My Little Genius

Howard Gardner

Professor Howard Gardner , Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focused much of his research on intelligence and how we assess intelligence. Howard Gardner asked not whether a person was smart but “how are they smart?” Instead of believing there was only one way a person could be considered intelligent, he found there exists a multitude of intelligences, each with their own strengths and constraints.

How does Howard Gardner define intelligences? “Intelligences are not things that can be seen and counted. Intelligence is the capacity to solve problems or to fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural settings.” His focus is on how we achieve results. We use our intelligences in the ways we solve problems or create products of value within our culture.

Howard Gardner highlights that the capacity to think intelligently is very different from storing large amounts of information. He developed the theory that every person has a preferred way of showing intelligence that works best for them. He categorised them into eight intelligences:

Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Syntax
    • Phonology
    • Semantics
    • Pragmatics
  • Sensitivity to written and spoken language
  • Ability to learn languages
  • Capacity to use language to accomplish goals

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Number
    • Categorisation
    • Relations
  • Capacity to
    • Analyse problems logically
    • Carry out mathematical operations
    • Investigate issues scientifically

Musical Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Pitch
    • Rhythm
    • Timbre
  • Skill in the performance, composition and appreciation of musical patterns

Bodily-Kinaesthetic Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Control of one’s own body
    • Control in handling objects
  • Potential of using one’s whole body or part’s of the body, for example the hand or the mouth, to solve problems or fashion products.

Visual-Spatial Intelligence

  • Core operations
  • Potential to recognise and manipulate
    • Patterns of wide space
    • Patterns in more confined spaces

Interpersonal Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Awareness of others’ feelings, emotions, goals, motivations
  • A person’s capacity to understand and to work effectively with others
    • Intentions
    • Motivations
    • Desires

Intrapersonal Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Awareness of others’ feelings, emotions, goals, motivations
  • A person’s capacity to understand and to work effectively with others
    • Desires
    • Fears
    • Capacities

Naturalist Intelligence

  • Core operations
    • Recognition and classification of objects in the environment
  • Distinguish among, classify and use features of the environment

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences is important to My Little GeniusTM because it validates educators’ experience that children think, learn and create in different ways. Therefore, we need a range of teaching to better meet the needs of the range of children.

The primary cognitive purpose of education is to help children understand the world around them and to contribute to improve it, including the physical world, the biological world, the social world and the world of personal experiences. In My Little GeniusTM curriculum, we expose children to themes/topics that encompass the world around them. Howard Gardner says through education, we need to help children find pleasure in what they have to learn. We know in My Little GeniusTM, our children learn with pleasure.

When we rely on IQ testing, we discover that only 2% to 5% of the population is tested as gifted. When we expand to multiple intelligences, this percentages grows. With My Little GeniusTM programme, we believe that up to 75% of young children have the potential to perform at high levels.

At My Little GeniusTM, we use multiple ways of teaching children how to learn, and like Howard Gardner, we believe in developing the potential of every child.


9:00 am - 10:10 am
2:00 pm - 3:10 pm
10:30 am - 11:40 am
3:30 pm - 4:40 pm
6:30 pm - 7:40 pm
12:00 pm - 1:10 pm
5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Classes are available from Thursdays to Sundays.