Kindergarten Philosophy Classes


Thanks to the generous support of a Gerler Faculty Fellowship, many of Sara Goering’s Kindergarten philosophy sessions at John Muir Elementary school were video-recorded during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Special thanks to Jeff Curtis (videographer and editor) and Nhi Le (Kindergarten teacher) and all the wonderful students who made philosophy exciting and new each week.

To see highlights from the discussion of "Cookies" from Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel follow this link:

To see highlights from the discussion of The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown follow this link:

To see highlights from the discussion of "The Garden" from Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel follow this link:

No Narrow Thing Podcast – Episode 10 Philosophy for Children with Jana Mohr Lone


Center director Jana Mohr Lone discusses philosophy for children: What does a philosophical education for children look like? How might the world change if everyone was a little more philosophical? How do you navigate difficult topics like violence and religion with children?

Philosophy Bakes Bread Radio Show — Philosophy for Children


In this thirteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Jana Mohr Lone of the University of Washington on the topic of philosophy for children.

Why Not Ask Why? Fostering Philosophical Questions in the Young


By and large, today philosophy is not part of the standard American educational curriculum. It is generally regarded as one item in a long list of specialized academic disciplines which intellectually-minded people pursue, but which are of limited interest to the non-specialist. This situation is unfortunate, because, in fact, philosophical questions, what we could call a "philosophical mindset" really belong in all disciplines. Scientists, artists, legislators, parents, cannot avoid, if they are serious and thoughtful, asking fundamental questions about what they do, about the larger context for their actions, about the hidden presuppositions and logical implications of their evaluations. Philosophy means simply looking at any aspect of life in its totality, and exploring its relationship with the rest of reality, that is, its "meaning."

Philosophy Talk: Philosophy for Children


Given their innocent approach to things, do children make good philosophers? Or do they lack the equipment for clear-thinking? Is exposure to philosophy good for children? Or will it undermine their sense of security? John and Ken put these questions and more to an audience of Seattle children and their philosophy teacher, Jana Mohr Lone, founder and director of the Center for Philosophy for Children at the University of Washington.

At Seattle Elementary, Philosopher Helps Kids Explore The ‘Why’ Questions


Students at Seattle's John Muir Elementary School are trying to answer life's big questions. Along with reading and math, the school's curriculum includes philosophy. 

Why philosophy? Kids start asking all sorts of "why" questions starting in preschool, says philosopher Jana Mohr Lone: "Why is the sky blue? Why are some things in color and some things aren’t? Can you be happy and sad at the same time?"

National Humanities Center Webinar for Teachers: Literature and Essential Philosophical Questions


This webinar explores various philosophical questions raised by the following three novels: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee; The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison; and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The novels all inspire consideration of (among others) the following three philosophical themes: Ethics: What kind of person should I be? Personal identity: Who am I? Social and political philosophy: What is the nature of courage?

You can listen to a recording of the webinar and/or download the presentation PDF

National Humanities Center Webinar for Teachers: Teaching The Book Thief


In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak explores issues of life and death, friendship and community, oppression and resistance, and the nature of courage. This webinar will consider these topics within the structure of a community of philosophical inquiry, a structured, collaborative exploration aimed at constructing meaning and acquiring understanding through the examination of philosophical questions. We will begin with a short talk about ways to inspire a robust community of philosophical inquiry in the classroom.