Family & Consumer Science

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We are fortunate at Jared Eliot Middle school that all students are enrolled in all Special Areas all three years while at Eliot.  Family and consumer science is one of these special areas. Family and consumer science runs on a trimester schedule. Sixth Grade students have six weeks of child care and development and six weeks of foods. Seventh and Eighth grade students have 12 weeks of foods - each class meets twice a week.

Child Care and Development  (a six-week program for sixth grade only)

Topics including being home alone, first aid, growth and development of children, toys and play, discipline and supervision, and practical child care strategies are covered.  Child care and development is graded pass/fail and is part of the 6th grade trimester grade in family and consumer science. 

The child care and development program is built on the following objectives - defining the purpose and responsibilities of being a child care giver, defining resources available to care givers, understanding the growth and development of children, understanding and explaining how to handle emergency situations, and understanding basic child care needs. Students in the child care program receive "babies" that they are responsible for during class time.


Foods class is not just cooking, it is the building necessary life skills based on the following objectives - developing an understanding of the flow of the kitchen, demonstrating proficiency in use of equipment, being able to read, make the connections between the steps and follow a recipe, being able to listen and follow directions, being a member of a cooperative learning team, implementing safety and sanitation practices, and being a good time manager.

The foods program supports our district mission to develop independent learners thus becoming less dependent on the teacher.  Foods class is where practical application of academic knowledge takes place.  Sixth grade foods is exploratory and is graded on a pass/fail system.  Seventh and Eighth Grade foods students receive a letter grade for the foods program.  

 Philosophy of Family and Consumer Science

The study of Family and Consumer Science prepares individuals to become independent productive members of society by applying critical and creative thinking skills to find solutions to problems with real world context. Through individual and collaborative learning experiences, students are provided opportunities to engage in exploration of potential, talents and ability. These experiences empower students to develop a balance between work and family in a diverse society across the lifespan.

We further believe that:

  • Students must become responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings.

  • Family and Consumer Science education fosters understanding of the decision-making process related to healthy choices for self and family for lifelong wellness.

  • Students must develop an understanding of the implications of resource management on individuals,families and the environment.

  • Family and Consumer Science education helps students to develop the ability to balance personal, home, family, and work lives which results in successful life management, employment, and career development.

  • When students explore job and career options in Family and Consumer Sciences they also develop occupational and personal skills required for employment.

  • Students will become aware of consumer rights and responsibilities.

  • Students will build an appreciation of human worth and accept responsibility for one’s actions in all aspects of life.

  • A quality Family and Consumer Science education will strengthen the well being of individuals and families across the life span.

Goals of Family and Consumer Science

As a result of this K-12 Family and Consumer Science Program, students will:

1. Apply the principles of design as they apply to planning, preparation and successful product completion.

2. Understand the interaction of multiple life roles with the responsibilities of family, work, and community.

3. Demonstrate nutrition and wellness practices that enhance the well being of individuals, families, and communities.

4. Demonstrate respectful and caring relationships in the family, school, workplace, and community.

5. Evaluate management practices related to human, economic, and environmental resources.

6. Develop and apply the skills necessary to work collaboratively.

7. Develop leadership skills, which impact individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

8. Demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills, and practices required for successful living.

9. Analyze child growth and development and evaluate the impact of parenting roles and responsibilities on individuals and families.

10. Explore and evaluate career opportunities.

At the Middle School levelSixth-grade students participate in Child Development while seventh and eighth-grade students participate in Foods.
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