4-H for Homeschooling Families

     You can also contact the New London County 4-H office: Pamela Gray, via 860.885.2524 or email,  New London County 4-H Leader or CT CHEER/CT Homeschoolers Inclusive member Amy Smith, via 860.466-9017 or email.
     The Thames Valley Homeschool Co-op 4-H Club meets at the New London County Extension Center once a week. Find their website HERE.

How 4-H Benefits Homeschoolers:

Youth are in control of their project: 
     
Youth choose their project area based on their personal preference, with assistance from club leaders and parents. Once a project is chosen, youth create an annual goal for their project, and then determine and plan out a path for achieving that goal.

Curriculum is available:
     If your child chooses a project that you have no experience in, 4-H has curriculum books are available for nearly all projects and at all levels of ability. 4-H Curriculum is developed with a focus on inquiry-based learning, and includes opportunities for experimentation, investigation, questioning, and argumentation. The “Learn By Doing” method is modeled and encouraged.
     With over 130 projects available, there is soemthing for everyone! Choose from Science, Engineering, Technology, Sewing, Food and Nutrition, Citizenship, Fitness, Finances, Child Development, First Aid, Entrepreneurship, Animal Science, Production Farming, and many more! Find all the National 4-H curriculum. HERE.

Opportunities for recognition in 4-H are on every level in 4-H: 
     On the club level, youth are recognized for their achievements by their peers and leaders.
     At the county level, through 4-H fairs and other events, competitively and non-competitively, youth are recognized by independent judges or experts.
   Youth can attend events that involve youth from all counties within the state (Expressive Arts Day, STEM Day, Livestock Days). Youth can also be recognized for their accomplishments within 4-H, and be awarded opportunities to participate in National 4-H trips. (Find information on State 4-H events and Teen 4-H National Trips HERE.)

4-H is family oriented: 
     Unlike other organizations that divide clubs by age, 4-H clubs are multi-aged, with youth ranging in age from 7 years up to 19 years. Children ages 5-7 may enroll in Explorer Clubs.  Young adults over the age of 19 are encouraged to register as volunteers or leaders, and mentor within a 4-H club.

Youth are encouraged to create, develop, and participate in projects that benefit their community:
     Some examples: create a garden around the flag pole on the town green, pajama collection drive to benefit a women’s shelter, make repairs and spring clean-up at local youth summer camps, sew curtains for a local community center, visit nursing homes to share a craft. 

Older 4-H youth are encouraged to take on positions of leadership:
     
More experienced 4-H members assist less experienced members by one-on-one teaching, assisting with educational programs, and giving demonstrations during club meetings.

Public Speaking Skills:
     4-H youth have many opportunities to gain skills in public speaking on the local club level; at club meetings youth share progress they have made with their projects, share their opinions on topics, and make suggestions for club activities. On the county level at fair board meetings, youth participate in developing and running the local 4-H fair. There are also County-wide Public Speaking competitions. At the state level, State Public Speaking competitions and State 4-H Citizenship Day give youth opportunities to share their ideas with local legislators and politicians.
 
Contact Us
Pamela M. Gray, Program Coordinator
New London County Extension Center
562 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
pamela.gray@uconn.edu
860.885.2824 (office), 860.886.1164 (fax)
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