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

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

Chock full of great ideas. 288 Many fun, educational ideas and activities in here. I wish I had read it years ago when my oldest was little. I like the that this book places value on several different types of intelligences, including inter- and intra - personal skills as well as thinking creatively. 288 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. Choose instead 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 or Cheryl Gerson Tuttle's Thinking Games To Play with Your Child. This is marginal; only for readers desperate for activity books.

Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal. 288 Excellent book for ideas outside the box to create a natural love of learning everything! If you want to know how to encourage creativity and imagination limitless, this is a must read. 288