Teaching Children Philosophy

Ready to try your hand at having a philosophical discussion with children? On this site you will find all the materials you’ll need to engage young minds with philosophy and ethics. If you’re just getting started, check out our resources page.


Teaching Children Philosophy

Many Teaching Children Philosophy discussion guides are available in Spanish! Check back often as we continue to add new guides in Spanish.

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Teaching Children Philosophy

We’ve created sample classes for educators who want to integrate multiple Teaching Children Philosophy modules into their lesson plans.

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Interested in teaching philosophy and ethics to elementary school children? We’ve got over 200 discussion guides designed to help you introduce philosophy and ethics using popular children’s picture books. Each discussion guide will introduce educators to the key philosophical or ethical issues in the picture book. The guides also provide questions to help initiate a philosophical discussion with young children.

Do you have a book in mind that you do not see on our site? We are creating new guides all the time, and would appreciate your suggestions. Fill out a request form here to suggest a book.

For more guidance on how to facilitate a philosophy discussion as well as an entire curriculum for an introduction to philosophy class for elementary school children, read Thomas Wartenberg’s book Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Children’s Literature, 2nd Edition. For questions about the work of Teaching Children Philosophy, contact Thomas Wartenberg (twartenb@mtholyoke.edu). For questions about this website, contact Christiane Wisehart (christianewisehart@depauw.edu). Follow Teaching Children Philosophy on Facebook (@kidsphilo).

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