Tag: Child and Youth

What are the Four H’s in 4-H?

What are the 4 H's in 4-H?

National 4-H Week is coming October 1st! Aliesa explains the significance of the 4 H's in 4-H in preparation for next week. Find club information for Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties at postrock.ksu.edu.#KS4H #TrueLeaders

Posted by Post Rock District 4-H on Thursday, September 28, 2017

4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.

Want to join or volunteer? Contact your local extension office to learn how. Find out more details at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/4-h/join/.

By:  Nora Rhoades

How to Support Youth after Traumatic Events

Nora Rhoades
Family and Youth
Development Agent

Children can face emotional strains after traumatic events, such as accidents, disasters, and witnessing and/or being victims of violence. Understanding how children and youth may react and caring for them in an age appropriate way are critical to their healing and future well-being, but it can be difficult to know what to do. Below are some resources you may find helpful as you support children and youth after traumatic events.

  • Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma: This factsheet discusses the nature of trauma, especially abuse or neglect, the effects of trauma on children and youth, and ways to help a child who has experienced trauma. Parents or foster parents who do not understand the effects of trauma may misinterpret their child’s behavior, and attempts to address troubling behavior may be ineffective or, in some cases, even harmful. By understanding trauma, parents and foster parents can help support a child’s healing, the parent-child relationship, and their family as a whole. (Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway)

Information for this article has been adapted from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, Newsletter, Issue 57, October 2017.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Brainy Babies – Fall Program Offerings

Brainy Babies in an interactive child + parent story hour for children birth through age 3. Through playful learning activities, each child and adult will grow and learn together. The interactive series encourages and stimulates learning while enhancing the relationship between adult and child. Brainy Babies programs are scheduled to take place at the public libraries in Kensington, Lincoln, and Sylvan Grove throughout the fall. The Post Rock District is also involved with the Sprouts 0-3 program at the Osborne library. For complete details about Brainy Babies visit:

http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.

  • October 16 – 5:15-6:15pm – Kensington Community Library
  • October 18 & 25 – 5:30-6:15pm – Sylvan Grove Public Library
  • November 9 & 16 – 5:30-6:15pm – Lincoln Carnegie Library

By:  Nora Rhoades

Youth Enrichment Offerings

The Post Rock District has a variety of opportunities to collaborate with educators and community leaders. Our supplemental activities will provide hands-on learning for students and help you meet academic standards. Youth enrichment offerings are scheduled with the presenting agent on a first come, first serve basis throughout the school year. To view the 2017-2018 youth enrichment offerings contact your local Post Rock District Office or visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/4-h/youth-enrichment/index.html.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Dolly Parton Imagination Library available to Local Children

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a literacy program for preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of a county with an active program. All counties in the Post Rock Extension District have an active program. These counties include Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith. Books received through the program are a free gift! There is no cost or obligation to your family. The Dane G. Hansen Foundation graciously provides financial support for the local programs.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed, in your child’s name, directly to your home. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to a child’s home, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library encourages children and their families to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Reading is a valuable experience for young learners as it promotes positive brain development, helps a child understand the world around them, and enhances positive relationships with the caring adults they rely on.

Information about the program and steps to enroll are outlined on the Post Rock District’s website under Home and Family.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Open a Good Book while Beating the Heat!

As you find yourself indoors during the hottest hours of a summer day, pick up a book and enjoy active reading! Reading with a child or friend will keep both of your minds exploring new things and enhance relationships. As you dig into reading, check out this K-State Research and Extension resource to help make sure your time is filled with quality learning experiences and lots of fun!

Emergent Literacy: Helping Young Children’s Development Through Readinghttps://www.bookstore.ksre.k-state.edu/pubs/MF3161.pdf

By:  Nora Rhoades

Thinking About a Child’s Thinking

Adults are commonly faced with the task of meeting a child’s needs (feeding, clothing, bathing, and other basic duties of raising children). Often one becomes consumed by these tasks and it becomes easy to forget that children are developing their own minds, ways of thinking and understanding of the world. The next time you engage with a child, encourage their development by trying to experience the world from his or her point-of-view…

  • Bend down to their height
  • Follow their lead
  • Use all 5 senses
  • Encourage curiosity and imagination
  • Model patience by not rushing while new information is processed

By:  Nora Rhoades

Outdoor Experiences Are Valuable For Children

Children who engage in regular outdoor play are more likely to demonstrate creativity, cooperation, concentration, problem-solving, and effective communication. Incorporate outdoor experiences into your family’s daily routine. Need some ideas? Checkout the latest Building Strong Families Insert, “Outdoor Play and Learning”!

To access the resource visit: http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/home-family/monthly-column/building-strong-families/

By:  Nora Rhoades