Special - In support of Story Modules
We are currently in the midst of an effort to create Story Modules. These are like the Book Modules of Dr. Thomas Wartenberg, but Story Modules:
- Are based not on little kids' books, but rather, on non-copyrighted stories (typically this means we get them from works in the public domain), and
- Unlike Book Modules, Story Modules contain the stories. That is, they are standalone; you don't need any additional written or printed materials.
- Use your browser's search function, for example to look for "Iliad."
- Once you have found something you might think would be useful, download a copy in the format of your choice (e.g. Kindle/.mobi) to your own device for further use.
There are a lot of materials here on this website you are visiting now. Many of them, I've modified to suit homeschoolers, the needs and characteristics of my own Young Philosophers group, and my own ideas. However, almost all of them originate from Dr. Thomas Wartenberg, author of Big Ideas for Little Kids, who is one of the pioneers of discussing philosophy with children (though in his book he credits predecessors who started this before he did). You are welcome to use the materials on this website, but if you want to go back to the original source, you may also do that at Dr. Wartenberg's own website: http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org.
Big Ideas for Bigger Kids
Wartenberg's materials and the materials on this website up until May 2014, are generally aimed at or well-suited to children aged approximately 6 to 9. Though these materials (for example, the book modules) may also be used for older children, recall that the title of Wartenberg's book is Big Ideas for Little Kids. As one of my older Young Philosophers (age 10) put it: "But we're not little kids!"
Currently we are beginning an initiative to create and make freely available, a body of story modules similar to Wartenberg's book modules, more suitable for older children. Please feel welcome to participate!
Handouts, cutouts, et cetera
These seven weekly handouts are good starting places, and informative.
If you are going to play the Stone Soup game with your kids, here are two pages you may print out, cut out, and give the veggies to the kids.
Philosophy books and referencesHere are some things to read, to learn about philosophy:
- The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell - a very good introduction to the topic. HTML, PDF, Kindle.
- A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell - an historical treatment - also a good introduction. HTML, PDF, PDF (original page images), Kindle.
Here are valuable archived educational materials. They came from the Teaching Kids Philosophy website. Also see Dr. Wartenberg's book Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children's Literature. We will be using this book as a guide and outline, as we teach and explore philosophy with young homeschoolers.
There are many more question sets and resources besides the seven weekly handouts mentioned above. They are listed:http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/wiki/Video.
Besides the kids books used as the foci of discussion, also useful: