Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

Word smart is one of our eight intelligences. Dr. Gardner, the one who discovered our smarts, refers to it as Linguistic Intelligence. Everyone is born with the capacity to develop all eight smarts. Especially when the smarts are awakened early, they can become strengths.

Why should we be glad our children are developing their word-smart abilities?

  • These children can often listen longer so they can manage learning from lectures in school and sermons in church.
  • They enjoy talking so they’ll tell us about their day.
  • We’ll know more about them and how they’re feeling.
  • They’ll enjoy reading for fun and, therefore, develop their vocabulary and ability to dream and imagine as they can go anywhere and experience anything through literature.
  • Reading nonfiction books, including school textbooks, is easier than for those without lots of word-smart strengths. They have a decent vocabulary.
  • Writing is often a strength. Kids won’t mind writing and might actually do it for fun.
  • Speaking up in class is easier for these kids. Participating in discussions and asking questions comes naturally.
  • Formal spoken presentations are usually handled very well by these kids.
  • These kids can also hold their own in conversations with friends and acquaintances. They enjoy talking and can also listen well.
  • Because reading, writing, speaking, and listening are their strengths and these are the skills used constantly at school, they’ll typically do well in school and enjoy it.
  • There are many careers children with these strengths can enjoy and do well in.

What else have you noticed about word-smart kids?

Investing in your children, to help them develop their word-smart abilities is time well spent!