Childhood Education

In this children’s programme, we cover not only the important aspects of food gardening but also, for caring for our earth and her people. This course is guided by our Permaculture Ethics and Principles. Courses run during school terms.

Children are natural gardeners. They’re naturally curious, they learn by doing, and revel in having their fingers in the earth and watching something grow. They experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while patiently observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening with our children is great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.

This programme is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Where: Bergvliet, Southern Suburbs

Cost: R880 per child for the term (R80 per 90 minute class) Discount rates apply to siblings.

 

Here is our programme for this term.

Dates for 1st Term 2017

Every Monday  from 15:00 to 16:30 (during school term, excluding public holidays and long weekends)

Monday 23 January: Introduction

As we have new children joining our programme, we do a few ice breakers followed by a tour of the garden and introduction to all the animals. Parents are welcome to stay for a cup of tea while completing their enrolment and enmity forms.

Monday 30 January: Pond Building and Wetlands

On the 2nd of February is World Wetlands Day. Together the children and I will be making a pond and learn about the diversity that various water bodies can bring to the natural ecosystem of your garden.

Monday  6 February: Herb Spiral

We will be building and planting a herb spiral, as well as learning about and tasting some of the herbs that we’ll be planting.

Monday 13 February: Creative Project

On the 8th of March is World Woman’s Day. We will be preparing something special for the woman that we know and admire.

Monday 20 February: Compost

We’re going to learn about various composting systems as well as making a system called 18-Day Compost. The children will hopefully come home very dirty ( :

Monday 27 February: Animal INTEGRATION

We’ll learn about the inputs and outputs of rabbits, chickens, bees, ducks, composting worms, meal worms and frogs.

Monday 6 March: Creative Project

On the 8th of March is World Woman’s Day. We will be completing our project that we started on the 13th of February.

Monday 13 March: OPen

I’ll use this day to work on some of the interests that our children may have around the work that we are doing.

Monday 20 March: Forests and Water

I’ll be Last Quarter moon planting with our children.

Today is the also an International Day of Happiness. The 21st of March is International Day of Forests and the 22nd of March is World Water Day.

I’ll be running a Permaculture Design Course during during this time and may have a substitute stand in for me on this day.

Monday 27 March: New Moon & Closing of Term

It will be New Moon on the 28th of March so we will be doing preparation for New Moon planting. It is customary for us to have a closing picnic or outing on the last day of term. The details will be confirmed closer to the time.

New Moon will be great time to lay under the stars with your children and to discuss the different constellations.

 

For more information or to book:

children@inspirepermaculture.com