A Beginning…

- by Amanda Showler (age 5)

- by Amanda Showler (age 5)

Hello all,

The temperature is dipping and the leaves are changing, so that means another year of instructing across the country.  I’m excited to share the ‘ah ha!’ moments that I’ve had or seen.  I will also bring stories and examples of what I find across the country.  Toronto is my first stop in October. 

I’m hopeful that you will share yours with me too!  So this year is a new beginning and everything starts somewhere.  When I say that there is always one map that pops into my head.  It’s a simple and beautiful little Idea Map on the topic of “Leaves”.  I remember my daughter brought it  to me with “Look what I did!”.  She was 5 years old at the time and this one I hope inspires you too.  I encourage my students when they’re starting out that if she can do it, then so can you!  To have fun.  To try.  So with the leaves changing and whether it’s your first, four hundredth or four thousandth map… Happy Mapping!


  1. Lisa Roach Said,

    October 7, 2009 @ 6:14 pm


    What a great map. I look forward to your other stories and idea maps from across the country. Thanks for sharing.

    Lisa Harvey Roach
    (Mapping For Success)

  2. vanda north Said,

    October 8, 2009 @ 3:52 am

    Yo Debbie!
    What a LOVELY story and example and I bet Amanda is SO proud!
    My Godson, Michael also made me a map at age 6 and it is my pride and joy as well. His was an ant, on a leaf and with sky filling the whole background. His idea inspired me! Keep sharing! Vanda

  3. Clive Digby-Jones Said,

    October 8, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    Hi Debbie, what a beautiful story. I introduced mapping to my kids and step-kids when they were at school. It not only aided recall and expression but drew out a whole raft of art and other creativity. Teach on!! Best wishes, Clive – a Mind Chi Mentor in the making and a follower of Vanda and Richard Israel.

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