I love hearing about families involved in 4-H! As a rule of thumb, ALL 4-H activities are educational in nature, like Scouting is almost always educational in nature. It's fun to discuss different ways to divide these activities into meaningful high school courses.
If your child is active in sewing and ceramics in 4-H, think about what they have achieved and what paperwork they have provided for each project. Label each one with educational words such as: fashion design, home economics, and textile crafts. Group activities together into similar clumps. Put all topics that go under art into one group, and everything that counts as cooking into another group. Other kids may lump activities into science stuff or biology stuff. Once a group of activities represents about 120-180 hours of work, Ta-Da! You have a high school credit!
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We even did some very UN-traditional activities under the 4-H umbrella -- Shakespeare studies was one. Read plays together, discussed them, performed abridged version for the fair, made posters to display at the fair, did sewing projects (Shakespearian hats & cloaks) that were submitted to the fair. We were even written up in the local paper showcasing how vast 4-H opportunities were. It was a fabulously fun few years for my early teen children.
I am wondering how does one get involved in 4-H we have been trying to find a group in our area for two years now to no avail. Please help.
Contact your local county extension office. That is how we have a local club. Or you could try one of the middle schools and ask them.
Search for the extension service in your state. You should then find numbers for the state or your county and they should be able to direct you to the correct place. My family is in Ohio and there is an extension office for each county. We are very involved with 4-H and the kids really enjoy it.
Hi Mary Ann, the local Extension Service should be able to connect you, since 4-H is under this umbrella. Here is a national link: http://www.4-h.org/get-involved/find-4-h-clubs-camps-programs/
I was in 4-H and very active as a young girl; it gave me confidence to speak in public, lead others, and I learned many life skills and eventually worked as a county Extension Agent for several years.
Scouting is also an excellent program. Becoming an Eagle Scout is ALWAYS educational because the scout must plan, prepare and lead a team to complete a project. Once again, scouts learn to speak in public, lead others, and give to their community. In our family, we have one Eagle Scout, one in the midst of his Eagle Scout project, and the third waiting in the wings as he advances through scouting.
All that being said, there are some excellent youth organizations that provide leadership and life skills and, yes, PE credit!! I hope you find a 4-H club near you soon, Mary Ann.
Call your county extension office. Depending on where you live, you may have several groups to choose from like we do, or just one big one like we had before we moved.
Did you know that you can have a home club? If there isn't a club in your area focused on the projects you are interested in just start a family club! Your county extension office should have tons of information about every project available, and there are a LOT of different projects that you can do.
OH thanks Angie!! I think I knew that - that you can basically homeschool 4H - but I forgot. SO THANKFUL for all your help! This is awesome!
Thank you everyone; we finally got in contact with somebody today in our area; we are now setting up an exploratory page on FB to see if anyone else in our area is interested in joining.
Like all the other suggestions posted, call your extension office. If you do not have a club near you, you can organize and start your own 4-H club for Homeschooled families in your area. That is what we have done in our area. (North East Alabama)It is fairly easy and only takes a month or so to get certified through 4-H. At least it only took that long for us in this area.
Brilliant idea, Stephanie!
We are adding that to the post! Thank you!
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Well done, Felicia!
We are a 4-H goat and chicken family. I loved the curriculum for 4-H. We didn't have an active goat group, so we paired up with local goat families and our vet to create extra goat-opportunities.
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