Self-Guided Lecture

Teaching For The Multiple Intelligences

Program Slide 17

Putting It all Together for the Learner continued

Rhythms of Discovery

Note: Ages listed below are approximate and brain growth may vary in individual children. This information was adapted, with permission, from Chronological Chart of Neurological Growth by Dee Joy Coulter
(The Science Teacher, 1982)
Brain Growth
Teaching Strategies
Growth Spurt:

2 to 4 years

Auditory speech sounds system begins a growth spurt.

Frontal lobes grow and link with spinal cord motor connections.

Connection between the speech comprehension and speech production area myelinates.

Increase in language skills begins around age 2.
Speech patterning activities.

Activities that teach through movement: sensorimotor, visceral, or experiential learning.

Rhythmic learning activities using raps, teaching shapes or math through marching or dancing numbers or geometric shape patterns, visceral phonics (at 5 or 6).


4 to 6 years

Corpus callosum myelinates past the sensorimotor cortes
( around 4 years).

Visual to auditory and visual to motor regions begin to link.

Spinal cord motor connections reach frontal lobes.

Sensorimotor coordination improves.

Coordination between sensory input and actions takes place at a more conscious level

Greater skill in imitating movements is attained.

More complex movements can be planned with greater ease.

Growth Spurt:
6 to 8 years
Spinal pathways become more elaborate, which initiates a multiregion brain growth spurt.

Connections between visual, speech, and motor areas improve.

Growth spurt occurs in skull size.

Inner speech development begins to guide thinking

Connections are made directly between auditory, visual, speech and motor regions.

Code work begins to be truly understood
(around 7 or 8).

Inner speech activates.

Reading aloud (especially between 6 and 8)

Code work: phonics, math, music notation (beginning around 7 or 8)

Categorizing, record keeping, fact collecting, data gathering

Middle of the growth spurt, best time to start mathematics and reading.


8 to 10 years

Corpus callosum myelination begins in frontal lobes
(around 8)

Auditory speech sounds system begins new growth spurt (around 9 or 10)

Concrete reasoning skills improve and logical thought process develop (around 8).

Hemispheric thought processes and specialization of skills become more distinct (around 9 or 10).

Increase in auditory discrimination, vocalizing abilities and language processing skills (around 9).

Experiental activities

Art and music activities that build skills while retaining creativity

Vocabulary building

Introduction to foreign language vocabulary
(around 9 or 10)

Exploration with voice and instruments that emphasizes sound discrimination, the ability to blend and harmonize, and dramatic activities.

Reinforcement of behavior rules, grammar, protocol

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