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Monday, May 31, 2010

How Children Learn

Howard Gardner suggested that there are eight basic intelligences. 

1. Bodily - Kinesthetic: Movement and doing.
2. Interpersonal: Interaction with others.

3. Verbal - Linguistic: Words (spoken and written).
4. Logical - Mathematical: Logic, abstraction, inductive/deductive reasoning and numbers.
5. Naturalistic: Nature, nurture and relating information to one's natural surroundings.

6. Intrapersonal: Introspective and self-reflective capacities.

7. Visual-Spatial: Vision and spatial judgement.

8. Musical: Rhythm, music and hearing.

Some have proposed somewhat different classifications such as simply visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Others have proposed adding "spritiual" and "existential" to the list of intelligences.

However the learning styles are categorized it is clear that each person learns differently with a unique mix of strengths and weaknesses. The job of the caregiver is to provide each child with the learning experiences best suited to him or her. Lesson plans and activities provided for the children need to take into account the individual characteristics of the child/children planned for, with plenty of time allowed for each child to explore on his or her own in the ways most suitable to that individual.

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