February 1 Introduction: What is philosophy for children?
Discuss "Cookies" in class
February 8 Why teach children philosophy?
Reading: Philosophy Club, pp. 8-24 (ER)
Kennett and Smith, "Frog and Toad Lose Control" (ER)
Fisher, Chapter 1
Martin Luther King Materials (xerox)
In class: Discuss self-control and discussing philosophy with school
Visit by Lan Katz, Executive Director Martin Luther King Charter School
February 15 The Community of Inquiry
Read: Fisher, Chapters 3 and 6
Kennedy, "The Community of Inquiry and ..." (ER)
Kennedy, "Philosophy for Children and the Reconstruction of Philosophy" (ER)
Assignment: Be prepared to discuss the book you have chosen and what
the philosophical issues in it are.
In class: Group discussion of "The Ring of Gyges"; begin small-groups
with discussion of "The Dream"
February 22 Teaching philosophy through children's
Reading: Fisher, Chapter 4
of Gyges" (ER)
March 1 Matthew Lipman and the beginnings of philosophy
Reading: Reed and Johnson, "Philosophy for Children: An Introduction" (ER)
Assignment: Draft questions for your book.
March 8 Facilitating a philosophic discussion with children
Read: Fisher, Chapter 5
Philosophy Club, pp. 25-36 (ER)
Matthews, Chapter 15 (ER)
Assignment: Draft the philosophical introduction for your book.
March 15 How to Conduct a Philosophic Discussion with
Read: Laurance J. Splitter and Ann M. Sharp, "The Practice of Philosophy
in the Classroom"
David Pears, "Courage as a Mean" (ER)
Assignment: Meet with Chloe to discuss your question sets
In Class: Go to Jackson Street to meet students and have a discussion
of ground rules
March 22: Break!!
March 29 1st teaching session at the Jackson Street School
Read: Let's Make Rabbits
Teach: "Dragons and Giants"
Submit revised book module for your book. Meet
with tech mentor to begin the design of your on-line module.
April 5 2nd teaching session at Jackson Street
Read: Many Moons
Descartes, from the Meditations (ER)
Fixation of Belief"
Teach: Let's Make Rabbits
April 12 3rd teaching session at Jackson Street School
Read: Emily's Art
Teach: Many Moons
April 19 School Vacation:
Meet at Mount Holyoke
Assignment: Meet with Chloe to discuss two-page paper proposal due April 21
Journals also due April 21
Work on Posting Online Book Module to Kidsphil Website
April 26 4th teaching session at Jackson Street
Teach: Emily's Art
May 3 Final teaching session at Jackson Street
Continue Teaching Emily's Art
Reflective Essay Due May 12