Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory is a very useful model for developing a systematic approach to nurturing and teaching children and honouring their individual needs and strengths within a classroom setting. The theory of Multiple Intelligences includes the notion that each person is smart in all seven types of intelligence. Every person is smart to varying degrees of expertise in each of the intelligences, stronger in some ways and less developed in others. Heredity and genetics influence the way the brain is neurologically “wired” before birth and are contributing factors that determine the strongest and/or most favored types of intelligence. This is often seen in children with very strong and overt talents demonstrated at very young ages, such as Mozart, who had started to play and compose music by age five.
Our child centric curriculum is based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The following descriptions can be helpful to identify basic personal characteristics, traits, behaviours, and preferences for each of the seven intelligences. It gives us an understanding how children learn in different ways and diverse paces. The important thing is to identify and build on one’s strengths to modify and increase the less developed intelligences in ourselves and in children.
Montessori Curriculum for School Readiness
Guiding Children Towards Personal and Social Responsibilities
Purposeful activities enhance concentration and focus through caring for the self and the environment, fine motor coordination, and practicing grace and courtesy. These appeal to the child's need for movement and order, independence, and social relationships as they build practical life skills.
Enhancing children’s learning through musical activities and experiences
Music is incorporated in the classrooms in many ways throughout the day. From transition times to lessons, music and song is infused throughout the day. Montessori bells and other instruments are available for experimentation and formal instruction.
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