* What is philosophy?
The word philosophy comes from Greek meaning the love of wisdom. There are students who study Philosophy and earn academic degrees in that field. But the love of wisdom is everywhere. Thinking, learning, living philosophically means to be aware of yourself and your world. A philosopher is anyone who thinks critically and thoughtfully about life. Philosophers take time to wonder about things!
*What is a family?
In our opinion, a family is a group of people completely committed to each other. We believe that the word "family" is not just a noun but also a verb! In other words, being related to each other is not enough. "To family" means acting like a family, being together, learning about and caring about each other in active ways. This is what we think the word "family" means.
*Are my kids too young for this?
Kids are natural philosophers. They wonder about everything, and they ask the best philosophical question -- Why? Kids often approach a situation more philosophically than adults, by looking at every angle with great concentration and awareness. In addition, kids naturally see the world as a place of great joy. They love to learn in everything that they do.
* What are the benefits of living philosophically as a family?
When families live philosophically, they find joy in facing together everything life has to offer, good and not-so-good. By thinking together, a family learns how to be together.
* How is the best way to use The Little Philosopher materials?
Before you go on a trip, or if you just have an interest in an area, download some of our activities about a particular area. Look them over as a family and decide on which ones you may want to focus. Each activity page includes background information about a particular topic, an introduction to a philosophy and/or philosopher that is pertinent to that topic and an activity for the whole family that ties it all together. There are alternative activity ideas to match different situations and ages as well as follow-up hints and questions to discuss and think about together. Also included is an art extension activity from Zoë and some fun facts from Zach. Finally, each activity page includes a section of creative and thought-provoking ideas for having fun together with the topic.