While your student can gain a great deal of satisfaction and build confidence by participating in activities that allow them to exercise their word smarts, it is also important to encourage them to practice using other less dominant intelligences as well, such as “body smarts” or “logic smarts.”
An example of an activity that targets verbal-linguistic intelligence is writing a poem. On its own, poetry writing helps students build their vocabularies, practice their rhyming skills, and understand a unique literary form. But if you want to help activate other intelligences, try adding these elements for younger students:
- Auditory-Musical: Turn your poem into lyrics and set them to a melody to create a song.
- Bodily-Kinesthetic: Act out your poem, create a dance for it, or present it to your family through charades.
- Logical-Mathematical: Place math manipulatives above the words in your poem to distinguish the rhyme pattern. For example, the manipulatives for an ABAB pattern could be red, blue, red, blue. You can also place manipulatives over different syllables to visually display the meter.
- Naturalistic: Make nature the topic of your poem and write it outdoors if you can.
- Visual-Spatial: Draw pictures to illustrate your poem or write a poem about a picture.
By taking different approaches to poetry writing, students can learn much more about the form than if they simply sit down and write. Don’t forget that you can also put a linguistic spin on activities that focus primarily on math or other subjects.
Recognizing skills and intelligences that come naturally to your student can help you support them in learning in the way that’s best suited for them, as well as identify areas of improvement to create a well-rounded education. Online schooling, such as the curriculum offered by Connections Academy, can grant your student the freedom to learn in the way that best aligns with their natural intelligence. Learn more about Connections Academy today!