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4-H Resources for the Coronavirus Quarantine

Living in Interesting Times

An old saying suggests, May you live in interesting times. As much as the times we find ourselves in are challenging, they are indeed interesting, as well. With the nation practicing social distancing we’re left to figure out how we can provide the emotional, physical and educational support our children need right now.

The internet is chock full of videos, lesson plans and streaming options for parents to begin home schooling. In turn, many parents are experiencing what rookie quarterbacks feel starting their first game, and maybe their first sack, as well. But, we’ll all get up for the next play! Among the positive outcomes from this experience may be a new, sincere appreciation for teachers!

As an informal education program, 4-H has been affected by the need to self-distance, but like everybody we’re adapting. Some 4-H leaders have started to use Facebook Live as a channel for holding virtual meetings. It’s not the in-person, hands-on approach we prefer, but it’s a good solution for staying connected. We plan to share more online resources to assist 4-H clubs.

Meanwhile, we’ve launched a web based program, 4-H from Home. The site includes links to a variety of online educational resources. It also includes the option to register for interactive webinars and—you don’t have to be in 4-H to register for these. The topics vary and will include healthy living, STEM, civic engagement, the arts and more. The webinars are scheduled to take place between 3 and 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are intended for middle school age children.

Coming up… (Note: many of these will have taken place before publication, but this list gives and overview.)

  • Rainy Day Games! Stay Active Indoors (Thursday, March 19)
  • The Magic of Laughter (Tuesday, March 24)
  • Stepping Up to Serve in Times of Need (Thursday, March 26)
  • Interactive Arts: Creativity at Home (Thursday, March 31)
  • Kitchen Science: Hands on Experiments (Thursday April 2)

more topics coming soon!

You can register for the webinars here.

If you have questions about 4-H from Home (or suggestions for future topics), please send us an email.

About the author

Dave is the 4-H Senior Program Coordinator for the Sussex County 4-H program.