Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye

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We are pleased to offer an academic philosophy series authored by Dr. Sharon Kaye. The series consists of a full thirteen volumes—books for children in kindergarten all the way through the twelfth grade. The entire series has been designed to take students through the history of the Western philosophical tradition from the Presocratics to contemporary concerns. 

The first three volumes are picture books that use vivid, creative, engaging illustrations that beautifully complement the text, which tells a story and which increases in substance from year to year. They form a simple, clear, and surprisingly sophisticated introduction to the concerns of the philosophers. The next three volumes are formatted as chapter books that again tell stories but with less reliance on images. In these books, philosophers begin to appear as characters in the stories. The third set of three books is presented as a trilogy of novels, which contain gorgeous, full-color works of art, including some reknowned masterpieces. In these books, a group of middle school students enters the past through virtual reality simulations, where they engage with famous philosophers and scientists who are the heart of the Western intellectual tradition. 

The last four books are still in process, but like the others, they have been planned as engaging and creative introductions to increasingly complex and sophisticated philosophical principles, rather than as dry recitations of philosophical arguments for kids to memorize.

One of the reasons that we are so excited about the books in this series is that they so effortlessly meet our expectations for a curriculum that is child-centered and oriented toward bringing the child into the material rather than cramming as much material as possible into the child. We want children to develop a relationship with the material that engages them in situations in which they are questioning and theorizing and judging the arguments that intrigue academic philosophers. Sharon Kaye's books do that. Children cannot help but be drawn in by the stories, and they cannot help but to learn in the process. 

We have published the first six student books in two bindings: saddle stitch and perfect bound. The saddle stitched books are more convenient for the repeated readings that some young deep thinkers will want as they work through the implications of the stories. The perfect bound editions have the advantage of a printed spine so that they can be found readily on a shelf.

Dr. Sharon Kaye is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs a Philosophy for Kids internship program in which undergraduate students teach philosophy to middle school honors students. She has published numerous articles and books, which have been translated into Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Slovak. She is the mother of two young children. She says, "I was so happy to find in Royal Fireworks a publisher that is willing to take a chance on philosophy for kids. It needs to be a standard part of primary education. Philosophy is the mother of all the academic disciplines, and it will always be a part of them, inspiring the ever-greater reach of the human mind."

Jordan Novak is a children’s book author and illustrator who lives in the Hudson Valley and is raising three little humans.

Christopher Tice is an illustrator and graphic designer who hails from the upstate New York area. When Chris isn't illustrating, he's dabbling in music and working on his writing. Chris is currently single. If interested, call him at Royal Fireworks. He is a Leo.

Read Sharon Kaye's blog about why she started this philosophy curriculum for kids.

We are pleased to offer an academic philosophy series authored by Dr. Sharon Kaye. The series consists of a full thirteen volumes—books for children in kindergarten all the way through the twelfth grade. The entire series has been designed to take students through the history of the Western philosophical tradition from the Presocratics to contemporary concerns. 

The first three volumes are picture books that use vivid, creative, engaging illustrations that beautifully complement the text, which tells a story and which increases in substance from year to year. They form a simple, clear, and surprisingly sophisticated introduction to the concerns of the philosophers. The next three volumes are formatted as chapter books that again tell stories but with less reliance on images. In these books, philosophers begin to appear as characters in the stories. The third set of three books is presented as a trilogy of novels, which contain gorgeous, full-color works of art, including some reknowned masterpieces. In these books, a group of middle school students enters the past through virtual reality simulations, where they engage with famous philosophers and scientists who are the heart of the Western intellectual tradition. 

The last four books are still in process, but like the others, they have been planned as engaging and creative introductions to increasingly complex and sophisticated philosophical principles, rather than as dry recitations of philosophical arguments for kids to memorize.

One of the reasons that we are so excited about the books in this series is that they so effortlessly meet our expectations for a curriculum that is child-centered and oriented toward bringing the child into the material rather than cramming as much material as possible into the child. We want children to develop a relationship with the material that engages them in situations in which they are questioning and theorizing and judging the arguments that intrigue academic philosophers. Sharon Kaye's books do that. Children cannot help but be drawn in by the stories, and they cannot help but to learn in the process.

We have published the first six student books in two bindings: saddle stitch for classrooms, and perfect bound for libraries. The saddle stitched books are more convenient for the repeated readings that some young deep thinkers will want as they work through the implications of the stories. The perfect bound editions have the advantage of a printed spine so that they can be found readily on a shelf.

Dr. Sharon Kaye is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs a Philosophy for Kids internship program in which undergraduate students teach philosophy to middle school honors students. She has published numerous articles and books, which have been translated into Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Slovak. She is the mother of two young children. She says, "I was so happy to find in Royal Fireworks a publisher that is willing to take a chance on philosophy for kids. It needs to be a standard part of primary education. Philosophy is the mother of all the academic disciplines, and it will always be a part of them, inspiring the ever-greater reach of the human mind."

Jordan Novak is a children’s book author and illustrator who lives in the Hudson Valley and is raising three little humans.

Christopher Tice is an illustrator and graphic designer who hails from the upstate New York area. When Chris isn't illustrating, he's dabbling in music and working on his writing. Chris is currently single. If interested, call him at Royal Fireworks. He is a Leo.

Read Sharon Kaye's blog about why she started this philosophy curriculum for kids.

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Question Mark Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

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 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

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Question Mark student book sample pages:

Question Mark Student Book (perfect bound edition)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-089824-2928

Order code: 2928

Price: $35.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Question Mark Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

This is a perfect bound edition of Question Mark, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

This is a perfect bound edition of Question Mark, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

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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

Question Mark Teacher Manual Cover

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

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

Also an iBook from iTunes

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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 student book sample pages:

Theo Rising Student Book (perfect bound edition)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

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

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-290-4

Order code: 2904

Price: $35.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Theo Rising Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

This is a perfect bound edition of Theo Rising, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

This is a perfect bound edition of Theo Rising, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

Theo Rising Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

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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Theo Rising Teacher Manual sample pages:

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

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. 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.

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case student book sample pages:

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student Book (perfect bound edition)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

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

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-694-0

Order code: 6940

Price: $35.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

This is the perfect bound edition of Mark and Theo Make Their Case, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

This is the perfect bound edition of Mark and Theo Make Their Case, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

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

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Teacher Manual Cover

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.

Mark and Theo Make Their Case Teacher Manual Cover

Xperiment Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-697-1

Order code: 6971

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Xperiment is the fourth book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a boy named X who becomes involved with a group of children who struggle to find the meaning of justice in the small society that they have created for themselves. The kids explore the philosophical concepts of selective rule-breaking, thought-experimenting, and proposing alternative theories. The story introduces philosophies about human nature, civilization, and government by such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Locke, Hobbes, and Hume. Children are introduced to these concepts in an interesting and engaging way that makes them accessible and that highlights them as real-world skills.

Xperiment is the fourth book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a boy named X who becomes involved with a group of children who struggle to find the meaning of justice in the small society that they have created for themselves. The kids explore the philosophical concepts of selective rule-breaking, thought-experimenting, and proposing alternative theories. The story introduces philosophies about human nature, civilization, and government by such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Locke, Hobbes, and Hume. Children are introduced to these concepts in an interesting and engaging way that makes them accessible and that highlights them as real-world skills.

Xperiment Student Book Cover

Xperiment student book sample pages:

Xperiment Student Book (perfect bound edition)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-696-4

Order code: 6964

Price: $22.50
Website price: $17.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Xperiment Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

This is a perfect bound edition of Xperiment, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

This is a perfect bound edition of Xperiment, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

Xperiment Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

Xperiment Guidebook

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-89824-698-8

Order code: 6988

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Xperiment explores the question What is justice? Justice has always been controversial among philosophers because it is the glue that holds society together. Society needs leaders and laws. But what justifies one person telling other people what to do? This is a vivid question for children dealing with bullies, teachers, and parents, as well as for adults who vote in political elections. The Guidebook explores several of the most important and influential political theories ever written, which are reflected in the story about X and his schoolmates.

The Guidebook is the manual for implementing Xperiment, but it is called a “Guidebook” instead of a “Teacher Manual” in recognition of the fact that the material within its pages may be of interest to the children themselves, especially if they are motivated to delve more deeply into the content. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions, and web links to videos for further exploration of the content.

Xperiment explores the question What is justice? Justice has always been controversial among philosophers because it is the glue that holds society together. Society needs leaders and laws. But what justifies one person telling other people what to do? This is a vivid question for children dealing with bullies, teachers, and parents, as well as for adults who vote in political elections. The Guidebook explores several of the most important and influential political theories ever written, which are reflected in the story about X and his schoolmates.

The Guidebook is the manual for implementing Xperiment, but it is called a “Guidebook” instead of a “Teacher Manual” in recognition of the fact that the material within its pages may be of interest to the children themselves, especially if they are motivated to delve more deeply into the content. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions, and web links to videos for further exploration of the content.

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Finding Faith Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-89824-446-5

Order code: 4465

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Finding Faith is the fifth book in the philosophy curriculum. It features four of the characters from the fourth and sixth books, all brought together on a search to find a missing puppy named Faith. Their explorations take them from an amusement park to a hotel to a casino, and everywhere they go, people who discover that they are looking for "faith" have something to say about what faith and a belief in God mean to them. The kids exercise the skills of following complex arguments, suspending judgment, and having the courage of their convictions--as well as demonstrating the open-mindedness to consider other viewpoints. 

The four main philosophers presented in this book—Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Pascal—are classic in the original sense: judged as having the highest value over the test of time. The characters in the story discuss and evaluate their views from atheist, Christian, and Buddhist perspectives, and throughout, they offer readers different perspectives using convincing arguments that will help to teach tolerance for the beliefs of others.

Finding Faith is the fifth book in the philosophy curriculum. It features four of the characters from the fourth and sixth books, all brought together on a search to find a missing puppy named Faith. Their explorations take them from an amusement park to a hotel to a casino, and everywhere they go, people who discover that they are looking for "faith" have something to say about what faith and a belief in God mean to them. The kids exercise the skills of following complex arguments, suspending judgment, and having the courage of their convictions--as well as demonstrating the open-mindedness to consider other viewpoints. 

The four main philosophers presented in this book—Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Pascal—are classic in the original sense: judged as having the highest value over the test of time. The characters in the story discuss and evaluate their views from atheist, Christian, and Buddhist perspectives, and throughout, they offer readers different perspectives using convincing arguments that will help to teach tolerance for the beliefs of others.

Finding Faith Student Book Cover

Finding Faith student book sample pages:

Finding Faith Student Book (perfect bound edition)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-89824-444-1

Order code: 4441

Price: $22.50
Website price: $17.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Finding Faith Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

This is a perfect bound edition of Finding Faith, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

This is a perfect bound edition of Finding Faith, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

Finding Faith Student Book (perfect bound edition) Cover

Finding Faith Guidebook

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-89824-447-2

Order code: 4472

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

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Finding Faith is a chapter book that explores arguments for and against the existence of God. Some people may regard religion as a touchy subject, inappropriate for children to discuss. Any child studying philosophy, however, must discuss this subject, for philosophers have been arguing about God since the very beginning. The book offers religious perspectives in a non-dogmatic way that will allow readers of every belief system, including atheism, to feel respected and validated.

The Guidebook is the manual for implementing Finding Faith, but it is called a “Guidebook” instead of a “Teacher Manual” in recognition of the fact that the material within its pages may be of interest to the children themselves, especially if they are motivated to delve more deeply into the content. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions, and for some chapters, suggestions for further exploration or for activities to extend the learning.

Finding Faith is a chapter book that explores arguments for and against the existence of God. Some people may regard religion as a touchy subject, inappropriate for children to discuss. Any child studying philosophy, however, must discuss this subject, for philosophers have been arguing about God since the very beginning. The book offers religious perspectives in a non-dogmatic way that will allow readers of every belief system, including atheism, to feel respected and validated.

The Guidebook is the manual for implementing Finding Faith, but it is called a “Guidebook” instead of a “Teacher Manual” in recognition of the fact that the material within its pages may be of interest to the children themselves, especially if they are motivated to delve more deeply into the content. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions, and for some chapters, suggestions for further exploration or for activities to extend the learning.

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Will Power Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-631-5

Order code: 6315

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

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Will Power is the sixth book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features two kids, Will and Foo, who find themselves in a race against time to stop a man who has developed a frequency that will reveal the human brain to be a machine. In fact, he has already zapped Will, and Will and Foo must stop him before he can broadcast his frequency to the rest of humankind. In the process, they struggle with the question of free will, as discussed by such philosophers as Albert Einstein, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epicurus, Lucretius, and Sartre. They also explore the philosophical skills of making careful observations, defending a position, and tolerating ambiguity.

Will Power is the sixth book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features two kids, Will and Foo, who find themselves in a race against time to stop a man who has developed a frequency that will reveal the human brain to be a machine. In fact, he has already zapped Will, and Will and Foo must stop him before he can broadcast his frequency to the rest of humankind. In the process, they struggle with the question of free will, as discussed by such philosophers as Albert Einstein, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epicurus, Lucretius, and Sartre. They also explore the philosophical skills of making careful observations, defending a position, and tolerating ambiguity.

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Will Power Student Book (perfect bound edition)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-630-8

Order code: 6308

Price: $22.50
Website price: $17.50

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This is a perfect bound edition of Will Power, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

This is a perfect bound edition of Will Power, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom.

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Will Power Guidebook

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-632-2

Order code: 6322

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

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Will Power is a chapter book that explores the question of free will and the concept of fate. Are we free to make our own paths in life, or are our lives predetermined? Is our fate set, or do we create our own fate? And how much responsibility do we bear for our actions if our fate is set for us and we have no free will? Where does science fit into these concepts? This book introduces children to these questions and more in the context of an exciting, thought-provoking novel.

The Guidebook is the manual for implementing Will Power, but it is called a “Guidebook” instead of a “Teacher Manual” in recognition of the fact that the material within its pages may be of interest to the children themselves, especially if they are motivated to delve more deeply into the content. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions, and for some chapters, suggestions for further exploration or for activities to extend the learning.

Will Power is a chapter book that explores the question of free will and the concept of fate. Are we free to make our own paths in life, or are our lives predetermined? Is our fate set, or do we create our own fate? And how much responsibility do we bear for our actions if our fate is set for us and we have no free will? Where does science fit into these concepts? This book introduces children to these questions and more in the context of an exciting, thought-provoking novel.

The Guidebook is the manual for implementing Will Power, but it is called a “Guidebook” instead of a “Teacher Manual” in recognition of the fact that the material within its pages may be of interest to the children themselves, especially if they are motivated to delve more deeply into the content. It provides a summary of the plot developments for each chapter, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapters, discussion questions, and for some chapters, suggestions for further exploration or for activities to extend the learning.

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The Divided Line Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-88092-597-6

Order code: 5976

Price: $25.00
Website price: $17.50

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Book One of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy

The Divided Line is the first book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, a group of middle schoolers enter famous paintings, where they meet Socrates, Plato, and René Descartes, who show them the secret to entering the Noumenal Realm. They have to interpret the paintings and the philosophers’ theories in order to complete the simulations and escape from virtual reality.

The storyline of this volume focuses on the famous “Analogy of the Divided Line” from Plato’s masterpiece of world literature The Republic. Socrates divides a line into four sections in order to show how the human mind progresses from imagination to facts to concepts to ideas. But is the goal of this progression certainty, as René Descartes argues? The young heroes of this novel discover a fatal flaw in Descartes’s logic and find the goal of the Divided Line hidden in a Grecian urn instead.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.

Book One of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy

The Divided Line is the first book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, a group of middle schoolers enter famous paintings, where they meet Socrates, Plato, and René Descartes, who show them the secret to entering the Noumenal Realm. They have to interpret the paintings and the philosophers’ theories in order to complete the simulations and escape from virtual reality.

The storyline of this volume focuses on the famous “Analogy of the Divided Line” from Plato’s masterpiece of world literature The Republic. Socrates divides a line into four sections in order to show how the human mind progresses from imagination to facts to concepts to ideas. But is the goal of this progression certainty, as René Descartes argues? The young heroes of this novel discover a fatal flaw in Descartes’s logic and find the goal of the Divided Line hidden in a Grecian urn instead.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.

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The Divided Line Guidebook

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-88092-598-3

Order code: 5983

Price: $25.00
Website price: $17.50

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The Divided Line Guidebook explores the philosophical bases behind the concepts introduced in the novel. These include the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Averroes, Hypatia, Democritus, Heraclitus, Plotinus, Marsilio Ficino, and René Descartes, as well as the ideas, beliefs, and works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Queen Christina of Sweden, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

This guidebook can be used by instructors, but it has been written to be accessible to students themselves so that they can delve deeper into the philosophical content that is the basis for the novel. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions, and suggestions for further exploration to extend the learning.

The Divided Line Guidebook explores the philosophical bases behind the concepts introduced in the novel. These include the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Averroes, Hypatia, Democritus, Heraclitus, Plotinus, Marsilio Ficino, and René Descartes, as well as the ideas, beliefs, and works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Queen Christina of Sweden, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

This guidebook can be used by instructors, but it has been written to be accessible to students themselves so that they can delve deeper into the philosophical content that is the basis for the novel. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions, and suggestions for further exploration to extend the learning.

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The Inverted Spectrum Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10

ISBN: 978-0-89824-595-0

Order code: 5950

Price: $25.00
Website price: $17.50

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Book Two of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy

The Inverted Spectrum is the second book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, middle schoolers Jonah and Roslyn must solve the mysterious disappearance of philosopher John Locke in order to save one of their classmates from a philosophical thought experiment gone awry. In the process, they learn about empiricism and its connection to the birth of democracy.

The storyline of this volume focuses on John Locke’s famous thought experiment about a man who wakes up one morning to find that he perceives all the colors opposite of how he used to see them. This thought experiment shows that we can’t know how others perceive the world. But what if other aspects of our consciousness could be inverted? The young heroes of this novel discover that consciousness is what gives human beings personal identity and a basis for political equality.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.

Book Two of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy

The Inverted Spectrum is the second book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, middle schoolers Jonah and Roslyn must solve the mysterious disappearance of philosopher John Locke in order to save one of their classmates from a philosophical thought experiment gone awry. In the process, they learn about empiricism and its connection to the birth of democracy.

The storyline of this volume focuses on John Locke’s famous thought experiment about a man who wakes up one morning to find that he perceives all the colors opposite of how he used to see them. This thought experiment shows that we can’t know how others perceive the world. But what if other aspects of our consciousness could be inverted? The young heroes of this novel discover that consciousness is what gives human beings personal identity and a basis for political equality.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.

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The Inverted Spectrum Guidebook

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10

ISBN: 978-0-89824-596-7

Order code: 5967

Price: $25.00
Website price: $17.50

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The Inverted Spectrum Guidebook explores the philosophical bases behind the concepts introduced in the novel. These include the philosophy of Socrates, John Locke, Ralph Cudworth, Robert Boyle, G.W. Leibniz, Damaris Cudworth Masham, Thomas Aquinas, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Mortimer J. Adler, Judith Butler, John Dewey, and Nick Bostrum, as well as the ideas, beliefs, and works of Joseph Henry and Isaac Newton.

This guidebook can be used by instructors, but it has been written to be accessible to students themselves so that they can delve deeper into the philosophical content that is the basis for the novel. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions, and suggestions for further exploration to extend the learning.

The Inverted Spectrum Guidebook explores the philosophical bases behind the concepts introduced in the novel. These include the philosophy of Socrates, John Locke, Ralph Cudworth, Robert Boyle, G.W. Leibniz, Damaris Cudworth Masham, Thomas Aquinas, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Mortimer J. Adler, Judith Butler, John Dewey, and Nick Bostrum, as well as the ideas, beliefs, and works of Joseph Henry and Isaac Newton.

This guidebook can be used by instructors, but it has been written to be accessible to students themselves so that they can delve deeper into the philosophical content that is the basis for the novel. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions, and suggestions for further exploration to extend the learning.

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The Categorical Imperative Student Book

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11

ISBN: 978-0-89824-836-4

Order code: 8364

Price: $25.00
Website price: $17.50

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Book Three of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy

The Categorical Imperative is the third book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, middle schoolers Roslyn, Brent, and Jonah track down Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant in order to battle skepticism and prevent the New Smithsonian Foundation from being shut down. In the end, they learn that reality is more amazing than they ever dreamed.

The storyline of this volume focuses on the European Enlightenment. While bold thinkers questioned the laws of God, the laws of nature, and the laws of civil society, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s breakthrough concept of autonomy showed that humans should obey only their own laws. But can autonomy provide a new foundation for both science and morality, as Immanuel Kant insisted? The young heroes of this novel discover what it means to obey your own laws.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.

Book Three of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy

The Categorical Imperative is the third book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, middle schoolers Roslyn, Brent, and Jonah track down Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant in order to battle skepticism and prevent the New Smithsonian Foundation from being shut down. In the end, they learn that reality is more amazing than they ever dreamed.

The storyline of this volume focuses on the European Enlightenment. While bold thinkers questioned the laws of God, the laws of nature, and the laws of civil society, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s breakthrough concept of autonomy showed that humans should obey only their own laws. But can autonomy provide a new foundation for both science and morality, as Immanuel Kant insisted? The young heroes of this novel discover what it means to obey your own laws.

Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.

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The Categorical Imperative Guidebook

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11

ISBN: 978-0-89824-837-1

Order code: 8371

Price: $25.00
Website price: $17.50

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The Categorical Imperative Guidebook explores the philosophical bases behind the concepts introduced in the novel. These include the philosophy of Socrates, Aristophanes, John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, George Berkeley, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and John Searle, as well as the ideas, beliefs, and works of John Milton, William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Alan Turing.

This guidebook can be used by instructors, but it has been written to be accessible to students themselves so that they can delve deeper into the philosophical content that is the basis for the novel. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions, and suggestions for further exploration to extend the learning.

The Categorical Imperative Guidebook explores the philosophical bases behind the concepts introduced in the novel. These include the philosophy of Socrates, Aristophanes, John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, George Berkeley, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and John Searle, as well as the ideas, beliefs, and works of John Milton, William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Alan Turing.

This guidebook can be used by instructors, but it has been written to be accessible to students themselves so that they can delve deeper into the philosophical content that is the basis for the novel. It provides for each chapter a summary of the plot developments, a philosophical basis for the key concepts of the chapter, discussion questions, and suggestions for further exploration to extend the learning.

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Philosophy Package 1

Order code: SKP01

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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Price: $142.50 Website price: $97.50

Philosophy Package 2

Order code: SKP02

This package contains the student books and guidebooks for the second set of three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

This package contains the student books and guidebooks for the second set of three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

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Price: $105.00 Website price: $65.00

Philosophy Package 3

Order code: SKP03

This package contains the student books and guidebooks for the third set of three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

This package contains the student books and guidebooks for the third set of three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

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Price: $150.00 Website price: $95.00

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