Carmen Gamper

Carmen V. Gamper is an educator and advisor for child-based education. After co-creating two innovative schools in Europe in the 2000s, she relocated to California where she founded the New Learning Culture program to support inspired parents and educators.

Freedom within Structure: Safely fostering child-directed activity and movement

[From: Week 29 of Flow to Learn: A Parent’s Guide to Recognize and Support Your Child’s Flow State] The more freedom we allow, the more structure we need to provide; this includes upholding structure and order in the environment as well as providing healthy boundaries for children (as explained in Week 30). The better your …

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Flow To learn - Your child's first teacher

Enjoy Being Your Child’s First Teacher and Learning Companion

Mothers, fathers, or primary caregivers play an important role as a child’s first teacher. Parents teach their children how to eat with a fork and knife, tie their shoelaces, and brush their teeth. Later, they might teach them how to play basketball, tell time, and bake cookies. For parents who are homeschooling, the list of …

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Modeling Behavior is the Best Teacher: Respect Must Be Mutual

First published with audio version on InnerSelf.com Children aren’t born with social skills. Children don’t need to learn how to learn but they do need guidance in socializing. They may naturally respect you as their significant caregiver, they may intuitively know about dignity, but they don’t know yet how to express this respect with words and deeds. …

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How to Recognize Your Child’s Flow State of Optimal Learning

When children are supported to explore on their own through hands-on play, they enter a state of flow. Psychologists describe flow as “optimal experience,” and educators increasingly describe flow as the optimal state for learning. Through their self-led explorations, they learn indelible lessons, including skills that form the basics of authentic academic thinking needed later …

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The Healing Power of Imaginative Play

{Please visit Innerself.com for the audio version of this article} Just as adults benefit from talking about their challenges with friends or a therapist, many children benefit from processing upsetting experiences during pretend play. Perhaps you’ve noticed that when children freely play with blocks, stuffed animals, dolls or action figures, they frequently create pretend worlds. …

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Balancing Your Child’s Screen Time During Covid

First published on Parentology – Parenting in the Digital Age Managing your child’s screen time during COVID-19 has become more challenging than ever. As the bulk of education is presented on screens, and children get most of their social life and entertainment online, they spend hours sitting and staring, while using only a fraction of …

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Discover your child’s (and your) unique flavor of intelligence! The author, Carmen Gamper, reads from the Flow Discovery Journal

For children ages 5 to 105: “Hello you! There are 7 billion people on planet earth. You are one of them, and there is no one like you!” The Flow Discovery Journal is a writing journal, activity book, and coloring book that helps you discover your unique combination of intelligences, your preferences, and innate skills. …

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Let children find their flow state of optimal learning

Have you noticed your child focusing so intensely on their activity that they forget about time and can’t hear you call them? They might be in a flow state of optimal learning, the deep concentration children (and adults) often experience during activities they love. Children’s flow state is often overlooked or misunderstood because traditionally we …

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Benefits of Flow Activity Stations at Home

A flow activity station is a place where children and/or grown-ups can spend an extended period of time with an activity they love. Home flow statios can have highly beneficial effects on your child and the atmosphere in your home. Many power struggles may disappear because in this place your child can feel powerful. Clinging …

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