Family and Consumer Science
The family and consumer sciences program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to strengthen the well-being of individuals and families across the life span. The courses promote responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings who are able to manage resources, find a balance in their life, and use information for optimal good health. Family and Consumer Sciences teach critical thinking skills so that students can function effectively at home, as well as in the workplace. Having an appreciation for individual diversity and also accepting responsibility for one's actions are areas of focus in the curriculum. Students will use critical thinking skills in their research. Technology will be incorporated as students make slideshow presentations, develop electronic parenting brochures, and research appropriate topics.
Childhood Development 1
In Child Development I, students will learn about the challenges of parenting/Teen sexuality, preparing for birth, the baby’s arrival, and the infant’s physical development. Some of the highlights of the course is a Planned Parenthood guest speaker as well as a woman who has given birth within the year, wearing a Pregnancy Vest for a class, and taking home an Infant Simulator over a weekend. Each step of the way students are given practical experiences that align with the textbook reading and classroom discussions.
Childhood Development 2
In Child Development II, students are given the opportunity to observe and record infants and toddlers in our classroom. Students are also assigned Unequal Childhoods a book by Annette Lareau. In this book students learn the differences in children’s experiences as they live and grow up with vastly different incomes and residences. Students explore these case studies and plan a menu that we will prepare and eat together in the Foods Lab. A highlight of the course is the creation and development of a Baby Book.
The first birthday party for the student’s fictional baby is also an enjoyable way to end the year in Child Development II. As our "babies" turn one at the end of the course, we celebrate with a birthday party as a class.
Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Early Childhood Education will examine the historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of early childcare and education. Emphasis will be on modern development and trends, along with an understanding of the organization and composition of early childhood settings, which will include curriculum planning based on developmentally appropriate teaching practices, materials, learning environments and equipment. The students work with the children in the attached Preschool inside KHS. Both the ECE students and the preschoolers benefit from this collaboration. Observations, artifacts and assessment of their time together will be collected and placed in a Portfolio that will be the final grade of the year long course.
Foods and Nutrition will cover the fundamentals of food preparation and choosing nutritious foods. The emphasis in this course is on nutrition, diet, and critiquing the fast food industry as well as fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, cheese, eggs, and quick breads. Course requirements include class discussion, homework, tests/quizzes and demonstrations, as well as a weekly cooking lab. A student favorite is to compete against neighboring schools in Cupcake Wars!
International Foods will explain how geography climate, and culture affect the development of different types of food from around the world. The emphasis in this course is on how to prepare foods that represent a country and a culture. Course requirements include class discussion, homework, quizzes, tests, a cooking presentation, as well as weekly cooking labs.