Yesterday, I discussed how identifying the multiple intelligences that your child have strengths in can help them to learn and grow. Of course, once you had identified a strength in your child, it’s a matter of figuring out what to do with that information! Today, let’s look at the child who has a strength in the linguistic area or the child who is “word smart.”
Babies who begin speaking early are often “word smart.” Later they may demonstrate the ability to speak and write well, learn new languages easily, and enjoy poetry and word play. Writers, lawyers, and poets are often strong in this area. Some historical examples include Abraham Lincoln, T.S. Elliot and Charlton Heston.
Activities to share with the child who shows strength in this area include sharing books with them. You can also sing songs and share poetry. They may enjoy playing manipulating letters and words as well as exploring rhyming words.
Having a well-stocked bookshelf available to word smart children is a definite necessity. For younger children, children’s literature, fairy tales, and poetry are all good choices. Having a good supply of writing supplies from a young age will also encourage children with this intelligence. Providing a variety of pens, pencils, crayons, and paper can help the linguistic learner grow and learn.
How do you know if your child is word smart? Ask yourself these questions:
- Does your child enjoy listening to other people talk?
- Does your child like to learn new words?
- Does your child like to tell stories?
- Does your child like to read books?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then you may have a linguistic learner on your hands! You might recognize this if you child is all about new books and cannot seem to get enough of reading! Shop used book stores to save money!