Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 Great Smarts

8 Great Smarts *****
by Kathy Koch, PhD

Every kid is smart...just in different ways. This book explores eights different intelligences and how to spot them in your children. When we know how our kids think and learn, we can better help them, teach them, and support them. We all have bits of these different intelligences, but we each have different areas of strength. Dr. Koch says that as parents we can encourage growth in our children, and we can also stifle growth. She also says that too much technology can prevent our kids from becoming good thinkers or being "smart."

I already knew about different learning styles, but this book goes beyond learning styles. It talks about how these different intelligences affect our learning styles and how we relate to others.  For example, she talked about body smart people need to physically move to process ideas. So, if a kid is doodling while you are talking, it doesn't mean they aren't listening. The doodling actually helps them to listen better and process ideas.

The book also has a code to do an online survey to help discover how your child thinks best. After reading the book, it's pretty easy to figure out your child's intelligences. I still took the test for my older daughter just to see what it was like. The test told me what I already knew...my oldest daughter is people smart.

I think this book would be helpful for parents to understand their children better...and even understand themselves better.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.