Growing and Learning at the 2016 Fair

4-H and FFA youth across America are participating in county and state fairs. Today, our staff transported a trailer loaded with award-winning exhibits from the Lancaster County 4-H Super Fair to the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Unit Leader Karen Wobig reflects on the success of our county fair in a blog she posted today. The smiles say it all! Enjoy this blog post and be sure to visit your local fair! Soni

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

A first-time 4-H Clover Kid Show & Tell participant. She is proud of her project. A first-time 4-H Clover Kid Show & Tell participant. She is proud of her project.

Wow! What a great time we had at the fair! The weather was good (except for getting drenched with rain along with Wayne Moore in the golf cart – sorry about that Dr. Moore!), the 4-Her’s were excited and the exhibits were amazing!

Watching youth participate in their contests and shows or seeing their excitement at the ribbon they received was worth millions. Even my little friend Gianna did an amazing job with her first Clover Kid’s “show and tell.”

I was also excited to see our wonderful County Commissioners out and about, attending the luncheon, “kissing” a pig, serving watermelon and even assisting in the “Fun at the Farm” exhibit! Several members of the Lancaster County Extension Board also helped with a variety of events. Marty Minchow and Pat Heather were judges for the…

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“May I have more pineapple?”

"Pineapple scene" from Role Modeling: Effective Meal Strategies Video from Nebraska Extension

“Pineapple scene” from Role Modeling: Effective Meal Strategies — Nebraska Extension

The Learning Child team from Nebraska Extension produced an educational video to help caregivers role model effective meal strategies.  The video demonstrates six strategies to help caregivers encourage children at mealtime.

Here are the six basic strategies from the video:

  1. Sit with children during mealtimes.
  2. Eat the same foods the children eat.
  3. Eat the food at least twice.
  4. Physically prompt kids to try foods.
  5. Be positive.
  6. Repeatedly offer a variety of foods.

Of course, these same techniques can be used around the family table. One of my favorite scenes in this 4 minute video: the caregiver tries pineapple twice and soon after, a child asks for pineapple. It doesn’t take long and all the children are enjoying the juicy fruit.

Watch now: Role Modeling: Effective Meal Strategies

Have a great day!

Soni Cochran

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml(nationwide listing).

 

Back To School Transition Tips

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My kids on the first day of school. You can tell my youngest was excited for Kindergarten. (1997)

Back to School time is upon us and for our youngest learners, a well-planned transition will get them off on the right start. Transitions can help build the bridge from one stage of a child’s educa…

Read: Back To School Transition Tips

This article is from The Learning Child Blog from Nebraska Extension

Have a great day!

Soni Cochran

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml(nationwide listing).

 

Join Us at the 2016 Lancaster County Super Fair! #4hSuperFair

Table Setting Contest at the Lancaster County Super Fair

Table Setting Contest at the Lancaster County Super Fair

The 2016 Lancaster County Super Fair begins in Lincoln, Nebraska. We want to wish our 4-H youth, their families, our volunteers and staff the best of luck as they participate in this amazing community event. While you are visiting the fair, please be sure to ask our 4-H exhibitors questions about their projects. Many love to share and answer any questions you might have.

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 4-HHere’s the nitty gritty:

Visiting Animal Areas – Safety Tips

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You Little Firebrat!

With the extreme heat wave in Eastern Nebraska lately, firebrats are literally coming out of the woodwork. One of the most common comments I get from clients who show up at our office with a mystery specimen is:

“I never have pests, but I found this…”

 Most people have heard of silverfish, but have you heard of firebrats?

Firebrat on the wall

The firebrat is an indoor pest commonly found in areas of high heat and humidity. It is a mottled brown-gray color, with long antennae and 3 tail-like appendages.

Description of the Pest

Silverfish and firebrats look similar in shape, size (¼ to ½ inch long) and number of appendages. Collectively, they belong to a group of insects called bristletails (Order: Thysanura). They are both wingless, soft-bodied, carrot-shaped insects with two thin antennae on the head and three tail-like appendages extending from their tapered abdomen. The difference between silverfish and firebrats include the stoutness of the bodies and the color of scales. Firebrats appear stouter with a mottled brown-gray color, and silverfish are narrower in the abdomen with powdery, dull, silver scales. As their name implies, they move like a fish.

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Happy Wife, Happy Life? UNL Study Findings

Senior Couple at ComputerAccording to a recent study, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) sociologists found older married men with disabilities may do better when their wives become more demanding. Researchers found married men faced with long-term physical limitations feel less lonely if their wives engage in more demanding and critical behavior. If wives were more supportive to their husbands, the study showed it did not matter at all.

“Among current cohorts of older married men, there is an expectation that their wives are going to manage their health, that she’s going to be the one who makes sure he’s going to the doctor, eating correctly, doing his physical therapy,” Warner said. “For men, this ‘nagging,’ in a long-running marriage, is a signal that your spouse is invested in you, in your health, in maintaining your independence.”

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Superhero Exploration

Do you remember playing superheroes as a child? I do! I remember my own children making capes and coming up with stories as they “saved their friends and siblings”. I went to the link in this blog and read how Sarah Erdman and Meredith Downing used superheroes to teach life lessons.

“During that sidekick day, we teachers made two new observations about the superhero play. First, the children did not cling to the superheroes they knew from popular culture. Sure, there were plenty of Batmans and Batgirls (and even a Superman who wore a Spider-Man costume); but we also had Super Pig, who carried a Pig Wand that made witches disappear, and Super Dog, who wore a superhero robot costume.” From “Science of Superheros” by Sarah Erdman and Meredith Downing

Here’s to all the parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers who make our children feel like they are superheroes too!

Have a great day & be superhero cool!

Soni Cochran

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

The Learning Child Blog

CZHWdgtUgAAFkwgMany parents may overlook superheroes teaching their children about life lessons. However, Sarah Erdman and Meredith Downing, prove otherwise with one of their articles. Children can learn a lot from superheroes; it all depends on how you direct the teachings.

One of the first thing that you can incorporate with superheroes is creativity. Children should be encouraged to think on what they would want to be as a superhero, including their powers and their backstory. It improves your child’s creative thinking and helps them learn how to explore options.

Along with developing exploration and creative thinking, it makes children think more in-depth on more than just the how the superheroes save the day, but why do they do what they do? Superheroes do not always get the recognition for their work in helping others, but they continue to do it—and enjoy it. Opening children’s minds to this way of thinking…

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