A terrific title full of hands-on learning games, Seven Times Smarter
will provide parents and homeschoolers with all sorts of interesting activities that bring kids new skills and a better appreciation of the different ways of learning. The book begins with a short introduction that introduces readers to the seven intelligences: visual/spatial, verbal/linguistic, musical, kinesthetic, logical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Each of these types of intelligence presents a different type of learning style and different set of personal strengths; parents and educators with a firm grasp of this concept are better able to modify their lessons and activities so all children have a chance to shine. With simple suggestions like "be a good listener" and "ask good questions," this is not a book that requires extensive training or purchase of a lot of new products, but rather one that encourages you and your kids to take advantage of items you already have around the house. Projects like learning or inventing a secret code are geared for verbal kids and require nothing but pen, paper, and imagination; a container of pipe cleaners and tin foil kept in the car is sure to provide plenty of visual/spatial enjoyment for carpoolers. Activities like play-acting or puppet making combine many kinds of intelligence--with a handy list of fairly obvious icons for each type, it's easy for parents to identify which ones their kids will most enjoy. Chances are you'll have at least as much fun as they do. --Jill Lightner
From Library Journal
As the title suggests, this book presents material intended to stimulate children's intellects. Schmidt (coauthor, How To Stop the Battle with Your Teenager) groups activities (such as reading, inventing, and music) within eight thematic chapters (e.g., "Wordsmiths," "Joyful Noise?"). However, this arrangement does not take into account the age of the child or, more importantly, the type of intelligence (kinesthetic, interpersonal, etc.) that might be enhanced. Schmidt's ambitious goal is to foster "multitalented kids who like themselves and greet the world with curiosity, and believe they have the power to shape a satisfying life." Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine how her book facilitates this development, for it seems simply to invent relationships between the intelligences and the listed activities. Libraries might instead choose from many broad activity titles such as Cynthia MacGregor's Mommy, I'm Bored: 127 Fun-Filled and Educational Games Your Child Can Play Alone (Citadel Pr., 1995. o.p.) or Cheryl Gerson Tuttle's Thinking Games To Play with Your Child (Lowell House, 1997). A marginal purchase recommended only for large public libraries desperate for activity books.ADouglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT
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