Kids Learn in Different Ways -An interview with Karen P. Roth Ph.D.

When I was a young child, I found it difficult to do as well as my younger brother did in school.  It was often frustrating to me because I would study and try so hard to get an A, but my brother wouldn’t even study and easily get an A.  It just didn’t seem fair.  Why was learning harder for me?

When I went back to finish my Bachelor’s Degree, I found it helpful to walk around while I studied for a test.  This seemed to help me retain the material better.  Then I met, Karen P. Roth P.h.D.   “She is an experienced classroom teacher, a former associate superintendent, and an international education consultant.”   She worked for the Henry Ford Academy, and did several years of consulting teaching educators about Multiple Intelligences.

Karen shared with me very helpful information about kids and education, “We need to make learning accessible to all children.  Some of us learn better through music,  other’s are more visual, and even some people learn and retain knowledge better when they are outdoors.  Most IQ is stuffed into two areas: Literacy and Mathematical Skills.  The challenge with this is not all of us learn in those two areas.  There are Multiple Intelligences, multiple ways each of us learn.”

There are eight identified Multiple Intelligences:  Verbal,  Visual-Spacial, Logic-Mathematical, Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist.   I struggled to learn because I process information differently than my brother.  He was great at math, and I learn faster when I move around -this is Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence are kids that excel in one or more sports, they are more active individuals, and they also enjoys working with their hands.  Each of the Multiple Intelligences have a distinct way of learning.  Each of us may have parts of several of the Intelligences.

What a powerful tool for parents, teachers, aunts, uncles and grandparents to have in their arsenal  of helping the kids in their lives grow and develop.  Once we start to pinpoint how a child learns then we can turn on the excitement for knowledge.  As Karen put it, “Children are our most precious resource.”  So let’s find better ways to connect them to learning.

For more information on Multiple Intelligences check out these recommended readings:
Multiple Intelligence by Howard Gardner
The Naturalist Intelligence by Karen Roth
Multiple Intelligence in the Classroom by Thomas Armstrong


Sometimes it takes a bit of imagination to see things anew.  It was common for us as children to gaze from the windows of our childhood imagining life as we chose to see it.

Inspiring thoughts of creativity without judgement, and without critics passed through our little brains.  Sometimes we even giggled in delight with fantastic thoughts and ideas.

Proper practices as adults is far from this genuine formula of creativity.  Nuturing thoughts of imagination slowly leave us as some of us grow.

Is this a requisite to maturity?
Is this our lot in life to mull along with little or no imagination?
I say, “No!”

I say it from the heart of pure creativity our lives should be filled with imagination. As Walt Disney put it, “I hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing -that is was all started with a mouse.” Or in my case a Fardoodle (as seen below).

Fardoodle Colored Girl Magnifing Glass

Zions Bank and Your Community

Spread the holiday spirit by connecting with your local Zions Bank.  I jumped into my car excited to be on my way to Salt Lake.  The problem was I accidentally left my wallet with all my identifications at home.  I was a bit concerned because I had enough gas in my car to get to my destination, but I would not have enough to get home.   Without my wallet or driver’s license, I was in a tough place.

I called home to my Zions Park City Branch and I was told it would be okay to stop by any branch and explain my situation to pull some cash from my account.  I was greeted in a warm manner when I arrived at the West Valley branch.  While my transaction was being processed, I looked up and saw a wonderful Christmas tree with a small sign on it that said:  Provided by Riverside Elementary.

I smiled, because I was on my way to teach a class at a local elementary school.  It made me think for a moment how great it must feel for the kids in that area to decorate a tree and be part of their local bank.  When I connected with the bank associate to find out more about this special tree it made me feel even more festive.

This is what the bank shared with me: “Riverside Elementary School students will share gifts to be treasured when they trim the Zions Bank Christmas tree with handmade ornaments and receive a contribution to their school in return.  Teachers, parents and Zions Bank employees will gather with the students in the branch’s lobby for the Lights On ceremony. Zions Bank will present a contribution of $100 to the school, and attendees will enjoy refreshments.”

What a magical way to connect people to their communities.  I was excited to hear that: “more than 60 Utah and Idaho elementary schools will participate in Zions Bank’s Lights On celebration this year.”

Let’s all celebrate our holiday season through the spirit of connecting with our communities.  Wonderful memories can be gained when we reach out in fun and creative ways.

Happy Holidays from Skinless Apples!
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Halloween Fun

Spooky fun marked by interesting memories would be how I define my Mom and her love of Halloween.   Where is the best place to read not so scarey Halloween books with the kids?  A cemetery…oh, you think I jest, maybe you think I tease, but true story my Mom put a creative twist on this fun holiday.

Pack a picnic, a warm blanket, and bring your favorite Halloween books for the kids.  Then, during the day of course, drive to the closest cementary.    I’ll tell you having a Halloween picnic in the cemetery with Mom was just spooky fun.

We would set up our blanket. And munch our peanut butter ghost sandwiches, while Mom read from our favorite Halloween stories.  Of course, she couldn’t help herself as she changed her voice to become the witch in the Halloween tale.

Sometimes the best memories can be created out of a little imagination.   For other great ideas about kids and Utah activities, be sure to check out the Utah 4 Kids Adventure Guidebook.  Author/illustrator -Samantha Simon brings life to amazing Utah adventures for kids across the state.
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801-969-1429  (blog)

Toliet Paper Rolls Can Be Fun

Can toilet paper rolls really be made into a fun craft?   I wasn’t too sure about this idea, till I made one myself.  I found out about this original concept through the magazine called: Family Fun.

This is my variation of their idea.  Save up a few toilet paper rolls.  Then look around your house to see if you have any old paint laying around.  Obviously, you can purchase some paint from your local craft store or home improvement location if you don’t have any.

Here is the list of needed items:
Toilet paper rolls (with no toilet paper on them, hopefully it is all used up before you start this craft, ha, ha)
Foam brushes
Paper towels (for cleanup)
Wood Sckeures
Cotton balls or tissue paper (for the center of the flower)
A piece of folded cardboard  or a small bottle to place the toilet paper roll flowers
(See the photos below for more explanation)

One of my favorite lesson to teach kids is: “USE WHAT YOU GOT”  there are so many items we throw out or disregard at home that have the potential of a fun craft or activity.  Use your imagination and the creativity will begin.

Please share with us the fun crafts you have done with items found around the home with the children in your life.


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Too Much or Just Right?

An interview with Vanessa Brown Laurella, PhD, RN (Intermountain Medical Center)
by Samantha Simon

As I sat in the office of Vanessa Brown Laurella, PhD, RN, I looked to her and her 33 years of experience in health care for some direction.   I knew her schedule was full that afternoon so I blurted out my first question How do we teach parents and kids how to make better health decisions?  Dr. Laurella explained, “Health starts with: nutrition, fitness, and stress management.”

Simple but powerful words to a very big puzzle of how each of us define health.  I wondered quietly how parents, grandparents, and even me being an aunt, tackle this huge subject of health while we are so busy with our lives?

“Too much or just right” has a lot to do with small repeated actions that influence our health.    Dr. Laurella shared, “When I work with adults and they ask me about portion sizes when it comes to meal time, I explain, when you can cup the meal you are about to eat in the palms of your hands, it’s just right, but if you can’t it’s too much.”

Maybe this is the best way to look at better health decisions?  “Just right” might be the best way to approach health as it ties into our families.  Moderation is important when it comes to optimal health, and that too much of something will never be just right.  The question is: How do we add this powerful lesson of “too much or just right” when it comes to better health choices? Drink a full glass of water before each meal and have healthy snacks throughout the day (such as almonds (6-8) or veggie sticks).  Go to, www. for more information and visit ProHealth Lab on Facebook for updated information on healthy lifestyle choices.

Hints & Tips
Small actions lead to big change.  Take a different look at the grocery store the next time you are there.  What snacks can you buy this week that might be healthy and fun?  Maybe, one night this week you look at the kids after dinner and say, “Let’s all go for a short walk, I would love to hear how your day went.”


When we try to swallow too much all at once that will never deliver a healthier life.  Choose one thing today to do differently that can help you and your family make better health decisions.  And remember look for something that is “just right” for your family.

Please forward your comments on this important topic.
We would love to hear how you and the kids are connecting.


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