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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
Water Catching and saving water Wash hands in rainwater when outside.
Water Playing in water Observe the differences between flowing water and stagnant water.
Water Playing in water Observe different densities of liquid (oil, water, honey).
Water Playing in water Read some of the sayings from the Tao Te Ching that describe water's power - how it flows around obstacles, wears down rocks etc. Discuss in what ways water is strong, even though it seems weak, and in which ways we are sometimes like water.
Water Playing in water Song - Shimshai "Pure, pure like the water".
Water Playing in water Add some soil to water - and shake it up - use it as a metaphor to discuss how sometimes our mind gets full of thoughts and muddy or cloudy - and then when we are peaceful, it settles and becomes clear and pure again.
Water Water for Life Make a chart to keep track of watering plants in turns.
Water Water for Life Imagine there is no rain for a whole year, what would happen to the earth to people, to animals? Imagine being a tree - and that you are calling to the sky for the clouds to come and rain; Imagine then how you would feel when the rain begins after such a long time.
Water Water for Life Identify some aquatic plants and animals that live in your region.
Water Water for Life Learn about the life cycles of common aquatic plants and animals in your region.
Water Catching and saving water Create rainwater catchment systems.
Water Catching and saving water Measure how much water has fallen during rain.
Water Catching and saving water Create solutions that save water (e.g. putting brick in toilet cistern, ways of saving water in the garden).
Water Catching and saving water Make biodegradable products (e.g. simple cleaners from vinegar, ash etc.)
Water Catching and saving water Discuss the benefits of catching rainwater (e.g. saves using tap water thus energy, reduces floods)
Water Catching and saving water Discuss how water can be cleaned before use in different ways (e.g. boiling, filters, chemicals etc).
Water Catching and saving water Learn the difference between grey water and black water and how they can be cleaned in different ways.
Water The properties of water and the water cycle Watch diffusion of a something (e.g. a dye) and see how it is absorbed by a plant.
Water The properties of water and the water cycle Experiment with filtering water with different materials.
Water The properties of water and the water cycle Listen to a story about the water cycle (the story of a drop of water traveling through the sea, up into the clouds, falling on the earth, absorbed by soil, into aquifers etc)

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