updated March 19, 2021
Recorded here is my own personal collection of articles, resources, favorite links, teaching ideas, and lesson plans. It encompasses many years, from the very beginning of my experience studying and learning about Waldorf to the present time. People from all around the world visit my site and recommend it to others. Welcome!
This site records my journey. I hope my honesty is encouraging and helps break down some barriers that may prevent people from trying Waldorf methods. Because this is an ongoing site documenting my curriculum planning and ideas, some materials are more Waldorf-y than others. Please feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.
Philosophy lesson plans
WHEN to teach Philosophy is a source of great contention; I leave it up to your discretion. I am comfortable
teaching it in elementary and middle school. Others would insist high school.
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Booklist: Essential Text
Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids
by Marietta McCarty
You will not be able to successfully teach children philosophy simply by looking at the booklist below; you will
need her book (above) for her teaching tips, discussion questions, and exercises
Marietta suggests the following:
The Goat Lady
The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition
trans. by Coleman Barks
Missa Gaia (CD)
Dreaming Blue: An Opera by Libby Larsen (CD)
The Ravi Shankar Collection: West Meets East - The Historic Shankar-Menuhin Sessions (CD)
The Best of George Harrison (CD)
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"
"Think For Yourself"
"What is Life?"
Shankar Family and Friends (CD)
Twenty Years at Hull-House
Peace and Bread in Time of War
A Centennial Reader by Jane Addams
A Policy of Kindness
ed. by Sidney Piburn
The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Four Noble Truths
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Seven Years in Tibet (DVD)
I also recommend:
special Philosophy colored pencils: we use the Prismacolor Premier box of 72
The Three Questions
Jon J. Muth (I used this book to introduce the topic of Compassion)
The Brave Little Parrot
Rafe Martin (we may not be able to do everything but we do what we can)
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
Katie Smith Milway (for talking about one of my favorite charities: Kiva)
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
looking in the newspaper for activities and events in your area at the time you teach Compassion
We did this in September 2017 in
The Concert for Bangladesh article (for teacher background)
Dreaming Blue opera website (for teacher background)
sharing information about the Jane Addams book award (here is the
complete list of winners in a PDF)
I brought in some books I had on hand which have won this award (below) -- pass them around -- if any of the kids have read them they can discuss why they think these titles won and
what they have to do with compassion and peace
I ended up getting several picture books which had been honored with the Jane Addams book award and grouping
the kids in pairs one session, having them read the books together, and then sharing with the group what
the book was about and why they thought it won. All four of these books are based on true stories:
I also used the local newspaper in our discussions of Compassion. On September 29, 2017 there were two articles from the Southern Illinoisan which I read
aloud to the class ("Something from nothing: Group converts plastic bags into mats for homeless" and "Accessible nature: IDNR grant to fund
improvements to nature preserve"). My daughter Becca had helped with the plastic bag crochet project, helping to cut and tie 'plarn' and she
was proud to share her experience. We also had a student whose grandfather uses a wheelchair and he was happy to hear about the trail at Chautauqua
Bottoms Nature Preserve being made ADA-friendly.
On September 30, there was an article showing the other side, a LACK of compassion. This article came from the Associated Press,
which means that it was run nationally. It was called "Yellow wristbands, segregation for Florida homeless in Irma."
Finland is starting a national
experiment to try and prove a basic income doesn't make people lazy
January 4, 2017 article on Universal Basic Income (teacher background)
Finland trials basic income for unemployed
Blog posts from when I was teaching this topic: