Philosophy: the Topic
updated September 23, 2017
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
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
The Examined Life, and
Marietta suggests the following:
picture of a cave
Apology, Meno, Phaedo
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Symphony No. 22 in E-Flat "The Philosopher"
Franz Joseph Haydn
"The Red Wheelbarrow" poem
William Carlos Williams
"I Dwell in Possibility," "There is No Frigate Like a Book," "I'm Nobody, Who Are You?" poems
I also recommend:
Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates
Philosophy notebooks work best when they have unlined paper for art assignments, such as
I like to make a big deal about our special Philosophy colored pencils!
I also have available several quiet pencil sharpeners and a gentle chime to bring us together at the beginning of class and to signify the end of a writing assignment