Philosophy: Friendship
updated March 6, 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
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,
    Listening, and

Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:

All About Love: New Visions

bell hooks


Karl Jaspers

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

ed. Walter Kaufmann

"Friend of Mine" song

Kate Wolf

Peter and the Wolf ballet

Royal Ballet School

Correspondence, 1926-1969

Hannah Arendt and Karl Jaspers

"The Centaur" poem

May Swenson

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paul Fleischman

Horton Hatches the Egg

Dr. Seuss

I also recommend:

from Junior Great Books anthology (series 2, 1992): "Anancy and Dog and Puss and Friendship"

Peter and the Wolf

Charles Mikolaycak (Illustrator), Maria Carlson (Translator)

Peter and the Wolf

narrated by David Bowie

A Friend is Someone Who Likes You

Joan Walsh Anglund

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

four picture books by bell hooks:

My blog posts from teaching this topic:

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