Learn It, Write It, Apply It and Understand It
Santa Rita, GUAM – On May 3rd, the 5th grade students participated in 4-H’s Life Skill workshop, focused on Keeping Records. 4-H mentors discussed with the students basic plant needs for their individual garden plants, the students proceeded outside to take note on what they have been doing with their plant and how successful their actions have been. During the presentation the students engaged by sharing their ideas on different types of record keeping, its importance and all the times they apply taking notes. The importance of teaching the students about Keeping Records and for them to practice it on their garden is to present them with the opportunity to take note of what is happening, analyze their writings, and reevaluate their decisions.
Instilling these skills with the students at a young age allows them to gain the ability to spot out issues and discover the best ways to handle them on their own. At 4H we aim to guide these students to be leaders at a young age, so we highly encourage independent activities that will allow the students to learn on their own. Being able to Keep Records is one of the first steps that’ll assist the students in resolving issues. At an early age students will be able to identify issues in their own work, in school and in the community. After that they can begin reviewing and setting out goals and alternatives to resolving the issues. Our goal isn’t to direct the child from Point A to Point B, but rather present the circumstances and allow the child to choose the best way in which to start at Point A and make it to Point B.
The students at Harry S Truman, have been a delight to work with and are much more informed about current situations, as 4H mentors we have not needed to direct these students to achieve their goal, but only to present the opportunity to allow them to grow and make healthy decisions to better first themselves, their community and the world.