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WHAT KIND OF INTELLIGENCE?
As a parent who has been entrusted with the care of a child for the next 15 years or so, right after loving and providing for this little person comes the responsibility of advocating for him. Itís a watching out for her best interests as she enters the world and begins to learn the life skills she needs. Here at the school, itís obvious from the tiniest infant that our children have such incredibly unique temperaments and learning styles. And providing an environment where they can learn best requires a careful analysis of each childís style.

There seems to be essentially seven intelligences, only a couple of which are easily accommodated in traditional school systems by traditional schoolteachers. The intelligences commonly accepted are verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial (creativity), bodily/kinesthetic (athletic), musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Overlaid on these intelligences are processing styles of primarily auditory, kinesthetic, or visual. So what?

As the advocate for your preschool child, observe your childís apparent needs. Does he seem to need bright light or low light? How about whether she likes lots of sound or seems irritated by it? Does she seem to like to be warm or throw off her coat at every opportunity? Does he like lots of variety in his schedule or do new routines upset him? Does she need frequent meals or is she really not too interested at mealtime? Does he need to move a lot or does he study things more quietly? Does she need to connect regularly with an adult or does she prefer to set up her own work? There are lots of these preference questions. Youíve seen them as personality tests. Thereís not a right or wrong; theyíre just characteristics. As your childís advocate, itís your job to be aware of your childís preferences and then create an environment where your child can become the most competent.

As parents, we also have to be aware when we have conflicting characteristics with our children. If Iím a pretty quiet person and we have a rambunctious child, I need to set up situations where our child can let off some steam before story time. If I prefer to go from lunch to dinner with no snacks, but my child gets really crabby, maybe I need to set up a couple of snack times or free access to nutritious snacks. I most especially have to guard against setting up situations where I get a psychological payoff for making my child dependent on me.

The most important consideration is the respect for our children as individuals who can contribute their own color and texture to the rich tapestry of our lives if weíll give them the opportunity.

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