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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

A wolf’s problem

Wolf is very hungry.  He has three choices but he can only eat ONE of the following. .. The grandmother Red Riding Hood Or The cake Which should he chose and why?
Read More

The Three Robbers – Tomi Ungerer

Stimulus- Watch or read the following story. [http://youtu.be/j6W8fg2p5cI/youtube] Allow the children time to draw their thoughts about the stimulus. Ask them to draw an idea that illustrates whether they think the robbers were good or bad. Next, ask the children to move to a label marked GOOD or one marked BAD. Allow time for children to explain their reasons briefly  to others in that group. Bring the children back
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

Philosophy for Children in South Africa

I was recently invited to Cape Town and Johannesburg to speak to teachers, PGCE students and charitable organisations about using story and philosophy with children. We had an amazing venue for the workshops at “Villa on the Beach”  in Milnerton Cape Town. Just a short walk over the dunes this awe inspiring view greeted us. Who couldn’t help but philosophise about life faced with this? For more info
Read More