Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children's Literature [NOOK Book]

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Big Ideas for Little Kids includes everything a teacher, a parent, or a college student needs to teach philosophy to elementary school children from picture books. Written in a clear and accessible style, the book explains why it is important to allow young children access to philosophy during primary-school education. Wartenberg also gives advice on how to construct a 'learner-centered' classroom, in which children discuss philosophical issues with one another as they respond to open-ended questions by saying ...
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Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children's Literature

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Overview

Big Ideas for Little Kids includes everything a teacher, a parent, or a college student needs to teach philosophy to elementary school children from picture books. Written in a clear and accessible style, the book explains why it is important to allow young children access to philosophy during primary-school education. Wartenberg also gives advice on how to construct a 'learner-centered' classroom, in which children discuss philosophical issues with one another as they respond to open-ended questions by saying whether they agree or disagree with what others have said.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607093367
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 164
  • File size: 405 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Wartenberg is professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College and has been working with teachers on teaching philosophy for children for over a decade. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Precollege Instruction in Philosophy. Among his other books are Existentialism and Thinking on Screen.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface
Part 2 Teaching Philosophy in Elementary Schools
Chapter 3 Natural-Born Philosophers
Chapter 4 How I Became a Children's Philosophy Teacher
Chapter 5 Learner-Centered Teaching
Chapter 6 The "Game" of Philosophy
Part 7 Preparing to Teach
Chapter 8 The Elementary-School Introduction to Philosophy Course
Chapter 9 Preparing a Lesson Plan
Chapter 10 Leading a Philosophy Discussion
Part 11 The Stories
Chapter 12 "Dragons and Giants": Teaching Ethics
Chapter 13 Frederick: Teaching Social and Political Philosophy
Chapter 14 The Important Book: Teaching Metaphysics
Chapter 15 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Teaching the Philosophy of Mind
Chapter 16 The Giving Tree: Teaching Environmental Philosophy
Chapter 17 Morris the Moose: Teaching Epistemology
Chapter 18 Knuffle Bunny: Teaching the Philosophy of Language
Chapter 19 Emily's Art: Teaching Aesthetics
Part 20 Implications
Chapter 21 Suggested Follow-Up Activities after Philosophy Discussions
Chapter 22 Conclusion
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