(Let me start this post by saying, outside of the church, my participation in 4-H had more impact on me in my youth than any other organization. I learned leadership, citizenship, organization, public speaking- well, the list could go on an on. My husband is a 4-H alum too. Both of us are in career fields that 4-H helped us learn about and in my case, sparked my interest. So, to us, this is an important program.)
As our daughter wrapped up her time as a clover bud, at our recent County show, she was taking in projects and trying to decide what she would like to show next year. She has quite the list.
As she is telling me what she would like to show, I’m writing down the projects she mentions, and I start to look in our local project guidebook for the requirements. While I have worked Cloverbud projects into our homeschool days, I have yet to do so with the projects beyond that.
I realized how easy it will be for her to combine some projects for 4-H as she is already going to be doing it in our homeschool program. Take reading for example. We have a county project where you keep a list of books you read and then do a report on one. We do lots of book reports and she can easily keep a list of books.
If you homeschool and participate in 4-H, let me encourage you to find ways to combine as much as you can. As a (part time) work outside the home mom, it’s important to me to find ways to be able to do both homeschooling and 4-H well, but still save time.
And if your family does not participate in 4-H, call your local Extension office and check it out. I’m guessing something will be beneficial to your family.