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Starting with Stories: Engaging Multiple Intelligences Through Children's Books

By Pam Schiller and Pat Phipps
Gryphon House, Inc.

PO Box 207
Beltsville, MD 20704

Have you heard of the theory of multiple intelligences? Basically, it proposes that there are different learning strengths and that a curriculum should integrate subject content with these multiple intelligences. They are linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, naturalist, interpersonal and intrapersonal.

This book takes 100 beloved children's books and gives teaching strategies for each intelligence area. The selections of literature here are great! The accompanying activities offer ideas for six different learning centers or small group interactions. For example, for the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, children roll brown construction paper into balls to represent meatballs and toss them into a laundry basket; or children take plastic food items and drop them from an equal height to determine which fall quickly and which fall slowly.

Based on the book selections, many of which were our favorites, this book is probably most valuable for preschool through early elementary years.

The appendices to this book were also valuable. They contain some graphic organizers, rhymes, fingerplays, recipes, a literacy checklist to gauge your child's development, some American sign language signs, and more.

I wish I'd had this book when my kids were younger. We read voraciously, and these activities would have rounded out our experiences nicely.

Product review by Christine Field, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, February 2007

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