Ask any five year old what their superpower is and they’ll say, “I know everything.” Okay… Maybe they won’t say it, but they think they do – until they start asking questions. It’s as if Gamper hacked into the heads of elementary students and figured out the key to teaching them all the secrets of life. This book reminded me of so many times my little ones would just stand and ask me questions.


“Mommy, why do spiders crawl in holes?”
“Will spiders chase me down and bite me?”
“Is that spider going to grow great big when he comes out of hiding tomorrow?”
“Will I fall over if he bites me on the head?”

It didn’t matter that I didn’t know the answer, they thought I did. And they were in learning mode, so I had to teach them. I had that one moment, when they were focused on learning that one thing, to teach them everything they wanted to know. Finding the flow by which they learned, as Gamper indicated in her book was the key to overthrowing a world of ignorance. I could have the smartest kids in the world, if I could only keep ahead of what they wanted to know.

When Gamper explained how the process of connecting, and encouraging my child to do the right thing resulted in better responses one time than the next time maybe… I recognized the process of exhausted and involuntary frustration that came out – either from me or from my child. How could these incredible little beings possibly understand that not every response will be filled with loving concern, if I don’t find ways to teach them the options and show them the same kind of caring concern for their outbursts as I’d like for mine.

Helping them feel safe and secure in their learning environment was as important as offering kind responses to their questions. The process of enhancing their play time, and allowing natural recourse to their behavior is just one part of the process that I believe will be helpful in creating alternative educational environments that offer safe and secure places for children to learn. These creative ideas offered in the Flow to Learn book will definitely help me to create a more child friendly learning area for my pre-teen monster babies. I’m looking forward to this next season of homeschooling. Since we decided not to send our four back into the mainstream of schools this year.


Now that I’ve read through the entire 52 weeks of powerful teaching strategies, I’m excited about applying the concepts to my own educational plans for this year. I believe opening the door to allow my own children the freedom to learn at their own time and continuum, with a little help and encouragement will improve their overall education. And more… I believe this may help to heal some of their frustrations over past inefficiencies of learning and educational situations.

by Kendall Townsend, posted by Garth Thomas