Clover Explorer Program - For Youth in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade

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Clover Explorer activities-by-mail offered to area 1st through 3rd graders

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach O’Brien County Youth Coordinator Sarah Fiddelke and K-12 Program Specialist Kate Stewart love hosting Clover Kids for first through third graders throughout the county each school year. However, with in-school programming still up-in-the-air due to COVID-19 and school reopening protocols, Fiddelke and Stewart have decided to go back to an old favorite - “snail mail” - to connect with local youth.

The new program called Clover Explorer will feature a once-a-month mailed activity packet for youth in first through third grade. Fiddelke said the activities will be easy and fun yet educational, so youth can do them alone or with their family.

“We are still hopeful that we will be able to host in-person Iowa 4-H Clover Kids sessions at some point this school year,” Fiddelke said. “So, this Clover Explorer program will be a separate program. Northwest Iowa youth in first through third grade can join the Clover Explorer mail program and still participate in future Clover Kid sessions if and/or when we are able to start them again.”

Fiddelke said that each month’s mailing will feature hands-on activities that reinforce science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) principles.

A YouTube video link will be included with each month’s packet, as well as an optional Zoom link to help youth expand their knowledge on the subject matter and connect virtually with other Clover Kids, as well as Fiddelke and Stewart.

“The Zoom and YouTube links are optional components,” Fiddelke said. “If youth and families want to participate with technology, they can; but the mailed activities will also come with picture directions, so youth can complete the activities that way as well.”

The Clover Explorer program will run from October 2020 through June 2021, and cost per youth for the entire year is only $5. 

Clover Kids is a fun youth program designed for children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. The program focuses on inquiry-based hands-on learning. Participants take part in activities, games and other experiences to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living, personal development and expressive arts, all while gaining valuable social skills. The primary goal of the program is to promote children's healthy development - mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. Youth have fun exploring the world through a do-reflect-apply experiential education approach to learning that encourages cooperation, creativity, discovery and a deeper understanding of the topic at hand. 

2020-21 Update: We will start Clover Kids again when it is safe to do so.

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