle
Creating and/or participating in a scavenger hunt
Performing a pantomime
Demonstrating sports games
Practice physical exercise
Visual/Spatial “Art Smart” kids may enjoy:
- Creating charts, posters, graphs, diagrams, bulletin boards or murals
- Drawing from different perspectives
- Creating a comic strip
- Creating a web page, Powerpoint or Prezi project
- Making a videotape, film or slideshow
- Creating pie charts, bar graphs, etc.
- Making a photo album
- Creating a collage
- Making a mobile or sculpture
- Designing a mind map
- Creatively using color and shape
The first intelligence to explore for summer adventures is your logical/mathematical intelligence. Have fun and be creative!
Logical/Mathematical “Math Smart” kids, may enjoy:
- Categorize Information and facts about a topic
- Compare and/or contrast a topic using Graphs
- Create a Venn Diagram/ Create a Pamphlet of info
- Create and conduct an Experiment
- Create Word Puzzles for your friends or family
- Create a Timeline
- Develop a Fact file
- Develop a game about a topic
- Develop a memory system based on numbers/patterns
- Interpret data from a topic area
- Keep a Journal on a topic
- Produce a document in Excel
- Translate data from a variety of sources
- Make a calendar related to a topic
- Develop and Present a Database
- Use deductive reasoning skills
- Write a computer program or modify an existing one
- Write a Guided Visual Imagery
- Write a Poem or an Essay
- Create an outline for a story
- Design a map
- Decipher codes
- Create patterns
Week One: I ask that you sit down with your child or children and make a plan for daily reading.
- When will they read (when they first wake up, after lunch, before bed)?
- When will you read to them? Elementary school students are not too old to be read to.
- Where will they read? Identifying a place helps ensure fidelity.
- Don’t focus on how much they read. Don’t set timers. The goal is for students to love what they are reading so help them find books that they want to read. Anything is fine. Fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, biographies, articles, etc.
- Whenever possible, read together. Whether it’s on the beach, by the pool, on the couch, under a tree, or wherever, grab your book and read together.
- Talk about the books they are reading. Talk about the characters, the characters’ decisions, the information they are learning, and more. Don’t quiz or test them. Use this discussion time to enjoy being with your child and making the process of reading a positive one. Help model that reading is fun!
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