Philosophy: the Topic
updated February 5, 2019

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,
    The Examined Life, and
    Good Conversation.

Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:

picture of a cave

Apology, Meno, Phaedo


The Republic


The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Symphony No. 22 in E-Flat "The Philosopher"

Franz Joseph Haydn

"The Red Wheelbarrow" poem

William Carlos Williams

"I Dwell in Possibility," "There is No Frigate Like a Book," "I'm Nobody, Who Are You?" poems

Emily Dickinson

I also recommend:

Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates

M.D. Usher

The Velveteen Rabbit and Philosophy FREE from TpT
introduction to Socrates

The Treasure

Uri Shulevitz

Philosophy notebooks work best when they have unlined paper for art assignments, such as

I like to make a big deal about our special Philosophy colored pencils!

I also have available several quiet pencil sharpeners and a gentle chime to bring us together at the beginning of class and to signify the end of a writing assignment

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