A Part of Nature & A Part of Life Horticulture with Harry S Truman Elementary
Santa Rita, GUAM – On April 26, 2017 4H conducted its third workshop with Harry S Truman Elementary School. During this presentation 4H mentors discussed the different parts of the plant, their importance and its relation to the human body. When sharing with the children about the parts of the plants it is most beneficial for us to incorporate our Life Skill of Healthy Life Choices as we teach the children. Since some of the terminology that we use is a bit complex by comparing it to our health systems and the importance of Disease Prevention, proper water intake, outdoor engagement and a nutritious diet, we are not only able to emphasis the importance of horticulture on our small island, but we are able to stress the importance of maintaining our own health.
These energetic 5th grade classes at Harry S Truman are full of students with amazing insightful ideas on how to promote horticulture in their school, at home and even all around world. During our presentations many students speak up and share their experiences and examples that help our presentation run clearly and smoothly. On this day we were excited to present our Life Skill of Contributing to Group Efforts in order for the students to work together towards a common goal. Our Life Skill Contributing to Group Efforts doesn’t not focus solely on team work or cooperation, but it applies group efforts that encourage a volunteer component with a less structure than teamwork. By doing applying this the students learn to engage with their peers, share their strengths and participate in a part that they are interested in. This activity included the students breaking into small designated groups that had to go outside of the classroom and find the parts of the plant. As the students ran around the school yard they all succeeded in finding the basic parts of the plants. In Ms. Mendiola’s 5th grade class the students who were unable to find some parts, were allow to be creative and draw it out, as well as stating one important function for each part. Afterwards, the students proceeded in groups to the front of the class to present their projects to one another. This activity, allowed them to exercise their bodies, their minds and share in with one another their artistic persona.
At 4H we really enjoy the workshops we present to the students. Around our third session with the students they have become more comfortable with us in the classroom and will engage more as we discuss new topics with them. Our main goal with all our students is to present the opportunity for greater learning through the application of our hands on activities that establish Life Skills to promote better, safer, and healthier living as they grow older.