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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
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Social Studies for Homeschoolers


by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2007

Textbooks, curriculum, and fun resources for young people...

The study of philosophy includes topics such as ethics (right and wrong,
morals, values), metaphysics (the nature of reality, man's place in the
universe, spiritual issues), and logic (the principles of reasoning).  
Wikipedia has some nice definitions and histories of the studies of
philosophy,  metaphysics , and logic .  

I have included some kid-friendly texts, and other fun resources for
learning about these topics.  Some of the resources discuss religions and
theology, but I have not included any religious doctrines or treatices on
specific religions.  If you are looking for resources on a specific religion,
you can do a
Google search for that religion and the words  "for
children" or "for kids".

Some Basics

Are Children Capable of Philosophical Thinking? by Michael Pritchard

Why Philosophy for Children? from the Institute for the Advancement of
Philosophy for Children

Possible Structure for a Philosophy Session from Tuckswood
Community First School -- suggestions for young children

Ten Reasons NOT to do Philosophy by Tony Lynch, University of New
England  -- humorous and sarcastic essay for older students

What Do Children Learn in Doing Philosophy? -- listing of skills by age

Textbooks, Books, and Curriculum

Cartoons for Thinking: Issues in Ethics and Values by Dr. Joseph
Hester, and Dr. Don Killian

Philosophy for Young Thinkers Program by Dr. Joseph Hester and Dr.
Philip Vincent -- (K - 12) a comprehensive program that focuses on both
critical thinking and the analysis of philosophical moral concepts.

Little Big Minds by Marietta McCarty -- step-by-step guide to teaching
kids how to think philosophically,         `` full of excellent discussion
questions, teaching tips, and group exercises.

Relativity, Quanta, and Consciousness by Michael Clay Thompson   

Philosophy Rocks and The Philosophy Files by Stephen Law -- kid-
friendly philosophy books

Philosophy for Kids : 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder ...
About Everything! by David A. White -- sections on values, knowledge,
reality, and critical thinking, also mentions philosophers associated with
each question

The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking  by Stephen
Law -- this book takes a philosophical look at some typical questions, such
as Does God exist?  What is knowledge? Can machines think?, the author
is argues toward his own view.  Note: also includes a few adult topics that
may not be appropriate for younger students, the author also offers
online course by the same name thru Oxford University Continuing
Education program

Philosophy and the Young Child by Gareth Matthew

DK: A Young Person's Guide to Philosophy by Jeremy Weate -- a nice
introduction to the most famous western philosophers, this book can be
used on different levels with different age students, from kids to adults

Introducing Philosophy by Dave Robinson -- covers similar ground as
the DK book (mentioned above) in a graphic novel form (not humorous)
aimed at teens and adults, summaries of the major philosophers are brief
and concise (though not as detailed as in the DK book), good overarching
summaries of the history of philosophy and comparisons of schools of
thought are included, a good springboard to studying particularly
interesting philosophers in more depth

Does the Center Hold? by Donald Palmer, a McGraw Hill textbook

Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty and Poetry, Plato and the
Problem of Truth by Michael Clay Thompson -- weaves together threads
of philosophy and poetry

The Pop Culture and Philosophy Series for Open Court Press --
dozens of books that a fun look at the philosophy within popular cultural
topics.  Includes the philosophy of: Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The
Simpsons, Seinfeld, Baseball, The Beatles, U2, Monty Python, Hip Hop,
The Matrix, Harry Potter, and many others.  Fun and educational.

The Tao Te Ching -- a free, abridged, audio version of ancient Chinese
philosophical thought, attributed to Lao Tsu ("Old Master")

Jade Purity -- a free poetic interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, more
easily understood by children

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff -- a book which explains Taoism in
terms of the attitudes and actions of Pooh and his friends,

Understanding Daoism -- a 6th grade curriculum, activities include
learning thru Monkey stories

Zhuangzi Speaks by Chih-chung Ts'ai (Author), Brian Bruya (Translator)
-- Taoist wisdom told thru stories in a comic book format

Ecological Ethics: An Introduction by Patrick Curry  -- a philosophical
look at environmentalism

Free Online Resources

Philosophy Class - an online intro to philosophy by Thomas E.

You are Invited to the Philosopher's Tea Party -- fun discussion
topics for younger children, from the University of Tasmania

The Mathmagician's Circle -- philosophical discussion questions for
kids, sample discussions give parents ideas on follow-up questions to ask

Philosophy for Children: Philosophical Questions from Children's
Stories from Mount Holy Oak College

Philosophy for Kids from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

5 Sources for Free Greek Philosophy Education Online - great list

John Cleese Talks about Life and Philosophy -- short spots written for
radio that can be used to begin discussions

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -- free online collection of
terms and texts, searchable  by keyword or title

Philosophy Timeline -- annotated timeline of western philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy -- free online articles, full text

Kids Philosophy Slam -- an annual program and contest designed to
make philosophy fun and accessible to all kids in grades K—12, helps
promote critical thinking skills, encourages dialogue with other students
and adults, kids submit their work (thru their teacher), $25 entry fee

The Adventures of Philosopher's Island fom the Cheney Primary
School Philosophy Group -- an exercise you can use at home

Museum of Lost Wonder -- an interactive tour thru a metaphorical
museum, compares concepts of philosophy to alchemy, beautiful music

Other Resources

ANU Faculty of Arts Philosophy Film Database -- over 500 film, plot
summaries an key scenes, search by plot, theme, title

A Lesson in Metaphysics from Nanny 911 by Steven Arthur

No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed -- recorded episodes of a
philosophy TV show available for purchase, includes topics such as
love, art, euthanasia, genetic engineering, terrorism, evolution, ethics, etc.

The Philosophical Gourmet Report -- a ranking of university
philosophy departments, by philosophical specialty

Related Issues

The Code of the Debater: Introduction to the Way of Reason by
Alfred C. Snider, University of Vermont -- a free online text that covers
basic debating skills from
Debate Central,

Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student by Edward Corbett -- this
book is a classic, for serious writers looking for an introduction to
argumentative logic and classical rhetoric, not light reading, often
recommended for use with
The Well-Trained Mind Grades 9 - 12
Classical Education)

Thank You for Arguing:  What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer
Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs
-- a practical but humorous look at rhetoric with examples from unexpected
contemporary figures, reviews and excerpts available

Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric by Brigham Young University
-- a free online resource, examines the art of effective writing and
speaking,  "...a discipline for training students to become proficient in
applying the resources of language..."
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