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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 Patterns Connect to a pattern in nature, and express it through any art form (dance, draw, paint).
Connections Patterns Make music together, e.g. each person goes into nature to 'capture' a sound (e.g. hitting 2 sticks together, slapping water, mimicking the sound of a bird). Return to a circle. Going around the circle each person individually presents their sound. One person takes the role of conductor and points at someone to make their sound, keep the rhythm going whilst different sounds are added and taken away.
Connections Patterns Learn about fractal forms that you meet in your everyday life, e.g. spiral in sunflower, cauliflower, ferns.
Connections Patterns Find out about the permaculture principle 'Design from Pattern to Details' through examining a tree and it's leaf. Discuss how nature uses patterns and why.
Connections Patterns Explore patterns in daily, solar, seasonal and lunar cycles, and make a connection with how we all live within cycles large and small and their impact on us.
Connections Seeing the whole picture See the woods and the trees (literally, climb a hill to see the woods, compare with being inside the woods).
Connections Seeing the whole picture See an example of how one small thing can affect the whole system (such as the reintroduction of beavers).
Connections Seeing the whole picture Make a mask of a local animal or plant and become that being for a while - how does it feel? How is it affected by humans? What could people learn from you?
Connections Seeing the whole picture Take a local issue of environmental degradation (e.g. illegal dumping of waste, trees which are going to be cut down), find out all the causes and effects of that one issue, decide on an action to help stop the degradation (e.g. write letters, make a display at school, make a petition). Act on behalf of nature.
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 dependant 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 See visible examples of interconnections (e.g. evidence of an animal eating a plant or animal, a mushroom growing out of a log).
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Spend time in a natural environment, sitting quietly to catch sounds, looking and listening.
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 stories about how all living things are connected and depend on each other.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Sing songs about how all life (e.g. plants, animals, people, mushrooms) is connected.
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 Experience adults demonstrating a sense of awe for the natural environment.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Go outside and find a way to express your connection and love with a natural element (e.g. hug a tree, stroke an animal, smell a flower, play in the mud).

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