Teaching experiential learning: Resources and tools

Michigan 4-H youth are developing skills and gaining knowledge in projects that interest them. Let’s explore resources and tools available to help parents and volunteers make learning intentional.

The Experiential Learning Model is important for youth to experience and participate in while growing up. The more experiential learning a youth participates in, the more they will remember what they learn and retain the skills used during the learning.

The Michigan 4-H Youth Development Program believes the Experiential Learning Model is a foundation for helping youth learn while they are working with their projects and 4-H experiences. The model provides time for youth to reflect and apply what they are learning.

Michigan State University Extension has developed the following set of resources that can help volunteers remember the steps to the experiential learning model and incorporate it into their work with youth.

Training materials

This workshop kit is designed for 4-H and other youth group leaders and volunteers that want to understand and apply the Experiential Learning Model to their current work with youth. This workshop kit includes a workshop CD with all materials needed including facilitator guide, instructor resources, PowerPoint presentation, hands-on learning activities, participant handouts and evaluation. 

Pocket cards

This set of durable, 3-inch by 5-inch pocket-sized cards helps 4-H and other youth group leaders apply the Experiential Learning Model so youth have the opportunity to discover their own learning through a guided process. These pocket cards are designed to travel with you while you are working with youth to help apply the Experiential Learning Model into existing programs.

Kits and other resources can be found on the MSU Extension Bookstore.

Staff around Michigan are also trained to help volunteers incorporate this material into their youth programing. If you are interested in learning more about life skill development, please contact your county MSU Extension office.

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