Thursday, December 13, 2007

4-H... it's not just for farmers

Not anymore at least. A few homeschooling mommies and I have decided to start our own 4-H club!

My first thought was, I am way too cool for 4-H. WAY too cool. Too cool to attend, too cool to let my kids attend, and certainly too cool to lead the darn thing. But then I looked through their catalog and saw what a variety of learning opportunities they offer. We can get materials to teach sewing, ecology, engineering, cooking, archery, computer design, government... and CHEAP! Just a few dollars for each curriculum set. Homeschoolers are used to 3 or 4 figure curriculum orders, so paying $2 for a learning experience almost makes me feel guilty. I regularly spend more on a lousy cup of green tea.

We had to attend a numbingly boring evening meeting peopled mostly by the horse-y/cow-y/farm-y set, but that, so far, has been the only drawback.

You don't have to be a homeschooler, or a farmer, or an animal lover, to be in 4-H. If you have children between the ages of 5 and 17, I would check it out. You can find your local group here.


Green Bean said...

I have some friends who did 4H with both of their girls thru high school. It was a wonderful learning experience and I really it made their girls a little more aware and responsible than your average run of the mill kid. I plan on looking into it when my oldest hits kindergarten - next year. :)

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

If you aren't interested in joining a big group, they let adults take the leader classes and start their own group, which could be a group of one in your case. If you homeschool, the curriculum is awesome and could be used for cheap and highly educational electives.