|Louisiana 4-H Cloverbuds|
The overall purpose of the 4-H Cloverbud program is to foster the development of the whole child by helping children learn to get along with each other, explore many interests, practice skills, and build self-confidence and self-esteem. Children in these grades are a distinct audience with unique learning characteristics and developmental needs that are different from traditional 4-H members. 4-H Cloverbud programs are activity-focused and not project-focused and are built on cooperative learning, rather than competitive activities. For age appropriate purposes, this program should focus on displaying children’s work and making them feel good about what they have accomplished without competition. For example: Cloverbuds should not have competitive projects of any kind (including animal projects), nor should they participate as competitive exhibitors with animals, large or small. When including Cloverbuds in parish activities, be reminded that the youth are not evaluated on their efforts - they are recognized for participation.
Cloverbuds can include youth from kindergarten – 3rd grade.
How Are Groups Organized?
- Meetings can be agent or volunteer leader driven.
- Cloverbud clubs - members meet separately from any other group or club. Cloverbud clubs may meet in community centers, schools, libraries, childcare settings, or churches.
- Classroom setting - Cloverbud materials are ideal for K-3 grade classrooms. Teachers trained in their use receive support and resources from their parish extension offices.
- As part of an existing community project club- Cloverbud members can be part of a 4-H community project club, but need to meet separately from the 9-19 year-old members while doing Cloverbud activities.
Cloverbuds Help Children:
Develop self-understanding and confidence in a relaxed setting.
Gain knowledge through the experiential learning process.
Develop positive attitudes toward learning.
Develop on-going relationships with caring adults and older youth.
Explore family and community relationships.
Make new friends.
Learn how to share, work together, compromise, and resolve conflict.
Develop an understanding of and appreciation for social and cultural differences.
For additional information, please contact your local 4-H office.