meeting, along with a learning game. Our focus this year has been the environment. Our children have learned about wetlands, alternate energy sources, water conservation, and many other environmental topics. Some of our child-led activities have included making Christmas ornaments for our local
veteran’s home residents, observing worldwide penguin awareness day, making Valentine’s
you cards for the nurses at our children’s hospital, recycling projects, and
collecting items for our community food pantry. The children are encouraged to be valuable members of their community. The 4-
H pledge is as follows: “I pledge my HEAD to clearer
thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service, and my HEALTH to better liv
ing for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” Thus the 4 H’s in the
name of the organization.
Gardening & Horticulture
We also have a garden club that meets weekly, led by our local agent. He comes out for one hour each week to teach the children how to plant gardens, how to start plants from seeds, how and when to plant vegetables, which parts of the plants are edible, which soil types are best, how to fertilize, and when to harvest, prune, and compost. Gardening allows practical application of math skills, such as measuring distance between plants, measuring and charting growth rates, and figuring perimeter, area, and cubic feet of a raised vegetable bed or flowerbed. Our children are able to see the need for math skills and get hands-on experience in real-life situations.
We have the opportunity to participate in many countywide activities, such as take-a-parent-fishing day, 4-H day at an LSU football game, cookery competitions, nutrition workshops, 4-H camp, junior leadership training, fashion shows, livestock shows, 4-H night at a professional basketball game, 4-H day at the capital, and any other activity the leaders may choose to organize for the children. We have an archery team, an air rifle team, a poultry team, and a fashion-design group. Any child and parent volunteer who would like to initiate a special club or team may form such with permission and the support of their county agents. The national and state 4-H programs have funding, so the cost to members is minimal. Our local dues are $5 per year. This includes the cost of all project books and awards, as well as
most events throughout the year. That’s a financial deal you can’t pass up!
So if your children want to learn about animals, are interested in sewing or fashion design, are wild for woodworking or photography, are set on shooting air rifles or bows and arrows, or are poised for parliamentary procedure, then 4-H is an entity that will reap benefits for your entire family. 4-H Clubs are what you make of them. So call your local 4-H office to
see if there is a community or homeschool group in your area. If there isn’t, then create
one. You will be impressed by all the exciting times your children will have with their new 4-H club! Happy learning!
Sonya Brouillette is a veterinarian, but that takes second place to being a homeschool mom of Paycen (12), Owen (9), Landry (5), and a wife of fifteen years to her husband Marty.
There’s no better way to use her education than raising up her children in the way they