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Multiple intelligences: Our version of the “hundred languages of childhood” (Loris Malaguzzi) is to organize our program around Howard Gardner’s eight intelligences, which represent a rich array of possibilities for experiential learning. Described below are each intelligence and an example of how it applies to the toddler program.
Intrapersonal Intelligence: The development of self-awareness through feelings, values, beliefs, and thought processes.
“Jake balances the ball on the corner of the sandbox. The ball falls off, Jake brings the ball back to the corner of the sandbox many times. He gently places the ball on the edge, the balls stays as Jake looks at the teacher with a smile on his face.”
Interpersonal Intelligence: The development of relationships through learning to interpret behaviors and actions of others.
“Stella rolls a ball across the grass. Sam chases after the ball and rolls it back to Stella. The two children roll the ball back and forth to each other.”
Spatial-Visual Intelligence: The development of self-expression through visual contexts in images and space.
“James places a ball into the red paint and rolls it around the paper in front of him. He dips the ball into the yellow paint, places the ball on the corner of the paper, and continues rolling.”
Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence: The development of coordination, dexterity, agility, balance, and control.
“Sara sits on a ball. The balls rolls out from underneath her. She picks the ball back up and sits on it again, holding her body still.”
Musial Intelligence: The development of an individual’s awareness, appreciation, and use of sound.
“Max taps a ball that sits between his legs. As he taps he mimics the noise the ball makes, ‘bum, bum, bum, bum’.”
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: The development of problem solving, scientific reasoning, and cause and effect exploration.
“An activity is set up with many sizes and colors of balls. Zoe picks up a small green ball with one hand and a red ball of the same size with her other hand. She puts them down and picks up a larger pink ball with one hand and a blue ball of the same size with her other hand.”
Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence: The development and understanding of language and communication.
“Jake points to a ball in the grass and says, ‘ball’. Stella runs toward the ball and says, ‘I kick ball’.”
Naturalist Intelligence: The developing sensitivity to, and ability to recognize, materials and features of the natural world.
“Zoe kicks a ball through a pile of leaves. She turns to a teacher and says, ‘crunch’.”
Documentation/Assessment: In Reggio inspired programs, teachers document students’ progress on a continuous basis. In Peregrine’s toddler program, the eight intelligences are combined with DRDP (Child Development) standards. Teachers gather evidence through observation and record this in a portfolio, which is shared with parents on demand and at parent conferences, and is eventually taken home by parents.
Specialty classes: Like all Peregrine preschoolers, toddlers participate in weekly specialty classes taught by experts. Currently, they experience music, dance, and Spanish as special classes, although specific classes may vary year to year.
Parent involvement: Parents and volunteers are welcome in the toddler program, where many hands are needed. All visitors to toddler land should get down low and join in the play! Everything in the toddler room and yard is safe and toddler size, so that patitos can be as autonomous as possible.