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Keeping FACS Alive: Award Winning Corn Lessons Teach Range of FACS Skills in New Mexico

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

I have been a FACS teacher for the past 9 years. I try to teach every aspect of FACS as it should be taught. I emphasize agriculture because without it we could not cook or sew. I also have my students create wills, balance a checkbook, make change with fake money, learn about their character focusing on self-improvement, and with a greenhouse we grow our own herbs and vegetables to cook with. I also have students bake cookies for our service men around Christmas time, and my culinary arts classes bake gingerbread houses for the charity event at the bank. I add interior design, family trees, and setting a proper table along with table manners when time permits.

My state winning lesson deals with the growth of corn, the process of corn, the popping of corn, the flavoring of popcorn, the marketing of popcorn, the presentation of flavored popcorn and the final parent night to present popcorn. Every year I try to improve the quality of my program even with the many obstacles I face.

Annette Candelaria-Joyner

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