Philosophy: Responsibility
updated March 27, 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,
    Burden, and
    A Unique Opportunity.

Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:

loosely knit handmade sweater

enlarged photograph of a spiderweb

long winding chain of dominoes

"The Summer Day" poem

Mary Oliver

"Lead" poem

Mary Oliver

"The Road Not Taken" poem

Robert Frost

"In This Land," "Trying Times," "I Be Your Water" songs

Sweet Honey in the Rock

L'enfant et les sortileges (The Bewitched Child)

Netherlands Dance Theatre / French National Orchestra

Buddha Stories: "The Clever Crab," "The Cunning Wolf," "The Black Bull"


The Fables of Aesop: "The Two Dogs"

illus. Edward Detmold

The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

trans. Jack Zipes

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

ed. Walter Kaufmann

The First Man

Albert Camus

The Fall

Albert Camus

The Plague

Albert Camus

Speaking from the Heart

Rita Manning

"Just Caring" essay

Rita Manning

I also recommend:

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" song

Simon & Garfunkel

Grimm's Color Charts Rally Building Blocks Set

the most beautiful set of dominoes you will ever find!

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom

"The Summer Day" and "Lead" by Mary Oliver can be found online here (PDF)

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