Everyday Living
    Grades 9, 10
    This one credit course covers several areas of FCS education. The course focuses on the
    development of skills needed to select, prepare, and serve food that meets nutritional needs of
    individuals and families. Emphasis in this course is given to the development of competencies
    related to nutrition, weight control, the food consumer, the effect of technology on food and nutrition,
    kitchen organization and equipment, safety and sanitation, menu planning, serving and eating food,
    food preparation, eating away from home, and jobs and career opportunities in the field of food and
    nutrition. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to apply sound nutritional practices
    which will have a positive effect on their health. The course also covers sewing techniques, fabric
    and pattern layout, fit, as well explore some fashion issues and trends. Students will complete a
    minimum of one construction project during the semester. It is necessary for students to provide their
    own patterns, fabric, and notions for the construction project which is selected from an affordable kit
    option. All FCS courses cover essential consumerism skills including money management, career
    choices, and personal responsibilities.
    Fashion/Clothing Construction
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Recommended: Successful completion of Everyday Living
    Fashion/Clothing construction is designed to increase interest in a student’s overall appearance.
    Units to be covered include figure analysis, hair and make-up to enhance appearance, selecting and
    evaluating ready-to-wear clothing to suit one’s image, color analysis, and wardrobe building. The
    sewing projects selected should be suitable for the student’s figure type and coloring, and designed
    to increase overall sewing knowledge. A large portion of the semester will be devoted to sewing
    the projects and learning how to use new technology advances, as well as community involvement
    activities. Students will study history of fashion, fashion designers, and complete a culminating
    project for fashion/clothing construction. The student must provide project materials.
    Fashion & Clothing Construction II-Honors
    Grades 11-12
    Prerequisite: Fashion & Clothing Construction I must be taken prior to Fashion & Clothing
    Construction II.
    Fashion & Clothing Construction II is a course in which students continue to improve and develop skills
    emphasizing machine sewing and creative design related to clothing design, production, acquisition,
    and distribution in the textiles and fashion arenas as well as continued community service.
    Topics include: exploration of textiles and fashion industries; elements of science and design in textiles
    and apparel; textiles principles and applications; social, psychological, cultural, and environmental
    aspects of clothing and textiles selection; clothing and textile products for people with special needs;
    critical thinking applied to consumer options for fashion, textiles, and related equipment, and tools;
    care and maintenance of textile products, equipment and tools; impacts of technology construction
    and alteration skills; contemporary issues, including global applications. Work-based, entrepreneurial,
    experimental, laboratory, and / or service learning are to be included. Portfolio activities are required
    as well as 3-5 garments competed with proficiency within the semester. The students must provide
    project materials.
    Bon Appetite
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Recommended: Successful completion of Everyday Living
    This is a semester course for students interested in nutrition and food preparation with emphasis
    on international cuisine. In Bon Appetite students will study nutritional needs, kitchen skills, eating
    habits/MyPyramid, menu planning, recipe use, weights and measures, conversions, budgeting,
    safety and sanitation, and organizing efficiency and lab procedures. The course then explores a
    variety of foreign countries. Students will learn how geographic location, culture, climate, population,
    and customs all reflect the food choices of these countries. Food preparation is a portion of the
    coursework and will include complete meals as well as specialty dishes from each country. Emphasis
    in this course is given to the development of basic competencies related to the culinary arts profession,
    life skills, and consumerism. Students will be introduced to skills needed for employability, customer
    relations, and meal management. All FCS courses cover essential consumerism skills including
    money management, career choices, and personal responsibilities.
    Child Development I
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    CHILD DEVELOPMENT I addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated
    with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. A project based
    approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management
    processes is utilized in order to integrate suggested topics into the study of child development and
    parenting. The focus is on research-based nurturing and parenting practices and skills, including brain
    development research, that support positive development of children. Topics include consideration
    of the roles, responsibilities and challenges of parenthood; human sexuality; adolescent pregnancy;
    prenatal development; preparation for birth; the birth process; meeting the physical, social, emotional,
    intellectual, moral, and cultural growth and developmental needs of infants and children; impacts of
    heredity, environment, and family and societal crisis on development of the child; meeting children’s
    needs for food, clothing, shelter, and care giving; caring for children with special needs; parental
    resources, services, and agencies; and career awareness. Applications through authentic settings
    such as volunteer experiences, internships, and service learning are encouraged. This course is
    recommended for all students regardless of their career cluster or pathway to build basic parenting
    skills and is especially appropriate for students with interest in human services and education-related
    Child Development II
    Grades 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Child Development I
    CHILD DEVELOPMENT II is a sequential course that addresses more complex issues of child
    development and early childhood education with emphasis on guiding physical, social, emotional,
    intellectual, moral, and cultural development throughout childhood, including school age children.
    Topics include positive parenting and nurturing across ages and stages; practices that promote long-term
    well-being of children and their families; developmentally appropriate guidance and intervention
    strategies with individuals and groups of children. Students will access, evaluate, and utilize
    information, including brain/learning research and other research results to meet needs of children,
    including children with a variety of disadvantaging conditions. Students will explore “all aspects
    of the industry” for selected child-related careers. Authentic applications are implemented through
    field-based or school-based experiences with children in locations such as observation/interaction
    settings, preschools, elementary schools, or daycare settings. Service learning experiences are highly
    recommended. A thoroughly documented student portfolio is required. This course is recommended
    for any student for enrichment and as a foundation for students with interests in any child-related
    career or profession.
    Child Development III (Internship)
    Grade 12
    Child Development III is a one credit course that gives the student the opportunity to use the skills
    and knowledge they gained in the Child Care Career Pathway in a professional childcare facility.
    Students will work through the School-to-Career Coordinator to secure either an unpaid internship
    or paid Career Field Experience at a local day-care facility. A childcare professional will be assigned
    to the student to act as mentor and to direct daily work activities and monitor the students’ progress.
    Due to the individualized nature of each internship, Honors credits will not be awarded. See the
    School-to-Career Coordinator for prerequisites and restrictions.
    Independent Living (formerly: Adult Issues)
    Grades 11, 12
    .5 credit
    This course was designed for students that have not taken a Family and Consumer Science course.
    Topics covered will include nutrition, childcare, finances and balancing work, family and community
    responsibilities. Independent Living meets the Pennsylvania Family and Consumer Science
    standards for graduation. Appropriate for Juniors and Seniors.
    Interior Design and Housing
    .5 credit
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Students of Interior Design and Housing will examine the universal need for housing, including its social
    and economic factors. Technological and architectural contributions and limits will be researched. Housing
    choice and the individual nature of interior decorating will be explored interactively through project and
    cooperative learning. Practical application will be made in comparing the economic factors of housing choice
    and individual budget limits. Social and legal controls of housing will be introduced. Projects in design
    presentation and career research allow the student to prepare for informed decision making in the choice of
    advanced study in this area.
    Creative Crafts
    .5 Credit
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Creative Crafts gives the student an opportunity to explore and experiment in personal applications of
    traditional American crafts. Projects will be linked to rendered tasks in clothing and object adornment
    using art material and machine sewing. This can include but is not limited to textile appliqué,
    embroidery, stenciling, quilting, and paper crafts. This will be accomplished by consistent application
    of the elements and principles of design to create original works that reflect the individual style of
    each student.