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A Child’s Work. The Importance of Fantasy Play

My work in Philosophical Play is strongly influenced by the work of Vivian Gussin Paley. As Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Read more to find out why…. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/644871.html
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YOU CHOOSE..

Time machine OR Money trees WHY?
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Best friends

Which would you rather have. ….?   A robot dog ? Or A real dog ? WHY  
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THINKING ABOUT THINKING

YES or NO If a robot had a human brain would it be human?
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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
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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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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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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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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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