Sinajana, GUAM – On April 03, 2017, the 4-H Youth Development Program visited C.L. Taitano Elementary School for ASPIRE. ASPIRE is an “After School Program for Instructional Remediation and Enrichment”, it is a supplemental instructional program that offers both advanced instruction and remediation in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and other selected subjects after regular school hours. Like most of the other schools the 4-H visits weekly, ASPIRE has already begun their class gardens. The 4-H Youth Development Program visits the school for twice a week: Monday-Garden and Tuesday-Fisheries. From the previous weeks for gardening sessions, the students have learned how to germinate seeds, prepare garden, and transplant their plants onto the garden. Today, the students learned more about watering the plants and how to maintain their garden.
Once the students understood the basics of maintaining the the garden, the excitement began with incorporating the life skill activity for the day – Problem Solving. With this Life Skill of Problem Solving, the students learned to identify problems with a plan of action for solutions. The students practiced this on their garden by identifying problems that may effect it as well as learning ways to maintain their garden. They were all given a task such as watering the plants, spraying the plants with bug sprays to prevent pests from harming the plants, and pulling weeds that have grew in their garden. Through this Life Skill activity, the students learned not only to recognize problems they see on their garden, but how to resolve issues when they occur. It also instilled positive influence upon students and how to recognize problems they face in their lives and the best way to resolve issues.