Philosophical storyplaying… Robots

  Starting with a story… The following dialogue was overheard whilst 4 boys were playing “space robots” Don’t get me, bad robot I’m not getting you, I’m downloading you. Don’t get my baby either Robots can’t have babies. I later read this conversation back to the group as a story to be acted out inside our giant storybook. The children were then asked to think about whether there could be baby robots? The discus
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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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BETTER OR WORSE? Question Board Activity

  Stimulus Present one of the following questions on the question board each day. Ask the children to place their name under their heading better or worse. Encourage them to share the reason for their choice with a parent/carer, friend or adult. Philosophical Play Allow opportunities for the children to explore these ideas through play. Provide props for dressing up, accessories, small world toys etc. to try out thei
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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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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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After almost 20 years of teaching I have decided to have a break and share my practice with practitioners near and far. My work has been defined and refined by the knowledge that the children I have worked with have given to me. Through their story telling I have learned that imagination and reality can become one and the same. From their everyday peer-to-peer conversations I have learned to listen with complete obje
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