Marlin is quite interested in gardening and has asked for lots of this work to be included in his homeschooling program this year. Normally Grade Three is ‘The Gardening Year’ but I’m also happy to extract elements that I feel he is ready for and showing interest in, to put into his current Grade Two year. I wrote more about this in a recent Instagram post. In this post I also spoke about how we will begin with looking at the 12 Permaculture Principles using a great family program from Spiral Garden called Seedlings.
Amongst my planning today for this aspect of his program throughout Grade Two, I wanted to utilise some printables that he could reference while he finishes the Permaculture Zone design he started at homeschool group yesterday, as well as using them ongoing during his gardening studies. Unfortunately I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for – something that was quite visual for a beginner reader, that clearly conveyed the majority of information pictorially. I fell into the blackhole of Canva and then spent way too much time designing up these sheets just the way I’d imagined them. I started with the Permaculture Zones which was the main element I was after, and while I was at it thought I may as well make one for the Guild concept as well.
If you’re also studying similar gardening topics in your homeschooling and can utilise these visual guides with your lessons, then please feel free to download and print these out. Each file is a pdf and you can download it by clicking the link below each of the following two images. When you print, it’s best to use a ‘fit to page’ feature and I find them most durable printed on a card stock, then laminated if you want them to have extra strength for ongoing use. The Guilds poster will print with a small white border which you can easily trim away to the background perimeter before laminating or displaying. The original page size is A4 (210mm x 297mm).
Permaculture Zones (click to download pdf)
Apple Tree Guild (click to download pdf)
Pear Tree Guild (click to download pdf)