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The YES …Sarah Bee & Satoshi Kitamura-Andersen Press

The philosophy of a Yes and many Nos   This week I was sent a copy of The Yes by Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura, published by Andersen Press. I make it my job to find picture books that offer problems and questionings about big themes. This one found me in a way that only a Yes can…. And I can’t wait to share it with children who always have more wonderings than me. The plot is simple but the language flo
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A Philosophical Classroom Investigation-“What is lining up about?”

    How many problems are encountered in the line to the school hall or the playground? How common is the call “ He/She pushed in” or “That’s my space “ “I’m at the front/back” I remember the squabbling, the constant jostle to get to the front, the arms spread across the doorway to prevent anyone from passing and also that slightly lost look of the children who really didn’t want to be in a line at all, tho
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What Ofsted says about Philosophy for Children

   The following examples show how Ofsted recognise the impact that philosophy for children has on learning . If you have had recognition of this from Ofsted we would love to add quotes from your reports. Together we can change the way we teach. Let’s give the power to the next generation of voters to change education for the better……. Keep up the good work. Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School N
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A Child’s Work. The Importance of Fantasy Play

My work in Philosophical Play is strongly influenced by the work of Vivian Gussin Paley. As Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Read more to find out why…. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/644871.html
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If a great musician plays great music but no one hears – were they really any good?

 A powerful and moving article about what we miss in life. One of the world’s greatest musicians played some of the world’s greatest music on the world’s most expensive violin in a metro station in 2007. What happened ? For The Washington Post Article click here Activity idea- Ask the children to listen to three pieces of music  . These should include contemporary music of the moment , a piece by th
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Useful tips for facilitation of Inquiry

Top tips for facilitation The aim is for children to take over the role of facilitation. It is important that you model the skills and allow opportunities for them to develop these skills for themselves. LISTENING We need to be able to listen actively in more ways than just using our ears. In fact ears are just the tool we use to transfer words to our brains. Listening with our brains Tips for active listening • Do I
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A Christmas wish list for educational change

For the past few months I have been involved in an educational project initiated by dedicated professionals from the school of education at the university of Cape Town and PRAESA an organisation dedicated to raising educational achievement through reading and storytelling. The project is co-funded by the Douglas Murray Trust who are committed to transforming lives of young children through educational change. The pro
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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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