How is your child smart? The answers to that question are your best guide to finding activities that play to your child’s strengths. When a child feels confident, he does better at school and in life. Use “Multiple Intelligences” as your guide; log on to bgfl.org/multipleintelligences to have your child take a quiz. Use the results to explore activities. If he is…
MUSIC SMART: taking music lessons, singing in a choir, joining a marching band, or playing in a neighborhood band. Local music shops often give lessons and host fun events.
PEOPLE SMART: volunteering, peer-counseling training, school improvement/student leadership groups, or babysitting.
SELF SMART: writing workshops, poetry groups, Bible studies, drama classes, starting a small business.
WORD SMART: learning a foreign language, joining a debate club (or debating at home) or a book and/or writers’ club.
LOGIC SMART: classes, clubs, or competitions in robotics, computer programming, chess, and/or student business/marketing associations.
NATURE SMART: joining a conservation group, a hiking club, or volunteering at your local animal shelter.
PICTURE SMART: joining an art club, taking photography or painting lessons, making a film and posting it to YouTube (with your permission).
BODY SMART: playing organized sports/games, taking fitness, nutrition, or cooking classes.