Philosophy: Death
updated September 23, 2017

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
for children

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 for

    The Topic,
    The Philosophers,
    Nature's Way, and
    At Peace.

Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:

a photograph of someone in your life who died

a picture of waterfall at Yosemite National Park

lots of photographs of waterfalls

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Shunryu Suzuki

Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God

trans. by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood

John Donne: Holy Sonnets

"Death Be Not Proud"

Christina Rossetti: The Complete Poems


Missing May

Cynthia Rylant

Rules of Travel (CD)

"September When It Comes"

Barber: Music of Samuel Barber (CD)

Poems, Prayers and Promises (CD)

"Around and Around"

Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

David Chadwick

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams

I also recommend:

The Next Place

Warren Hanson

Badger's Parting Gifts

Susan Varley

The Old Woman Who Named Things

Cynthia Rylant

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs

Tomie dePaola

Blow Me a Kiss, Miss Lilly

Nancy White Carlstrom

The Mountains of Tibet

Mordecai Gerstein

Mr. Red Ears

Phoebe Anderson

Cry, Heart, But Never Break

Glenn Ringtved

If You Listen

Charlotte Zolotow

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