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Keeping FACS Alive: There's an app for that!

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”!

Practical Life Skills = Helping Kids Become Successful Adults = FACS

I am a former middle school FACS teacher (over 10 years) and now am co-founder of an app company Real Experiences at Life (RE@L). Our target market is tweens and our focus is practical life skills.

RE@L is passionate about providing resources and tools to teachers, parents and kids via mobile technology and apps. After leaving the teaching profession it didn't take long for me to figure out how I could get the important topics that came from my lesson plans in the FACS classroom to kids. I needed to jump on the technology bus and get to them via their mobile devices.

So that's how RE@L got started a short time ago

Along with the team at RE@L we have designed and begun development on the huge variety of topics that fit into our Practical Life Skills product line such as babysitting, teens & money, farm to table, social etiquette and kitchen math to name a few and all familiar to any FACS teacher.

Our first product out this spring was RE@L Babysitting Inc. Get Organized. It's a tool-based app in which kids can set up and manage a "real world" babysitting business. It allows kids to learn about babysitting, track a budget, create a business plan, learn interviewing tips and more. It's in the app store or you can find it on our website

The knowledge and skills FACS teachers are providing in the classroom are so valuable to our kids. We need to keep communication and a community of professionals connected. This is a great start to share on Learning Zone Xpress (who I ordered from all the time :)

Check back with our RE@L website every so often as we are just getting rolling on development but plan to have apps you will be proud to associate with your FACS curriculum.

Sarah Bass
RE@L Learning Innovator
Practical Life Skills


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