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  • Puzzle play

    Published on December 5, 2014
    Puzzle play builds an early foundation for math and science skills. Spatial reasoning skills and the ability to mentally rotate shapes are essential in subjects such as math, science and engineering.

  • Snow day fun: When the weather outside is frightful, make your child’s day delightful!

    Published on December 2, 2014
    Stuck inside this winter? Check out these tips for keeping your kids engaged and entertained when the weather keeps you inside.

  • That wasn’t the plan!

    Published on November 24, 2014
    Making the most of changes in plans by turning them into even more successful learning lessons.

  • It’s OK to be wrong!

    Published on November 21, 2014
    Youth development programs should support youth in creating and learning from mistakes, taking risks and even spelling words wrong!

  • Engaging at-risk youth in youth development programs - Part 2

    Published on November 20, 2014
    Taking the five Ps of positive youth development into consideration can strengthen your community youth development strategy.

  • Exploring active learning: Why should it be used and how do you use it? (Part 2)

    Published on November 14, 2014
    In this second article of the series, learn more about active learning, the benefits of it, how to incorporate these techniques, and how to uncover and identify resources for these learning methods.

  • Exploring active learning: What is it and what are some strategies to use it? (Part 1)

    Published on November 12, 2014
    There’s so much to know about active learning and this series of articles will delve into understanding what active learning is and how to use it. This article will define active learning and discuss specific active learning strategies.

  • Passing it on

    Published on October 24, 2014
    Most successful adults have had mentors who provided guidance and support. If you have benefited from a mentoring relationship, perhaps it’s time to pass it on and become a mentor to a young person.

  • Approaches to learning: Exploring physical play

    Published on October 21, 2014
    Consider an afternoon of playing with play dough as a learning experience for you and the children in your life.

  • Strengthen your 4-H club

    Published on October 8, 2014
    A goal of 4-H programs is to build strong, healthy youth who are proactive in a rapidly changing and complex world. Help create these individuals by strengthening your club.

  • Developing life skills through carving pumpkins

    Published on October 8, 2014
    Helping youth develop life skills that can be used when they are adults is the goal of Michigan 4-H. This article will explore how something as simple and fun as carving a pumpkin can help youth develop life skills.

  • What secrets can you keep?

    Published on September 26, 2014
    You expect your mentee to confide in you, but sometimes they disclose information that needs to be shared.

  • Facilitating youth: challenges and approaches for overcoming them

    Published on September 23, 2014
    The process of facilitation comes with some potential challenges. This article recognizes three challenges facilitators might face when working with youth and gives practical steps to mitigate those obstacles.

  • Every important task gets a team!

    Published on September 23, 2014
    Teamwork can lead to a better design process, a more enjoyable working environment and ultimately a better final result.

  • Maker Space: any time, anywhere

    Published on September 22, 2014
    Learn how you can create a maker environment without a Maker Space.

  • Things to consider when closing a mentoring match – Part 2

    Published on September 19, 2014
    Mentoring programs create matches but don’t always consider what needs to take place when a match is closed. Learn what the best practices and proper processes are for closing a match while considering the best interest of the youth.

  • Facilitating: verbal tools for working with youth

    Published on September 18, 2014
    Start shifting your interactions with youth from teacher to facilitator with these five verbal tools.

  • Risky play and youth

    Published on September 16, 2014
    Play that has components of risk can lead to positive outcomes.

  • Things to consider when closing a mentoring match – Part 1

    Published on September 16, 2014
    Mentoring programs create matches but don’t always consider what needs to take place when a match is closed. Learn what the best practices and proper processes are for closing a match while considering the best interest of the youth.

  • Making time to mentor

    Published on September 15, 2014
    It only takes 1-2 hours a week to make a difference in the life of a child as mentor. How can you find the time in your busy schedule to take on this important role?

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