8 Great Smarts Review

Book Review: 

As a parent, I am always looking for wisdom regarding parenting strategies. In particular, I love finding new ways to discover who my children are and how they are unique.

There are so many things about this book that I love. First, I love that Kath Koch reiterates over and over that “smart” is a power word. We often under-utilize or flippantly throw this word around without realizing how impactful it actually is on children who are so easily influenced. She also indicates that each of the smarts require both nature and nurture, thus providing the possibility that some smarts have just not been awakened yet due to a lack of nurture. This also proves that everyone has the ability to increase each of the smarts in themselves if nurtured intentionally. She also continually pushes the concept that we must be (and teach our children to be) smart with our “smarts”. Obviously every smart comes with positive and negative potential and unless we teach our children how to harness the positive and defeat the negative, their smarts will never reach their full potential.

She introduces each of the 8 smarts:
- Word Smart: think with words
- Logic Smart: think with questions
- Picture Smart: think with pictures
- Music Smart: think with rhythms and melodies
- Body Smart: think with movement and touch
- Nature Smart: think with patterns
- People Smart: think with people
- Self Smart: think with reflection
I believe she lays out each chapter very superbly. The chapters are broken into small sections that discuss that following:
- Learning Matters: describes how each smart best interacts and learns in a school environment
- Strengthening: describes different ways for parents to strengthen each smart
- Learning Struggles: describes the difficulties each smart may have in regards to learning abilities
- Teaching: describes ways to teach your child how to utilize their smart
- Careers: describes different career options that may be most satisfying for each smart
- Relationships: describes how each smart may relate to others
- Relating to Parents: describes how each smart may relate to their parents
- Spiritual Growth: describes how each smart may relate to God and potential sin issues
- Character: describes how each smart forms one’s character and potential downfalls
The only frustration I had throughout the book was the fact that each smart seemed to be so intertwined that it’s difficult to truly pin point which smart our child may be. She also indicated that there are different levels of each smart. For example, one child may be highly music smart while another child may be moderately music smart. In the end, it seemed as though every child would have the potential for every smart at some level.

She does have a website that provides an assessment to assist in discovering your child’s smarts.
Despite the confusion and frustration at times, I did enjoy this book and learning about the uniqueness of our children.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.