Philosophy: Happiness
updated February 11, 2018

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


"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


I also recommend:

Who Knows if the Moon's PDF by e.e. cummings

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

book 1: How to Sit

book 2: How to Eat

book 3: How to Love

book 4: How to Walk

book 5: How to Relax

book 6: How to Fight

The Table Where Rich People Sit

by Byrd Baylor

The Way to Start a Day

by Byrd Baylor

I'm in Charge of Celebrations

by Byrd Baylor

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