Developing Word Smart –


Word smart happens to be one of the intelligences that “school” appreciates and rewards. Learning to be good with words is easy and fun for some and painful for others. Here are some ideas on how to develop WORD SMART at home.

1. Start a word journal – add words you come across in your reading or listening that you like. For those who are PICTURE SMART, draw a picture of the word (either as a noun or as a verb) or take a picture (with a camera or mobile device) and put it into the journal.  Add words that are synonyms and make the journal into your own Thesaurus.

2. If your are MUSIC SMART – read aloud to music without words (classical, jazz, etc.) and let the music effect how you read the sentences, paragraphs, and dialogue.  As you do this more often, you can choose specific songs for specific stories to add emotion to the reading.

3. If you are BODY SMART – put words on post-its or magnets and play with them on a magnetic wall. Make words, sentences, paragraphs. You can even use this to organize essays, arguments, stories, or a research paper.

4. If you are NATURE SMART – read a book outside on a blanket under a tree. Or when you read a story, draw or imagine the natural part of the setting. An Oak tree versus an Elm tree.  Green grass with tiny purple flowers versus a field of sunflowers. An herb garden versus a flower garden on the porch of the house.

5. Make your own book. See previous blog The book can be narrative (story) or expository (informational).

  • If NATURE SMART, the book might be informational about building a coy pond, something they did with Dad. Or informational (with pictures) about all the kinds of fish you could catch at specific lake.
  • If PICTURE SMART, add numerous illustrations or pictures to make the words (storytelling or informational sharing) make more sense.
  • If MUSIC SMART, add an audio track with music for your book (print or digital).

6. Have a regular storytelling time with your family. Each person gets to tell either a real or made-up story. For the BODY SMART – this can be acting out as well as telling. For the MUSIC SMART – this can include sounds or music. For the LOGIC SMART – this can include a timeline or a pre-written story he/she reads.

If you try any of these, please write and tell us about how it goes (what you learned about your children, how you executed the experience, your children’s enthusiasm or timidity etc.)

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