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Why think?; philosophical play from 3 to 11.


Why think?; philosophical play from 3 to 11.

Stanley, Sara.

Continuum Publishing Group


244 pages



Sara Stanley, a teacher at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School, offers an innovative approach to incorporating philosophy into the curriculum of early childhood education. This program she calls Philosophy for Children (P4C). She advocates focusing on fine tuning listening and speaking skills, asking questions and challenge answers, exploring both sides of arguments, turning statements into questions, and more. She explains how to cultivate a resource bank of toys that will be good for philosophical play, while also arguing for the importance of play in child learning. She introduces concepts in structuring a learning environment for philosophical exploration. She uses case-studies and dialogs and storyboards throughout the text. Online resources (e.g. templates of materials described in the book) extend the usefulness of this text.

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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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