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Less Instruction, More Child-Led Play Leads to Optimal Learning with Carmen Gamper

She is founder of the New Learning Culture program, supporting parents, homeschooling families and schools in offering child-directed, flow-rich learning environments

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Carmen Viktoria Gamper is founder of the New Learning Culture program, supporting parents, homeschooling families and schools in offering child-directed, flow-rich learning environments. Her new book is Flow to Learn: A 52 Week Parent’s Guide to Recognize and Support Your Child’s Flow State – the Optimal Condition for Learning. For children, playing and learning are the same. During play, children effortlessly drop into a state of deep, energized focus called “flow,” which psychologists consider “optimal experience,” and educators increasingly describe as the optimal state for learning.

Additionally, extensive research confirms that unstructured, free, spontaneous play is extremely beneficial for children and crucial to their healthy brain development. Most mainstream educational settings today are not conducive to flow — they actually obstruct and prevent flow. Teaching children primarily through spoken and written words and on screens separates them from the direct experience of their environment. Yet parents, grandparents, educators, caregivers and other adults in a child’s life can be nurturers of flow by not regulating or overtaking the child’s creative process. Learn more at flowtolearn.com

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Dave Pamah is an author, podcaster and personal coach who helps people overcome resiliency. As an ex-athlete and retired firefighter, he faced many challenges with racism, bullying and dyslexia. His experience has led him to a career in helping others through personal coaching and with his book: Firefighting From Within. Dave hosts the podcast 'The Dave Pamah Show' where he highlights ways people can make improvements in their lives and other mental health topics. He says that people need to build resiliency by using mindfulness to gain some calmness in your life. Having more positivity can help you live your best life. Follow Dave on website, contact him via email, dave@davepamah.com or follow him on Twitter.

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