Family and Consumer Science
The child care and education competencies focus on the principles of child growth and development; development of self-concepts and building self-esteem; learning experiences for children; principles of guiding children; healthy and safe environments; career development; and careers related to child care. Teachers highlight basic skills of math, science, and communication when appropriate in the content.
Students enrolled in this class focus on learning self-management skills needed for independent living. Emphasis is placed on learning to provide for ones’ self through managing personal finances and the care of one’s health and environment.
The course focuses on making choices that promote wellness and good health. Students learn to choose foods that promote a healthy diet. The importance of taking care of the body is also covered. In addition students look at eating customs from around the world.
Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the student organization that compliments the Family and Consumer Science (FACS) program. Students that have ever taken Family and Consumer Science classes at the high school or middle school level may participate. The organization's purpose is to provide opportunities for students to use FACS program skills for community education and service.
The Virginia Teachers of Tomorrow program is an orientation to the teaching profession. Students participate in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, discussion, simulation, debate, observations, videotaped lessons, and field experience. Field experience consists of observation and participation in public school classrooms to collect data on the school environment and participate as an intern. Students will discuss both positive and negative aspects of teaching as a career and learn about educational career opportunities. Also, included is a self-assessment in order to obtain clear pictures of each student.s personal interests and abilities.