4-H in the Classroom Kicked Off January 1, 2018

Have you heard about 4-H in the Classroom? The Shelby County 4-H program is working with the local school administrators to provide youth touchpoints with 4-H beyond traditional clubs. So far, Jackson Center, Fairlawn, Houston and Anna have established 4-H in the Classroom programs at their schools. If you are interested in bringing 4-H programming to your school, please provide your administration with Cassie's email: dietrich.145@osu.edu

What is 4-H in the Classroom?

Endless possibilities. In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

4-H is a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity. Based on the their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H. They select from a broad menu of local 4‑H programs. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone, from sewing and cooking to engineering and animal science.

4-H in the Classroom is a school-based version of traditional 4-H that can help enrich curriculums and replace or supplement traditional lesson plans. Many of the activities we offer fulfill National Education Standard requirements and target specific Performance and Instructional Objectives identified by Ohio's Model Competency-Based Programs and the Ohio Department of Education. Available to all teachers grades K-12, 4-H in the Classroom is a valuable resource for hands-on exploration and discovery.

How is 4-H in the Classroom implemented?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” curriculum for 4-H in the Classroom. It can be implemented in a variety of ways and is determined by the schools wants and needs. Some current methods of engagement include in-school clubs, afterschool clubs, experiential learning in the classroom, and inclusion alongside other activities and functions (athletic and academic events, student councils, etc.)

What subjects are taught via 4-H in the Classroom?

A common 4-H myth is that youth have to live on a farm or raise livestock to be involved. In reality, 4-H includes everything from A to Z. The project areas are as endless as the possibilities. Whether you are simply looking to incorporate more STEM in your school or have a need for your students to gain a better understanding of agriculture and the nation’s food system, we can help. 4-H in the Classroom is a great tool for filling the gaps and enhancing the core school syllabus. Participation in 4-H in the Classroom provides experiences that not only educate, but also encourage students to grow academically, mentally, and culturally.

Click here for a current list of subjects offered.

Youth involved in 4-H are 1.9 times more likely to get better grades in school, 4 times more likely to give back to their community and 2 times more likely to make healthy choices.

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