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iSmart Program


Welcome to iSmart, the talented and gifted program exclusive to Horizon Christian Elementary School.  Based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences first developed by Howard Gardner, this program highlights a student's "smarts" or learning strengths through assessment, interactive learning, special projects, field trips and community service.

At Horizon Christian Elementary School we believe that EVERY student is talented and gifted, and therefore provide opportunities for upper grade students to assess, develop and expand their area of '"Smart" while exploring all 8 kinds of Smart.

While the principles of multiple intelligence and our iSmart program are infused throughout all grades, the core of our program begins in the 4th grade with introduction, exploration and assessment in all eight areas of Smart.  As students advance to 5th and 6th grades they participate in special iSmart modules designed specifically to further develop their skills and experiences in one of their top areas of Smarts.  Each module group is led by a faculty member who shares that area of Smart and guides students in exploring, enhancing and celebrating their kind of Smart through special guest experts, demonstrations, off-campus experiences and community service projects.

Horizon's iSmart allows students to grow in confidence knowing that they are deliberately and beautifully made by our Creator.  Our hope is that students look enthusiastically to the future knowing that because of their God-designed strengths they will not only succeed but feel fully alive using their God-given potentiality.

What "Smart" are You?

Body Smart

Bodily-Kinesthetic. This area has to do with bodily movement and physiology. In theory, people who have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence should learn better by involving muscular movement (e.g. getting up and moving around into the learning experience), and are generally good at physical activities such as sports or dance. They may enjoy acting or performing, and in general they are good at building and making things. They often learn best by doing something physically, rather than by reading or hearing about it. Those with strong bodily-kinesthetic intelligence seem to use what might be termed muscle memory - they remember things through their body such as verbal memory or images.  Famous Body Mart people include Jesus Christ, Sampson, and Michael Jordan.

Math Smart: Logical-Mathematical

This area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning, and numbers. While it is often assumed that those with this intelligence naturally excel in mathematics, chess, computer programming and other logical or numerical activities, a more accurate definition places emphasis on traditional mathematical ability and more reasoning capabilities, abstract patterns of recognition, scientific thinking and investigation, and the ability to perform complex calculations.  Famous Number Smart people include Jesus Christ, Noah, and Albert Einstein. 

Music Smart: Musical

This area has to do with rhythm, music, and hearing. Those who have a high level of musical-rhythmic intelligence display greater sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones and music. They normally have good pitch and may even have absolute pitch and are able to sing, play musical instruments, and compose music. Since there is a strong auditory component to this intelligence, those who are strongest in it may learn best via lecture. Language skills are typically highly developed in those whose base intelligence is musical. In addition, they will sometimes use songs or rhythms to learn and memorize information.  Famous Music Smart people include Jesus Christ, David, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

People Smart: Interpersonal

This area has to do with interaction with others. In theory, people who have a high interpersonal intelligence tend to be extroverts, characterized by their sensitivity to others' moods, feelings, temperaments and motivations, and their ability to cooperate in order to work as part of a group. They communicate effectively and empathize easily with others, and may be either leaders or followers. They typically learn best by working with others and often enjoy discussion and debate.  Famous People Smart people include Jesus Christ, Queen Esther, and Mother Theresa.

Self Smart: Intrapersonal

This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities. People with intrapersonal intelligence are intuitive and typically introverted. They are skillful at deciphering their own feelings and motivations. This refers to having a deep understanding of the self; what are your strengths/ weaknesses, what makes you unique, can you predict your own reactions/ emotions.  Famous Self Smart people include Jesus Christ, Moses, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Word Smart: Verbal-Linguistic

This area has to do with words, spoken or written. People with high verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence learn foreign languages very easily as they have high verbal memory and recall, and an ability to understand and manipulate syntax and structure.  Famous Word Smart people include Jesus Christ, Solomon, and Abraham Lincoln.

Picture Smart

A Picture Smart person thinks visually with their eyes and can readily see pictures in their mind. They like to design, draw, build, create, daydream, and look at pictures. They tend to learn best when working with pictures, colors and drawings. Famous Picture Smart people include: Jesus Christ, Nehemiah, and Georgia O'Keefe.

Nature Smart: Naturalistic

This area has to do with nurturing and relating information to one's natural environment. This type of intelligence was not part of Gardner's original theory of Multiple Intelligences, but was added to the theory in 1997. Those with it are said to have greater sensitivity to nature and their place within it, the ability to nurture and grow things, and greater ease in caring for, taming and interacting with animals. They may also be able to discern changes in weather or similar fluctuations in their natural surroundings. They are also good at recognizing and classifying different species. Famous Nature Smart people include Jesus Christ, Adam, and Jon Muir.