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Making Allotments Accessible: How to design an inclusive space.

When you think about Permaculture and diversity what comes to mind? Probably your first thought is biodiversity right?. The national geographic society defines biodiversity as a term used to describe the enormous variety of life on Earth. The conversation is all about biodiversity at the moment and for good reason. Diversity of plants and animals is crucial to sustaining the eco-systems at the heart of our planet. The balance between apex predators and prey, the protection of pollinators and measures to increase the sustainability of agriculture have never been so important. On our current trajectory ‘half of all species may face extinction by the end of the century’ (source: https://earthjustice.org/).

However, when we are considering Permaculture and its goals and aims, especially in relation to the Permaculture ethics of people care and a fair share maybe we should put on our trusty Permaculture goggles and take another look. An inclusive community is a stronger community. Encouraging social diversity is as important as embracing biodiversity but where do we start? As part of our Permaculture Kids: Permaculture Principles course we are trying to ask the questions and find the answers.

Human diversity is also key to creativity and a vibrant, healthy human society.

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From able bodied parents to people with physical disabilities and everywhere in between, making our allotment spaces accessible is key to tapping in to the exceptional potential of all of the individuals within our community. Everyone has something to offer and these are the first of many conversations we are having and are encouraging you and your family to actively start and participate in.

Whether you have taken on an allotment, are one of our amazing Permaculture Kids students, recently recognised the importance of self sufficiency, work on a community growing scheme or just really want to know how we can collectively make a difference through carefully considered design we want to know how these videos made you feel, what you learnt and whether you changed your design process as a result. How are you making your spaces accessible? As society and individuals how we could do more?

Plumbing Health and Safety Wordsearch

Plumbing is interesting and useful but let’s take a look at some health and safety key words before we get stuck into physical activities.

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Fish Wordsearch

I was surprised to see a “dory fish” looked nothing like Dory from Finding Nemo! It’s actually orange with spikey fins that make it look like it has a mohawk.

Have you seen the “Seaspiracy” documentary? Have you changed your eating habits or do you want to learn how to make positive changes to our planet? Our permaculture course is created and taught by a qualified vegan permaculture teacher. Check it out here

Think you can find all the fish in our sea-tacular wordsearch? Download below, free to do at home.

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Mythology and its link to modern day injustice

Why do schools paint Medusa as a monster? 

Medusa is one of Greek mythology’s most famous characters. For years throughout school, my classmates and I were taught that Perseus was a hero who killed the monstrous Medusa. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I leaned the truth of the story and Medusa quickly became my favourite mythology character. She also became a symbol of strength for women all over the world who’ve been abused. Want to know the truth? Keep reading. 

First, were you told the same lies as I was? At school, the story we were told goes something like this:  

Medusa was a monster who could turn people to stone just by looking at them. She was always shown in an aggressive way – frowning, teeth bared, the snakes in her hair were wild and snapping, her eyes empty. She was a threat to the people around her, who were all scared of her turning them into stone. Perseus was the brave hero who stepped up to the epic task of killing Medusa to save Greece. There was a battle between Perseus and Medusa, in which Perseus cut off her head with his sword. 

How does this compare to what you were taught? 

So what is the other story? 

To begin with, Medusa wasn’t a monster; she was lovely and beautiful. That was until Poseidon forcefully engaged in an intimate relationship with her, which Athena found out. Athena cursed Medusa out of anger and took away her beauty so that no man would want her. Her skin cracked, her hair turned to snakes and she now had the ability to turn someone to stone if they looked into her eyes. One night, Perseus beheaded Medusa while she slept then used her head as a weapon, turning men to stone by holding out her head and making them look into her eyes. This is how he killed Polydectes and his supporters. He later gave Medusa’s head to Anthea, who put it on her shield.  

There are different versions of most mythological stories and we’ll never know 100% what happened, if it happened. But isn’t it strange that we were always taught that Medusa was a monster, and no one ever mentioned that she was a victim who was murdered? Throughout school, the narrative was one not just of victim blaming but total erasure of the events which could have elicited empathy in a young audience. Why was I told she died in a battle with Perseus, when she was killed in her sleep? 

Learning this other story made me think differently about a few things. How about you? It’s currently 2022 and abuse victims still face injustice.  How do you teach history to your home educated youngsters?

The Home Ed Institute is a community project providing vocational learning opportunities for young people and striving to create, a fairer, more inclusive education system through accurate knowledge sharing and encouragement of diversity. Our online courses offer an insight into the world of folklore, herbs and funghi and are open for enrolment now. Click here.

Birds Wordsearch

Did you know the “One for sorrow, Two for joy…” rhyme was first recorded in 1780?

See if you can find all the birds in this wordsearch, then go for a walk and see how many birds you can find outside!

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The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Beetles Wordsearch

Don’t you just hate it when you have to sign up to enjoy fun and free resources? Well, none of that here! You get to choose. Sign up for our awesome newsletter jam packed with goodies – mini challenged, puzzles, course dates and discounts or just download this awesome beetles wordsearch totally free, no strings attached.

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Bugs

There is something about having a bug obsessed 7 year old that makes them a bit more bearable. Dare I say even a bit more cool?

For example, did you know ladybirds eat insects? Mind blown.

Did you know fruit flies were the first earth born creatures to be sent in to space? You’re welcome.

Maybe you have a cool fact about one of the bugs on the list (let’s be honest, it’s more likely your kids do so ask them and let us know!)

Oh yeah, the wordsearch is free to download, share, turn into a lid or a spider trap… whatever you want, really.

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Wild Animals Wordsearch

Is your little one closer to a wild animal than to a human some days? I like to pull out a puzzle as an alternative to screen time when dinner is five minutes away and the kids have hit peak feral.

Download and print off our wordsearch and as an added extra why not pull out the colours like we did and encourage your little ones to decorate the outside areas with their favourite animal print?

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Countries Crossword

How many countries can you find in our compelling country crossword? Complete our puzzle and then challenge your children to find them on a map, discover new cultures and design their own crossword to teach their friends and family. Send it in and we’ll feature it on our website.

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Plants Wordsearch

Have you wondered why plants have different names depending on where you’re from or who you’re talking to? A plant has a “common name” as well as its Latin name, which are descriptive terms used to describe a specific type of plant and its characteristics. This helps avoid confusion amongst other plants with common names.

Have you ever have a nosebleed? Did yours have white petals? Test your knowledge of plants with our fun wordsearch!

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Download this amazing wordsearch all about plants, free to do at home.

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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Plumbing Fittings Wordsearch

There are always so many items in a hardware store that even trained professionals don’t know the name of. We designed this word search as a bit of fun to introduce a few of the words related to plumbing fittings and fixtures that you and your young person may not of heard of before. By giving young people multiple words to describe objects, feelings and emotions they are able to better understand themselves and their surroundings. It’s always worth learning a new word – you never know when it might come in handy.

Feel free to download, print and share with your friends, family, students, dogs… well maybe not the dog…

The Home Ed Institute is committed to providing worthwhile, inspiring content and courses for young people across the world. From permaculture to plumbing, our hands-on approach embraces individuality and encourages confidence, conservation and personal growth. Check out all of our awesome opportunities here and let us know what you think.

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