Family Science

Family and Consumer Sciences is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012). The Family and Consumer Sciences department focuses on preparing students for real world situations through a rigorous hands-on curriculum. Each course uniquely prepares students for their future, whether it be career or family related. All courses enhance academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of practical life skills. When students complete our classes, our hope is that they obtained the skills to assist them in everyday life.

Our courses include the various aspects of family life including Child Development, Parenting, and Human Growth and Development (offered as an ICC dual credit course). We also offer various Interior and Fashion Design courses to prepare students for the ever growing, and ever changing, design industry. We offer several levels of Foods and Nutrition courses, focusing around basic nutrition and culinary skills. Lastly, we offer our dual credit Hospitality Class through ICC. All of our courses are intended to assist students in everyday life, while giving them the skill set to succeed in various emerging professions.

Courses Offered

Foods & Nutrition 1

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

This orientation-level course includes basic classroom and laboratory experiences needed to develop knowledge and understanding of food principles, and applied nutrition for people of all ages. This course centers on promoting food service and preparation. Subject areas covered include safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment, measurement, cooking terminology, and nutritional analysis of each unit. Foods prepared include fruits, vegetables, dairy, grain, protein, quick breads, and cookies.


Foods & Nutrition 2

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12 Must be at least a sophomore to enroll

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition I with a D- or higher

Course description:

This course is a continuation of Foods and Nutrition 1 where students will build on previous knowledge. Laboratory sessions are devoted to developing skills in preparing soups, salads, yeast breads, cakes, pies, and protein items. Plating and knife-cutting techniques are studied to develop beginning-level culinary skills. The study of equipment, food consumerism and Family and Consumer Science related careers are integrated throughout the semester. Students also take a further look at current events in nutrition and its effect on Americans today.


Advanced Foods & Nutrition 3

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition 1 & 2 with a grade of C or higher in both

Course description:

The course is designed to provide further opportunities for students interested in both the culinary and nutrition fields. This course offers preparation for the national ServSafe Restaurant Manager certification examination and students have the option to take the exam. The ServSafe curriculum includes up-to-date safety, sanitation, purchasing and receiving codes for restaurants. Subject areas for the remainder of the semester include: beverages, yeast breads, pastries, cookies, and cake decorating. Plating and knife-cutting techniques are studied to develop advanced-level culinary skills.


Advanced Foods & Nutrition 4

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition 2 and Advanced Foods 3 with a grade of C or higher

Course description:

This course is designed to provide further opportunities for students interested in the food/nutrition field of study. This class includes the subject areas of beverages, soups, salads, pasta, sauces, herbs, and cultural cuisine. This course is an advanced study of foods and preparation methods, which builds upon knowledge and skills of previous foods classes. The course may include career Field trips and emphasizes the commercial kitchen and making foods using culinary skills.


Child Development

Level: Academic 9, 10 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

In this orientation level course, the development of children from conception through school-age is studied. Emphasis is placed on increased understanding of children and the development of basic skills in relating to them. Students will observe infants, toddlers, and preschool children. The broad areas of emphasis include: prenatal development, physical

development, social development, relationships, educational and mental development, emotional development, play-purposes, supervision, the child with special needs, and child abuse.


Parenting

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

Parenting is designed to promote family interactions which are enjoyable, supportive, encouraging, and rewarding. This class focuses on the many decisions related to parenthood. Students will study ways to enhance a child’s physical, social, emotional, mental, and ethical development. Subject areas include myths of parenthood, kinds of families, human reproduction, pregnancy, childbirth, stages of development of the child from infancy through the teenage years, discipline, stresses of parenthood, and crisis including child abuse and neglect, abduction, and death. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an infant simulation activity.


Human Relationships

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to investigate and analyze current family and consumer science issues: personal development, decisions affecting their future, lifestyle options and consequences, relationships with family and friends, marriage, parenting, balancing family and work, dealing with family crisis, and managing family life. Students will participate in projects and activities to reinforce goal-setting, character development, and other leadership traits needed to be successful in life and the workplace. Community service projects and opportunities to participate in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will be an integral part of the course.


Creative Fashions 1

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

This orientation-level course provides basic classroom and laboratory experiences. The topics include self-esteem, wardrobe planning, buying and caring for clothes, grooming including hair styling and makeup, selection of textiles and notions, use and care of a sewing machine, use of a pattern and following directions, completion of three beginning-level projects, hand sewing and mending. Projects include pillows, drawstring bags, and lounge pants. Some basic sewing equipment is provided. Fabric and notions must be purchased by the student. Fashion field trips may be included in this course.


Creative Fashions 2

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: Creative Fashion 1

Course description:

This course is a continuation of Creative Fashions l where students will build on their previous knowledge. Students will review basic sewing skills, pattern selection, and fabrics. New techniques will include pockets, zipper application, gathers, darts, lining, and interfacings. Projects include a makeup bag, purse, and shirt or skirt. Equipment, supplies and fabrics are provided by the students. Career field trips and fabric store field trips may be included.


Creative Fashions 3

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: Creative Fashions 2

Course description:

This course will increase the level of knowledge and skills of students as they construct, purchase, care for, and work with apparel and accessories. This course is a continuation of Creative Fashions ll. Students will select projects that build on their individual skill levels.

Equipment, supplies, and fabrics are provided by the students.


Interior Design

Level: Academic 9,10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for their future as an interior designer, homeowner, or renter. It includes a study of housing trends and styles as well as an explanation of renovation vs. restoration. The course includes experiences learning the elements and principles of design, use of color in design, floor planning, budgeting, and room arrangement for kitchen, dining, living, bed, and bath rooms. The student will be exposed to many careers associated with the housing industry.


Vocational Child Care

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Family and Consumer Science

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

This course is designed to provide students interested in a career in early childhood education (elementary education or child care facility) with information and practical experiences needed for the development of job related skills. Students will be provided laboratory experiences in working with preschool children and will be expected to demonstrate appropriate skills in organizing and presenting a program of activities for children. Learning experiences will involve actual work with children; students will develop lesson plans which include story-time, math and science concepts, social studies themes, music, and games.


Family Sciences Staff

Katelyn Arnold - 309-694-7555 - karnold@ep309.org

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