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Philosophical storyplay adventures in the classroom

 Do your children have amazing thoughts and questions about life that you would like to help them turn into a philosophical storyplaying adventure? click on the image for details
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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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Watch P4C in Action

Apologies for the lack of posts – I am finally back in action on here from an incredible month in South Africa working with schools and ECE settings there . I will be blogging about my experiences soon with videos, transcripts and articles all coming soon but I wanted to share this video first. Filmed on a phone this session took place in Mfuleni Township, 40 km outside Cape Town and illustrates a first introdu
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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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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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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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