„A thought is similar to digging a well: the water is at first blurry but, slowly, it settles.“
In 2008, Bruno Ćurko and Ivana Kragić started their experimental program of philosophy for children in the private elementary school „Nova“ in Zadar, and in the elementary school „Stjepan Radić“ in Bibinje. Next year, after the successful experiment known as „A look at one’s own thinking“, they founded the Association for promotion and advancement of philosophy for children „Petit Philosophy“.
As in the most philosophy for children programs, the main aim of Petit philosophy is to motivate and direct children in practicing their creative and critical thinking. Giving space to children’s natural inquisitiveness, and proper directing of the development of that inquisitiveness leads to constant analysis, since early age, and it helps children to model their own thinking and raise awareness about themselves and the world around them.
By creating and understanding one’s own thinking, but other’s also, communication skills, social and argumentational skills are developed, that we need for constructive thinking, as well as for quality implementation of socratic dialogue on which this projet is based.
The program consists of 35 workshops for the whole school year for pupils of third and fourth grade of elementary school. It is implemented through Power point presentations that are made in a form of a comic in which animated teachers, such as Sophia the owl, Pak the Crab, Malik the deer and others have an important role and ask children fundamental questions about tehe subject, and in this way motivate the pupils to in a fun and structured manner think about a given subject.
The workshops also make use of didactic games, riddles and well known children’s stories adapted for mentioned age groups.
The recent work has shown that the implementation of the project has had a positive influence on the development of these characteristics, abilities and skills in children: openness for different opinions, tolerance, understanding, and ability to discuss. Their psychological potentials were developed (intrinsic motivation, self-initiative, independence, self-esteem), and so predispositions were created for their lifelong learning and development.
The project has around 200 to 300 participants every year, and some 20 workshop leaders and volunteers who work on the implementation of programs of Petit Philosophy in elementary schools, public libraries and organizations.
The leaders are mostly teachers and students who attended the philosophy for children training, and who have since then been improvig their knowledge of practical philosophy.
- From 2008.
- 29 schools, 4 libraries and one Association.
- More than 1200 children in Croatia participated in this programs. .
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar)
- EHWA Woman University in Seoul
- Program of this project is held one or two hours per week, which amounts to 35 or 70 hours per year for each group
- Scientific papers about his project