HOW TO LIVE HAPPILY WITH ALL LIFE
Written exercises and experiential learning encourage children:
A. To discover and/or be responsive to their unique purpose.
B. To respect all life.
C. To foster and enhance their sensitivity to the wisdom, communication and cooperation of the Circle of Life in which they live.
D. To think and act with the realization that the Earth is a living being.
Using the Internet with the inspirational text Six Lessons with Delphi , students access web pages with information or activities that emphasize compassionate living and environmental, humane and global education.
How to Live Happily with All Life is the first in a series of online courses offered as a supplementary program to complement homeschooling or classroom studies. Students needing elective credit will find that this course provides them with diverse opportunities for learning and global partnership.
LESSON ONE, The Earth Has a Body, begins the teaching story of a wise and loving golden retriever who shares her magic formula of partnership and communication. In this lesson, you will begin to explore the world of communication and the love of Mother Earth. The lesson concludes with the writing of an Earth Treaty.
In Cyberspace: A hyperlink is included that will give you samples and ideas about writing your treaty.
In Cyberspace: You will meet kids of all ages who are making a difference by their good deeds of kindness and caring.
In Cyberspace: The hyperlinks emphasize seeing animals as partners. You will read letters from young people who believe in the partnership of all life.
In Cyberspace: You will visit links about the solar system and learn about its planets as well as expand your understanding of the community of all life.
In Cyberspace: You will meet Earth Dog, whose job it is to help Mother Earth. You will meet young people who are leaders in helping Mother Earth and our animal partners. You will find examples of friendship and partnership between different races and nationalities.
In Cyberspace: You will find examples of how a smile and a loving heart can make a big change in your environment and in people's lives. And you will visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, where there are many dogs and cats smiling!
In Cyberspace: The value of thank you is presented to you in a different way as you read the thanksgiving address of the Iroquois Confederacy in Central New York. You will visit web pages which answer questions about fairies that have been characters in movies, and you will learn about fairies in the folklore traditions of different countries.
In Cyberspace: You will explore the differences between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. You will find examples of partnerships that care for animals and the earth.
In Cyberspace: You will visit web pages which introduce garden gnomes, Peace Heroes, kid leaders who help the earth, the Nobel Peace Prize web site and the Global 500 Award. You can be a leader, too, and make a difference.
In Cyberspace: Review the importance of gratitude and thanksgiving. You will learn how Native Americans inspired and contributed to Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
In Cyberspace: You will meet the Tree Musketeers, Smokey Bear and Rabbit. Visit the Rainforest Alliance and find out how to help the rainforest. Learn more about how kids are saving Earth and making a big difference.
In Cyberspace: Let Tiki the Penguin introduce you to his friends from many parts of the world, who live in harmony and community. Take a rainforest tour, meet indigenous children, and learn about their stories.
In Cyberspace: The hyperlinks connect to web pages that elaborate on why and how communication spins the web of life. Visit the United Nations web site for kids and learn how you can become a partner in bringing peace and love to the planet.
In Cyberspace: Web sites connect you to organizations and programs actively engaged in kind acts. You will visit an elementary school that celebrates A Day of Kindness, and you will be asked to create your own Good Deed Chart.
In Cyberspace: you will meet new animal friends and discover how they serve as teachers of peace, rescue workers and loving companions. You will visit a web site to hear the sounds of animals and imagine what they might be saying.
In Cyberspace: You will learn how kids saved a mountain, how recycling can help our planet, and how animals and insects teach us about community.
In Cyberspace: Web pages introduce you to animal communities, life in the rainforests, caring for nature's habitats, and global partnerships.
In Cyberspace: Visit web pages that emphasize visions of peace. Learn about the Iroquois Confederacy and its Great Law of Peace, the Peacemaker, and the Tree of Peace. You may want to continue your studies concerning this Law and its influence on the United Nations Charter and the Constitution of the United States. If you are interested, The Sanctuary School can provide additional materials.
Question: What does Delphi mean when she says that answers come from listening?
If you have a question and no one is nearby to give you an answer, try Delphi's way. Listen to your heart. Wise thoughts may come that are surprising and even exciting.
Do you have a question? Write it below. Be still and listen. Take a few minutes, then write your thoughts or insights.
Now let's talk about listening and why it is so important in your life.
When you listen to people you can hear what they are really saying. They are not always saying what you think they are saying, so you had better listen with your heart and your ears the way I do.
There are many wise Native American sayings, but to "hear" the wisdom that they contain you will need to "listen with your heart." Choose one of these sayings by clicking here.
Question: What does Delphi mean when she says that answers come from listening?
Question: What does this saying mean to you? How does the saying help you to care more for others?
If people would stop to listen to each other, there would be more UNDERSTANDING on earth. We could use a little more of that, don't you think?
The first thing for you to know about listening is that you are respectful of a person when you listen--and that person will respect you back. This RULE applies to all of life, even the little crickets!
Go outside and listen to the cricket's song. If you do not
have crickets where you live, listen to the birds,
cows mooing, a rooster crowing, or a coyote calling. But LISTEN!
Question: What thoughts come to you when you listen in this way?
Would you like to hear the sound of a tiger or a whale or a horse or a peacock? Click here to go to a web page where you can hear the sounds of many different animals.
Question: What animals' sounds did you listen to? Write their names here.
Question: Did you notice anyone being helpful and kind today? If so, write about that person and your experience. What did you learn?
Dogs are well known for their good deeds. They have saved people from burning buildings; assisted people who were blind and deaf; helped the police to investigate, guard and rescue. They have been honored in many ways as heroes.
Question: Think of an example of a canine hero and write about him or her. What did the animal hero do? How did this make a difference for others?
You may be interested in learning more about organizations that train and sponsor animals who serve in the fields of healing, rescue, education and detective work. Pick one of the following organizations and share what you have found out about it and why you chose it.
1. Optional: Humane Society of the United States Disaster Dog Program and the World Trade Center.
"When the World Trade Center towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, one of the immediate concerns was a search for survivors. The best search-and-rescue teams in the country were mobilized to the scene. These rescuers possess an uncommon focus and agility: They can traverse over the most unstable ground, they can ignore stimuli that would distract lesser souls, they know how to avoid dangerous situations, they can even detect the faintest sounds and scents."
Optional: If you decided to read about the Disaster Dog Program, what did you learn about the work that disaster dogs do?
2. Optional: Pet-Assisted Therapy
"The program is designed to share animals with people of all ages in facilities such as convalescent homes, hospitals, mental health centers, abused children's homes and juvenile detention centers. Volunteers bring warmth and love to people who aren't able to experience the joys of pet ownership."
Optional: Are there any pet-assisted therapy programs where you live? If there are, write a paragraph about how one of them helps your community. If there are not any pet-assisted therapy programs where you live, how might such a program serve your neighbors and friends?
3. Optional: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
"Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind,
Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who
seek enhanced mobility and independence."
Optional: What interests you about guide dogs?
A GOOD DEED always comes from a KIND HEART. That is really where it all starts, the kind heart. If you WANT to help people, they will feel it in their hearts. Then they will smile. Happiness is a good thing to have on the earth. If you can help people be happy, that would be a real, solid contribution.
So my plan for today is to wish you a happy heart and then to ask you to record your good deeds -- at least one per day minimum. I wouldn't ask you to do this unless it was important.
Hi! My name is Delphi and we have met before. Now I would like to talk about RATS AND CATS.
When you think people don't get along, they almost never do. Take, for instance, Rats and Cats. You probably have an idea that they don't like each other very much. What if I told you that they actually work together in partnership on our planet?
We all are partners in the animal kingdom. As a matter of fact everyone, including me, is agreed that we are partners. Well, almost everyone. You see, we have a problem with some people because they are not partners yet. Maybe a few are, but not too many.
Questions: When you think of someone as your partner, do you have a different feeling about them? What does partnership mean to you?
Question: Do you know any animals that are partners? If you think about this, there are quite a few. First, think of animals who are partners with one another. Then think about animals who are partners with human beings.
Have you ever noticed how ants seem to work together? Some people say that ants act as if they have one mind or a "collective mind." That means that they think together.
Click here for a story about how ants work
together in partnership.
Question: What is the quality that ants have that enables them to work together to finish their tasks?
Question: Why is this quality important in developing partnerships and working together in community?
Experienced and dedicated teachers interact with students throughout the course, checking their work online and maintaining contact by e-mail. Choose from two levels of teacher assistance.
Note: A certificate of completion is presented at the conclusion of the course, with a letter of recommendation encouraging further studies and activities.