We don’t think there is any better way to teach kids to ‘Learn to Do by Doing’ than 4-H! How can kids learn to care for animals, themselves, and others if not given the hands on opportunity to do so? 4-H provides these opportunities in so many ways.
This year our club went to the Rimoka Senior Lodge to serve dessert to our local seniors at one of their evening socials. Serving dessert to seniors? What’s so educational about that?... Well, more than you may think! Our kids had to converse and make polite conversation with adults who were raised in a whole different era. They had to use, and in some cases develop, manners when having to say ‘Excuse me please… which flavour would you like?” more than once to someone who was hard on hearing. They gave up their Friday night free time in exchange for giving time to those who society often doesn’t have time for.
This year Ponoka 4-H Renegade Riders had a trail workshop. Another great opportunity to ‘Learn to Do by Doing’. Parents and instructors gave of their time to make possible a weekend of kids being challenged to ride outside of their comfort levels. A weekend like this exposes kids to positive lessons not only by doing, but also by observing.