WHAT IS A CLOVERBUD?
4-H Cloverbuds is the name given to a 4-H club membership unit for youth 5 to 8 years old (K-2 grades). The purpose of the Cloverbuds program is similar to the regular 4-H program: helping youth become competent, caring, contributing citizens through the development of life skills.
The Cloverbuds program has six objectives:
- Develop competencies in life skills for self-understanding, social interacting, decision-making, learning to learn, and mastering physical skills.
- Gain knowledge in sciences, literature, and the arts through the experimental learning process.
- Develop positive attitudes about learning.
- Develop on-going relationships with caring adults and older youth that serve as positive role models.
- Explore family and community relationships.
- Develop understanding of and appreciation for social and cultural diversity.
A successful Cloverbuds program is:
- An informal educational programs for young children grades K-2.
- Older youth, parents, and other interested adults serving as volunteer leaders. Cloverbuds develop the confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, knowledge and physical skills that will lead to a richer, fuller life.
- A place where youth, parents, and leaders have fun, learn to work together at club meetings, activities and special events.
- A learning by doing educational experience.
- Centered around the family. All parents are encouraged to become involved in their child's 4-H Cloverbuds club.