Philosophy: Happiness
updated October 15, 2016


Recorded here is my own personal collection of articles, resources, favorite links, teaching ideas, and lesson plans. It encompasses many years, from the very beginning of my experience studying and learning about Waldorf to the present time. People from all around the world visit my site and recommend it to others. Welcome!

This site records my journey. I hope my honesty is encouraging and helps break down some barriers that may prevent people from trying Waldorf methods. Because this is an ongoing site documenting my curriculum planning and ideas, some materials are more Waldorf-y than others. Please feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.



Philosophy lesson plans
for children

WHEN to teach Philosophy is a source of great contention; I leave it up to your discretion. I am comfortable teaching it in elementary and middle school. Others would insist high school.

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Booklist: Essential Text


Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids

by Marietta McCarty


You will not be able to successfully teach children philosophy simply by looking at the booklist below; you will need her book (above) for her teaching tips, discussion questions, and exercises for

    The Topic,
    The Philosophers,
    Simplicity, and
    Creating Balance.


Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:

photographs of Zen gardens

a credit card statement

piano or keyboard

Frisbee


"who knows if the moon's a balloon," "when faces called flowers float out of the ground" poems

e.e. cummings


Everyday Zen

Charlotte Joko Beck


Nothing Special

Charlotte Joko Beck


Zen in America

ed. Helen Tworkov


Classics of Western Philosophy

ed. Steven M. Cahn


"The Fawn," "Recuerdo" poems

Edna St. Vincent Millay


The Phantom Tollbooth

Norman Juster


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown musical



Appalachian Spring

Aaron Copland


"I Say a Little Prayer," "See Saw," "Hello Sunshine" songs

Aretha Franklin


"Lady Soul" song

Aretha Franklin


"Here Comes the Sun" song

The Beatles


"Here Comes the Sun" song

Nina Simone


"Here Comes the Sun," "Shambala," "Lazy River," "Smile in My Heart" songs

Rockapella


I also recommend:


The Happy Owls

Celestino Piatti


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo


Zero Waste Home

Bea Johnson

Zen books by Jon J. Muth


Mindfulness Essentials series by Thich Nhat Hanh



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