Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 432

Human lntelligence


Hello Everyone    



Nobody would ever jump out of an aeroplane to take a parachute jump without training for in on the ground first, would they?


lf they had not learnt how to jump with a parachute in lessons on the ground first, they would be very nervous about jumping because they would not know exactly what to do.


Well, they probably would be nervous anyway so maybe that is not the best example; but what l am saying is, when you start a new project there is less risk of it going wrong if you have done a lot of learning and found out a lot of information before you start – and then you have to practice what you want to do a lot to get good at it.


This is really what children do at school. Sometimes even adults do this at school as well, but the schools they go to would be a place called a college or university.


lf there is someone in your class who is really good at English or maths or science, you might call them a Brainiac.


But really there are lots of different ways for people to be intelligent.


Some people might be exceptionally good at one of these or pretty good at quite a few.


We need different people to be good at different things to make the world work in the way it does.


Different skills sets are needed to do different jobs.


lf you are good at everything – give yourself a gold star, you clever thing you!


You can be good and maths and a lot of people think that a brain that does maths problems well is also good at music.  Do you agree?


Another kind of intelligence is visual and spatial (pronounced spashull); that means being aware of what is around you.  You need this kind of intelligence to be a good driver or a soldier on patrol, for example.


You can be good at sports and physical tasks like a golfer or a builder building a house.


You can be good at verbal skills and have a good command of language.  This is needed for good communication skills – to tell people what you think, know and want or to be good at persuasion or explaining things. 


Learning other languages is a good skill to have too.  You need to learn lots of new words and how to put them together in sentences.


Little children are very good at learning language – their brains are set up for it.  Small children’s brains are like language sponges, they are very good at learning new words.


lf you want to learn another language – or two, you may not learn them at school until you are older, but it would help you a lot if you learnt some words now.


To make it fun, get a picture dictionary with lots of words in the language you want to learn – and little pictures to go with them and start learning lots of vocabulary.  lf you can get an adult to teach you how to pronounce the words you are reading, it will help you a lot.


You can learn lots of nouns and verbs – that is things and actions.


When you start learning another language at school, you will learn about grammar, and if you already know a lot of words, it will be much easier for you to understand the grammar.  You won’t have to learn both the grammar and all of the words at the same time; only the grammar.


This is less confusing!


Grammar means the rules by which a language is put together.


Languages don’t all have the same rules.  The rules of English are different from the rules of German, for example.


When you learn the grammar rules of a language, you will be able to put together full sentences in a proper way.


lntro-personal intelligence means knowing yourself well – or self-awareness.  lt is strange to think that some people don’t know themselves on a deep level – when they are the one person they live with all the time.


lnter-personal awareness means being sensitive to others and if you grow up to be a good communicator and are persuasive and find it easy to persuade other people to do what you suggest, you may be able to get a very good job with good pay.


Entrepreneurial intelligence means finding out what kind of business would be good to start to make money. 


A lot of people say that in the 21st century, when we have so much help from technology, storing information and giving it to us within seconds when we ask for it, sorting huge amounts of information quickly for us and even doing mundane physical tasks, that the human brain is now better used for creating rather than storing information.  Human beings are great creators.


Of course, you might not think that if you have exams to revise for!


Then there is abstract and conceptual thinking – that means thinking beyond the obvious facts.  lt means thinking very deeply.  Some people call it thinking outside the box or blue sky thinking – you could come up with an idea that nobody has thought of before.


The word that means the opposite to abstract thinking is concrete thinking.  Something that is concrete is solid, real and very obvious.


lntuitive intelligence is knowing things without quite knowing how you know – awareness just comes to you, some people call it a gut feeling.  This is when your heart knows more than your brain.


ln Shakespeare’s time, people thought that the seat of human emotions was the heart.


By the 20th century scientists were thinking that this was not true.


Nowadays, spiritual people will tell you that the heart knows more than the brain because it is so well-connected to God/ Source Energy.


Scientists have found that there are cells in the heart that are similar to brain cells!


They started looking for them after doctors noticed that heart transplant patients changed their personalities somewhat – they started taking on some of the traits of the person who was the heart donor.


They liked eating different foods and taking up new hobbies that seemed right out of character.


So maybe Shakespeare was right after all!


The lessons you learn at school and the projects you are asked to do should help you to develop all of these skills and you will discover what your strengths are. 


A lot of people think that playing to your strengths could take you further in life than trying to be average at everything.



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Love and kisses


Salty Sam





Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke


Bob:  Oh dear!


Bill:  What’s the matter?


Bob:  l don’t understand why the brain works 24 hours a day, and then mine just stops when l am in a test!



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Well, Auntie Alice saw a strange sight this week.

She went downstairs one morning to make breakfast and spied out of her kitchen window a pheasant standing on the back lawn looking at her.

She went out to say hello, and it seemed very tame.

It must have wandered off the fields into her garden.

Pheasants are not the brightest of birds but they are sweet-tempered and some of them seem to quite like humans – even if they are wild birds.

They can fly high into the sky if they are alarmed but most of the time seem to be happy just walking around.

She fed it some corn and then later gave it some sultanas.  He really liked them!

She knew it was a boy because of his vibrant-coloured plumage.

The female pheasants are a creamy colour.

In the days that followed, she noticed him wandering about the garden nearly every day.  He was even snuggling down with her chickens!

The children have named him Simon. 

He has come to love Auntie Alice giving him food and the children say he can become her new pet – even though he is free to come and go as he pleases.

I think Simon is here to stay.











Quick Quiz


What are these birds that you may see in your garden?


  1. a songbird with a speckled chest
  2. the smallest British bird
  3. a bird that has an orange ring around its eye (male bird)
  4. a bird with a red chest
  5. it lays its eggs in another bird’s nest
  6. it flies in murmurations
  7. it nests in trunks






lt’s the Weekend!




Here is a small baby hat that can be knitted very quickly.

It makes a lovely present.  You could make a few in assorted colours.

It fits a head with the circumference of 25cm/9½ inches.



Using 4mm knitting needles and pastel-coloured dk yarn cast on 51 stitches


Slip 1, (knit 1, purl 1) repeat last 2 stitches to the end of the row

Slip 1, (purl 1, knit 1) repeat last 2 stitches to the end of the row


Repeat the last two rows once


Slip 1 (knit 1, purl 1) repeat last two stitches to the end of the row

Repeat the last row 29 times (30 rows of moss stitch)


Don’t cast off – cut off your yarn leaving about 30cm and thread this through your stitches



Pull the stitches tight at the top of the hat and sew down the sides using over-sew stitching with right sides together.


If you would like to make a larger size to fit a head 30cm/12 inches in circumference, cast on 61 stitches, knit 6 rows of rib and 40 rows of moss stitch.



Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

©Christina Sinclair Designs 2015sand



Quick Quiz Answers


  1. a songbird with a speckled chest – thrush
  2. the smallest British bird – goldcrest
  3. a bird that has an orange ring around its eye (male bird) – blackbird
  4. a bird with a red chest – robin
  5. it lays its eggs in another bird’s nest – cuckoo
  6. it flies in murmurations – starling
  7. it nests in trunks – woodpeckers


A murmuration is when a flock or birds fly around for a while

making shapes in the sky that have fluid movement

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