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mandela’s legacy .

A week ago I spent an afternoon in the district 6 museum and wandered the streets once owned by the black and coloured population. As I came out of the front door two black workmen were painting the door frames. They watched as I looked up at the plaque on the wall which reads; All who pass by Remember with shame the many thousands of people who lived for generations in district six and other parts of the city and we
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Philosophical Play workshop at this years ICPIC Conference in Cape Town

For details of this years  programme please follow this link http://icpic.cmc-uct.co.za/?page_id=130
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Carnivorous characters

I cannot resist sharing a wonderful example of how children’s stories offer an insight into their interests. In keeping with the practice of recording children’s story dialogues at school an enthused parent recently offered me a sample of dialogue from her 4 year old that she had recorded at home. What is interesting is that this is a child who not many months ago was so uncertain of make believe that he would cry wh
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Playing the Zoo game

Starting early enquiries Early enquiries are essentially book or play based activities used to build the skills needed for rigorous philosophical thinking. The activities can be used across the age range 3-11 but outcome will be dependent on experience and language development. The following is a transcript of an enquiry with nursery children on developing a Zoo. I explained that I was going to play a game with the c
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Year Long Story Curriculum-Enquiry from The Wizard of Oz.

I continue to observe that in children’s imaginary experiences there may be a 50- 50 possibility that the existence of something is real. Until the children decide, both outcomes are in existence. The real and not real are still often the same thing. But whose reality is real and how do we know? The Nothing Box An enquiry with 3 and 4  year olds arising from their roleplay     Context- The children had received a let
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Using Children’s Stories to facilitate a Philosophical Enquiry in the Nursery.

  The Pirate and the Baby   Introducing philosophy to the three year olds in nursery focuses on the children taking responsibility for the thinking behind their play and storytelling. The teacher, or facilitator’s role is to introduce philosophical reasoning and thinking by recording examples of children’s independent play, roleplay and storytelling. These written dialogues are then used to develop mini spo
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Exciting new Picture books from our finest publishers. Spring 2013

I recently met up with my lovely publishing and marketing friends at the Federation of Children’s Book Groups annual conference at Culford College. I only had one day this year so I had to sacrifice a seminar and interesting author talk or two in order to sit on the floor and read as many forthcoming publications as possible. Pip and Morag from Bounce marketing showed me some really exciting proof copies some o
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Twitter Archive Picturebook Enquiries

I thought it might be helpful to add my regular twitter posts which share ideas for using picturebooks on this blog rather than expect you to scroll down a crowded twitter feed.   Please do add any success stories you have had with books mentioned or any picturebooks you and the children have used in the comments box.   You might want to ask for ideas on certain books or themes and I’m sure we can help out̷
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Picture book Resources for Philosophy 3-11-Updated titles in Italics

This is a collection of my most tried and tested recommendations for picture book enquiries. Marilyn Brocklehurst of Norfolk Children’s Book Centre will provide this collection on approval and a 10 percent discount for schools. Just ask for the PhilosophyWorlds recommendation box. www.ncbc.co.uk   Rabbityness-Jo Empsom (Child’s Play) Z is for Moose -K Bingham (Anderson) Angry Arthur -Oram & Kitam
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Philosophy for Children in South Africa

I was recently invited to Cape Town and Johannesburg to speak to teachers, PGCE students and charitable organisations about using story and philosophy with children. We had an amazing venue for the workshops at “Villa on the Beach”  in Milnerton Cape Town. Just a short walk over the dunes this awe inspiring view greeted us. Who couldn’t help but philosophise about life faced with this? For more info
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