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Book Club – August

In Book Club on July 29, 2013 at 2:52 am

image The recommended book for August is The If Machine by Peter Worley. This book introduces philosophy to primary school children. When this book was first recommended to me by a colleague, I was hesitant of the idea of having a philosophical discussion with my seven year old. How was that going to happen? ┬áTo me philosophy meant Nietzche, Iqbal, Krishnamurti, Kant… and was something taken up at A-level. However, from what we’ve read together so far, this book is absolutely brilliant. It’s filled with stories for children that are categorised according to age (5 — 10). My daughter has found them to be very stimulating and I have had many opportunities to pause and ask questions, such as ‘What might happen next?’ or ‘What do you think about that?’ In one of the stories we read (Billy Bash), the ending is left to the reader to finish off. This led to not only my daughter using her imagination but a good discussion at the end about why she had chosen that particular ending. Each story ends with suggested questions and extension activities.

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