The sixth grade FCS program is an exploratory course which is student centered with emphasis on hand-on involvement. The course provides an introduction to co-operative learning, self-evaluation, time management, and organizational skills. Instruction begins with the basics of kitchen safety, food/kitchen sanitation, nutrition, and wellness. These are emphasized through labs. Students participate in a sewing experience that includes interpreting a pattern, expressing creativity, and introduces a leisure activity.
This introductory course addresses a variety of concepts which focus on practical problem solving skills in developmentally appropriate real-life applications with emphasis on hands-on involvement.
Students analyze and demonstrate the criteria needed for the development of a positive self-concept, factors related to communication skills and relationships with family/friends. Units include grooming, babysitting, managing resources, and clothing care.
During the study of healthy habits, nutrition, and wellness, students focus on food labs that incorporate teamwork and self-assessment. Labs allow hands-on experiences that stress safety, sanitation, teamwork, correct cooking procedures, and food exploration.
Students learn how to safely operate a sewing machine during the sewing experience. Several skills are presented and may include seam samples, pin cushions, mending, tote bags, locker caddies, and/or other appropriate projects.
The FCS course in the eighth grade challenges students to become responsible, independent, and productive citizens in the home, school, and community. The class provides more in-depth experiences in practical problem solving skills; activities that carry into family, work, and community settings; and activities that aid students in planning school-to-work transitions, with emphasis on hands-on involvement.
The students are provided learning experiences that foster healthy personal and social development, enabling them to identify personal values, make healthy decisions, set meaningful short and long term goals, and solve interpersonal relationship problems successfully. Students become aware of global diversity and study ways to build citizenship and leadership skills.
Nutrition and wellness units focus on dietary guidelines and how to incorporate them into a healthy diet, nutrients and their functions, fad diets, and eating disorders. Labs allow students to build upon skills learned in 6th/7th grades as well as demonstrate and evaluate product preparation, cooking techniques, teamwork, and time management skill.
Students review and demonstrate how basic skills learned in school class/labs are essential for success in the workplace. Suggested units include managing resources, shopping skills, consumerism, and your living space. Clothing selection and basic sewing skills which are presented include the following objectives: working in sequential order, work plans, machine operation, lab safety, and self-assessment.