While people may have a variety of strengths and learn well using a few multiple intelligences, it is important to focus on the areas that really interest your child. You will begin to see little signs as your child grows and develops and if they start to show an interest in math and logic, you just might have a logical-mathematical learner or one who is “logic smart.”
Children who are logic smart may show an interest in numbers, counting, or categorizing objects. People with strength in this intelligence are able to reason deductively and can identify and manipulate abstract patterns or relationships. Adults with strengths in this area may work as scientists, mathematicians, computer programmers, lawyers or accountants. Some historical examples include Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell.
These children may enjoy playing with colors and patterns. Counting, sorting, and simple problem solving activities are activities that “number smart” children may enjoy. Sorting is an activity that children of all ages enjoy and you can help your child sort by color, shape, and other qualities. Blocks, pasta, and any item that comes in a variety of shapes and colors are great for sorting activities and for patterning activities as well.
You can help the logic smart child grow by exposing them to math tools such as rulers, scales, and magnifying glasses. Allowing them to explore tools such as hammers and screwdrivers (when age appropriate) can also help build up this strength as tools have a logical purpose and children can learn the use of each tool. Play tools can also be useful for younger children. The computer is also a great resource for children who are logical-mathematical. Simple learning games on the computer can allow them to explore the problem solving that interests them.
How do you know if your child is logic smart? Ask yourself these questions:
- Does your child like to work with computers and calculators?
- Does your child ask a lot of questions about how things work?
- Does your child like to sort objects using various characteristics?
- Does your child enjoy making and extending patterns with a variety of objects?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then you may have a logical-mathematical learner on your hands!