4-H & ASPIRE: Communication is Key
On March 10, 2017, the 4-H Development Program went to 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.
4-H’s topic with ASPIRE was about transplanting and the importance of transplanting plants. Transplanting is the removal of a plant from one area and placing it in another area. The importance of transplanting plants is to prevent root bound. Root bound is when the runs out of space to in its container. The roots of a plant will grow upwards instead of growing down to the soil for nutrients. Another important tip about transplanting is to water the plants after it’s been transplanted to a larger space or area. The plants must be watered around the roots to allow the roots to loosen and expand. After the short presentation, the students anticipated to today’s life skill activity.
The Life skill for the day was Communication. Communication means using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information, ideas, feelings and thoughts, etc. Each student was required to understand and apply the life skill before the activity starts. The 4-H aim is to inculcate the students by having them experience the basic importance of commuication. The students went out to the garden to transplant their plants from a small container into the garden. The students did a great job in communicating with each other while outside. The idea of the like skill is to realize that everyday life involves communication especially working as a team and to have task done quickly. The day’s life skill helps the student to learn to freely communicate with one another, to communicate to be familiar with their surrounding environment, and to communicate as a team to accomplish a task.