Philosophy: Nature
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,
    Resemblance, and
    Awe.


Booklist: Resources

Marietta suggests the following:


"Act Naturally" song

The Beatles


"Cha Cha Chihuahua," "Why Did the Mouse Marry the Elephant," "Desert Dog"

David Grisman Quintet


Tao Te Ching

Lao-Tzu, trans. Stephen Mitchell


Tao Te Ching

Lao-Tzu, trans. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English


The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff


Ethics

Baruch Spinoza


Island of the Blue Dolphins

Scott O'Dell


And God Created Great Whales

Alan Hovhaness


Mysterious Mountain, Mount St. Helens

Alan Hovhaness


"To the Last Whale... Critical Mass and Wind on the Water" song

David Crosby and Graham Nash


On Love and Barley

Basho


The Midnight Dance of the Snowshoe Hare

Nancy White Carlstrom


I also recommend:

LIFE: A Journey through Time TED talk video by Franz Lanting

National Geographic Destination Wild: Tropic Gothic video
because it is on Hulu this has ads, so you may want to suggest it to parents instead of watching it in class... but it is an extraordinary video!

Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder
Sylvia Cassedy


Basho and the Fox

Tim Myers


Basho and the River Stones

Tim Myers


The Essential Haiku: Basho, Buson & Issa

ed. Robert Hass


Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys

Bob Raczka


One Leaf Rides the Wind

Celeste Mannis


A Collaboration with Nature

Andy Goldsworthy

Board books to read and act out before teaching about the Tao, which is EVERY preposition:


My blog posts from teaching this topic:

Animal Report Template (PDF)



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