Philosophy Of The Department

Family and Consumer Science (FCS) prepares students for family life, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by empowering students to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.

The Family and Consumer Science curriculum supports individuals in attaining their maximum potential through the development of essential living skills.

 Students will:

            •  Develop an understanding of themselves and their relations with others

            •  Practice consumer skills

            •  Explore the complexity of parenting skills and child development       

            •  Become informed decision-makers

            •  Implement coping and stress management techniques

            •  Adopt healthy lifestyles

            •  Learn problem solving and conflict resolution skills 

Recommended Courses By Level

All courses are open to both male and female students.

With appropriate prerequisites

Course Number and Name usually taken by students in grades:

1600 - Child Development........................................               10    11     12

2601 - Parenting.......................................................               10    11     12

1602/2602 – Early Childhood Professional (1 year) ... 10    11     12

1603/2603 - Child Care Professional II (1 semester)....                  12

2608 - Creative Design* (1 semester) ........................ 9       10    11     12

         FOOD AND NUTRITION 1 & 2 (1 year)

1610/2610 - Food and Nutrition 1* (1st semester of 1 year)          10     11       12

1611/2611 - Food and Nutrition 2* (2nd semester of 1 year)   9       10    11     12

1615 - Personal Living (1 semester)...........................      9       10           

2616 - Family Living (1 semester)..............................               10    11     12

1617 - Interior Design* (1 semester)...........................      9       10    11     12

2618 - Life Management (1 semester)........................               10    11     12

*Denotes course that count as .5 Applied Arts credit

1600—Child Development                     
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: Recommended 10th - 12th grade level

Young men and women learn skills necessary for being an effective parent. The course includes the study of supportive families, pregnancy, family planning, child birth the newborn baby, infant simulation, brain development, creative play activities and developmental processes. Upon completion, students will be able to identify developmental milestones, plan experiences to enhance development, describe appropriate interaction techniques and identify environments for typical and atypical development. The students will have an opportunity to participate in baby simulation experience. This course is necessary to earn college credit at several articulated colleges.

(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisites: 10th -12th grade level

Students will learn effective parenting skills for the infant through preschool age child. Units of study include: adjusting to parenthood, physical care of infants and children, social and emotional growth of children, positive parenting practices, preparing for emergencies with children, guiding children, selecting child care, providing brain based learning activities for children and hands on experience with a computerized “Real Care” infant simulator. This course is necessary to earn college credit at several articulated colleges.

1602/2602—Early Childhood Professional                
(Year-Long Course)                

Prerequisites: Child Development (1600) and Parenting (2601) (10th-12th grade level)

College credit offered through Schoolcraft College, Baker College, and Ferris State University for students completing Child Development (1600), Parenting (2601), and Early Childhood Professional (1602/2602) with a grade of a B+ or better.

Early Childhood Professional is a one-year program designed to meet individual interests in careers where knowledge of child growth and development are important. Students have both class and lab experience. Lab experience of being employed in a child related field. The preschool is in operation three days per week and is open to children 3-5 years of age. The high school will develop a portfolio, formulate observes of the growth and development of children, learn child care licensing laws of the State of Michigan, plan lessons, teach children and practice health and safety procedures. The course is recommended for students pursuing careers in teaching, childcare, nursing, psychology, recreation, etc. Upon completion, the student will receive an early childhood competency certificate. *Students are required to have a Department of Human Services background screening completed before working with children.

1603/2603—Child Care Professional II   
(1 Semester)                   1.0 credit per semester

Prerequisites: Approval of teacher and completion of Early Childhood Professional (1602/2602)

Students learn and apply administrative duties in the area of early childhood, becoming familiar with the State of Michigan Child Care licensing Requirements, the Michigan Health Department requirements of Immunization and record keeping. The students complete a professional resource rile and professional portfolio.

2608—Creative Design                           
(Offered Semester 2 only)                    (.5 Applied Art Credit)

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed for students to discover the rewards and benefits of using personal creative skills. Students will be introduced to a variety of crafts that will appeal to individual needs and talents. The focus of this course will include hands-on projects such as machine sewing, quilting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint, and beading. Students will be required to supply their own project materials.

1610/2610—Foods And Nutrition 1                                                                   
(.5 Applied Art Credit)

Prerequisites: None

Recommended course for students interested in Hospitality Management

Students will learn nutritional guidelines for healthy living, kitchen safety and sanitation practices. This is an activity-centered class where students learn and practice basic food preparations skills.

1611/2611—Foods And Nutrition 2                                                                   
(.5 Applied Art Credit)

Prerequisites: Foods and Nutrition 1

Students will build on food preparation skills and concepts presented in Foods and Nutrition 1. Units of study may include kitchen safety and sanitation, meal planning and nutrition with a focus on cooking with proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables.

1615—Personal Living                          
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: None (Recommended for Freshman and Sophomores)

In the Personal Living course, importance is placed on the individual and his or her relationship with others. Students will learn to better understand themselves and to develop skills in effective communication and conflict resolution. Class lead discussions will focus on contemporary issues applying to teens and society. Students will be engaged in goal setting and developing plans for reaching those goals.

2616—Family Living                              
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisites: None (Recommended for Juniors and Seniors)

This course explores the need to build a strong family and the role of the family in society. Relationships with family and friends, mate selection, marriage, divorce, violence, substance abuse, and aging will be key topics. Practical information is given to help students with decision making and dealing with family issues.

1617—Interior Design                            
(Offered Semester 1 only)                   (.5 Applied Art Credit)

Prerequisites: None

Interior Design will focus on how to apply the principles and elements of design to interior living spaces. An architectural history of housing and furniture will be studied. Emphasis is placed on the way a home can express and enrich the lifestyle of family members.

2618—Life Management                        
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisites: None (Recommended for Juniors and Seniors)

Students will develop personal survival skills that they will use when they move out on their own or go away to college. Selections will include information on communication skills, money management, employment, career and college planning and consumer issues.