Why Think?: Philosophical Play from 3-11

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A&C Black, Jun 7, 2012 - Education - 264 pages
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We live in an ever demanding world where
independent, creative thinking is highly prized. We want the children of the
future to have the skills and confidence to form their own ideas, and have the
confidence and resilience to speak up for what they believe in. Why Think? will enable
practitioners of children aged 3-11 to confidently turn their classrooms into
spaces where thinking, challenging and reasoning become as natural as play. In
this book, the author of But Why? explores how to maximise philosophical
play through activities, games and parental engagement. Why Think?
Includes: Inspirational case studies Facilitation techniques and information on
philosophical concepts A list of recommended books and resources, online
quizzes, thinking games and useful web links Question-board activities to stimulate daily
thinking The book is visually interesting with lots of
annotated sessions, drawings, photos, and ideas for resources. A must for all
early years and primary practitioners.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Starting with Play
9
2 Storytelling and Fairy Tales
29
The Role of the Facilitator
58
4 Creating PhilosophicalThinkers
79
5 First Enquiries
102
6 Think Again Better Thinking
135
7 Continuing the PhilosophicalJourney
147
8 The Final Adventure Usingbooks for P4C
162
9 Putting It All Together Thinking for Life
216
Resources
235
Index
241
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Sara Stanley is Foundation Stage Leader and Teacher at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School, Norwich, UK. She is a Level 1 trainer for SAPERE (The Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) and delivers P4C (Philosophy for Children) training, workshops and keynote speeches internationally.

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