Preschool in Waukegan, IL 60085
1011 Porter St
Waukegan, IL 60085
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It is our GOAL that every graduate of Lions’ Academy will be a college graduate!
We will help each student develop a strong character with deep Christian values and a positive sense of self.
Our students will be able to think critically and will set for themselves high standards of excellence.
Their experiences at Lions Academy will promote a life-long thirst for knowledge and a diligent stewardship of their community and their environment.
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Lions recognizes that there are many different ways of learning and we value not only the need, but the right, of every child to learn through their own preferred learning style.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
Gardner defines intelligence as “the capacity to solve problems or to fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural setting” (Gardner & Hatch, 1989). Using biological as well as cultural research, he formulated a list of eight intelligences. This new outlook on intelligence differs greatly from the traditional view which usually recognizes only two intelligences, verbal and computational. The intelligences Gardner defines are:
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence—consists of the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.
Linguistic Intelligence—involves having a mastery of language. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively manipulate language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically. It also allows one to use language as a means to remember information.
Spatial Intelligence—gives one the ability to manipulate and create mental images in order to solve problems. This intelligence is not limited to visual domains—Gardner notes that spatial intelligence is also formed in blind children.
Musical Intelligence—encompasses the capability to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. (Auditory functions are required for a person to develop this intelligence in relation to pitch and tone, but it is not needed for the knowledge of rhythm.)
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence—is the ability to use one’s mental abilities to coordinate one’s own bodily movements. This intelligence challenges the popular belief that mental and physical activity are unrelated.
The Personal Intelligences—includes interpersonal feelings and intentions of others—and intrapersonal intelligence—the ability to understand one’s own feelings and motivations. These two intelligences are separate from each other. Nevertheless, because of their close association in most cultures, they are often linked together.
Naturalistic—Ability to recognize plants, animals, and other parts of the natural environment, like clouds or rocks. Such people may like hiking, camping, fishing, digging for fossils, or other activities relating to the natural environment. This intelligence may be revealed through the interests of children who become experts on dinosaurs and adults who pursue such interests as hunting, botany, and anatomy.
Although the intelligences are anatomically separated from each other, Gardner claims that the eight intelligences very rarely operate independently. Rather, the intelligences are used concurrently and typically complement each other as individuals develop skills or solve problems. For example, a dancer can excel in his art only if he has 1) strong musical intelligence to understand the rhythm and variations of the music, 2) interpersonal intelligence to understand how he can inspire or emotionally move his audience through his movements, as well as 3) bodily-kinesthetic intelligence to provide him with the agility and coordination to complete the movements successfully.