Multiple intelligence is a theory that says the conventional definition of intelligence is not wide enough. Conventionally we usually classify the following skills as intelligence - verbal fluency, mathematical and computational skill, analytical skills. Over the years, many experts have streamlined these into tests and then further distilled it down to a number called IQ - Intelligence Quotient.
Most children have a number of different intelligences and learning styles and can be engaged in a variety of ways. If you don't see a strong preference for particular toys or games, it means that your child has more than one primary intelligence or that she isn't old enough to have developed a strong predilection. In most cases, you can begin to see a preference for particular styles at around age 2. By then your child will most likely respond best to specific activities and types of experiences.
To understand your children's learning styles, observe them as they play.
Which toys do they tend to choose? Chances are, you'll notice that their favorites have something in common. Perhaps they all have bright colors and distinct patterns or interesting textures and shapes, or make sounds.
Then look at how they play:
- Do they tend to look at objects intently or to hold and feel them in their hands? Perhaps they are less interested in toys than in rolling, tumbling and moving around.
- As you cuddle up with your child and a favourite book, pay attention to what he/she is most interested in.
- Is it looking at the illustrations? Listening to the cadence of the words and rhymes as you read aloud?
- Touching the different objects pictured on the page?
- Or does he/she practically leap out of your lap and start to act out the actions in the story as you describe them?