As many of you know already, I am a teacher by trade.
This means that when I was a young bright eyed bushy tailed “Teacher in Training,” I learned all of the different ways to teach and reach students. As a Student Teacher, I also familiarized myself with Multiple Intelligences, and Howard Gardner. I studied to understand the many different ways my potential students could learn, as well as how to reach every student and help them achieve their full potential.
Years later, when I went for my YogaKids certification, my understanding of the multiple intelligences was reinforced…my mentors through my certification process opened my eyes up to the idea that I could incorporate all these different learning (and teaching) techniques in the yoga “classroom,” as well.
As a mother, I can see what each of my children are drawn to naturally. I know that in order for Gia to absorb information she can read it in a book, or work with her dad through a hands on project to develop an understanding of the topic at hand. I know that in order to teach Miguel his spelling words when he was younger, I needed to have him jump from stepping stones in the back yard to help him memorize the correct spelling of his list week after week. I also understand that Diego is super technical and can learn how to make things by watching tutorials on YouTube. He has built Lego works of art and his favorite-loom band characters easily after watching one YouTube video. Gelli on the other hand, is my musical baby. She hears background music and claps along with rhythm while all of us have tuned it out. She picks up on the change of music in the car and let’s us know if it does not meet her mood or her taste.
Take these observations, my background in teaching, and my understanding that each of my children are different, and you can imagine my curiosity when I met Kaiz at last year’s Momprenuer event by Mommy Mundo.
I met Kaiz and Michelle, and we chatted a bit about both of their businesses which seemed (equally) intriguing to me. Of course, the teacher in me was asking a million questions in my head as to how we would be able to figure out which multiple intelligence I favored based on my fingerprints?!? You can only imagine how excited I was when Jenny asked me if I wanted to try out Mindprint with Gelli!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Gelli and I made an appointment with Kaiz to visit his office. He asked me to set aside about a half hour for fingerprinting and any questions I might have about the process. He was very efficient and also very patient with my little girl who was not only into everything in his office (she left no stone unturned) but loves Elsa. Kaiz quickly picked up on Gelli’s love for “Frozen,” and before I knew it, he was playing her favorite song.
Both Gelli and I had our picture taken and stored in our own file which would be paired with our information and fingerprint captures.
When it was Gelli’s turn to take her fingerprints, she sat on my lap and we were able to make it like a game. We all know how much two year olds love games….
After our fingerprinting Kaiz assured me that our files would come back shortly after analysis. All in all it should only take a few days from fingerprinting to results. However, after a day or two Kaiz asked me and Gelli to come back in because both of us each had one fingerprint that needed to be redone…apparently, we are both squirmy wormies and one print couldn’t be captured properly.
Usually, you can get your results a mere three days after your fingerprints are sent in for analysis. Unfortunately, because I was all over the place this summer, it took us a little while longer to get back to the Mindprint office.
At any rate, when I was finally able to get back to the office for the results, Kaiz was more than accommodating in explaining everything to me. I made sure to leave Gelli home as this consult would take a little while longer and I felt I needed to be focused without chasing Gelli around the office.
Kaiz informed me that after the fingerprints are analyzed and the report is done your file is deleted from their computers. Therefore, you are rest assured that your report is COMPLETELY confidential. Another fantastic point, that Kaiz shared is, that if you are unsatisfied and your report is inaccurate-there is a 100% money back guarantee! #SayWhat
Ok. So from your fingerprints, they will be able to assess what kind of learner you are as well as some of the personality traits you most likely exhibit. If we break these down into four main groups they look something like this:
Can you guess which personality came through for me?
I’ll give you a hint. It’s the same animal that is in my header for my blog…
“The Owl is logical, mathematically minded, and is sometimes seen as a perfectionist. The Owl can be slow in making decisions and inflexible if rules and logic say otherwise. Owls are not big risk takers but love detail.”
Almost all of this applies to me, although I am not mathematically minded. I have been known to take forever to make a decision and rules are important to me. Yes, I do NOT like to take risks but my affinity for the details can be seen in most anything I do, from serving my family food, to planning my children’s birthday parties.
If you take a look at some of the strengths and the limitations-these too, are on point with my personality.
After we covered this summary of the analysis, Kaiz explained the different kinds of fingerprints that everyone may or may not have, and then we went through each of my fingerprints one by one. I found it extremely amazing how so many characteristics could be read from them!
Here are some of the key points that stood out:
- I learn by listening. (This also means I can get distracted by sound as well.)
- I have a natural affinity for music and nature.
- If I studied more languages, I would be good at it. (Time to start taking Tagalog lessons?)
- I can learn by imitation as well.
- I’m logical, organized, and like to observe.
- I like planning, making lists, and following rules. (mostly without questioning rules either)
- I am self aware. (Maybe, even more so now after this exercise, enneagram, and Coach Pia.)
But there is something to consider in all of this. Kaiz mentioned to me that sometimes the innate intelligence might not always be evident. For example, in my case it says that I am not so good with people…that my interpersonal skills are lacking. He actually asked me about this, because he said that it doesn’t seem as if I have a problem relating to others because social skills were quite evident upon meeting me.
On a rating scale of 1 to 8 (1is the highest) my interpersonal skills are a little low being a five. I explained it this way to Kaiz. I know I have not always been good at reading social cues, tone, and even body language. My husband has often pointed this out to me, especially, when I cannot understand how I got myself in certain situations. I couldn’t understand (when we first moved here) many cultural nuances. So, he asked me to observe the differences in how we both deal with people and situations to see if I could learn from him, how to better deal with others to achieve more positive results in relationships.
I am still working on this skill…small talk has not always been a strong point for me, but with Nino’s help and my awareness for others becoming increasingly more effective, I believe I have turned around what could be a negative trait into something that works more for me in a positive way.
AND that’s the beauty in this kind of evaluation…Not only can you recognize your positive attributes, strengths and natural inclinations through the analysis, you can also realize specific areas you might want to work on.
Mindprint offers this same service for kids. Kaiz has worked with big kids and small kids. He has also worked with kids with special needs and kids who are typical. I am curious to see how accurate Gelli’s analysis will be, as she continues to grow up. Even at almost three years old, I can see certain preferences that she exhibits.
Gelli loves listening to music and she loves dancing around. She enjoys reading books, and can actually have a conversation with you if you get her to sit down long enough during play time. (Although, you might not understand ALL her words, I’m pretty sure that we understand most everything just because we are with her all the time.)
Gelli is a Leader. This means that while her Momma is an owl who will sit back, observe and take forever and a day to make a decision; she is my counterpart. She is an EAGLE. She is strong willed, she’s a doer, she moves quickly into action, and can often be mistaken for being stubborn
Here are some key points for me to keep in mind for Gelli.
- She is independent, dominant, and stimulated by challenge.
- She can lose sight of the big-picture and she is a natural achiever.
- She is quick tempered.
- She will prefer individual activity over group activities.
- She enjoys music and she has a great understanding of her body in space.
All these things considered, it is important to take note that Gelli scores a 1 out of 8 (the highest possible) on both the Intrapersonal and the Interpersonal categories. This means that she can readily identify how she is feeling, and is TUNE with herself AND with others. The evaluation also reinforced the fact that Gelli might find it easier to learn things by watching, as many kids with Down Syndrome are visual learners.
While Gelli is still young, I’m sure that she will ultimately show me many of these characteristics through out our time together. I can see many key points exhibited as early as now. In fact, just today, in our first “sit in” class at The Little Apprentice Preschool, one of her classmates was crying and looking for his nanny. When she saw her classmate crying, she immediately started comforting him. Her awareness of his feelings and the empathy she had for him almost brought tears to my eyes. (Proud Momma Moment)
So, why would you want your kids to be assessed using this method? Having an idea of where your child is naturally talented, and where his strengths lie can only aide you better in choosing the right school for your child. It can help you further in deciding what activities to encourage and where your child might need some extra help. If we want our children to succeed and to reach their potential, it’s much easier if we know where they are starting from. This innate intelligence can be built upon or even strengthened so that your child (and you) can be successful with any endeavor.
If you are interested in taking advantage in the discounted rate that Mind Print is offering, make sure you book your appointment with Kaiz.
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