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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 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.
Connections The web of life Learn the importance of the web of life and the benefits of diversity within it.
Connections The web of life Think about how all living things are connected: e.g. through eating, excreting, breathing.
Connections The web of life Explore how all living things depend on the sun, water, soil, air, and other plants, animals, fungi and bacteria to live, through matching cards with the different elements drawn on them.
Connections Patterns Observe the sound landscape, listening for patterns (e.g. bird song, river etc.).
Connections Patterns See branching and spiral patterns in different natural systems (e.g. water, flowers, growing plants).
Connections Patterns Observe the similarities between human beings and other animals (eat, sleep, excrete...).
Connections Patterns Spot the plants, insects or birds which are abundant in certain seasons.
Connections Patterns Collect things which are abundant at that time of year: foraging (e.g. berries).

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