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Home Environment

March 7, 2017

This is your online resource for the 4-H Home Environment project. The record sheet and exhibit card are below. If you have any questions, please refer to the 4-H Handbook or contact the Extension Office.

*If you have trouble accessing any of these documents below because of a disability, please contact the Jackson Co. Extension Office at (812) 358-6101 or send an email to mille330@purdue.edu.

 

Here are the requirements for this project:

HOME ENVIRONMENT

  1. Complete a record sheet.
  2. For the 4-H Home Environment project, 4-H members at each grade level may choose from three possible exhibit categories: a furniture item and notebook, a design board (poster and notebook), or a portfolio (notebook). All exhibits must include the Home Environment Exhibit Card, 4-H 1011-D-W. Level 3 participants will also have a fourth choice: independent study. NOTE: Each level has several options per category from which to choose. We suggest that 4-H members either choose a different option each year or show how they expanded on the same option (portfolio and furniture categories only) used in previous years.
  3. All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

Categories

Furniture Item and Notebook - An actual piece of furniture accompanied by a standard notebook (3-ring binder) explaining the who, what, when, where, why and how of the chosen project. We suggest including pictures showing where the item will be used. Also, we encourage 4-H members to include pictures of themselves doing the project, but this is not required. Always place your identification information in the notebook and on the furniture.

Design Board and Notebook - Standard 22”x28” poster, displayed horizontally with a firm backing. Design boards must be covered with plastic to protect and help hold items in place. An identification name tag must be attached in the lower right corner. The notebook is to help explain the who, what, when, where, why and how of the chosen design. This can be a “before and after” project or “plan in the future” project.

Portfolio - Standard notebook (3-ring binder). If 4-H members choose to do this option more than one year, we suggest that they keep the previous year’s materials in the notebook. Place materials for the current year in the front, with the previous year’s materials clearly marked or labeled at the back. Always place your identification information in the notebook.

Other Information:

Color samples - These can be paint samples from a paint or hardware store, or color samples the 4-H member makes with paints or colored pencils.

Other samples - Many hardware or home improvement stores have free samples of wall coverings, flooring, countertops, and cabinet materials that can be used with the 4-H member’s design board or portfolio.

Colored pencils - We suggest using colored pencils when coloring the design board or portfolio. Colored pencils are what professionals use! Keep in mind that the entire area does not need to be colored in, but be sure to apply enough color to adequately express design ideas. Other methods for coloring will also be accepted. These could include (but are not limited to): crayons, watercolor pencils, markers or printing on the computer.

Level 1: (Grades 3-5)

Furniture Options for Level 1

Exhibit any of the following items demonstrating color, texture, and/or line and shape that would help complete a room. Include your notebook. (See “Furniture Item and Notebook” explanation above.)

Design Board Options for Level 1

Portfolio Options for Level 1

 Level 2: (Grades 6-8) and Level 3 (Grades 9-12)

Manual - Home Environment: Design Decisions (University of Nebraska). This one manual is to be used for grades 6-12 as a resource and a reference. Indiana 4-H exhibit options are not listed in the University of Nebraska manual. You are referred to the Indiana 4-H Youth Development website: (www.four-h.purdue.edu) or your local county 4-H handbook for exhibit option details.                                                                                     

Furniture Options for Level 2

Exhibit any of the following items demonstrating color, texture, and/or line and shape that would help complete a room. Include your notebook. (See “Furniture Item and Notebook” explanation above.)

Design Board Options for Level 2

Portfolio Options for Level 2

Furniture Options for Level 3

Exhibit any of the following items demonstrating color, texture, and/or line and shape that would help complete your room along with your notebook. (See “Furniture Item and Notebook” explanation above.)

Design Board Options for Level 3

 

Portfolio Options for Level 3

Independent Study Option for Level 3

Youth in grades 9-12 have the option of doing an independent study project. Those 4-H members who choose this option must review their ideas with their 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator and/or Home Environment project leader to make sure they have selected an appropriate topic/exhibit.

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