How to cultivate your child to become a genius

Raising a child prodigy

Does your child doodle a lot, and have this unexplained acute sense of imagery? Or perhaps they seem to eloquently talk their way into getting an extra treat? Our advice is – don’t ignore these patterns. Your child could be exhibiting signs of a genius.

Everyone is a genius in their own right. Taking Einstein’s adage, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. A perfect living example to this philosophy is US child prodigy Akiane Kramarik, who started painting iconic images at three years old. With the support and encouragement from her parents, she kick-started a business where her paintings were sold, sometimes fetching up to US$3 million. Today, she is known amongst veterans in the art scene as a “binary wunderkind” and of course, a genius.

Recognizing that every individual is unique and different, a theory, developed in 1983 by Howard Gardner of Harvard University, would profile people like Akiane into the visually intelligent category. In this profiling exercise, he recommended 8 types of intelligences, categorising the various ways that people perceive information and perform a task. Once an individual understands what makes them tick and optimises their true potential, their potential becomes unlimited because they are driven by their passion.

Identifying the next Einstein

Gardner’s theory can be applied to help you design a learning experience that caters to your child’s learning style. This will empower you to maximise your child’s learning potential.

These are the 8 intelligences, as identified by the world-renown psychologist:

Creative Virtuoso (theoretically known as Visual-Spatial Intelligence)

This child is someone you would call “picture smart”. It is the type of intelligence commonly found in creative people like designers, painters and photographers. They perceive their surroundings in terms of physical space, colour and images.

Signs of a creative virtuoso:

– Recall details visually in their mind;
– Preference to learn by reading, understanding maps and charts in books;
– Enjoys daydreaming and doodling; and
– Enjoy visual arts.

Craftsman Masters (theoretically known as Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence)

Children who are “body smart” use physical movement to express themselves. Naturally, this type of intelligence is commonly found in athletes, dances, surgeons and actors. They communicate well through body language and prefer to learn using a hands-on approach.

The signals of a craftsman master:

– Excellence in sports;
– Skilled in activities that require fine-motor coordination such as origami, building models, pottery or finger-painting;
– Have the natural ability to mimic others’ movements; and
– Kinesthetic and likes to explore through touching objects.

Musical Maestro (theoretically known as Musical Intelligence)

“Musically smart” children are sensitive to sounds and are most productive in an environment that has rhythm and melodies. Normally, singers, musicians and composers thrive by manifesting this intelligence.

Some cues of a musical maestro:

– Remembers song lyrics easily and sings to them;
– Able to recognise when music is off-key;
– Plays a musical instrument; and
– Taps on the table or desktop while working.

Champion Networkers (theoretically known as Interpersonal Intelligence)

This child has the inherent ability to connect with people, and usually have a wide social network. They are charismatic communicators and are great influencers. This type of intelligence is usually found in politicians, speakers and salespeople.

Notable indications that your child is a networker:

– Enjoy socialising with people;
– Loves teaching other kids or peers;
– Have many friends; and
– Empathise easily with others and friends come to them for advice.

Super Thinkers (theoretically known as Intrapersonal Intelligence)

Children with intrapersonal intelligence are “self-smart” and independent. They have high emotional intelligence, are self-aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and prefer to learn in solitude.

These are some traits of a thinker:

– Does well when left alone to study or play;
– Have a good sense of self-direction;
– Has a hobby or interest but does not talk much about it; and
– Has a good self-esteem.

Wordsmiths (theoretically known as Linguistic Intelligence)

Blessed with the gift of the gab, linguistically intelligent children are those who articulates emotions and thoughts very well. Children with this talent tend to have a natural ability to read and write words and have highly developed auditory skills. These geniuses would excel as lawyers, writers, teachers or journalists.

Telling signs of a wordsmith:

– Have a good memory of information like places, names, and dates;
– Enjoys reading and writing;
– Enjoys word games either visually or auditorally; and
– Appreciates rhymes, puns and tongue twisters.

Brilliant Analysts (theoretically known as Logical-Mathematical Intelligence)

These children are known as “numbers smart”. They are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They also enjoy experimenting, have an innate curiosity about how things work. Generally, mathematicians, engineers, computer programmers and accountants exhibit this intelligence.

The behavioural patterns of a logical mind:

– Has an affinity for numbers;
– Loves playing strategy games such as chess, checkers, brain teasers or logic puzzles;
– Interested in visiting museums and exhibitions; and
– Curious about how things operate.

Nature Savers (theoretically known as Naturalist Intelligence)

Children with naturalist intelligence are able to recognise and classify animal and plants and have a deep appreciation for natural phenomena. This intelligence is commonly found in animal activists, veterinarians, and biologists.

Here are some signs that your child is a nature saver:

– Talks about favourite pets or nature spots;
– Collects various plants and flowers;
– Enjoys nature preserves and natural history museum; and
– Speaks about animal rights and preserving the Earth.

Stay tuned to learn how to cultivate your little genius

Evidently, every child is uniquely intelligent. Children as young as 2 years old tend to display signs of their preferred learning styles. Hence, parents can identify the best way to optimise their talents as early as possible.

However, does it mean that a musically inclined child cannot excel in Mathematics? Is there a way for parents to cultivate a learning journey to help these children excel even in the conventional education system?

Stay tuned for our next article where we share tips on the tools and techniques to use for an education that it is suited to each child’s unique learning styles. This way, your little geniuses can approach the world on their terms, and achieve success in the long-run.

Interested to profile your child? Download our app – Le Journey which provides a fun and insightful quiz to profile your child according to their behavior and curate suitable programs that optimises their learning journey.

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