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Holistic Planning

Theme:
A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):
Eyes
Hands
Heart
Head
Age:
3-6
7-12

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Connections Seeing the whole picture Find ways to express how you are connected to nature - through poetry, singing, dancing, painting, or another form of creative expression.
Connections Seeing the whole picture Learn that humans are a part of nature, embedded in nature and dependent upon nature.
Connections Seeing the whole picture Explore the many benefits which people gain from nature: such as the air being cleaned by trees, crops pollinated by insects etc. (Educators can read about 'ecosystem services' for more information)
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Spot evidence of an animal eating a plant or animal.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Hunt for signs of Funny Fungus' roots and fruits: look under logs for mycellium, around trees for mushrooms, mould on old fruit.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Listen to a story about a tree, and how it is connected to each of different animals, mushrooms and plants (children can be included e.g. through climbing the tree, eating it's fruit etc).
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Listen to stories about connections, such as the books "All I see is a part of me" by Chara Curtis, "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess, "Uno's Garden" by Graeme Base.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Express how you feel about something natural through interacting with it, e.g. hug a tree, stroke an animal, smell a flower, jump in a puddle, slide in mud.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Find out about fungus and explore the big family of nature.
Connections The web of life See and experience diverse natural systems, with lots of different types of plants, animals, fungi and bacteria.
Connections The web of life Experience a natural system (e.g. a native woodland) whilst blindfolded, how many different bird songs can you catch? How many different species can you feel/smell/hear?
Connections The web of life Participate in the web of life activity: In a circle each person takes the role of a natural element (e.g. river/oak tree/mosquito/swallow). One person has a ball of string, s/he says what connections she has to another element (e.g. swallow eats fly; bat lives in tree) and throws the string to them, whilst keeping hold of the end of the string. This repeats until everybody is connected with the string in a web. It can continue until elements have many connections. Discuss that the string represents the invisible connections between all life. Observe what happens if one element is destroyed (meaning the child releases the string they are holding), continue taking out the elements and observe what happens to the web of life.
Connections The web of life Experiment with growing seeds: compare seeds which are given most their needs but no water, to one which has no sun, or air, or if a seed has all it's needs met.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Draw, paint or model clay about a connection between a plant or animal and something else.
Connections The web of life Stay overnight in the wood to get deeper connections to nature and each other.
Connections The web of life List all the inputs and the outputs for a common plant or animal (different groups could take different plants/animals), get creative, see how many inputs/outputs you can list. Draw the connections with other plants and animals, can you draw it into a closed loop system where all the outputs become inputs for something else?
Connections The web of life List all the inputs and the outputs for a common human food (e.g. a can of juice), get creative, see how far you can go back (with inputs) and how far you can go forward (with outputs). Can you make it (this food or a replacement for it) a closed loop system (where the outputs from one thing become inputs for something else)?
Connections The web of life Connect to your own impact on the rest of the Earth by celebrating the great things you already do.
Connections The web of life Feel that everything has it's place and purpose in the world by doing the web of life activity.
Connections The web of life Value diversity and the gifts diversity brings.

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