Abby and Nathalie started in 4-H when they were nine and seven years old. We didn't know it then, but we were just months away from starting to homeschool. It has been wonderful to see how homeschool and 4-H join together so well. So many of the things that kids need to grow up into well-adjusted, productive adults are available through 4-H.
The "learn by doing" method of teaching is central to 4-H. The best way for a kid to learn how to clip a goat is to hand them a pair of clippers and stand them in front of a goat. As they work, the "teacher" offers suggestions and encouragement. "Try holding the blade flat to the skin. What if you gently pulled the skin away from the backbone? I like how you are talking to your goat as you clip her."
|Heather J. learns to clip a goat|
|Hannah "helps" a young 4-H'er clip|
|Learning goat health by doing it!|
|Abby teaches proper record book completion|
|Flags at the 4-H National Conference Center|
|Jenny B. displays her winning cupcakes|
|Nathalie oversees the cake decorating event|
There are many other ways 4-H has benefited the girls: formal public speaking, informal public speaking, peer relations, leadership, finances, decision making, "circle of life", deadlines, goal setting, etc. In short 4-H has prepared the girls for life in the "real world".
|Bake sale fundraiser at Tractor Supply|