Today was a satisfying day teaching workshops and networking with agents and volunteers. I taught a workshop this morning on the Cloverbud Aged Children. "CLOVERBUDS; Sprouting Young Minds in the 4-H Tradition". This workshop introduced participants to the ages and stages of 5 to 7 year old development. We taught how to use experiential learning with Cloverbuds in the simple model of Do, Reflect and Apply. With 5 to 7 year olds doing simple activities, reflecting in asking things like, tell me about your picture or What did you like best about doing that XYZ? And Applying in asking, how can you do this again? at home? What would you do differently next time?. A whole host of materials and skills in dealing with children in these years was gained thru participation. Praise versus Encouragement was a highlighted topic. I could go on and on. Kate Fogarty, Youth Development Specialist was my partner in crime for teaching this workshop.
Baker County is looking for a volunteer leader to work with the Cloverbud children ages 5 to 7 years old. Let me know if you are interested.
This afternoon my workshop was on "What's Hoppin with Rabbits on line." I taught leaders and agents about the on line rabbit project and how to use it in their clubs to support youth involved in rabbit projects. Go to Http://florida4h.org. click on curriculum then individual projects. From there go into Rabbits and scroll down to enter the world of rabbits on line. There are wonderful teaching aids for leaders and members to learn more about the rabbit project.
Jeannette Lee our Rabbit and Poultry project leader was here at Youth Development Institute for the day. The leaders received a great overview of what is available for their use and the holistic philosophy of educational experiences linked to events and activities, linked to record book reporting and then recognition to make a package of 4-H project experience.
I have had a great time learning and teaching at this wonderful conference. Tomorrow is the end of our Youth Development Institute 2011 but friendships have been strengthened and leaders as well as agents re-energized to provide opportunities for youth around Florida.
I am excited to think about using some of the new materials I picked up here at the conference for workshops and trainings in Baker County.