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Our goal is for children to develop individual creativity, independent thinking, and higher levels of problem solving. The Shenker Academy focuses on the multiple intelligences theory to understand and enhance each child’s individual learning process.

The Shenker Academy follows developmentally appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as well as the state curriculum guidelines set forth in the Nevada Pre-K Standards and Early Learning Guidelines and the Common Core Standards (Math & Language Arts) for Early Education & Kindergarten. The Shenker Academy created the chart below to outline the four domains that need to be developed in young children; cognitive, physical, social, and emotional, along with the six basic intelligences of the Howard Garner Multiple Intelligence Theory. The chart is also reflective of the Pre-K and Early Learning Standards depending on a child’s age and stage of development.

Example from the Verbal Linguistic/Cognitive Domain: A two year-old child will experience hearing and reciting rhymes during a teacher directed story time but as a child’s stage of development changes and a child becomes older they will not only listen and recite rhymes but begin to create their own and become phonemically aware of the sounds of letters and words. The child will too make a transition to creative learning through written expression, expressive fine art, and hands on activities.

The chart is a guide for parents and it is reflective of what all students, no matter the age, will be exposed to in the classrooms.

Goals & Objectives for Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory

Verbal Linguistic Cognitive Domain

Bodily/Kinesthetic Physical Domain

Logical/Mathematical Cognitive Domain

Natural Cognitive Domain


  • Books, novels, poems, essays, short stories, plays

Speaking & Discussion

  • Communicating ideas
  • Sharing ideas
  • Discussion & Debate
  • Story telling
  • Exploring riddles & rhymes


  • Use the writing process
  • Creative & descriptive writing
  • Comparing & contrasting
  • Journal writing

Language Development

  • Practice grammar & spelling
  • Learn vocabulary words
  • Practice vocabulary words
  • Learn a second language

Body Expression

  • Act out a role, word, concept
  • Perform dance or movement
  • Learn Sign Language
  • Use physical gestures

Hands-On” Learning

  • Create projects, props, crafts
  • Explore learning materials
  • Visit places

Fine Motor Skills

  • Use tools
  • Play games requiring hand-eye coordination or fine motor skills
  • Assemble/disassemble machines or appliances

Physical Exercise

  • Hop, skip, jump, run, stretch
  • Play sports or games

Logical & Higher-Level


  • Analyze data
  • Apply information
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Compare and contrast
  • Classify and categorize
  • Conduct experiments
  • Discover patterns, trends
  • List or organize facts
  • Formulate/test hypothesis
  • Make predictions
  • Sequence events


  • Use math manipulatives
  • Build answers
  • Play number games
  • Solve story, math problems
  • Make graphs
  • Calculate/estimate probability


  • Observe natural surroundings
  • Take a field trip

Record Observations

  • List characteristics
  • Record changes, developmental stages
  • Record color, size, form, function
  • Use log, journal, graph

In or with Nature

  • Capture nature with photos
  • Care for classroom pets
  • Collect specimens
  • Grow flowers, plants, vegetables

Classify & Categorize

  • Classify by color, size, form, function
  • Sort and categorize natural and non-natural items

Verbal/Spatial Cognitive Domain

Interpersonal Social/Emotional Domain

Music/Rhythmic Cognitive/Physical Domain

Intrapersonal Social/Emotional Domain

Arts & Crafts

  • Create a collage, montage
  • Create a pattern/texture
  • Make, design, or create
  • Paint or draw
  • Make sculptures
  • Play with colors
  • Draw a scene from the story/math problem
  • Illustrate a book

Speaking & Discussion

  • Do guided imagery
  • Fantasize or visualize
  • Imagine or pretend
  • Mind map


  • Build or draw in 3D
  • Make or read maps
  • Play with geometric shapes
  • Play with puzzles, mazes
  • Use graphic organizers

Work Together

  • Process interactions
  • Debate issues
  • Practice taking turns
  • Work on communication skills
  • Share with others
  • Work collaboratively with peers on projects
  • Do teambuilding and class building

Solve Conflicts

  • Practice compromising
  • Practice mediation skills
  • Reach consensus
  • Role-play
  • Solve problems as a team

Organize Others

  • Assign roles or tasks
  • Mediate conflicts
  • Motivate others
  • Plan an event or activity

Create Music

  • Compose a melody
  • Copy sounds and melodies
  • Hum, clap, click, bang, snap in tune
  • Write a song, poem, jingle


  • Play with instruments
  • Play, sing a solo or as a class

Learn About Music

  • Evaluate music
  • Learn about instruments
  • Listen to music of different times, genres, cultures

Learn Through Music

  • Change the words to a song or jingle
  • Interpret lyrical meaning
  • Write or sing a song
  • Listen to curriculum music songs
  • Listen to music, background music

Set Goals & Priorities

  • Set goals and work on achieving goals
  • Make an action plan

Reflection & Introspection

  • Describe feelings about topic, situation
  • Reflect on learning, activities
  • Make journal entries
  • Read silently
  • Relate content to personal experiences
  • Weigh alternatives
  • Think about actions
  • Work independently

Values & Beliefs

  • Choose between alternatives
  • Defend position, take a stand
  • Express like/dislikes
  • Respond to hypothetical ethical dilemmas
  • Write rules of conduct


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