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Keeping FACS Alive: Sewing for Problem Solving Skills in New York

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 teach FCS to Middle School as well as High School Students. In our middle school program students get a "taste" of both cooking and sewing. This year my students made stuffed animals; two small animals per student. One of these animals they could keep and the other they donated to the LEAP Foundation which will be going to children in another country.

I really feel that sewing teaches more than just sewing. My students learn problem solving, reading and following directions, fine motor skills, patience and success on a job well done to name a few!

In our cooking program they learn the basics of following a recipe as well as principals of eating a healthy diet and the background on foods we eat! The high school programs students learn life skills - from basic sewing skills, decorating a home, meal preparation as well as finances. FCS is a program where students apply what they learn, math and reading skills. A program that they will use every day of their life!

Patricia Beard

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