The Fun in Silent Communication and 4-H’s Important Life Skills
Santa Rita, GUAM – On April
19, 2017, the 4-H Club conducted their second workshop with Harry S Truman’s 5th Grade classes. As the kids came back from their lunch break they were excited to partake in 4-H’s presentation knowing they would be starting their seed germination project. Allowing the students to maintain and care for their own plants instills so many of the 4-H’s Life Skills, most importantly, self-responsibility, self-motivation and cooperation. As the students take care of their own plants, they must create a healthy environment for their plants to grow. By cooperating in the lesson and showing responsibility and maintaining their care for their plants the students will see their seeds sprouting within the next couple of days. This then will motivate them to continue nurturing their plants until our return. This activity is one of our favorites with the students, they are always excited to see their hard-work and determination paying off, and it encourages them to make these Life Skills, daily habits. During our presentations, the 4-H program stresses the relationship between our horticulture activities, such as this, with real life situations. We thoroughly explain the connection between the two and encourage the class to take home these Life Skills and share them with their families and friends so that they can continue practicing them outside of the classroom.
Also during this day’s presentation, the 4-H Program was able to incorporate another Life Skill along with their Life Skill Activity. As the students eagerly got ready for their game they had to practice proper communication skills. As the students lined up they had to prevent looking at one another and only talk to each other to help achieve their end goal. Experiencing for the first time what it was like to instruct each other without looking at one another, the students enjoyed their first round. However, the game become more hard as the students were advised to do the same activity without looking or talking and had to learn different ways to communicate with one another. As they attempted the game again they learned the importance of communication, eye contact and the use of gestures to explain what they wanted. The students really enjoyed the game and shared with one another the different ways they can communicate when they are unable to speak or write what they want to achieve.