Naturalist Learner

Naturalist Learner

Chil­dren with nat­u­ral­ist intel­li­gence can under­stand the eco­log­i­cal rela­tion­ships, nat­ural pat­terns and processes of life. Nat­u­ral­ist learn­ers can clas­sify or relate to plants, ani­mals, body parts, nat­ural mate­ri­als and geo­graphic features.

It is not the strongest of the species that sur­vives, nor the most intel­li­gent that sur­vives. It is the one that is the most adapt­able to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

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Chil­dren with nat­u­ral­ist intel­li­gence can clas­sify or relate to plants, ani­mals, body parts, nat­ural mate­ri­als and geo­graphic fea­tures; and under­stand the eco­log­i­cal rela­tion­ships, nat­ural pat­terns and processes of life. An under­stand­ing of nat­ural intel­li­gence is vital for sur­vival. Strengths asso­ci­ated with nat­u­ral­is­tic intel­li­gence are ide­al­ist, guardian, ratio­nal and artisan.

Dis­cover your child’s nat­u­ral­ist intelligence

Does your child know what she is look­ing at out­side the win­dow? Does she know her own reflec­tion? Does she under­stand the sound of the ocean, ani­mals, the wind in the trees, rain, rain on wood, rain on metal or splash­ing in mud? Does she have an intu­itive under­stand­ing of the sense of taste and smell? Does she have a nat­ural under­stand­ing of pat­terns and processes in nature such as chang­ing sea­sons or adap­tive changes? If you answered yes to any of the ques­tions above, your child may be a nat­u­ral­ist learner.

Nur­ture your child’s nat­u­ral­ist intelligence

Expo­sure to activ­i­ties that help under­stand nat­ural pat­terns and processes such as weather, flora and fauna, and human devel­op­ment are use­ful. Projects on ecol­ogy, oceanog­ra­phy or geol­ogy are help­ful in expand­ing aware­ness and appre­ci­a­tion of nature. Class activ­i­ties or expo­sure to books also help improve nat­u­ral­ist intel­li­gence. Remem­ber that being open to plea­sure, excite­ment and beauty serve to bring out the best in nat­u­ral­is­tic learners.

Ref­er­ences:

Nardi, D. (2001). Mul­ti­ple Intel­li­gences & Per­son­al­ity Type: Tools and Strate­gies for Devel­op­ing Human Poten­tial. Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia: Telos Publications.

Walsh, B. (2005). Unleash­ing Your Bril­liance: Tools & Tech­niques to Achieve Per­sonal, Pro­fes­sional & Aca­d­e­mic Suc­cess. Vic­to­ria, British Colum­bia: Walsh Sem­i­nars Ltd.


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