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Frames of Mind The Theory of Multiple Intelligences  Howard Gardner

This study argues that everybody possesses at least seven intelligences - ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in understanding oneself - most of which have been overlooked in our testing society. Undermining the common notion that intelligence is a general capacity that every human being possesses to a greater, or lesser extent, the author proposes that each person's blend of competences produces a unique cognitive profile. Seized upon by educators throughout the world, multiple theory has been applied in hundreds of classrooms and school districts since this book was first published.

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Intelligence Reframed Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century   Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner describes the multiple intelligences theory, which posits that intelligence is more than a single property of the human mind, and how it has evolved and been revised. He introduces two new intelligences, (existential intelligence and naturalist intelligence) and argues that the concept of intelligence should be broadened, but not so much that it includes every human faculty and value. In addition, he offers practical guidance on the educational uses of the theory, and responds to the critiques leveled against it. Ultimately, argues Gardner, possessing a basic set of seven or eight intelligences is not only a unique trademark of the human species, but also perhaps even a working definition of the species. Gardner also offers provocative ideas about creativity, leadership, and moral excellence, and speculates about the relationship between multiple intelligences and the world of work in the future.

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The Unschooled MInd - How children think and how schools should teach  Howard Gardner

Written by the author of "Frames of Mind" and "The Mind's New Science", this book applies innovative ideas on children's natural learning mechanisms to educational practice. Howard Gardner merges cognitive science with the educational agenda; showing how ill-suited minds and natural patterns of learning are to current educational materials, practices and institutions.

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Teach Your Child How to Think  Edward de Bono

Attempting to show parents how to teach their children how to think, this book shows how children can be taught to think for themselves rather than filling their heads with actual facts. A challenging task, and a challenging read, but some very useful exercises in developing thinking skills.

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Emotional Intelligence - Why it can matter more than IQ  Daniel Goleman

There was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant of success. In this fascinating book, based on brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ- idolizing view of intelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes the case for "emotional intelligence" being the strongest indicator of human success. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family members. People who possess high emotional intelligence are the people who truly succeed in work as well as play, building flourishing careers and lasting, meaningful relationships. Because emotional intelligence isn't fixed at birth, Goleman outlines how adults as well as parents of young children can sow the seeds.

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Building Healthy Minds - The six experiences that create intelligence and emotional growth in babies and young children  Stanley Greenspan

Stanley Greenspan identifies six key experiences which enable children to reach their full potential as human beings. He describes different children and explains how their needs will differ from birth. The book gives a wealth of practical advice about how to treat children as individuals and foster the development of healthy emotional and intellectual growth.

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Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well  William Sears, MD., Martha Sears, RN., and Elizabeth Pantley

William Sears, a pediatrician, provides advice on how parents can give children the tools they need to succeed in life. He begins by examining the connection parents develop with their children both before they are born and while they are young and most trusting, the connection that will develop their emotional and intellectual "tools." In the second half of the book, Sears advises parents on how to convert their children's good emotional habits into more specific skills needed for success--communication, compassion, health and fitness, and self-esteem. He focuses as much on developing spiritual values in children as steering them toward healthy diets and good study habits. Sears emphasizes that success cannot be measured simply by the attainment of good grades, career advancement, and wealth. He offers very solid advice, exercises, and evaluations to help parents guide their children from infancy through adolescence.

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books about the brain and learning

books about music and learning

books about accelerated learning

books about movement and learning

books about play

books about mapping

books about circle time

books about self-esteem and motivation

books about infant and child development

children's books for developing emotional intelligence:

For early years

For ages 5 to 8 years

For ages 9 to 11 years

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