Blog Posts for Tag: Intrapersonal Intelligence

Kid's Summer Start-Ups

Cindy Posted May 10, 2012
by Cindy

Summer is rapidly approaching. The weather is heating up and so is your kid's yearning for the latest summer fashion, gaming device, or technological advancement. It is the perfect time to help your kids start their very own summer business so they earn the money they need to buy the thing(s) they want.

What follows are some great ideas on how to help your child decide what summer business to start, plan for their business, implement their business and then analyze their business for greater success next time.

Kid Entrepreneur Raking Leaves

What Business Should They Start?

Summer offers a myriad of season specific start ups. Some examples could include any type of yard work, lawn mowing, gardening or neighborhood cleanup. Kids have two whole months off from school which opens up possibilities for child care, summer day camps and so on. With the nice weather comes hot opportunities for outdoor events and entertainment. Kids could plan and host an event like an outdoor movie, theatrical production, concert, or a skateboard competition.

Don't neglect the old standby - Lemonade Stands! These can be particularly effective if you get your kids to set their stand up near an outdoor sporting event on a hot day! You could also help your kids to put a new spin on an old favorite. Some ways they could accomplish this include: strapping on some roller-blades and offering a delivery service, offering a 2 for 1 deal or coupon, or giving a portion of their proceeds to charity.

If none of these are to your child's liking then use the Discover Your Business worksheet from TrueSmarts.com's Advanced Kid Business activity. This worksheet will help your child use his or her own interests and talents to devise a start up which is tailor made for your child.

How Should Your Child Plan?

I don't think that you need to sit your child down and make him or her crazy with executive summaries and marketing reports, but it is a great idea to have your child complete a basic plan for his or her business. You can make it as simple as answering the following:

    1. What are you doing?
    2. When are you doing it?
    3. How will you get the materials you need?
    4. How much will you charge?

 

A thorough answer to all of the above questions will give your kids the bare bones basics for planning their business.

If you would like your child to do a little more planning for their small business. There is a kid's business planning worksheet in the Advanced Kids Business activity called Plan Your Business. Though simplified, these worksheets will help your child create a complete and comprehensive plan for starting his or her business.

How Should Your Child Analyze The Results?

Once your kids have created and run a small business, take some time to perform a retrospective with them. A retrospective could be as simple as a discussion of how their experience went, whether or not they made a profit, if the experience was what they had anticipated and what they learned or would do differently the next time.

If your kids have started one or two smalls businesses in the past you may want to get a little more involved with the analysis portion of your child's business. Take a look at the Analyze and Improve Your Business section of the Advanced Kids Business activity which includes a simplified excel Balance Sheet and Income Statement. This is a great way for your child to begin thinking about how to maximize his or her profits, decide if there was anything to do differently next time, and reflect on his or her experience.

Reward Their Efforts

Regardless of how successful your kid's business was, you should reward their efforts. Positive feedback is an incredibly powerful reward for kids. A simple, "I am so proud that you started up your own business", goes a very long way!

You could also have a tangible reward. Some ideas for a reward could include: an outing to a favorite restaurant, an afternoon doing a favorite activity, getting to pick the movie on movie night, or you could create a small photo album with pictures from the day they ran their business.

Anything that you can do to create a positive memory around creating a business will drastically increase the likely-hood that your child will try to do it again. If you want to foster the courage, ability, and desire to become an entrepreneur in your children, make sure that you take the time to reward any and all efforts your child makes in this direction.

Every Journey Starts With a Single Step

Starting a summer business is a fantastic way for your kids to learn how to assess neighborhood needs, assess their skills and talents, plan a business, advertise, provide a service, create cash flow, budget, analyze a business, and so much more.

It is also a wonderful way to help your kids to be confident, independent, community minded individuals with the daring to step out and take a risk.

 

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Tags: Calculated Risk  Expenses  Money  Marketing  Income  Interpersonal Intelligence  Planning  Intrapersonal Intelligence  Customer Service  Goods and Services  Cash Flow  TrueSmarts Showcase 

 

Gardner's Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

Cindy Posted May 7, 2012
by Cindy

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences proposes that when you judge someone's level of intelligence you should not base your analysis on one general ability, but on a range of abilities. The intelligences do not exist in a hierarchy, and it is generally considered important for a person to exercise and exhibit a multitude of different intelligences for them to be viewed as talented and well rounded.

The intelligences that Gardner identified are as follows:

Multiple Inteligences

Logical-Mathematical

This area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning and numbers.

Spatial

This area deals with spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind's eye.

Linguistic

This area has to do with words, spoken or written.

Bodily-Kinesthetic

The core elements of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are control of one's bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully.

Musical

This area has to do with sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music.

Interpersonal

This area has to do with interaction with others.

Intrapersonal

This area has to do with introspection and self-reflective capacities.

Naturalistic

This area has to do with nurturing and relating information to one’s natural surroundings.

Why does it matter to us at TrueSmarts?

Multiple intelligence theory is a large part of how we have organized TrueSmarts. We think it is important for children to develop in a variety of different ways in order to be adaptable, flexible and well rounded.

There are other advantages to approaching your child's learning from the multiple intelligences vantage point.  For instance, if you teach your child in a way that appeals to a dominant intelligence it will help to hold a child's attention. Conversely, teaching a lesson in a way that exercises a weaker intelligence helps a child to stay challenged and to be more flexible and well rounded.

Additionally, we know that traditional education has a strong focus on Linguistic and Mathematical intelligences and usually neglects the other intelligences for lack of time and/or resources.  Therefore, TrueSmarts was built as a resource which will help you expand and encourage your child's different intelligences.

We encourage you to browse TrueSmarts.com for the current list of activities for each intelligence:  

 

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Tags: Logical-Mathematical Intelligence  TrueSmarts Inspiration  Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence  Interpersonal Intelligence  Naturalistic Intelligence  Musical Intelligence  Intrapersonal Intelligence  Spatial Intelligence  Linguistic Intelligence