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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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What I didn’t get to say on BBC 5 live this morning.

Results are released today of a year long study funded by the Education Endowment Foundation with over 3100 9&10 year olds in UK primary Schools. The study shows that just 1 hour a week of P4C leads to progress equivalent to an extra 3 & 4 months of reading, writing and mathematical over the year. A significant finding raising the profile of the work of SAPERE.( Society for advancement of philosophical enquir
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AGREE or DISAGREE?

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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Frogs & snails sugar & spice

Yes or no ? Boys and girls are different. You might also wish to ask which of these babies is a girl and which is a boy and how can they tell? ( the baby in the frilly pink hat is a boy) Follow up suggestion Ask the children to draw round one girl and one boy on large paper. Read The following old nursery ryhme What are little boys made of ? Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails That’s what little boys are made
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Belhar and Langa. Starting with storyplay.

Part of our baseline for storyplay is observing how play is used in the ECD setting. Play is problematic in the South African context. Imagination is not encouraged,  freeplay is not seen as learning.  Teachers themselves have very few memories of play and certainly none in the context of their schooling. We are sowing the seeds of play for a purpose-we need to create spaces where children can learn how to play in a
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Joyful news for South Africa

Proud to announce that PRAESA have just won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for their services to reading projects with children. Also proud that I have been able to be involved in their storyplay project.  A wonderful team, practitioners and children determined to improve lives through literacy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32132992?SThisFB
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What are Boys and Girls ?

Interesting stimulus for gender enquiry.  How would you play this in the classroom ?  Girl and Boy: http://youtu.be/pF1j22x-yU8
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Philosophical play in the Early Years Setting

      It could be said that children are probably at their most philosophical in their formative pre-school years. If you take Socrates’s provocation that “All I know is that I know nothing” then we see everything as new and puzzling. To a pre-school child the whole world is a new and strange place. A place where some things make perfect sense and other things absurd. A world of inconsistency and cha
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Real colour investigations

What colour is this water?  Philosophical play investigation. What happens to colours when you mix them when you paint or squash them together when you play with playdough? Questions to develop thinking If we can’t see can we feel or sense colour? If a tree grew purple oranges are they still oranges? Can something have no colour? Is transparent a colour?  Is colour real? What questions do you have abo
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In a story…

Which story would you rather be in and why ? Sleeping Beauty ? Or Little Red Riding Hood ? Facilitation ideas Sharing the children’s first thoughts What do they like or not like about the stories? Which characters would they be and why ?  Philosophical imaginative play Allow the children to create simple settings for both stories using den making equipment & blocks etc. Allow them to recreate the stor
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