A few years ago I was at a convention and browsing the products vendors were offering. I saw a book about incorporating philosophy into the elementary school classroom. I was not overly impressed with the book, however the concept of it stuck with me. At least once a month we have a discussion (Socratic Seminar-style) or I ask them to write their response to a philosophical question. Young kids are actually very philosophical if you listen to them regularly!
So I told them one of the cornerstone questions in philosophy classes around the world is "What is the meaning of life?"--I asked them to answer this question. I was very impressed by many of their answers. Some answered very logically-sleep, food, drink, money. Others more emotionally-caring about people, animals, earth. And then there were others who spoke of bigger concepts like discovery and success. I thought I'd share some of their answers with you:
...is like a seed, it takes a lot of time to find the sun.
the people around us and nature and Earth.
getting a job.
their pencils singing and colors dancing all day at school. Everyone
so happy, all there with gratitude.
not about being famous so have love sometimes.
when you wake up in the morning and you feel grateful and your kids are special.
food and money.
money-because most people like money more than anything.
to care for your brothers, listen to you mom, play with your brothers and have fun.
To have fun a lot and keep smiling. Do what's best for you and always believe in yourself.
to succeed and follow your dreams.