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Philosophy for Gifted Kids
"Above all, I didn't want those kids to say to me at the end of the class,
'Now tell us what the answer is.' And, in fact, they never did that. I think
that, by making the problem something that a child character in my story gave
expression to, I encouraged them to think that the problem might have a
solution, or at least some kind of resolution, they themselves were capable of
coming up with." -- Prof. Gary Matthews Philosophy
Philosphers by Fred Van Lente
- Plato: Wrestling Superstar of Ancient Greece! Nietzsche: The Original
Ubermensch! Bohidharma: Grandmaster of Kung Fu! TheyÕre not just great
thinkers... They also make great comics! Action Philosophers details the
lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust, told in a hip and
humorous comic book fashion...
Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids by
David A. White (or from
- Follow-up to
for Kids: 40 Fun Questions..., and delve deeper into the philosophical
questions kids (and adults) care about deeply. Through vibrant discussions
and debate, students will grapple with age-old questions about the nature of
Friendship (Aristotle), Time (Augustine), Knowledge (Plato), Existence of
God (Aquinas), Perception (Berkeley), Free and Society (Rousseau), and many
of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life
by James Langlas
- Presents seven principles that are rooted in the long tradition of
Taekwondo and are also tied to modern character education: courtesy,
integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community
service, and love. Explore each through a mix of storytelling and writing
from the author's former students, describing ways in which they’ve applied
these principles to their own lives and inspiring readers to do the same.
Includes questions to spur reflection, discussion, and action. This
story—and especially the enduring appeal of traditional master/student
tales—will resonate with teens of all backgrounds...
for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) Montclair State
- Curriculum materials for engaging young people (pre-school through high
school) in philosophical inquiry and provides teacher preparation in the
pedagogy of the classroom community of inquiry...
- An annual program designed to make philosophy fun and accessible to all
kids in grades K12, as well as to help promote critical thinking skills and
encourage dialogue with other students and adults. Each grade level has
its own national winner, and the top four high school students debate the
question at the national finals...
At Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter by
- Organized historically and augmented by more than 400 cartoons designed
to make teaching and learning more fun, this lighthearted work born of serious
scholarship can be used as a core text or as a supplement in introductory
Up Your Mind: A Classroom Guide to 10 Age-Old Debates by Clark G. Porter
with James M. Firsch (grades
7-10) (or from
- Presents 10 pervasive intellectual conflicts that have bedeviled the world
of ideas for centuries and continue to influence modern thought, including
free will vs. determinism, nature vs. nurture, and liberalism vs.
Training in Seven Points
- Lokeshvara (translation "He who looks over the world") is the embodiment
of awakened compassion in Mahayana Buddhism...
Island from Middleton Cheney Primary School
- Written by a children's philosophy discussion group (ages 7 - 11),
Philosopher's Island is a story which asks questions. These questions are
designed to explore different aspects of philosophy...
and Children's Literature
- Literature lesson plans are geared toward elementary school age students,
some more particularly for younger elementary school students and some for
older students. All of these books can also be used with middle and high
school students, with adaptations...
- Introduction to Philosophy, including Logic, Ethics, Epistemology,
Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, and
for Children from Mt. Holyoke
- Teaching philosophy through children's literature...
for Kids from University of Massachusetts
- Materials to use in doing philosophy with children...
for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder ... About Everything! by
David A. White
- "What does it mean to be fair?" "How do you know who your friends are?"
"What is time?" "Are you the same person you were five years ago?" "Can
something logical ever not make sense?" If you have ever wondered about
questions like these, you are well on your way to becoming a philosopher!
Become acquainted with the wonders of philosophy...
for Teens: Questioning Life's Big Ideas by Sharon M. Kaye and Paul
- "What is love?" "Is lying always wrong?" "What is discrimination?" "Do
you think about weird things?" What a perfect opening line for our
kids! Lots of ideas, to help teens (and gifted pre-teens) think about the
big questions that they have. Full of "thought experiments" to keep
them thinking after they put the book down, and don't miss the companion
Philosophy for Teens: Examining Reality and Knowledge by Sharon M. Kaye and Paul
Thompson (or from
- Examine some of life's toughest questions, including identity, God, the
universe, freedom, and the meaning of life. Both sides of the debates are
covered on every issue, with information from some of the world's most noted
philosophers included in a conversational style that teenagers will
Philosophy Files by Stephen Law
- In a friendly and accessible way, the author introduces some of
philosophy's big questions, from "Is there a God?" to "Should I
eat meet?". Explore philosophical puzzles from ancient times to modern
day, in a fun to read and re-read book!
Rocks by Stephan Law
- Introduces eight of philosophy's big questions, from "What Is Real?" to
"Does God Exist?" The first chapter seems a bit heavy-going as it explains
Plato's forms with examples and a couple of criticisms, but Law incorporates
C. S. Lewis's "Shadowlands," nicely grounding this rather obtuse idea back
to the "Narnia" books...
Philosophy for Young People sponsored by the American Philosophical
- A unique forum for the philosophical questions - and answers - of young
people and their teachers. Each topical issue contains philosophical
discussions, drawings, philosophical writing by students, and articles
offering advice and ideas for teachers and parents interested in facilitating
philosophical discussions with young people... (Individual issues are Adobe Acrobat files)
World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder
- Wanting to understand the most fundamental questions of the universe
isn't the province of ivory-tower intellectuals alone, as this book's enormous
popularity has demonstrated. A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a
discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she
must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using
everything she's learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could
ever have imagined...
Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his
companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and
aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as
near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the
enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on
simplicity and natural living... Also read
The Te of Piglet
Your Opinion? by Richard G. Cote & Darcy O. Blauvelt (grades
6-8) (or from
- Real-world activities and open-ended opportunities within tiered lessons.
Students use debate to analyze texts and develop persuasive speaking and
Person's Guide to Philosophy by Jeremy Weate
- Introduces over twenty-five of the world's greatest philosophers and
presents a simple version of the tenets of philosophy (reviews poorly for
average kids, but our kids seem to like it)
April 02, 2019