Family and Consumer Science

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Vision
Family and Consumer Sciences education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse technically advanced, global society.

Our unique focus is to prepare students for responsible family life, work life, and their inter-relationships.

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) classes prepare students for adult roles, family responsibilities, and careers related to family and consumer science content. Successful families do not just happen; they require sustained effort. Preparing individuals for the work of the family is basic and necessary for building strong families and a productive work force.

Nearly one-third of the occupations expected to experience the largest growth in Missouri during this decade are related to family and consumer sciences content. Students can prepare for virtually hundreds of current and emerging careers such as dietetics, interior design, hospitality, fashion, food service, consumer services, education and family and children services.


Family & Consumer Science Course Descriptions

CHILD DEVELOPMENT I

Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course #090870

Child Development I provides information from prenatal development to age three. This course prepares students for future parenting and child related careers. Topics include childcare, parenting roles, health concerns, safety, guidance, and the infant/toddler stages of development. Students will participate in a parenting simulation.


CHILD DEVELOPMENT II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Child Development I 
Course #090875

Child Development II provides information about children from ages three to six. This course prepares students for future parenting and child related careers. Topics include child development theories, parenting roles, health concerns, safety, guidance, and the preschool child's stages of development. Students will plan activities to facilitate the development of children. NOTE: Students with a "B" average in both Child Development I and II may receive college credit at St. Charles County Community College through articulation into the Early Childhood Program. Students completing this course may wish to enter the FHSD cadet teaching program and seek an Early Childhood Placement.


FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course #090830

Family Health and Fitness is designed to emphasize the importance of responsible decision-making and practices in personal and family health issues. Topics include individual wellness, functions and disorders of the body, human growth and development, human sexuality, substance abuse, safety, nutrition, and health related careers. Students learn techniques to promote physical, mental, and social health.


FAMILY LIVING
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grades 10-12
Course #090840

Family Living prepares students for future adult roles. Topics include family communication skills, the role of the family in society, creating and maintaining stable families, parenting skills, strategies to balance work and family life, and single living. Students will complete several independent and group projects.


CLOTHING AND TEXTILES I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course # 090810

Clothing and Textiles I is offered to students interested in developing basic and creative sewing skills. Topics include construction techniques, wardrobe planning, fabric selection, color analysis, and fundamentals of fashion design. Students will supply materials for required projects.


CLOTHING AND TEXTILES II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Clothing and Textiles I with "C" average recommended
Course #090815

Clothing and Textiles II provides students with strategies and practice to improve construction skills learned in Clothing and Textiles I. Students construct several projects using a variety of fabrics, patterns, and advanced techniques and technology. Students will supply materials for required projects.


ADVANCED CLOTHING 
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Clothing and Textiles II with teacher approval 
Course #090820

Student and teacher will develop appropriate individual projects using a variety of specialty patterns, fabrics, and advanced technology. Projects may require use of serger, embroidery machine, scanner, and computer technology. Students will supply materials for projects. Note: With prior teacher approval, Advanced Clothing and Textile course work may be offered to qualified individual students as appropriate to the teacher's schedule. This course may be repeated for further credit.


FASHION DESIGN
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grades 10-12
Course #090835

Fashion Design students will learn the dynamics of the fashion industry including a study of designers and historical clothing, design and apparel production, and careers and merchandising trends. Individual projects related to fashion design, construction, and marketing are completed.


FOODS AND NUTRITION I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course #090800

Foods and Nutrition I is designed to promote optimal nutrition and wellness through hands-on activities. Emphasis will be placed on personal food choices, the relationship between nutrition and wellness, etiquette, food selection, meal planning, and food preparation skills. Food and nutrition careers will be explored.


FOODS AND NUTRITION II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition I
Course #090805

Foods and Nutrition II builds and expands the knowledge and skills learned in Foods and Nutrition I. Students will develop advanced skills in nutrition and food preparation techniques. Activities include creative cooking techniques and food science.


CULTURAL FOODS
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition I
Course #090880

Cultural Foods builds and expands the knowledge and skills learned in Food and Nutrition I. Students will develop an understanding of foods, traditions, and customs of other cultures through projects and preparation of a variety of regional and cultural foods.


HOUSING AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course #090850

Housing and Interior Design students will learn to make responsible decisions to select, create, and maintain desirable living environments. Students will apply the elements and principles of interior design through various projects. Additional topics include housing and furniture styles, home related technology, and an exploration of career opportunities.


PERSONAL FINANCE
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Grade 10 -12
Course # 090825

Pay yourself first; invest in your future; purchase the car you want; and insure your assets. Personal Finance will emphasize these areas of personal and family finance and will include: financial goal setting and planning; savings, credit, banking and investing; employment search and career success. Personal Finance prepares students to handle personal financial matters as a teenager and adult, including how to make money work for them. Students will be involved in a variety of simulations and classroom activities that can put them on the road to becoming an educated consumer. This course fulfills the state requirement for .5 credit of Personal Finance.

 


CULINARY ARTS
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisites: Foods and Nutrition I and II
Course #090855

Culinary Arts is designed for students who wish to explore the areas of culinary arts and food service management. Instructional areas include: nutrition, introduction to the hospitality industry, safety and sanitation, purchasing and cost control, sales and service, job seeking skills, and food preparation and presentation.


CAREER AND FAMILY LEADERSHIP
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Grades 9-11 
Course #090885

In this course students are exposed to a general study of Family and Consumer Sciences and will gain skills to be successful in family, career and community life. This class promotes personal growth and leadership de- velopment; explores work, jobs, and careers; solves problems impacting the work of the family; and helps in the decision making process that supports and strengthens the multiple roles/ responsibilities of individuals, family, career and community. The vocational student organization of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an important part of the class.


 

CAREER AND FAMILY LEADERSHIP FOR SENIORS
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Grade 12
Course #090890

Senior students acquire skills necessary for independent living after high school and a successful balance of career and family life. Topics will include: career planning and financial responsibility; interpersonal relationships; nutrition and wellness; meal preparation; cloth- ing management and the student's future family and community involve- ment. Activities will focus on solving practical problems through various food labs, financial simulations, and use of available technology. Students will provide supplies for a simple sewing project.


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