This past fall, I had a moment of insanity and volunteered to lead our homeschool 4-H club. Fortunately, I have a friend who is also insane, and she co-leads with me. My kids love 4-H, and it provides them opportunities to learn leadership skills, public speaking and public service, so I figured as long as we were in it this far, we might as well go all the way! John has also caught the insanity and has become involved with the 4-H Shooting Club. Last year he and the kids did shotgun, but this year, John Mark received a new archery set for Christmas, so I suppose they will have a dilemma...
There have been so many changes this year in 4-H and in our club membership that it has taken a while for us to find our groove. Our 4-H meeting yesterday was good! We had two new members, from families who recently moved into town. They each commented on how organized we were... I told them it might have been the first time this school year, but I appreciate the compliment! We have quite a large club this year, with many new faces, so it's been a big change.
We had some homeschool guest speakers in to give presentations on making speeches, for the upcoming Talk Meet competition. I think we'll have several from our club participate this year, so that will be lots of fun. John Mark and Becca will participate, but Philip isn't old enough until next year. He is already planning his presentation. It was a happy surprise that when John Mark competed that first year, his siblings automatically decided that they too would do this (it might have had something to do with the fact that they thought John Mark's volcano demonstration was super-cool). The event has become sort of a big deal in our family and we expend a lot of school-time energy preparing for it each year, but golly, if you have kids who *want* to get up in front of people and speak, I figure it's worth whatever it takes to let 'em do it!
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