When a child starts primary school, it’s also the beginning of assessments and evaluation of results. It’s a good time to identify how a child is faring in school and understand if there are any understated learning problems, which do not surface until a later stage of schooling. According to the theory of multiple intelligence by Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University, every individual have different ways to process information and these ways are independent to one another. His theory proposes eight intelligences (visual-spatial, linguistic-verbal, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic intelligence) and later he also suggested the possible addition of a ninth called ‘existential intelligence’. Based on this theory it helps one understand the child’s learning style – how a child approaches different educational materials. When a child is taught in a way he wants to learn, learning becomes interesting and the level of participation from the child also increases. Hence, if your child is struggling at school it does not mean that your child is not intelligent. However, struggling at school should not be seen as struggling academically only, the struggles can be social, emotional and behavioural. These struggles need addressing differently.
Here are some do’s and don’ts that can help your child improve her learning capabilities when the struggle is related to academics.
A lot goes in the mind of an academically average child when it comes to processing information, and it’s the parents who need to be proud of their children for trying their best and achieving marks based on their capabilities. And when the problem is addressed at the right time with the right attitude and approach, there will be a positive impact on the child’s academic progress.