Seven Times Smarter: 50 Activities, Games, and Projects to Develop the Seven Intelligences of Your Child

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What Is Smart?

There's evidence of so much more than "reading, writing, and 'rithmetic" in every child -- at least seven distinct intelligences, according to the theory of multiple intelligences, developed by Harvard's Dr. Howard Gardner. In Seven Times Smarter, veteran educator Laurel Schmidt offers a parent-friendly explanation of this theory and of the ways that kids are -- simply put -- word smart, picture smart, music smart, body smart, logic smart, people smart, and ...

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Overview

What Is Smart?

There's evidence of so much more than "reading, writing, and 'rithmetic" in every child -- at least seven distinct intelligences, according to the theory of multiple intelligences, developed by Harvard's Dr. Howard Gardner. In Seven Times Smarter, veteran educator Laurel Schmidt offers a parent-friendly explanation of this theory and of the ways that kids are -- simply put -- word smart, picture smart, music smart, body smart, logic smart, people smart, and self-smart. These intelligences aren't fixed at birth. They can be nurtured and strengthened, meaning that in the right environment, kids get smarter.

Seven Times Smarter, an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers, provides the perfect way to create this environment. Unlike other craft or activity books that just fill time and keep kids busy, Seven Times Smarter prompts kids aged six to fourteen to work their brains and cultivate new skills using recycled or low-cost materials found in every home -- and enjoy it! It offers an exploration of what it means to be smart, checklists to recognize the seven intelligences in your child, book lists to develop and celebrate all the ways your child is smart, and fifty creative, constructive activities that are good for kids playing alone or in a group, supervised or independently, including:

* Memory Tours -- If a memory book is too straightforward for your artistic child, try an un-book, a memory box, or a calendar.  
* Hanging Gardens -- Indoors or out, even the smallest garden plot can yield a bumper crop of mathematical, linguistic, scientific, and kinesthetic skills.
* The Boredom Brigade -- Boredom is a springboard for imagination; imaginary structures, identities,  occupations, and friends are just some of the ways kids develop their inter- and intra-personal intelligences.
* Junk Yard Genius -- There's an education in junk; in fact, it's easy to turn your broken radio, alarm clock, fan, blow-dryer, or scale into a project that could fascinate kids for days.

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"Practical approaches for parents to provide active and engaging learning experiences for their children that will foster new levels of curiosity, nurture a passion for creativity, and gain a sense of mastery over the complex world in which we live."
-- Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, director of the Center for Human Development, Los Angeles
Library Journal
As the title suggests, this book presents material intended to stimulate children's intellects. Schmidt (coauthor, How To Stop the Battle with Your Teenager) groups activities (such as reading, inventing, and music) within eight thematic chapters (e.g., "Wordsmiths," "Joyful Noise?"). However, this arrangement does not take into account the age of the child or, more importantly, the type of intelligence (kinesthetic, interpersonal, etc.) that might be enhanced. Schmidt's ambitious goal is to foster "multitalented kids who like themselves and greet the world with curiosity, and believe they have the power to shape a satisfying life." Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine how her book facilitates this development, for it seems simply to invent relationships between the intelligences and the listed activities. Libraries might instead choose from many broad activity titles such as Cynthia MacGregor's Mommy, I'm Bored: 127 Fun-Filled and Educational Games Your Child Can Play Alone (Citadel Pr., 1995. o.p.) or Cheryl Gerson Tuttle's Thinking Games To Play with Your Child (Lowell House, 1997). A marginal purchase recommended only for large public libraries desperate for activity books.--Douglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609805091
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

LAUREL SCHMIDT has been an educator for more than thirty years and a parent for more than twenty. In the past, she has worked as a teacher and a principal. She is currently the Student Services Administrator in Santa Monica, California, and an adjunct professor at Antioch University.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Lessons on Learning

    I found this book a wonderful resource of creative ideas! Sometimes learning is seen as something that is monotonous and arduous, something we just have to get done so we can then go 'play'. In my mind there is no distinction between work and play, and, when done well, there shouldn't be one between learning and play. I thank the author for showing ways learning is much more than filling out worksheets and doing well on tests, it is much more a lifelong interest in the world around us and the facilitation of that interest for our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    FINALLY, A SMART BOOK THAT TELLS US HOW

    After racing around between lessons and games and then back to lessons again, I'm never sure if I'm doing my kid a favor or setting him up for failure. But this book has given me permission to slow down and observe him - and then engage him in some simple play activities that will help him develop into the person he was built to become. I can't tell you what a relief this is. My only complaint is that this book wasn't written three years ago.

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