Cloverbuds

WELCOME to South Dakota State University Extension’s 4-H Cloverbuds Program. 4-H Cloverbuds is a non-formal education program designed specifically for children in kindergarten through third grade (ages 5-7). Children of this age are a distinct audience for 4-H, with learning characteristics and developmental needs that are different from older children/youth. They are not “mini 4-H members.” Their needs and interests require activities and events designed especially for them.

The 4-H Cloverbuds program appeals to a child’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and high energy level. It provides opportunities for exploration and active learning in a non-competitive environment. By offering a wide variety of activities and experiences, the program encourages children to explore and think about the world around them. The children will find the program stimulating and fun.

THE PHILOSOPHY
The 4-H Cloverbuds program is a part of the South Dakota State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program. The primary goal of 4-H Cloverbuds program is to promote a child’s healthy development – mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. The program has clear parameters, which have been drawn from research about the needs of this age group. A literature review of empirical research was conducted in developing these parameters [Scheer, Scott D., Journal of Extension, 1997, 35(4)]

The purpose of the program’s ten parameters is to help 4-H Extension professionals and volunteer leaders make decisions regarding developmentally and age-appropriate programming. The parameters are consistent with the principles of K-3 Youth in 4-H: Guidelines for Programming and with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s position statement on developmentally appropriate practice in the primary grades (1998). The goal of programming for 5-to-8-year-olds is to promote healthy development in children by enhancing the life skills of:
• Social interaction
• Self-esteem
• Physical mastery
• Making choices
• Learning to learn

For more information read Guidelines for 4-H Cloverbuds Revised by Andrea Klein | 4-H Youth Healthy Living Field Specialist and based on Original Publication by Mary Ellen Aamot, Ed.D. | 1999 Revised by Marilyn Rasmussen, Ph.D. | 2006.

In Yankton County, our Cloverbuds meet once a month at the Extension Office (901 Whiting Drive) for one hour. Parents are not required to stay with their children. The Yankton County 4-H Program Assistant leads the session. Reports from past sessions and announcements for upcoming sessions can be viewed through the following links.

2016-2017 Cloverbuds Calendar

All Cloverbud Meetings run on the second Monday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Yankton County Extension Office.

  • November 14 – Active Animals – participate in an animal relay, solve animal riddles, learn about habitats, and create a pet!
  • December 12 – Holiday Giving – play gift charades & make your own gifts to give!
  • January 9 – The Five Senses – participate in several games that involve your senses!
  • February 13 – Color Creations – test color mixing in an experiment, make your own marbled paper & spinning color wheels!
  • March 13 – Spectacular Seeds – learn what grows from seeds, experiment with what seeds need, make your own grass buddy, learn how seeds travel, and make a seed mosaic!
  • April 10 – Earth Day Celebration – learn how to reduce, reuse, or recycle; play recycling red light/green light/ make cereal box bookmarks & a recycled ball toss game! (please bring with you old cereal boxes and milk jugs)
  • May 8 – Our 4-H Cloverbuds Story – help create a story and display to show all of 4-H what Cloverbuds have done, prepare projects for Achievement Days, & share what we have done with our families and 4-H!
  • June 12 – 4-H Cloverbud Camp with Junior Leaders (topics TBA)
  • July 10 – 4-H Cloverbud Camp with Junior Leaders (topics TBA)
  • August 14 – Field Trip (within Yankton County) for those who have come to at least 4 Cloverbud meetings
  • September 11 – End of the Year party.

 

Remember everything we make at our Cloverbuds Meetings can be brought to Achievement Days for Static Judging!

2 comments on “Cloverbuds”

  1. Robin Myer

    Hello,
    I have two girls, ages 5 and 8. How do we sign up or join to become members?

    Thanks
    Robin Myer
    ( former 4-H club member)

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