What Courses Can You Take Through Family and Consumer Sciences?
Child Development will build a positive understanding of children’s growth and development and a solid foundation of parenting skills. Child Development students learn theories of development and growth as well as techniques to use when working with children through class activities, presentations, discussion, videos, guest speakers and field trips. Child Development is a beneficial class for anyone interested in being a teacher, day care provider, nurse, doctor, and especially a parent. It also is a great foundation for students interested in psychology, sociology and human development.
In Careers, students will investigate and be exposed to various career pathways of their personal interests and learn skills for acquiring a job in that field such as resume building, interview techniques, proper interview attire, etc. Students will also take personality and career aptitude tests in order to understand the types of careers that might best be suited for their social and working preferences. Not all students may be interested in careers that require a college degree, so through guest speakers, research projects, field trips and other presentations, they will explore many different options for after high school to help them be successful in whichever path they choose.
Foods I – Intro.
Foods I provides the fundamental knowledge and understanding of food preparation from purchasing to consumption. Students will learn about food safety in order to prevent cross-contamination and food-borne illnesses being spread and to keep their food sanitary to eat and share with classmates. Then students will learn kitchen safety so while they are preparing food they will be able to prevent kitchen-related injuries. Once those lessons are complete, the cooking begins! Ideally, each week students will learn about a certain food and cooking techniques specific to that food and then be able to prepare and eat that food by the end of the week. There will also be many lessons related to nutrition and budgeting incorporated throughout the semester.
Foods II – Advanced
Advanced Foods will review the food and kitchen safety learned in Foods I, but will dive into cooking much quicker than the intro class. Students will learn more complex cooking techniques so that they are able to follow more elaborate recipes. There will also be a serving and hosting aspect, where students will learn tips and tricks to hosting events/parties where food presentation is essential. Students will also focus more on nutritional value of meals and learn ways to substitute ingredients for healthier alternatives as well as study food allergies and ways to work around them.
Junior High FCS
In Junior High FCS, students will touch on all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences; child development, career exploration, personal/family finances and consumerism, interior design, food and nutrition, textiles/sewing and fashion, and all other things life skills related. Primarily, students will spend time in the areas of food and nutrition, interior design, and textiles and sewing, with some special attention to developing positive relationships and strengthening leadership skills. The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to teach useful skills but more importantly prepare students for success in life in all aspects and to promote social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth.
High School FCS
In High School FCS, students will touch on all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences; child development, career exploration, personal/family finances and consumerism, interior design, food and nutrition, textiles/sewing and fashion, developing positive relationships and all other things life skills related. Students will focus more in the areas of personal and family finance, consumerism, textiles and sewing, food and nutrition, and career exploration. All other subject areas will be discussed, however not as in-depth as there are specific classes for a few of these areas available for students to take. The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to teach useful skills but more importantly prepare students for success in life in all aspects and to promote social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth. Unlike all other FCS classes, this is a year-long class! *The awesome thing about this course is that it can be tailored and altered to best meet the needs of each specific class of students.*