The Liberty staff recently completed their teacher workshop meetings in preparation for the coming school year. One of the resources they studied was an article written by Kathy Koch, founder of Celebrate Kids Inc. We have copied it here with credit and resource information at the bottom. As you read, ask yourself, Can I identify my child’s strengths among the eight different intelligences?

Kathy Koch

Kathy Koch, Ph. D., Celebrate Kids, Inc.

How Am I Smart? vs. Am I Smart?

By Kathy Koch, Ph. D., Celebrate Kids, Inc.


God generously creates all of us with the capacity to develop eight different intelligences as strengths. This includes your children! Can you identify your child’s strengths among the eight different intelligences?


Picture smart – They enjoy coloring, imagining, and creating. They enjoy reading fiction and studying history because the action comes alive. They think in visuals with their eyes.

Nature smart – They love being outside, getting dirty, and collecting things based on their designs. Their ADHD symptoms disappear when they examine worms on the driveway after it rains. They think in patterns.

Word smart – They may talk constantly, even if no one is listening. They may enjoy and
be good at reading, writing, listening, and speaking. They think with words.

Logic smart – They like it when things make sense and they enjoy discovering truth on their
own. They probably have strengths in math and/or science. They think with questions.

Music smart – They enjoy music, they may be skilled with instruments, and/or they may sing in tune. They think with rhythms and melodies.

Body smart – They may color in the lines at a young age, sculpt something beautiful from clay, dance gracefully, act dramatically, and/or perform well in sports because they’re very coordinated. They think by moving and touching.

People smart – They read your body language and tone of voice and know when it’s best to ask for a favor. They love to bounce ideas back and forth and want others to know what they know. They think with people.

Self smart – They are content playing and working alone. They need quiet, peace, space, and privacy. They reflect on what they know and think deeply inside of themselves.

Children’s smarts can be awakened, strengthened, and trained for good and not to do harm. The younger children are when their intelligence is awakened, the better, but it’s never too late. Parent smart!

Featured Resources

Kathy Koch, Ph.D. Workshop CD’s

Multiple Intelligences: How are my children smart?