Resources

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:

Here you may find a long list of source texts, suitable or at least potential candidates for stories for kids ages approximately 10 to 12. The list is just a long list, not particularly navigable. Suggestions for use:

Wartenberg's Website

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 references

Here are some things to read, to learn about philosophy:

More information

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:

These discussion questions were written by different college students, so they vary in quality and scope. They also vary in philosophical topic.

You may see videos of how it actually works in practice at http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/wiki/Video.

Supplemental resources

Besides the kids books used as the foci of discussion, also useful:

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