P4C – Philosophy for Children
This approach, which is very widespread around the world, was quickly adopted by innovative kindergartens in the country. P4C is very useful in revealing the potential of preschool children, who frequently ask questions about the world around them. The most basic characteristic of the human being, which is described as a thinking creature, is questioning, and it is very important to develop this characteristic and to raise awareness at an early age.
P4C develops the skills of critical thinking and creative thinking, which are skills the children will need for the rest of their education life and life in general. The children are encouraged to find answers or ask new questions by commenting on a story or a painting provided to them. They learn to freely share their opinions, listen to their friends, to be temperate while objecting to their opinions or to develop an idea that they agree on in cooperation.
The main goal of the program is to teach children to think, to ask questions, and to question. Just like Matthew Lipman, who developed the P4C system, we believe that when the children’s innate feeling of curiosity comes together with philosophy, it will enable children to grow up into more flexible and effective-thinking adults.
What are the Achievements of P4C?
Develops critical thinking skills.
Develops creative thinking skills.
Develops co-thinking and cooperation-oriented thinking.
Helps children in creating cause and effect relationships.
Develops effective language skills
Develops associative thinking skills.