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07-19-2012, 03:25 PM
I am trying to plan a Home Ec high school course. I am not having much luck, do they not teach Home Ec in high school anymore? Has anyone planned one before?

07-19-2012, 03:33 PM
Hi Trudy, i think most schools call it "Family & Consumer Science" now in place of "home ec" My SIL was a FCS teacher & ROCKED!!! She taught child development, cooking etc. She is now a librarian & digital media specialist for an elementary school...not enough kids wanted to sign up for her classes. They had 2 teachers in the department & dropped half of the courses...that's when she left.
anyways, just doing a quick google search i found this 2 sites:
http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/LPview.cgi?core=20 (it was the 2nd in the search list)

I know some moms here have also done life skills lists etc. your title is what caught my eye (with my SIL's background) & hence the random response from someone with little kids :)

07-19-2012, 03:38 PM
I am one of the older moms here so that I guess that is why I didn't know the "new" name for it! :lol: Thanks! :clap:

07-19-2012, 05:01 PM
I used to teach home ec., and they have gotten rid of the classes here.

07-19-2012, 06:29 PM
You can see Switched on Schoolhouse's scope and sequence for their Family & Consumer Science course here:


07-19-2012, 10:53 PM
I planned Home Ec. and it went really well. It's a course we do 3 times (6th grade, 8th grade and 10th grade). Below are the major things we do for each. Once a skill is learned they keep that job until a younger child moves up to take it over (in most cases).
6th grade:
Laundry- sorting, washing, ironing, symbols on tags, dry cleaning care, mending (how to sew on buttons, repair hems, and patch denim- all by hand). No curriculum.

Cooking - measuring, substitutions, menu planning (lunches and snacks). We use Cooking with Kids by Sue Gregg.

Finance - budgeting (10% tithe, 20% long term saving, 30% short term savings, 40% daily needs) So we give the kids an opportunity to start a business at this age (we've had an egg salesman, a babysitter, and a soapmaker thusfar.) Then we give them financial responsibilities (for example our babysitter must pay for her dance shoes (short term savings), lunch groceries (daily needs) and her summer wardrobe (long term savings).
We use Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr.

Homemaking - We use the flylady system for housekeeping. The 6th grader is given one zone per month so that by the end of the year they've done all of them.

8th Grade:
Sewing - We used a curriculum that starts with beginning machine sewing and went through 5 projects - pillow case, wrap around skirt, apron with pocket, pajama pants with elastic waist, accessory bag with zipper. (This program is no longer available, but Sew Teach me is a good substitute.

Cooking - bread baking, canning and preserving, nutrition and menu planning for breakfasts and desserts, gardening.

Financial - vacation budgeting (research, plan, budget a mini vacation for the family)

Homemaking - home maintainance, yard work, interior design (redo a room for function, beauty, and budget) and we also do Keepers of the Faith for the Girls and Contenders for the boys (over 3 or 4 years).

10th grade:
Sew teach me more: This is a biggie and takes up a large portion of the time for this course. They make a darted button up blouse, slacks and a fitted skirt. If sewing is an aptitude for the child we also add fashion design.
Modesty and fashion - this is a project that we do on balancing fashion with Christian modesty.

Financial - Set up a checking account, Dave Ramsey's Financial peace University, part time job and responsible for car insurance, maint. and gas if driving.

Cooking - Meal planning and budgeting for dinners, Special occation meals, hospitality freezer meals, summer garden planning for preserving needs for winter.

Homemaking - Car maintanance, general plumbing, heating, electrical, and construction work.

Hope that gives you some ideas.

Amy Joy
07-19-2012, 11:31 PM
I'm only 36 and I didn't know the name had changed either! I have family and consumer science (actually I have an older version called Home ec!) from Alpha and Omega, it looks really good. I'm planning on starting it with dd11 this year and she can take as long as she wants to finish it. She already sews some of her own clothes, bakes goodies and bread, prepares meals, babysits, and started her own garden this year.
This is my girl who is so talented domestically and struggles academically. The domestic skills are a life saver as when she was in ps she thought she wasn't good at anything.

07-20-2012, 08:15 AM
After looking into what everyone posted, we were already doing most of that anyway around our house just not calling it that! I guess I can just write everything down that we are doing and adding a few more things and we will be good to go in that department! Thanks for the help!

Heather (WI)
07-29-2012, 04:11 AM
Wow, Renee--that is a fantastic list! :thumb: Thank you for sharing!! :)