Your child is more gifted than you know. Most traditional schools just focus on academics. It is our role as parents to tap into our kids potential by recognizing where they are gifted. Your child can be an astronaut, concert pianist, counselor, writer, architect, entrepeneur, scientist or athlete. The problem is when we get so focused on them getting honors in school and fail to see where their strengths really are.

Here is a simple checklist I saw on the net to gauge which area/s your child is strong in: (based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.) The list is quite lengthy but i’m sure you’ll enjoy assessing your child’s or children’s strengths.

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Linguistic: The Intelligence of Words

Writes better than average for age
Spins tall tales or tells jokes and stories
Enjoys word games
Enjoys reading books
Is a good speller or has advanced spelling skills for age
Appreciates nonsense rhymes, puns, and tongue twisters
Enjoys listening to stories, talking books, or people talking
Has a good vocabulary for age
Communicates to others in a highly verbal way
Has a good memory for names, places, dates, or trivia

Logical-Mathematical: The Intelligence of Numbers and Reasoning

Asks a lot of questions about how things work
Adds numbers easily in her head or has advanced math skills for age
Enjoys math class, counting, and manipulating numbers
Likes math computer games, or enjoys other math and counting games
Enjoys playing chess, checkers, and other strategy games
Enjoys working on logic puzzles or brainteasers
Enjoys putting things in categories or hierarchies
Likes to experiment in a way that shows higher-order cognitive thinking processes
Thinks on a more abstract or conceptual level than peers
Has a good sense of cause-effect for age

Spatial: The Intelligence of Pictures and Images

Reports clear visual images
Reads maps, charts, and diagrams more easily than text
Daydreams more than her peers do
Enjoys art activities
Draws figures that are advanced for age
Likes to view movies, slides, or other visual presentations
Enjoys doing puzzles, mazes, “Where’s Waldo?,” or similar visual activities
Builds interesting three-dimensional constructions, such as LEGO buildings
Gets more out of pictures than words while reading
Likes to doodle on notebooks and worksheets

Bodily-Kinesthetic: The Intelligence of the Whole Body and the Hands

Excels in one or more sports, or shows physical prowess advanced for age
Moves, twitches, taps, or fidgets while seated for a long time in one spot
Cleverly mimics other people’s gestures or mannerisms
Loves to take things apart and put them back together again
Puts his hands all over something he has just seen
Enjoys running, jumping, wrestling, or similar activities
Shows good fine-motor coordination in crafts, such as woodworking, sewing, or mechanics
Has a dramatic way of expressing herself
Reports different physical sensations while thinking or working
Enjoys working with hands-on materials, such as clay or finger-paints

Musical: The Intelligence of Tone, Rhythm, and Timbre

Tells you when music sounds off-key or disturbing
Remembers melodies of songs
Has a good singing voice
Enjoys playing a musical instrument or singing in a group or choir
Has a rhythmic way of speaking and/or moving
Unconsciously hums to himself
Taps rhythmically on the table or desk as she works
Sensitive to environmental noises, such as rain on the roof
Responds favorably when she hears a piece of music
Sings songs that he has learned outside of the classroom

Interpersonal: The Intelligence of Social Understanding

Enjoys socializing with peers
Seems to be a natural leader
Gives advice to friends who have problems
Seems to be street-smart
Belongs to clubs, committees, or if younger, has a regular circle of friends
Enjoys informally teaching other kids
Likes to play games with other kids
Has two or more close friends
Has a good sense of empathy or concern for others
Others seek out her company

Intrapersonal: The Intelligence of Self-Knowledge

Displays a sense of independence or a strong will
Has a realistic sense of his strengths and weaknesses
Does well when left alone to play or study
Marches to the beat of a different drummer in her style of living and learning
Has an interest or hobby that he doesn’t talk much about
Has a good sense of self-direction
Prefers working alone to working with others
Accurately expresses how she is feeling
Is able to learn from his failures and successes in life
Has high self-esteem

Naturalistic: The Intelligence of Nature and Classification

Likes outside activities, such as gardening or nature walks
Has a strong sense of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch
Notices and categorizes things from the natural world
Easily recognizes patterns, similarities, and differences in her surroundings
Is interested in and cares about animals or plants
Notices things in the environment others often miss
Likes to keep collections and scrapbooks about natural objects
Likes to watch natural phenomena, such as the moon and the tides
Enjoys shows, books, or stories about animals or nature
Easily learns characteristics and names of objects or species found in nature

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  1. my child is a mix between Bodily-Kinesthetic and Logical – Mathematical.

    another great source is the strengths explorer for kids. (it’s like the strengths finders for adults). it’s kinda pricey but it helped me see my childs’ strengths so now i am able to understand the way he thinks and how he processes things.

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