For the Teacher
Teaching Philosophy to Children
Philosophy concerns our everyday life, how we see the world, our relationship to others, ethical dilemmas, moral obligations, the list goes on an on. The Ancient Greek philosophers began their inquiries with questions about things they saw in front of them--Why do people steal? Are all individuals good? What does it mean to be good? As questions that concern the very nature of how we conduct ourselves, I believe guided discussion with children on philosophical topics can be fruitful to their development as thinkers.
Mount Holyoke has begun to pioneer their series on asking philosophical questions through children's literature. There is a video you can watch of student's engaging in discussion. Plus, there are lots of links to different stories you can use.