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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
Air Measuring Weather Work out ways to measure and record different aspects of the weather - the rainfall, wind direction, wind speed, hours of sunlight.
Air Measuring Weather Creative writing exercise "If I were the wind - I would ..."
Air Measuring Weather Discuss the things that the wind carries - both real and symbolic, e.g. scent, ideas, music.
Air Measuring Weather Lead part(s) of celebrations of the seasons (e.g. solstice/ harvest etc.)
Air Measuring Weather Participate in a creative visualisation of rising into the sky and passing through rainbow clouds at sunset. Imagine the blue bubble of the atmosphere surrounding our planet - and what it is like to breathe in that blue colour. Discuss what would it be like to live in a world with a sky (atmosphere) of a different colour, e.g. green, red or yellow ? Close your Eyes and visualise it and then draw or paint the experience.
Air Measuring Weather Rub your hands together and sit with palms facing a friend and see if you can feel the air between you, with Eyes closed. How can you perceive the existence of air? Notice the touch of air - notice it in your nostrils, notice it on your skin.
Air Measuring Weather Recognise different cloud forms and talk about what weather they can bring.
Air Measuring Weather Find out about the effects of wind and wind direction, perhaps through local sayings and phrases.
Air Measuring Weather Hear the saying "there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing".
Air Breath Make a closed terrarium in a glass bottle.
Air Breath Find out that everything breathes in different ways (plants, fish etc.)
Air Breath Hold breath as long as possible - then imagine when you breath in it is daytime, when you breathe out it is nighttime (that is how fast a tree breathes).
Air Breath Notice how when you breathe in, you feel yourself, and when you breathe out you feel that you are connected with others.
Air Microclimates On a windy day visit a place which is exposed and compare to an area behind a windbreak (e.g. hedge, trees, fencing).
Air Microclimates Experience different microclimates (e.g. under trees vs in a field, the north vs south facing side of a wall).
Air Microclimates Draw microclimates/sectors on a map of a site they visit, walking around together discussing where it is warmer/ wetter/ windier/ sunnier etc.
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Visit a greenhouse (e.g. in a botanic garden) and notice the differences/ similarities between the different climates created.
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Design a home for people or an animal that takes into account the climatic effects of a particular region.
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Learn appropriate design for the major climatic regions of the world (food, lifestyle, building, disasters).
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Find out about the causes and effects of climate change.

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