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Keeping FACS Alive: Personal hygiene and food safety

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”!

The HS where I teach is very much a college prep school and academic classes are the focal point. However, even with 'core content' classes and AP classes being at the forefront, my program is thriving more than ever. There is a waiting list to get into most of my classes.

Clearly, there is a real need for these classes. Cooking and nutrition are two concepts covered. My students cook so many different types of foods from some very simple to the most complex recipes. Personal hygiene and food safety are focal points as well. Whole grains, unprocessed foods, cholesterol, trans-fats, additives, fast food are important parts of what students focus on within my program. In child development classes, students run a playschool program that service children ages 2 through 6. They plan developmentally appropriate lessons and serve as the teachers for those children. In Independent Living classes, students learn essential skills such as budgeting, checking a accounts,credit, renting an apt,etc.

Leanne Eaton
Barrington High School

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