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A free full-day workshop on planning and preparing your garden to be more productive, incorporating soil health and its management, growing vegies from seeds, understanding your plants’ nutritional needs and making DIY fertilisers, as well as tips and techniques on preserving your harvest. How Australia should respond following the Paris Climate SummitCost: $10 per person, $20 for families (2 adults, 2 children) and $5 for Deakin University students and staff. Hear expert opinions on climate change and its impact on Australian businesses, society and the natural environment. The Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate local residents, schools and preschools, community groups and businesses for their efforts in leading and promoting sustainable lifestyles. To celebrate Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week the local community and the team from Slow Art Collective will build a colourful, interactive environment made from recycled materials and everyday objects.
Attend an urban harvest swaps in either Forest Hill or Box Hill South to exchange your home-grown produce, meet other garden enthusiasts and enjoy a workshop from a special guest speaker on food gardening and design. Fritjof Capra Leonardo's union of art, science, and design demonstrates the thinking needed to create sustainable societies. When it comes to connecting art, science, and design, there can be no better inspiration than Leonardo da Vinci.
He was the great genius of the Renaissance, who not only connected these three disciplines but fused them into a seamless whole in a unique synthesis that has not been equaled before, nor afterwards. Most authors who have discussed Leonardo's scientific work have looked at it through Newtonian lenses. In Western intellectual history, the Renaissance marks the period of transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world.
Science in the modern sense, as a systematic empirical method for gaining knowledge about the natural world, did not exist. One hundred years before Galileo and Bacon, Leonardo single-handedly developed a new empirical approach, involving the systematic observation of nature, reasoning, and mathematics — in other words, the main characteristics of what is known today as the scientific method. Nature as a whole was alive for Leonardo, and he saw the patterns and processes in the microcosm as being similar to those in the macrocosm. This exceptional ability to interconnect observations and ideas from different disciplines lies at the very heart of Leonardo's approach to learning and research, and this is something that is very much needed today, as the problems of our world become ever more interconnected and can only be understood and solved if we learn how to think systemically — in terms of relationships, patterns, and context.
While Leonardo's manuscripts gathered dust in ancient European libraries, Galileo was celebrated as the "father of modern science." One cannot help but wonder how Western scientific thought might have developed had Leonardo's notebooks been known and widely studied soon after his death. Leonardo did not pursue science and engineering to dominate nature, as Francis Bacon would advocate a century later.
Instead of trying to dominate nature, Leonardo's intent was to learn from her as much as possible. This attitude of seeing nature as a model and mentor is now being rediscovered in the practices of ecological design and biomimicry. Today, this philosophical stance is promoted by the school of thought known as "deep ecology." Shallow ecology views humans as above or outside the natural world, as the source of all value, and ascribes only instrumental, or "use," value to nature. This statement is not only revealing testimony of Leonardo's way of thinking, but is also ominously prophetic. As we recognize that our sciences and technologies have become increasingly narrow in their focus, unable to understand our multi-faceted problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, and dominated by corporations more interested in financial rewards than in the well-being of humanity, we urgently need a science that honors and respects the unity of all life, recognizes the fundamental interdependence of all natural phenomena, and reconnects us with the living Earth. This essay is adapted from lectures delivered by Fritjof Capra at the Center for Ecoliteracy's seminar "Sustainability Education: Connecting Art, Science, and Design," August 16–18, 2010. New Lessons from Leonardo In order to reconnect to the natural world today, Fritjof Capra suggests we need to embrace the same elements Leonardo outlined 500 years ago. India is currently undergoing an energy crisis, as we face a shortfall of more than 80,000 million units of electricity per year. India’s per capita consumption of power is estimated to be 780 units and among the lowest in the world, compared to the world average of more than 2,700 units. Electricity generation in India is still dominated by non-renewable sources of energy, like coal, gas and diesel, which produce more than 65% of the total power in the country.
But only 114 billion tonnes are proven reserves and the rest are inferred or indicated reserves, which are extremely difficult to extract. Easy Sensory Slime Recipe for Play Family Day Care Educators & Environments #4 Creating Early Learning Spaces for Multi-Age Groups Family Day Care Educators & Environments #3 Outdoor Play with Children - The Garden Shop Family Day Care Educators & Environments - Part 2 Sight Word Play Using Natural Materials Family Day Care Educators & Environments - Part 1 Inviting Imagination into Outdoor Play with Facepainting Wooden Stump Geoboards - Taking Math Play Outdoors! Consider these five factors when searching around for program templates or when designing and editing your own…. Everyone is different in the way that they understand and plan their program for their service. I’m not a fan of schemes that hand out templates that all educators must use for their planning. So, think about the answers you gave to the questions above and consider the following….
If the thought of all that boxed in planning ahead makes you shudder then you need to take a different angle.
You don’t need to solely rely on your program as a method for communicating your planned activities, play and learning to parents. I know many educators have expressed interest though in how I use my program plan since I mentioned it in the part 1 article so I’m going to try to briefly (stop laughing now) describe the main areas for you and then you can decide if it really is the template style for you. I speak with parents about our activities, what’s happening in their child’s life at the moment, what they did on the weekend, what they loved doing today and have they done this at home too?
The headings are my way of making sure I am planning to cover all areas of the EYLF outcomes without needing codes, numbers, colours or tick boxes everywhere which seriously do my head in and makes the planning process very lengthy in my opinion. But what do the program template box headings mean and how do they relate to the EYLF Outcomes?
Well, as usual this post has become way to long so I’m not sure I can cover all of the thinking behind my box areas. This is the section I list  a few activities that I would like to really focus on encouraging and initiating learning experiences. This box I use to write down a few activities directly related to the children’s ideas and interests from the previous fortnight or sometimes during the current fortnight.

The activities I list here are from my individual forward planning sheet and previous observations. Moments recorded and added to the plan during the week that were initiated spontaneously  by the children or myself – I try to add a few sentences about who led the activity and how it came to be.
This is pretty self explanatory…any activities that get the kids moving indoors or out and more aware of their bodies and the movements they can do. This is where I list planned activities that will encourage strengthening of fine motor muscles, problem solving, spatial awareness, you get the gist! This area often overlaps with many of the other areas obviously but I still find it useful to have a separate section so I can see at a glance our crafty and sensory activities as they are the ones that often require more set up and pre planning.
This is the section I include group and individual activities to encourage and promote self help skills, a feeling of belonging, pride in achievements, respect for diversity, understanding and managing of emotions, feeling part of a community,and an increasing responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. This area can be pretty broad so I try to just incorporate a few activities for each program. If you struggle to come up with activities connecting to learning outcomes you might find my Play Prompt Planners helpful. I hope you have gained some ideas for working out the programming style that suits you best and how this might influence your choice of program template and system. Im with you Bec I love my job and the kids I work with but its consuming every spare moment I have and I have a good program etc. Wow, ive done fdc for nearly a year and before my two little ones I fid my diploma and worked in centres.Having time off to have my 3 yr old and 20 minth old was right when the eylf come in.
Hi Kerry, so glad to have you here ?? I display the first 2 pages on my noticeboard and the third I keep in my planning folder for my own records. Looks awesome but still seems like so much paperwork – even if it’s not all on paper! Presentation Layouts - These represent a series of layouts used to merge 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional images in cohesion to achieve maximum understanding of project scopes. Presentation Layouts - Container Architecture was a project that dealt with a sustainable design for a Student's Union Office.
Presentation Layouts - An architectural centre that was designed to fit into a Trinidadian context. Presentation Layouts - An architect in Barbados' design came to life with this visualization and it was one of the first I did so shade and shadows were absent on this special assignment. Presentation Layouts - A simple project to show a company an efficient platform and seating layout for a fashion show to be held under a 60' by 40' tent. Presentation Layouts - A project completed for a firm back home to give the client an idea of how the school would look when completed. Architectural Literature - Excerpts of literature including photographs and sketches all done by the author.
With the global community’s recent pledge to put the brakes on carbon emissions, we will learn about the opportunities and challenges Australia faces in adapting to a low carbon future and what that means for you locally. Award-winning architects Ian Lovell and Melissa Bright will present projects that encourage simple and minimal living. Drop in to the Box Hill Community Arts Centre during Sustainable Living Week and make your very own recycled creation to add to the installation and make it grow. Join our recycling tour and visit a Visy Recycling Education Centre for a first-hand look at the fascinating world of recycling! This has often prevented them from understanding its essential nature, which is that of a science of organic forms, of qualities, that is radically different from the mechanistic science of Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. In the 1460s, when the young Leonardo received his training as painter, sculptor, and engineer in Florence, the worldview of his contemporaries was still entangled in medieval thinking. Knowledge about natural phenomena had been handed down by Aristotle and other philosophers of antiquity, and was fused with Christian doctrine by the Scholastic theologians who presented it as the officially authorized creed and condemned scientific experiments as subversive. Understanding a phenomenon, for him, meant connecting it with other phenomena through a similarity of patterns. He was in awe of the beauty he saw in the complexity of natural forms, patterns, and processes, and aware that nature's ingenuity was far superior to human design.
Like Leonardo, ecodesigners today study the patterns and flows in the natural world and try to incorporate the underlying principles into their design processes. Deep ecology, by contrast, does not separate humans — or anything else — from the natural environment. Reducing the beauty of life to mechanical parts and valuing trees only for making planks is an eerily accurate characterization of the mindset that dominates our world today. What we need today is exactly the kind of science Leonardo da Vinci anticipated and outlined 500 years ago. Challenging design professionals to view their projects as essential to human health, local economy, and ecology could result in more sustainable architecture. Orr: To create a better world, designers must respond creatively and wisely to four inescapable facts.
Energy availability is one of the basic conditions that drive prosperity and productivity of a region.
The highest per capita availability of power is found in Goa and Delhi, while Bihar is lowest with less than 100 units. India’s total coal reserve is estimated to be 285.86 billion tonnes, which is huge considering the annual consumption of coal was 590 million tonnes in 2010-11. According to experts, only 50-70 billion tonnes of coal can be extracted, which can last for only the next 30-40 years. I have found it useful over the years when trying to help others find their groove as they begin to document their planning.
Are you an organised and methodical person or do you prefer to go day by day and see what happens?
Do you like to use apps on the go or prefer the use of pen and paper to keep notes throughout your day?
Do you like to take lots of photos of the children engaged in play and activities throughout the day?

There is more writing and planning with a program like this but that probably doesn’t faze you as you prefer to have everything sorted before your week starts and doing it this way helps you to feel more in control of your week and able to deal with spontaneous events more confidently. You will probably prefer to start with a few focus areas and expand upon those as your week unfolds and incorporate focus activities and children’s interests as they arrive.
If you decide you want to try out my program template for yourself and get a better feel for the process I am discussing you can download a sample activity plan already loaded with activities for you to use with your own children by clicking on the image below.
I don’t mind weekly programming but for the children I have at the moment and the days that I work I find that fortnightly allows me to plan more effectively and complete the planned activities while leaving room for spontaneous and child led activities. They are usually planned experiences and will quite often crossover with other areas but I don’t always need to be involved, I might set something up and then observe the interaction and play to further extend upon later. They might also be activities that stem from things I have seen in the previous weeks but not actually formally documented.
Each focus area corresponds to EYLF outcomes so there is no need to add complicated codes, numbers or other time consuming methods – I just add my activities and get ready to play knowing I am offering a varied and comprehensive program covering all areas.
I quite often write the days beside them that I want to do them as this works in with the ages I have on those days currently. There are 105 activities included across the 7 learning areas corresponding to the program boxes above complete with extension activity ideas and prompts. If you have any questions about my style of programming or the templates I use you can leave a question in the comment section below or email me. I am a Coordinator of a FDC service and am using many of your methods to help my educators.
I love that i can help support others and I love that you are such a committed coordinator. And thank you so much for your comment…I think I would go a little nuts without a sense of humour!! I am an educator at a centre and am starting to get organised ready to open my own FDC in January. It incorporated parasol roofs, solar power and horizontal shading devices to achieve a 'greener' solution. The link to the steel pan being the only acoustic instrument created in the 20th century so the concept hinged on the section of a steel pan as the plan and the main circulation emanating from the entry side (north) of the building in the same way as the soothing notes of the pan. Their work is engaging, features innovative use of materials and is packed with sustainability initiatives such as low running costs and low maintenance requirements.
I published a book, The Science of Leonardo, in 2007; and I have now written about three quarters of a second book, in which I go deeper into the various branches of his science.
And this is precisely why Leonardo's science is so relevant today, especially for education, as we are trying to see the world as an integrated whole, making a perceptual shift from the parts to the whole, objects to relationships, quantities to qualities. He asserts repeatedly that painting involves the study of natural forms, and he emphasizes the intimate connection between the artistic representation of those forms and the intellectual understanding of their intrinsic nature and underlying principles.
He was a vegetarian because he did not want to cause animals pain by killing them for food.
This attitude of appreciation and respect of nature is based on a philosophical stance that does not view humans as standing apart from the rest of the living world but rather as being fundamentally embedded in, and dependent upon, the entire community of life in the biosphere.
It sees the living world as being fundamentally interconnected and interdependent and recognizes the intrinsic value of all living beings.
This, in my view, is the main reason why Leonardo's legacy is immensely relevant to our time.
Energy availability has a direct impact on the performance of the states as industrial growth requires a reliable supply of energy, which helps in increasing the scale of production to generate more economic output. This has raised serious concerns of social development and inclusive growth in these states. I have developed these headings after much studying of the EYLF outcomes and educator’s guide and calling upon everything I have previously been taught over the years in early childhood. You can read more about how to use this template and download your own to use in THIS EBOOK. Props, invitations to play, opportunities for role play, dramatic play,communication and creative self expression. You can download a free mini planner to explore and use in your programming by clicking the image below. I definitely have a lot of downs as well as ups and think it is important to share them all! He would buy caged birds in the marketplace and set them free, and would observe their flight not only with a sharp observational eye but also with great empathy. India had an energy deficit of nearly 10% in 2009-10 and requires responsible investments in the transmission and distribution of electricity, and the development of advanced technologies like smart-grid is required to transform the production, delivery and usage of electricity.
The current basket needs to be rationalised to make an optimum mix of electricity production via renewable resources to make India energy-secure. In my experience many educators give up on the planning side of things because they aren’t sure about the process or what is expected of them with templates that are perhaps handed out with little communication about how to use them effectively. There is nothing wrong with that approach as long you are able to EXPLAIN your method and how you are covering the bases. I didn’t see the need to throw away all that I was comfortable with, it was just a matter of finding a way to incorporate my own style together with the new expectations and wording of the EYLF. It can be overwhelming, don’t let it take you over, happy to help if you need further support with the programming. I don’t get much during the day and I have no inclination to do paperwork after hours – but I have to do some! Take into account the days you work, the number of children in care and how many days they attend and the type of service you work in or manage.

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