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Linguistic Intelligence

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Linguistic Intelligence is a part of Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theory that deals with an individual's ability to understand both spoken and written language, as well as their ability to speak and write themselves. In a practical sense, linguistic intelligence is the extent to which an individual can use language; both written and verbal, to achieve goals. In addition to this, high linguistic intelligence has been linked to improved problem solving, as well as to increased abstract reasoning.

To succeed in today’s world, everyone must be able to communicate effectively, hence, developing language skills is utmost important. Most successful Lawyers, Writers, Orators, Politicians, CEOs, etc. have highly developed Linguistic Intelligence.

Let’s learn how we can help preschools develop these skills.

To improve you (or your child’s) linguistic intelligence, just incorporate some of these activities into your day! And remember, children love playing games and they learn best when they are having fun. This simple fact is one of the Principals we follow at Toddlers Nursery.

Sing! Particularly with young children, opportunities to sing, rhyme, and play with language are major boons in cultivating linguistic intelligence. Keep it light and fun, and parents — don’t be afraid to be silly. Kids respond to silly. Even if they don’t sing along with you, make no mistake that singing around your children will have a positive impact on their linguistic development. (Not to mention what you can teach through the message of each song…)

Role Play! Children love to dress up as Doctors, Teachers, Lawyers, Actors, News Reporters, etc. and act like them. Help them in their role play by being part of the act.

Alphabet Games. Think of a letter and let your toddler guess as many words as possible starting with that letter. Once they are done with their list, introduce new words to them. I spy game is a good variation to this simple game where you think of an object around you (easily visible) and let your child guess the object by giving him hints.

Make up stories and tell them to someone else. This can be done by writing a story and reading it to another, or by going around in a group with each person adding a sentencing (written or aloud)

Play word games. Games like Scrabble, word searches, cross-word puzzles, match words with objects, hangman and more are fun ways to engage the family and strengthen these skills.

At the age of four years, children usually are able to write. Give them pencils, crayons and paper to write and express their feelings. Short sentences like “I love my mummy”, “I am sad/happy”, “My favourite toy is a car”, etc. are great starting points. As they grow older, children can express their feelings by saying/writing a few sentences. Encourage them to draw and illustrate their though and ask them to verbally explain it.

Children over 4 years of age can be engaged in the following activities.

Keep a journal. If language is one of the primary ways you understand the world, keeping a daily journal is very helpful in processing, organizing and making sense of your emotions and experiences.

Have regular debates and discussions. This can be as simple as conversations at the dinner table, asking people’s opinions on different topics, or talking through current events.

Maintain a scrap book. A family, school or work scrap book is a creative way to use your writing skills to highlight recent events, opinion pieces, interviews, creative writing, pictures with captions, cartoons & more.

Word of the day. Word-smart people enjoy learning new words and how to use them correctly, and often show interest in etymology (i.e, the source or origin of words). Finding new words to put on the fridge and play with in conversation is a fun way to build vocabulary.

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