This week is National 4-H Week. National 4-H Week welcomes you to connect with the 4-H community where young people across America are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
That sort of attitude seems to fit right in with what homeschoolers do every day. Just as the 4-H motto is To Make The Best Better.
One of the most important aspects of empowering youth to reach their full potential (as in the 4-H mission) is in reading.
My mother always says that mistakes and disasters build character. The night before 4-H Fair and exhibit check-in with few hours and too many projects can be a stressful time. In our family, those annual pre-fair evenings are not times I’d like to savor for posterity and I’m sure my kids would agree.
Other 4-H’ers seem calm, cool and collected as THEIR exhibits were completed months ago. I don’t think our family will ever be one of those families, as much as I wish we would.
Irene posted her thoughts about Keeping Up with the Homeschool "Joneses" at Taschek Tales.
Sallie posted Lured By My Own Desires at Seaside Tales.
Lori read my mind and introduced Project-Based Learning: How to Start that is posted at Camp Creek Blog.
Many homeschooling families are multi-generational 4-H families like ours. Hard core green with my mother living in the 4-H Clovia house at Kansas State University a few years back. Her dad, a carpenter and farmer, worked on the 4-H campgrounds way back.
My parents were 4-H leaders and our club’s name was called the Steers and Dears. I had a steer and likely wasn’t a dear. But I now wonder who wanted to be Steers?
I don’t remember how we chose that name.
The 4-H Club that I lead is called the Peppers. I don’t know how we got that name either. The club is at least 50 years old and was founded by long time family friends.
The 4-H clover symbolizes the luck of a 4 leaf clover while each leaf stands for the four H’s of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
Homeschoolers are known for using their heads for clearer thinking.
Christine of welcome to my brain . net explains in Stick that in your mouth and chew it! that brains can work well with the use of your teeth.
My HEART to greater loyalty,
My HANDS to larger service,
And my HEALTH to better living,
For my club, my community, my country and my world.
Carole has some ideas about "school" in her blog’s Thoughts of Home on Why I don’t like calling it "home school".
Christine was thinking clearly and long term in her blog, The Thinking Mother. Read about it in her post, Our Family’s Homeschooling Aims.
Tiffany questioned an educational expert and reported the results in What If I Disagree? at Life on the Road.
NerdMom covers Things I Learned Homeschooling which is posted at Nerd Family.
4-H programs put a great emphasis on science and technology the last few years. October 8 is 4-H National Youth Science Day.
Download the experiment that is provided this year about those helpful, super absorbent polymers.….also known as parents’ little helper (hydrogel in disposable diapers).
Theodore Pappas presents Karin Chenoweth’s article: There He Goes Again (Charles "Bell Curve" Murray on Education) that is posted at Britannica Blog.
Abundant advantage can be taken with Natural Resources and Enviromental Education in 4-H. 4-H programs are often blended into the state parks.
Lance and Liz of Home Educate in the Sunshine State – A Homeschool Blog explained how they created A Geyser in South Florida.
Entomology is a 4-H Natural Resources project. Our kids have passed along specimens to younger siblings for their own collections, even as new ones are added. Freezing insects seems to be the favorite form of preservation here. Need I explain why we had squash bug remains (and baggie) pop out of our icemaker into the glass? Awkward moment when you have company.
There are many art projects displayed at the 4-H fair and our Carnival provides fine arts assistance.
Annette provides Drawing Lesson Links posted at Craft Salad.
Thomas advises as to When Should You Get A Private Music Teacher For Your Child? at Thomas J. West Music.
The Cooperative Extension Service hosts the 4-H program and provides many resources for 4-H members. Project resources, embryology kits and other specialty kits and clubs that counties create for their needs are more benefits for 4-Hers.
Homeschoolers know how to find and develop educational resources.
There are many special 4-H days. 4-H Camp, Legislative Day, State Fair, project workshops and hanging out in the livestock barns during the fair are just a few examples.
Practical Homeschooling requests submissions in the October Contest: Show us your homeschooling day!.
On those rough days, Carletta tells us about Homeschooling while Sick – 5 Sanity Savers at Successful Homeschooling.
Our 4-H Federation (4-Hers’ service council) pays 1/2 of our 4-Hers’ camp fees IF they work at the annual chicken barbecue setting up tables, serving food or cleaning up. It’s a great deal all around as the servers and the patrons all get great bang for the buck and efforts.
David of Oz had some thoughts about Another Homeschool Reason – No Fundraising that is posted at Bruggie Tales. I don’t miss school fundraisers.
Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers wrote about the importance of The Gift of Service.
Community service is very pertinent and noted in 4-H records. That dedication follows the pledge to use our hands to larger service for our club, community, country and world.
Mary from The Informed Parent provided some Special Needs Resources and thoughts about a Wonderboy.
The Ohio Extension offers good advice for 4-H leaders in supporting 4-H members.
Treat each child as a special child – regardless of special need or not. Recognize each child’s skills, abilities, talents and needs.
Thank you for visiting this 4-H edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. The C of H was founded by the Cates of Why Homeschool. I hope you gained from the posts of our bloggers and enjoyed celebrating National 4-H Week with me. Next week’s Carnival will be hosted at Homeschool Buzz. The submission form is located at the Blog Carnival site.