Philosophy Package 1

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This package contains the student books and teacher manuals for the first three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

This package contains the student books and teacher manuals for the first three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

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Question Mark Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-0-89824-284-3

Order code: 2843

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain?  In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all.

In the curriculum children are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that children can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns.

"Informative, entertaining, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in both organization and presentation, Question Mark is highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections—and would be an ideal supplement for homeschooilng curriculums as well."  – Midwest Book Review

"Question Mark is an utterly charming introduction to the essential skills of clear and deep thinking. Readers follow the adventures of Mark and his shadow-puppet bunny friends, Who What, Why, and Someone Else. The bunnies represent four "deep" philosophical questions that Mark puts to himself: Who am I? What am I doing here? Why do I exist?, and What is it like to be someone else? The first three bunnies ask for Mark’s help in rescuing their brother, Someone Else, from Dogma (represented by a dog, who also starts out as a shadow puppet) on the Island of Doubt. In order for their rescue attempt to be successful, Mark and the bunnies must raise a series of doubts—for example, in order to gain entry to the castle in which Someone Else is held captive, Mark and the other bunnies must doubt their own existence outside of the castle. By the end of the story, all four bunnies are safe, and Dogma has renounced dogmatism for the sake of her puppies. Mark has discovered the joy of asking deep questions, the power of doubting, and the certainty of his own existence.

"There are so many levels on which to enjoy Question Mark. There is the level of the narrative, which is sweet and clever and often very funny. The playful characters, vividly illustrated, and the well-structured action will easily appeal to and engage young children. There is the level of the dialogue, which feels like a natural conversation into which young children can enter and yet, at the same time, clearly communicates complex philosophical issues. Instructors will enjoy the book’s organization and structure: the story is divided into chapters according to philosophical themes. Each theme is clearly described in the teacher manual with suggested discussion questions and activities. Finally, the level at which there is most to enjoy in Question Mark is that of philosophical engagement. The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof." – Katherine Thomson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College

Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain?  In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all.

In the curriculum students are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that students can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns.

"Informative, entertaining, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in both organization and presentation, Question Mark is highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections—and would be an ideal supplement for homeschooilng curriculums as well."  – Midwest Book Review

"Question Mark is an utterly charming introduction to the essential skills of clear and deep thinking. Readers follow the adventures of Mark and his shadow-puppet bunny friends, Who What, Why, and Someone Else. The bunnies represent four "deep" philosophical questions that Mark puts to himself: Who am I? What am I doing here? Why do I exist?, and What is it like to be someone else? The first three bunnies ask for Mark’s help in rescuing their brother, Someone Else, from Dogma (represented by a dog, who also starts out as a shadow puppet) on the Island of Doubt. In order for their rescue attempt to be successful, Mark and the bunnies must raise a series of doubts—for example, in order to gain entry to the castle in which Someone Else is held captive, Mark and the other bunnies must doubt their own existence outside of the castle. By the end of the story, all four bunnies are safe, and Dogma has renounced dogmatism for the sake of her puppies. Mark has discovered the joy of asking deep questions, the power of doubting, and the certainty of his own existence.

"There are so many levels on which to enjoy Question Mark. There is the level of the narrative, which is sweet and clever and often very funny. The playful characters, vividly illustrated, and the well-structured action will easily appeal to and engage young children. There is the level of the dialogue, which feels like a natural conversation into which young children can enter and yet, at the same time, clearly communicates complex philosophical issues. Instructors will enjoy the book’s organization and structure: the story is divided into chapters according to philosophical themes. Each theme is clearly described in the teacher manual with suggested discussion questions and activities. Finally, the level at which there is most to enjoy in Question Mark is that of philosophical engagement. The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof." – Katherine Thomson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College

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Question Mark Teacher Manual

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Philosophy; Early Learning

ISBN: 978-0-89824-285-0

Order code: 2850

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

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The fifteen chapters of Question Mark fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

You and the child could read one chapter at a sitting. Or you could read one part each day for three days. You could even read the entire book in one day if you make sure to take plenty of breaks for talking and thinking about what you’ve read.

The teacher manual is the instructor’s guide to implementing Question Mark. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, and suggestions for activities that the child can do.

The fifteen chapters of Question Mark fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

You and the students could read one chapter at a sitting. Or you could read one part each day for three days. You could even read the entire book in one day if you make sure to take plenty of breaks for talking and thinking about what you’ve read.

The teacher manual is the instructor’s guide to implementing Question Mark. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, and suggestions for activities that students can do.

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Question Mark teacher manual sample pages:

Theo Rising Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-288-1

Order code: 2881

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

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Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Children are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young.

Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Students are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young.

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Theo Rising Teacher Manual

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Philosophy; Early Learning

ISBN: 978-0-89824-289-8

Order code: 2898

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Theo Rising Teacher Manual Cover

The fifteen chapters of Theo Rising fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: posing an inquiry, examining competing theories, and using a criterion for theory evaluation. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

You and the child could read one chapter at a sitting. Or you could read one part each day for three days. You could even read the entire book in one day if you make sure to take plenty of breaks for talking and thinking about what you’ve read.

The teacher manual is the instructor’s guide to implementing Theo Rising. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, and suggestions for an activity that the child can do.

The fifteen chapters of Theo Rising fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want students to develop: posing an inquiry, examining competing theories, and using a criterion for theory evaluation. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

You and the students could read one chapter at a sitting. Or you could read one part each day for three days. You could even read the entire book in one day if you make sure to take plenty of breaks for talking and thinking about what you’ve read.

The teacher manual is the instructor’s guide to implementing Theo Rising. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, and suggestions for an activity that students can do.

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-693-3

Order code: 6933

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case is the third book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series. 

Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Children learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle's rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.

Mark and Theo Make Their Case is the third book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series. 

Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Students learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle's rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case student book sample pages:

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Teacher Manual

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Philosophy; Early Learning

ISBN: 978-0-89824-695-7

Order code: 6957

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

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The thirteen chapters of Mark and Theo Make Their Case aim to impart the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: identifying a problem, making an argument, and making objections. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

The book falls into two parts. The first part, Chapters One through Seven, is inspired by Plato’s quest for a perfect world; the second part, Chapters Eight through Thirteen, is inspired by Aristotle’s rejection of that world.

You and the child could read one chapter each day for thirteen days. Or you could read one part each day for two days. You could even read the entire book in one day if you make sure to take plenty of breaks for talking and thinking about what you’ve read. 

The teacher manual is the instructor's guide to implementing Mark and Theo Make Their Case. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, and a suggestion for an activity that the child can do.

The thirteen chapters of Mark and Theo Make Their Case aim to impart the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: identifying a problem, making an argument, and making objections. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

The book falls into two parts. The first part, Chapters One through Seven, is inspired by Plato’s quest for a perfect world; the second part, Chapters Eight through Thirteen, is inspired by Aristotle’s rejection of that world.

You and the students could read one chapter each day for thirteen days. Or you could read one part each day for two days. You could even read the entire book in one day if you make sure to take plenty of breaks for talking and thinking about what you’ve read. 

The teacher manual is the instructor's guide to implementing Mark and Theo Make Their Case. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, and a suggestion for an activity that the students can do.

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