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Family and Consumer Sciences

Bethel Park School District Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum

Mission:

The mission of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills to manage with reason and creativity the personal, family and community challenges across the lifespan of living and working in a global society. 

Description:

The economic, social and political well-being of our country depends on the well-being of the family.  Learning to make decisions and solve problems based on values, goals, and standards, along with working collaboratively and communicating effectively with others, are skills that students need as family members now and in the future.  Middle school students participating in the required Family and Consumer Sciences course learn effective methods for shopping, sewing, childcare, clothing care, cooking, nutrition and careers in the food industry.  High school students are exposed to a variety of electives which continue to integrate academic standards with life-long skills and responsibilities.

Jill Simpson
K-12 Family & Consumer Science Curriculum Facilitator
412-854-8530

Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences:

The Family and Consumer Sciences program is a required course and is completed as part of a nine week rotation.  Through hands-on, authentic learning experiences, middle schools students develop skills relating to sewing, childcare, foods and nutrition.

Family and Consumer Sciences 7:

Seventh grade Family and Consumer Sciences will offer students opportunities to acquire and practice consumer skills as they relate to clothing and textiles.  Students will combine the use of computer technology with sewing to create a project.  Students will also develop knowledge of child development as it applies to baby sitting.  In addition, students will be introduced to careers in the Family and Consumer Sciences that can be pursued further at the high school and post high school levels.

Family and Consumer Sciences 8:

Family and Consumer Sciences 8 is a nine week class designed to cover basic knowledge and skills in the areas of careers in the food industry, food preparation, food safety, nutrition and wellness, and shopping for food.  The classes are taught using a variety of materials and methods with an emphasis on a “hands on approach” whenever appropriate.  Students are evaluated on their tests, homework, food labs, presentations, and daily assignments.  The course is designed to be relevant to the students’ present day life and to be a foundation for future high school foods classes.

High School Family and Consumer Sciences:

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department provides opportunities for students to develop skills and to make decisions based on their values, goals, and standards.  It is important for students to relate to others through group experiences and to develop self-understanding.  Home Economics education enables the students to express creativity in everyday living and helps them to prepare for change in a world that is ever-changing.  The elective courses offered present excellent opportunities for the preparation of everyday living and an introduction to many employment opportunities with and without further education. 

Course Offerings:

Foods and Nutrition: Survival in the Kitchen 
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

This one-semester course is designed as an introduction to foods and nutrition information with an emphasis on cooperative educational experiences in the foods laboratory.  Students of all aptitudes will find the topics included in this course necessary for working safely in the kitchen, meal planning, preparing foods, and making informed decisions regarding food choices.  Emphasis is placed on working skillfully and efficiently in the kitchen, preparing taste-tempting, nutritious foods, and serving them creatively.  “Hands-on” activities are varied to make the course extremely practical as well as academic.  Students will benefit from the materials, class discussions, and laboratory activities not only if the course is chosen as a solitary selection, but also as a prerequisite to the Basic Foods Course.

Basic Foods and Nutrition: Foods for a Lifetime
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  Foods and Nutrition: Survival in the Kitchen

Basic Foods will offer students the opportunity to improve food preparation skills, practice critical decision making, explore nutrition choices, apply basic science principles to food preparation, and discover opportunities in the food service industry.  Basic Foods develops students’ cooking skills by introducing them to more advanced topics such as meats, poultry, seafood, and cooking complete meals with an emphasis on nutritional information.  Field trips to local restaurants, supermarkets, and guest speakers add to the information discussed in this course. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Clothing Construction and Tailoring
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Semester or Full Year Course – ½ to 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None

This course is designed to make sewing exciting and is completely individualized to meet the skill level of the students.  Students may elect to take the class for one semester (1/2 credit) or for a full year (1 credit).  The beginning student will find patterns and modern fabrics to assure his/her success.  The advanced student may move on to more detailed garments or move directly to tailoring techniques.  Emphasis will also be placed on purchasing clothing wisely, choosing appropriate colors and designs for body types, and clothing care. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Introduction to Clothing and Interior Design
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Introduction to Clothing and Interior Design is a semester course for all students.  It is designed to introduce students to basic sewing techniques and interior design.  The course includes the study of choosing fabrics, pattern selection and wardrobe building.  The class also introduces the students to the elements and principles of design.  The class gives practical examples of how good design can be developed in a home.  Students will have the opportunity to work on many “hands-on” projects throughout the semester. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Life Management Skills
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

This one-semester course focuses on students becoming more independent, responsible, and prepared to make rational decisions about important areas of their lives.  Learning how to deal with the consequences of their decisions is also discussed.  The course emphasizes topics related to peer pressure, self-esteem, conflict resolution, teamwork, diversity, the family, teen pregnancy, dating relationships, and other relationships.  The students will use computer technology while exploring future career choices.  Setting goals, personal finances, budgeting and independent living skills are covered extensively.  The “Baby Think It Over” program is an optional assignment for students who want to simulate caring for an infant using an electronic doll.  This course is for both young men and women. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Prenatal Development and Child Care
Grade 9-10
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

This one-semester course is designed as a building block for working with and becoming knowledgeable of the young child – conception through age six.  Students will be investigating and discussing vital topics that will aid in their ability to care for the individuals and their families such as childhood illnesses, basic life support, first aid, nutrition, and safety.  This course provides the opportunities to complete a senior project on guidance and work with the preschool laboratory children.  These “hands-on” observations will lead the student to a better understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive areas of the developing child.  Students will also receive certificates, upon successful completion of this program, which can be used in future employment with children.

Child Growth and Development I
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Child Development I is an elective course designed to assist students in understanding and guiding children of all ages – birth through adolescence.  Through in-class discussion, observation of children, and guiding young children in the laboratory preschool, students will receive 48-60 hours working with children and become more aware of the opportunities which exist to promote learning in children at home or in a childcare center.  Men and women can gain personally and professionally from a better understanding of the needs of young children and their diverse family structures.

Child Growth and Development II
Grade 11-12
Level 1-3
Semester or Full Year Course – ½ to 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Child Growth and Development I

This course is designed to help students apply the knowledge gained in Child Growth and Development I and enhance guidance skills through direct interaction in the laboratory preschool.  The students, under supervision of the teacher, operate the laboratory school.  The students will develop practical techniques for guiding and teaching young children and their families.  Students will prepare lesson plans complete with learning activities and instructional materials that are aligned with the PA pre-K standards.  They will also participate in discussing observations and evaluations.  The course is recommended for students considering a career in early childhood education, elementary education, day care, or related fields dealing with children.

Child Growth and Development III 
Grade 12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Child Growth and Development II

This is a cooperative education program that enables students to combine classroom theory and instruction with on-the-job experience.  Through 48-60 hours of “hands-on” experiences in the laboratory preschool, students will practice the techniques learned in class and develop individual education plans for the preschoolers.  Students enrolled in this class have the option of job placement in a childcare center by selecting Child Care Cooperative Training – 826.  It is recommended for students pursuing a career in early childhood education, elementary education, day care, or related fields dealing with children. This course can also be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Child Care Cooperative Training
Grade 12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Child Growth and Development II

This course provides qualified students with an opportunity to gain practical experience through part-time employment in area child care centers.  Students are placed in actual training stations and are under the supervision of the teacher-coordinator and the immediate training supervisor. Child Growth and Development III must be scheduled with this course. 

Please note:  The child development courses are requirements in the PA State Department of Education approved vocational childcare program.  These courses provide students with childcare strategies that can be used both personally and professionally.  Students who complete this program can be employed as an assistant lead teacher in a childcare facility upon graduation.