Just keep writing, writing, writing. I’ve been humming this to myself lately – Nemo was swimming. I’m writing.

I’m writing the refresh of How Am I Smart?, my first book about multiple intelligences. The other day, I enjoyed writing the updated section for chapter 1 about the importance of crystallizing intelligences. This is different from the awakening of the smarts that occurs to make children aware they exist.

For intelligences to become strengths, awakening them isn’t enough. They need to be crystallized – a term used by Dr. Gardner, the “father” of the multiple intelligences. It causes the turning from weak or average to strong that gives definite form and direction to the smarts.

How does crystallizing or this turning occur? Children need to

  • interact with especially compelling people,
  • engage with thought-provoking ideas, and
  • participate in engaging experiences.

You’ll know when crystallizing happens because children will often stay fixated on a particular topic or experience. You’ll discover they are capable of focus and they may not have attention deficit disorder. Maybe they just have disinterest disorder and choose to be disrespectful and disengaged when something doesn’t interest them.

The summer is a perfect time to plan experiences and visits with people so intelligences are crystallized. You probably have more time for deep conversations and investigations. Think about what your children have expressed small interest in and how could you increase it. Think about what you believe your children will encounter this fall when the academic year begins again. What could you do now so they’re interested in those topics and are confident when they encounter them?

Invite strategic people over for dinner.

Go on short field trips.

Visit museums. Let your children lead.

Go to bookstores and libraries to browse bookshelves you normally don’t and those relevant to the topics you think might be relevant for your children.

Go to the park with strategic people so conversations take place that your children will benefit from.

Go to sporting goods stores and toy stores to talk about what you see, how things are used, who might use them, who might not, how things are made, etc.

What can you think of to add to the list?

What can you think of to add to the list? Decrease disinterest disorder this month!