Kinder Philosophy Cafe

Kinder Philosophy Café is an after school club for K-7 children held on school grounds from dismissal time to 5pm  during term time under the supervision of a trained philosophy teacher.

In a relaxed café environment, children enjoy refreshments and conversation guided by trained philosophy teachers.    The fee for attending the Philosophy Café is the same as after school care.   What is on offer is much more.

In this high energy and informal environment, the children engage together over those often unanswerable or contestable questions.  The café is underpinned by research studies that consistently demonstrate that children who engage in philosophy as part of the primary education increase their educational outcomes in all areas of learning.  And it’s fun too.

With Milo mouths and endless popcorn we discussed whether Mr. Fox deserved the title of fantastic!

While munching on rabbit food (carrots, celery sticks and wedges of cauliflower) we argued vigorously whether Peter Rabbit was more of a thief than the little field mouse.

Can you jump in the same river twice? But what do you mean by ‘same’?

START YOUR OWN PHILOSOPHY CAFE

There are a variety of themes for the café that can be selected as one off’s or used progressively.  They include

JUST HOW FANTASTIC WAS FANTASTIC MR FOX?   Years 7+    

Using the story by Roald Dahl, students will follow the narrative over eight afternoons using story, film, drama, games, and discussion to uncover the deeper questions within the story. Can we judge a person by how they look?  Can stealing ever be acceptable? What would you do for your family? Do animals have rights? Here to there.  Can there be here? 

THE QUEST FOR THE STONE OF WISDOM – year 9+  

Using the graphic novel by Michael Parker, the student’s engage in the journey of two young graduate monks to find the stone of wisdom and thus save their community.   But on their quest the monks are confronted with challenges and dilemmas that cover many of the tenets of philosophy including the meaning of life, dreams and reality, good and right, free will and fate, immortality and death, mind and body, identity.  This narrative will form the stimulus for discussion and at times the views of Descartes, Martin Luther King, Thomas Nagle, Buddha, Immanuel Kant and Plato.

WAS PETER RABBIT GOOD OR BAD?  – students 6+

PHILOSOPHY IN FABLES – students 5+

PARADOXES & DILEMMAS – students 10+  

PHILOSOPHY & SCIENCE – students 8+ (coming)

PHILOSOPHY IN FILM – students 9+