I would love to find a way to introduce my students to philosophy in some sense to give them a taste of what it is that I like to do. This has been hard for me to figure out though for multiple reasons. First, since it is a public school, I am always careful of what I say and don't want to get in trouble for anything I tell to a kid that may upset a parent. I also struggle because it is difficult for me to translate a lot of the ideas that philosophy covers into terms that can be understood by elementary aged children. I did not know if you had any suggestions of a good way to introduce philosophy to kids or if you knew of any resources that I may be able to find online that could help me? Please just let me know and I look forward to hearing back from you.Back when I blogged at Talking Philosophy, I wrote some "philosophy for kids" posts, There was one about the little red hen and one about what we'd do if we discovered little people like The Borrowers living under our floorboards. Would we treat them as second class citizens, just because of their size?
I think using children's literature as a springboard for talking about philosophy is a cool idea. That's what happens very naturally--you read with kids, and certain books lead to good discussions. But which books have that potential? I think I recall someone publishing a story-oriented philosophy book for kids, but I can't think who that is.
Anyone have ideas about how to introduce young kids to philosophy, using fiction, or not using fiction, or using online resources? Your assistance much appreciated!