The Power of Silence with CL Taitano and 4-H
Sinajana, GUAM – On April 25th, 2017, 4-H mentors met with Mr. Borja’s 4th grade class to begin their seed germination project. The 4-H mentors were eager to meet and greet with the students to begin a fun
day with them. Presenting opportunities such as seed germination instill so many of our Life Skills and allows the students to practice them daily. When we engage with the students during our seed germination activities we teach them to be careful and patient as they handle their seeds. The students will also learn the role of responsibility and nurturing as they maintain their plants and watch them grow. During this part of our workshops we begin to see a transition amongst the students. The students become more attentive and eager as they see progress from their hard work. These activities allow us to teach the students silently more Life Skills than they are aware of. By incorporating activities such as these we never know what will happen with the student’s projects, but it can only go two ways. This presents us with the opportunity to teach the students what to do when things go wrong or the effects of when you work hard and things pan out.
With every class we have taught this year, one thing we have noticed after presenting these projects is that the students come together to appreciate each other’s work. Students are excited to tell us about their classmate’s plants that sprouted and in return the students work together as a team to keep the plants growing. Through this insight we have taken it upon ourselves to begin our lesson with our 4th grade class by teaching them Life Skills that they can use in there near future as we continue to work with them and as they promote after the school year as well as in the rest of their lives.
During this day’s Life Skill Activity, we incorporated Team Work into our chosen Life Skill Communication. In this activity, the students learned the different ways to communicate with each other and how to express what they want without speaking aloud. The students then learned the importance of working with each other to achieve a goal through team work, and most importantly that speaking aloud isn’t the only way to communicate, and when we do speak to others to always be clear and respectful so that they can be understood.