Academic Success

MSU Extension’s partnerships with schools through its 4-H program offer the perfect counterpoint to formal class-room learning. Through its do-reflect-apply model of learning, 4-H offers youth the hands-on opportunities to learn a concept that complements other methods of learning. School partnerships are reflected in both in-class and after-school programming.

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  • Michigan celebrates two national Farm to School Grant award winners

    December 16, 2014 | Kaitlin Koch | Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded over $5.2 million dollars to farm to school projects for 2015.

  • Has summer sidelined the soft skills of youth?

    December 12, 2014 | Thomas Long | Many teens lack the soft skills needed to succeed in life. MSU Extension and 4-H can help!

  • Speaking with confidence: go ahead and smile!

    December 12, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | Smiling is a life skill that can be connected to confidence and success. Learn to speak with confidence by exploring the five Ss successful lawyers master – smiling is one of them!

  • Puzzle play

    December 5, 2014 | Monica Thompson | 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.

  • Learning about counseling services on college visits

    December 4, 2014 | Frank Cox | Consider taking a visit to the counseling centers during college visits to learn about the services that are offered for personal and emotional support.

  • Has a child asked you where money comes from?

    December 3, 2014 | Beverly Przystas | Youth in grades 3-5 may begin to start thinking of money management and ask, “Where does money come from?” Learn about resources that can help answer that, and other questions.

  • Painting is fun

    December 3, 2014 | Monica Thompson | Painting is an enjoyable activity for young children; painting will help a young child develop fine motor skills and express feelings.

  • Creative gift ideas

    December 1, 2014 | Sandra Risedorph | Individual kits make gifts special.

  • Animal judging: Meat judging

    November 24, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | This series of articles will introduce animal judging – what it is, the life skills it helps youth to develop, where it can take youth, and why everyone should try it!

  • Learning about academic support on college visits

    November 19, 2014 | Frank Cox | Consider a visit to the center(s) that offer any type of assistance or support for academics during a college visit.

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