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GOOD OR BAD ?

If your night time dream became real the next day Facilitation ideas, thoughts and questions This scenario involves consideration of  the concept of reality What is real? How do we know things are real ? Is a dream inside our head real? If dreams come true would we be able to tell which was real? Which would we prefer … the dream or the re-enactment? Are all dreams enjoyable? Would there be a functioning w
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Duck,Rabbit- Amy Krouse

[http://youtu.be/hPCoe-6RRks/youtube]   What do you see? Share the video or book with the children. Ask the children to divide into two groups. those who think they saw a duck and those who think they saw a rabbit. Which did most people see? Activity Using dough or clay challenge the children to combine two animals into a new creature. Once completed think of a name for this new species. Bring the creatures back
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1 day introduction to philosophical classrooms training details.

Sara Stanley 1 day Philosophical Classrooms Training This one day course offers a thorough, practical and thought provoking introduction to developing philosophy in the EYFS and Primary setting. It will focus on; • How to use children’s play and dialogue to develop a community of enquiry. • How practitioners can develop and support facilitation of children’s questions and ideas. • How daily Question Board activities
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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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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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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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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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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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