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Family and Consumer Science
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: No
Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to provide students with the basic information and skills needed to function effectively within the family and within a changing, complex society. Emphasis is given to the development of competencies related to family, career, and community leadership in America. This course will also include discussions pertaining to family and individual health, relationships, arrangement of personal living space, wardrobe planning and selection, and garment care and construction. Students will learn about child care while focusing on how to select toys and age-appropriate play activities for children; health and safety procedures; nutrition and food selection; and meal planning, preparation, and service. The section on home management will discuss money management; the use of credit and banking services; consumer education; computer use at home, in school, and in the workplace; and career skills. Upon completion of this course, students will have developed basic life skills that promote a positive influence on the quality of life.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize the importance of recycling and its effects on the environment.  
  • Explore and explain savings accounts, checking accounts, investments, and insurance. 
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of having a credit card.
  • Analyze the factors affecting the availability of housing, including supply and demand, market factors, geographical location, and community regulations.
  • Explore the cost of living.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize acceptable solutions to various types of problems. 
  • Recognize and comprehend the importance of time management. 
  • Understand the importance of teamwork in school, the workplace, and the family. 
  • Recognize the ways in which technology has impacted the world. 
  • Compare family dynamics from the past to those of today.
  • Analyze the retirement stage in the family cycle. 

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze the importance of nutrients consumed in food. 
  • Examine the ways in which food is packaged. 
  • Recognize food addictions. 
  • Identify various eating disorders. 
  • Recognize the effects of high cholesterol and heart disease. 
  • Identify the different ways that food spoils. 

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills 

  • Recognize the theories and stages of child development.
  • Explore the factors that contribute to a high-quality learning atmosphere. 
  • Explore the challenges students experience in school settings, and determine how students can learn to become successful. 
  • Explore the ways in which storytelling impacts a child’s literacy development. 
  • Analyze how writing can enhance literacy development in children.
  • Explore how hobbies can impact one’s self-esteem, creativity, and confidence.  
  • Explore the fashion industry, how it has changed, and why.  

Course Materials

  • This course is textbook free.