Studying Philosophy With Kids
Everyone has a philosophy they are working from. The key to doing philosophy with your kids is getting them to recognize what assumptions they and the people around them are constructing their beliefs from.
We love doing philosophy as a family. Whether it’s having a family book discussion or reading about an old Greek guy, we try to incorporate philosophy into our daily lives so that our minds stretch and grow and we can better defend or refute the ideas we encounter.
Philosophy doesn’t have to be stuffy, and you don’t have to save it until high school.
Here you will find all our resources, books, and discussion guides for doing philosophy with kids.
This page is a work in progress – check back often!
The Basics of Studying Philosophy With Kids
Philosophy Through Picture Books
Another Day In The Milky Way
Unit Studies Based on Famous Philosophers
Books & Curriculum We Can Recommend
High School and College Level
From a Christian Worldview:
- Metaphysics: Constructing A World View
- Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions
- Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous
- Philosophy of Religion: Thinking About Faith
- Do Hard Things
- The Deadliest Monster
- A Shot of Faith (to the Head)
- History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (free lecture series through Itunes)
General Philosophy books:
- Who Said What? Philosophy Quotes for Teens
- An Introduction to Philosophy (free ebook at gutenberg)
Older Elementary and Middle School
- How to be Your Own Selfish Pig
- Who Moved My Cheese (regular or “for teens” version)
- A Beginner’s Guide to Philosophy
Younger Children and Elementary
- Big Questions by DK Publishing
Links To Check Out
- Philosophy for Children
- Teaching Children Philosophy – excellent site!
- Kids Think About It
- Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies – a funny site with a free printable poster
Books & Resources We Cannot Recommend
These are books I have checked out of the library and previewed or the girls have browsed and we found to be lacking in a balanced view, tact, or both.
- Really, Really Big Questions by Stephen Law
- Philosophy Bites
- Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. . . (understanding Philosophy through jokes)