Flow Discovery Journal
Flow Discovery Journal & Coloring Book: Daily Questions to Spark Your Beginner’s Mind
by Carmen Viktoria Gamper
Published in October 2020
Writing journal, activity book, and coloring book all in one: Discover, imagine and create new worlds inside you and all around you!
Your beginner’s mind is a superpower! It helps you discover your very own flavor of intelligence, your preferences, and talents. Don’t underestimate simple questions! They strengthen imagination and creativity and lead kids and adults alike to think out-of-the-box, in new or long-forgotten ways.
You will tap into your multiple intelligences, develop a growth mindset, and experience yourself as a competent learner. You will find puzzles, crafting activities, math tricks, drawing exercises, language games, and many questions to open your mind.
Use the daily questions to connect with children, invite them to play alone or with siblings, friends, and other grown-ups to learn more about one another.
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“I like that there are no rules or one way of doing the activities in this journal. It presents a set of questions to help you think about yourself, your experiences, the world around you. The questions have a wide range such as: ‘What is your favorite meal?,’ ‘Do you like adventures?,’ ‘Make a list of the things or places you would like to see, discover and explore.”
“These questions make you think, get you away from social media, computer games and apps and other devices. It is educational in that it helps you discover yourself.”
“I like that this journal is coming at a time that everyone is online all the time. Our worlds have become one zoom after another. This is a great book to help families just slow down and take a look at themselves. I think it is great for anyone at any age, but see mostly tween and teenagers really enjoying and using this book.”
“I really like the timing of this book. It will really help a lot of people who are struggling with the pandemic and being alone and away from family and friends to take this time to discover themselves. Even after this pandemic, it is a great tool for slowing down and becoming more mindful.”
“Journaling is a wonderful tool for understanding yourself and your feelings and this particular journal gives young children the opportunity to explore their feelings in a creative way and learn an important tool that they can use throughout life.”
Available in local bookstores, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Introduction read by Carmen Gamper, the author
Each question in the Flow Discovery Journal helps kids and grownups discover their unique combination of 12 main intelligences:
Everyone’s mind works differently. What makes you intelligent isn’t the same as what makes someone else intelligent.In fact, according to the developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, there are nine types of intelligence. For the purpose of knowing yourself fully, three more have been added to this book, making 12 kinds of intelligence in total. By understanding all of them, we can know ourselves better.
Do any of these ways of thinking sound like you?
Practical intelligence is the ability to find a solution to a problem and achieve the result you want. When you think this way, you know how to address life’s big and small challenges. For instance, builders find solutions for us to live comfortably; chefs and farmers find solutions for us to eat good food. When you can fix a broken pen, repair a car, or find a way to cross a river, then you have practical intelligence.
Visionary intelligence is the ability to imagine, visualize, and dream of something that does not exist in the world. Inventors, explorers, and people who like to improve life use visionary intelligence. You might imagine being an amoeba and writing a story about its life, or you invent a simple microscope. By imagining, inventing, and planning, you strengthen your visionary intelligence.
Linguistic intelligence enables you to understand and use spoken and written words in useful and fun ways. Writers, journalists, poets, songwriters, comedians, and teachers all use linguistic intelligence. When you express yourself through words, poetry, rhymes, songs, stories, and plays, you hone your linguistic intelligence.
Mathematical intelligence is the ability to use numbers and other measurements to engage with your surroundings. Through counting, playing with numbers, solving mathematical problems, measuring things, collecting data, or identifying recurring patterns and shapes, you sharpen your mathematical intelligence.
Spatial intelligence is the ability to picture something in your imagination exactly as you’ve seen it before. You might enjoy drawing, making miniature models, or creating designs on a computer. When you remember a walk in the city, when you can rebuild a block tower the way you did the day before, or when you plan a garden, you’re practicing your spatial intelligence.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is the ability to move your body gracefully and ef ciently, and to handle objects skillfully. People who love dancing, playing instruments, horseback riding, skiing, and all other sports, and hands-on activities use the intelligence of their bodies. If you enjoy moving and using your body and hands, then you exercise your bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.
Musical intelligence is the ability to create, practice, and enjoy music, sounds, and rhythms. If you like listening to music, singing, humming melodies, whistling, or simply tapping your ngers rhythmically, you use your musical intelligence.
Empathic intelligence is the ability to understand, imagine, and feel what another person or an animal experiences. When you read a story and feel the character’s pain and happiness, or when you pretend to be someone else when playing, you use your empathic intelligence. People with empathetic intelligence often
want to help others.
Introspective intelligence is the ability to know yourself. It requires self-reflection, and a desire to know what you like and don’t like, and why. People with introspective intelligence know that who they are isn’t fixed—they are always growing, changing, and learning new things.
Naturalistic intelligence is an interest in the natural world, plants, animals, and their diverse habitats. People with this intelligence
track animals and identify their footprints, listen for birdsongs, camp outside, and observe insects. If you love wild animals, taking care of a pet, observing ants, naming plants on your nature walk, or growing plants, then you have naturalistic intelligence.
Existential intelligence is the desire to ask questions about humanity: Why are we here? Where are we going? What is happiness? Why aren’t more people happy? You might ask questions about the ethics of being human, or learn about different cultures or religions. Philosophers, psychologists, and everyone who likes to ponder a human’s place in the universe use existential intelligence.
Intuitive Intelligence – The Flow State
Intuitive intelligence is the ability to do a task really well or know something without having to think about it. Intuitive intelligence often comes in the form of a ow state. When in flow, people don’t think in words, but trust their body’s intelligence and their whole being to guide their choices. Intuitive intelligence includes “Aha!” moments, and the feeling of being at the right place at the right time. When you focus on a hands-on activity, forget about time, and feel fulfilled, you are using your intuitive intelligence.
“We adore this book. My ten-year-old and I currently use it as a “mommy and me” diary to connect during special time and it sparks the sweetest conversations. I love this journal so much that I have also purchased a copy for each of my students ages 7-11 in my tiny school as a holiday gift. ”
Sarah Wilmarth, School Founder, Sebastapol, CA
“The Flow Discovery Journal helps me take an active role in my son’s education in a fun way. We explore the questions one by one each day. It’s a great way to start our homeschooling day.”
Theo Letts, Homeschooling Dad, Los Angeles, CA
“My granddaughter and I love the Flow Discovery Journal. It was a great gift!”
Ella Gerti, Grandmother, San Francisco, CA