In 4-H projects, you learn by doing. You'll follow your interests, gain new skills and show off your achievements. With over 100 projects in 10 subject areas, there's something for almost everyone.
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It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.
4-H Mindfulness Curricula and Resources
- Your Thoughts Matter (Ohio State University Extension) — Is intended to raise awareness of and start conversations about mental health, it is a member-directed project — meaning teens can work through it on their own with the help of a caring adult. No special training for the adults involved is required. This project is not intended as a resource for those in crisis. https://projectcentral.ohio4h.org/publications/your-thoughts-matter/
- GEM: Get Experience in Mindfulness (University of Delaware, Extension) — An Awareness and Acceptance Stress Management Program for ages 10 and up — adults too! This program places an emphasis on stress management taught through practical and interactive mindfulness-based activities to facilitate experiential learning. The program is a research based and theory driven program that meets National Health Education Standards. There are five lesson topics: Intentions and Goal Setting, Awareness and Attention, Self-care: Stress Reduction and Relaxation, Communication and Relationships, and Gratitude and Acceptance. https://shop4-h.org/
- It's My Home (Ohio State University Extension) — Kids can contribute to their household in so many ways. While developing their sense of style. This project covers basic design elements, organization, upcycling and service learning. All the activities focus on decision-making, good taste and a big heart. https://shop4-h.org/
- Mindful Me: A 4-H Primary Mindfulness Curriculum (University of California) — Introduces cloverbud youth (5-8 years old) to basic concepts in mindfulness practices. The program promotes mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one’s own goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation and mindful eating practices. https://shop4-h.org/
- Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (English PDF) (Spanish PDF)
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 Resources — National Association of School Psychologists
Physical Activity Resources and Curriculum
- 4-H Yoga for Kids — 4-H Ritual and Pledge in yoga poses (University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz3ahmJI4vg
- STEPS to a Healthier Teen: Segments to Emphasize Physical Activity and Nutrition Steps (National 4-H) — Consists of 10 activities for youth ages 14 to 19. The purpose of the curriculum is to help youth develop skills and knowledge in physical education and nutrition. Participants experience a variety of learning methods and tools such as games, case scenarios, computer software programs, cooking demonstrations and fitness challenges. https://shop4-h.org/
Articles on Support and Tips to Cope
- Talking to Kids About Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute) — https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
- Helping Kids Deal with Disappointment (Rise and Shine newsletter, Children's National) — https://riseandshine.childrensnational.org/helping-kids-deal-with-disappointment/
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) — https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
- COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide (National Alliance on Mental Illness) — https://nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US&utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=COVID19_AM_resource_email_3202020&utm_medium=email
The current responsibility of conquering COVID-19 has created obstacles in continuing 4-H opportunities for our families, volunteers and communities. To ease the sudden transition into a virtual format for 4-H programming, we have built a list of resources for Idaho's 4-H family to utilize as they continue 4-H learning and engagement. This list is ever changing, but we will work to keep it updated as more resources are developed or shared.
The UI 4-H team has curated a wide variety of youth-led learning resources that are available for at-home learning. All of the resources below are publicly available for you and your family to use. Our goal is to provide resources that young people can use to stay engaged in learning while out of school.4-H Documents/Publications
The UI 4-H team has curated a wide variety of youth-led learning resources that are available for at-home learning. All of the resources below are publicly available for you and your family to use. Our goal is to provide resources that young people can use to stay engaged in learning while out of school.
- How to Take Care of Your Pets, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — A collection of videos on the Extension YouTube UKnow channel.
- Livestock Judging Video Series, Iowa 4-H — A series of videos for livestock judging education and preparation.
- Poultry Breeds Video Series — From Ohio 4-H a series of videos on poultry breeds developed in collaboration with the American Poultry Association.
- Animal U — A new and innovative online learning tool to engage youth in learning about the science behind livestock production. Currently, there are 87 lessons in beef, swine, and careers that youth may access at any time. More lessons are continually being created and will be posted as soon as they are ready.
- Animal Nutrition Virtual Clinic by UI Extension, Bingham County
- Dairy Cattle Nutrition Virtual Clinic by UI Extension, Bingham County. Guest speaker David Callister, UI Extension Butte County Extension Educator
- Beekeeping 101 — This online course about the science and practice of beekeeping is for beginning beekeepers. It covers bee biology and behavior, hive management, equipment, bee products, and more by Penn State Extension
- Artisan Bread — Katie Hoffman, Extension educator, UI Extension, Lemhi County
- University of Kentucky Forestry — A YouTube channel dedicated to forestry and natural resources education for teens and adults. Grades 9-12
- UKnow How-To Video Series — A series of videos on a wide variety of subjects, intended for older youth and adult learners.
- Paper Towel Gardening — Nic Usabel, Extension educator, UI Extension, Canyon County
- Gardening in the Zone — horticulture series of videos available on YouTube by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
- Oral Presentations Workshop — UI 4-H with Nancy Shelstad, UI 4-H Regional Educator and Carrie Johnson, UI Extension Educator Canyon County
- Slime — UI Extension, Ada County
This list will be changing and growing as program opportunities develop.
- https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/host-a-virtual-4-h-meeting — Hosting virtual meetings
- Zoom Tips (PDF) — Tips using Zoom and information on how to use Zoom for 4-H meetings
- Zoom Meeting Settings (PDF) — Security settings for Zoom meetings
UI Extension Victory Garden Course
- Free course includes 10 units on topics ranging from vegetable gardening, herbs, fruit trees and food preservation
UI & UW Extension Sheep & Goat Webinar
- Weekly on Thursdays
- Noon MST
- Preregister for Zoom meetings at https://uidaho.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fWiLWKvuS2-dx3AJnWotNw
- Sessions are recorded and posted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGrmjYNXPVwf-V-VeZYfFnQ?view_as=subscriber
UI Extension Bannock County 4-H
- Bannock County 4-H — Virtual meetings are being held twice a week, topics vary
UI Extension Camas and Gooding County 4-H
- Camas Gooding 4-H — Virtual activities including:
- School resources
- Science at Home Experiments
- Livestock and Horse projects
- Club meeting
- Texas A&M 4-H — Offering a four-week visual art cam for grades 9-12 (weekly March 30, April 6 and 13)
- Pulaski Extension with Georgia 4-H — R.E.A.L. STEM at home every Tuesday and Thursday
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4-H — Live experiences (Living Room Learning and Boredom Busters) and online programs for families four days a week
- Extension Horses, ExtensionHorses.org — Several online learning modules are available free of charge. Enrollment is required.
- Connect Extension — All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to create accounts, share webinars on the Learn calendar within this platform, and access learning opportunities made available system-wide.
- Campus.eXtension.org — has a variety of tools from camp counselor and volunteer trainings to project lessons.
Choosing a Project
Here are some things for you and your parents to think about as you choose 4-H projects:
- What interests you?
- Does your county 4-H program already have a leader for this project?
- How much will the project cost? Some livestock projects, for instance, require a significant financial investment.
- Do you have enough space to complete the project and can you get the equipment you’ll need?
- Can your parents or another adult help you with the project (for example, drive you to meetings)?
- Will the project help you grow as an individual?
- How much time will the project take? Some projects take a full year to complete, while others take just a few days or weeks. You may want to do only one or two projects in your first year of 4-H.
- Does the project sound like it's fun and worth the effort?