There should be no guns in the world. Suggestions for facilitators to think about I wonder. .Would the world be more or less peaceful workout guns? Would no guns mean no violence? Do guns always mean war? Can guns be used for good things? Follow up activities... PHILOSOPHICAL STORYPLAY Use Tusk Tusk by David McKee as a stimulus for inviting questions and thoughts. Invite children to play some of the ideas in the stor
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I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon & Viviane Schwarz

Philosophical thoughts from Year 1 pupils at Lionwood Infant & Nursery School, Norwich as we shared the book together. Transcript session 1 Interesting comments and thoughts that arose. I think that is a thought. SS- I wonder,what is a thought ? I think. Henry was thinking in his head while he was sleeping. That happens to me sometimes maybe it happens just to some people? I have bad dreams I hear noises in my h
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Which is better?

Questions or answers?  Facilitation ideas? These ideas are to help the facilitator think for themselves about the issues that may be behind the initial question. For example. .. These ideas might help push for deeper thinking of ideas the children are exploring. They are not intended to be a list of questions that children should answer. It is their ideas that should drive the enquiry.  Is philosophy always
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A Peter Pan Inquiry- How to unmuddle our minds

Adult/Facilitators preparation What are your thoughts about the stimulus ? Thinking about this first will help you facilitate the inquiry. Read this paragraph from Peter Pan “It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning… It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering
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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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Using Fairy Tales to develop understanding of concepts.

  Fairy Tale statements- Agree or disagree Activity Ask the children to stand in the middle of the space. Read out one of the statements from the list below and ask the children to move to the card that best fits their thinking. Allow a few minutes for them to talk together in the group, telling at least one person why they moved to that card. Encourage every person in the small group to share his or her voice w
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Using children’s stories as stimulus for enquiry.

Storytelling is the purest form of philosophical exploration. When we surround our children with the mysteries of human nature, social conventions and the moral and ethical maze that weaves in and out of stories, we are enabling them to think. More importantly, we are introducing a medium that encourages the language of thinking and wondering. Opening the doors into story worlds enables children to see connections be
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Adventures in Wonderland Possible-Impossible?

The children became fascinated about the seemingly impossible events happening in the story of Alice in Wonderland . I decided to create a game based on the discussions we were having along the lines of “But how do we know that can’t ever happen?” Activity-Possible or Impossible? You will need A label that reads “Impossible” and a label that reads “Possible” A set of cards each with one statement ta
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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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