7. Intrapersonal describes young children who are unusually self-directed.
They need at least a little quiet time alone every day.
8. Naturalist describes young children who are insatiably curious about
science and nature. They enjoy being outdoors and keenly observe
the changes in the weather, the growth of plants, and other natural
phenomena. If we limit our expectations of what it means to be smart to stereotypic
“bookish” behaviors like reading and using multisyllabic words, we might miss
the opportunity to recognize all these different types of intelligence. At the
same time, while every child has at least one of these strengths, exceptionally
bright children have exceptional strengths that go above and beyond those
of the average child, especially in the areas related to cognitive development,
such as verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, and naturalist. The infor-
mation and strategies in this book are especially focused on these types of
intelligence and will help you support children who have unusual strengths in
these areas, especially those who are not challenged by the current curriculum
offered in their classrooms.
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