Monday, December 7, 2009

4-H Values Are The Common Thread

The 4 H’s of the 4-H program are Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. As a 4-H Youth Development Educator, we focus on teaching life skills that tie directly to these four words. The best document I can refer you to is Targeting Life Skills In 4-H, by M. Norman and J. Jordan of the University of Florida. In that paper they relate the H’s of the program to concrete areas of learning and skill instruction of:

HEAD – Thinking, Managing, example Critical Thinking, Goal Setting
HEART – Relating, Caring, example Cooperation, Concern for Others
HANDS – Giving, Working, example Service, Learning Useful Skills
HEALTH – Living, Being, example Personal Safety, Self Discipline

In this blog, you will continue to see a common theme of these four topics running through as a common thread. Even though my last entry was about HAVA, Honored American Veterans Afield, I feel it important to spend some time on the Heart aspect for one more day.

In the news this morning, I saw no mention of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the morning of December 7th, 1941. Are we individually remembering this event and discussing it with our families, students and colleagues? Are we still teaching about it in schools? Are we still flying the flag at half mast at our government buildings and homes? In that attack over 3600 people were killed or wounded, and we lost hundreds of millions of dollars in assets, not to mention the psychological damage to those on Hawaii or the ripple effect upon the surviving individuals and families. Please take time out of your day to honor those lost and share it with your children. As you purchase and post your 2010 calendars, circle it now for next year.  Here is an award winning site to remember this day by survivors and their loved ones of Pearl Harbor: Pearl Harbor Survivors.

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