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Prevent the flu – It starts with you!

Flu season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to remind our kids how to stay healthy and avoid spreading germs. The following resources are perfect for making healthy habits front of mind and fun for children. Preventing the flu starts with you (but of course we’re here to help)!

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Keeping FACS Alive: Hands-On Lesson Keeps FACS Enrollment Up in Maryland

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 currently teach FCS in middle school – 6th to 8th grades. I just finished 6 years of middle school and every year my enrollment figures are overwhelming. [I was told the program was being considered for disbanding due to lack of enrollment when I arrived.] So, I chose to teach relevant ‘hands-on’ curriculum that focuses on everyday living and promoted future career choices. With every unit the correlation to careers is deeply embedded. Since I have a large number of boys in my classes I discuss FCS type careers for men: fashion designing for men’s apparel, sewing for auto/boat refurbishing, cooking/meal prep for the busy employee, consumer and application skills for 14 year olds to begin part time employment as well as focusing on crafts and home skills for gifts, making money, and relaxation. Boys seem to love the sewing machines best! Teaching across the curriculum reinforces reading, writing, and math skills in order to show students why education is important.

Ann Taylor

Keeping FACS Alive: Social Management Classes Prepare Students in Maine

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…

In the course of a year of semester-long electives, I often teach 8 different electives: Food Science, Parenting/Child Development (prenatal and infant care with a special emphasis on readiness to parent), Child Development (children ages 1-6 with emphasis on problem situations for children such as divorce, abuse etc.), Early Childhood Education, Housing Designs, Life Management, Creative Clothing I and Creative Clothing II. Other electives taught by another teacher in my department are International Cuisine and Fiber Arts. Many students discover skills and interests to pursue careers through their experiences in our classes. And there aren’t more important classes to prepare our young people for adult life than the child development classes and Life Management. In these, analyzing how social and emotional development forms the foundation of our behavior and relationships equips students with the opportunity to improve the very quality of their lives both personally and vocationally.

Jean Libby

Be inspired: The power of yet by Carol S Dweck

It’s the holidays. It’s winter. We need to get this 2015 party started! We wanted to provide five videos to help you leave 2014 and enter 2015 inspired…

The power of yet by Carol S Dweck

Be inspired: How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes by Adam

It’s the holidays. It’s winter. We need to get this 2015 party started! We wanted to provide five videos to help you leave 2014 and enter 2015 inspired…

How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes by Adam Leipzig