Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio Class Brings FCS to Primary Grades

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio Class Brings FCS to Primary Grades

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Kids and collaboration are a natural fit with problem-based education and service learningstaples in the curriculum. Involving students in planning was difficult and frightening at first, but it was necessary if students were to assume more responsibility for their own learning-a primary goal for learning.

How could students in the Parenting class develop skills working with younger children and understand more about their future responsibilities as parents? By working with a second grade class!

During several visits to the primary school, family and consumer sciences (PCS) students led activities involving the Food Guide Pyramid, kitchen safety, meal planning, aesthetics, and etiquette. They helped the children select recipes and plan for a "feast" they would prepare together later at the high school. The feast was a big success and students learned more about younger children. The younger children learned about good nutrition and about PCS. The emphasis was on learning, problem solving, interpersonal skills, and fun-not on producing perfect products.

Another learning adventure involved an International Foods class and two first grade classes in support of an orphanage in Kazakhstan. Students studied the country, planned and carried out related activities with the first graders, and raised money for the orphanage for fresh fruit and other necessities. …

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