Philosophy: Nature
updated May 29, 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,
    Resemblance, and

Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:

"Act Naturally" song

The Beatles

"Cha Cha Chihuahua," "Why Did the Mouse Marry the Elephant," "Desert Dog"

David Grisman Quintet

Tao Te Ching

Lao-Tzu, trans. Stephen Mitchell

Tao Te Ching

Lao-Tzu, trans. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff


Baruch Spinoza

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Scott O'Dell

And God Created Great Whales

Alan Hovhaness

Mysterious Mountain, Mount St. Helens

Alan Hovhaness

"To the Last Whale... Critical Mass and Wind on the Water" song

David Crosby and Graham Nash

On Love and Barley


The Midnight Dance of the Snowshoe Hare

Nancy White Carlstrom

I also recommend:

LIFE: A Journey through Time TED talk video by Franz Lanting

National Geographic Destination Wild: Tropic Gothic video
because it is on Hulu this has ads, so you may want to suggest it to parents instead of watching it in class... but it is an extraordinary video!

Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder
Sylvia Cassedy

Basho and the Fox

Tim Myers

Basho and the River Stones

Tim Myers

The Essential Haiku: Basho, Buson & Issa

ed. Robert Hass

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys

Bob Raczka

One Leaf Rides the Wind

Celeste Mannis

A Collaboration with Nature

Andy Goldsworthy

The Whales' Song

by Dyan Sheldon

Outside In

by Deborah Underwood


by Emily Hughes

Board books to read and act out before teaching about the Tao, which is EVERY preposition:

50 Common Prepositions
(I made preposition cards on different colors of cardstock and passed them out when we were talking about the Tao)

In 2017 when I taught this topic, we started out with a bunch of thought-provoking activities.

First we made pokeberry ink with berries from Dayempur Farm. Then local artist Hilary Chandler came in as a special guest and gave us a wonderful hands-on lesson on inks and the history of penmanship.

Then we read Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill and did the Printed Leaves Art Project, which took two sessions, and donated the resulting art to the For Kids Sake art auction fundraiser.

    Printed Leaves Art Project -- large sheets of black construction paper, cream and white and dark blue and light blue acrylic paints, sponges, foam brushes, newspaper, variety of leaves, colored pencils or chalk pastels

Then we read The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and did the How to Paint Skin Tone Art Project.

Next, we had local beekeeper Scott Martin come in as a special guest to teach us about honeybees.

Finally, we began to discuss the philosophical question, What is Nature?

My blog posts from teaching this topic in 2016:

My blog posts from teaching this topic in 2017:

My blog posts from teaching this topic in 2021:

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