Two great curriculum products are now available. Youth Take the Stage: An Introduction to Interactive Theatre was developed by Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development led by project coordinator Betsy Knox. This new curriculum is a guide for adults on leading six hours of training with middle and high school age youth on being part of an issue- based interactive theater experience. Instructions for forming a post-training performance troupe are part of the curriculum. Youth are taught important life skills such as self-esteem, teamwork, empathy, problem solving and decision making. If you want to work with youth in interactive theater – even if you have no prior theater experience – this guide is for you. You can download the curriculum at the 4-H Performing Arts Page at http://web1.msue.msu.edu/msue/cyf/youth/perfarts.html.
More 4-H curriculum can be found at the 4-H Educational Materials page at http://web1.msue.msu.edu/cyf/youth/guide4h/index.html. 4-H has a profusion of materials on topics from animals to science and technology available to download from this Web page.
In this fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever for parents to spend quality time with their children. Another problem that parents face is getting their kids to make healthy food choices and to stay physically active. The recently revised Family Book Bag allows families to have fun reading together and at the same time learn about healthy eating and physical fitness. The bag is used by educators and designed to go home with a different child each week. It includes resources for educators such as an overview of the book bag, a parent letter, tips on how to set up a book bag program, incentive ideas and more. It also includes materials for families such as a Family Tip Sheet with information on making healthy food choices, being more physically active and reading with children. Five children’s books that reinforce positive food and physical activity choices are included in the bag. Families also receive eight family recipe cards. Order your Family Book Bag at the MSUE Bookstore (formerly called the Bulletin Office) at http://bookstore.msue.msu.edu/.