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1 Home Economics …

2 … stands for the ideal home life for today unhampered by the traditions of the past [ and] the utilization of all the resources of modern science to improve home life." Ellen Swallow Richards (1904) Founder of the Home Economics Movement

3 Home Economics offers more than just the practical skills of cooking…

4 … and sewing.

5 Home Economics fosters the development of reflective, critical thinkers secure in dealing with the perennial practical problems of families in a global society Gale Smith, Ph.D (2002) Curriculum and Instruction in Home Economics Education, UBC

6 Home Economics allows students to think critically and solve problems in an ever changing society

7 Home Economics provide students with the skills that will enhance their lives for the present and future.

8 What is happening in Canadian Society?

9 An increase in male lone-parent families Do they have the skills and knowledge to cope?

10 Non-family related physical assaults have doubled those of family related assaults

11 An increase in the aging population Who will care for them? Do they know how?

12 How does Home Economics provide students with the skills that will enhance their lives for the present and future?

13 Students who take Family Studies will learn how to: Assess components of a safe physical and personal environment for children Obtain the skills for effective communication Describe the components of a healthy relationship Understand the roles and responsibilities of adulthood and parenting

14 Understand a variety of economic, social, and emotional issues and challenges that may affect families Identify the factors that affect the choice of living and housing options And so much more!

15 What is happening to our food in Canadian Society?

16 23% Canadians 18+yrs are obese.

17 Are We What We Eat?

18 What about Malnutrition and Globesity?

19 So much food to choose from. How do we decide?

20 How do we produce good, nourishing food for all, and protect the land at the same time?

21 How does Home Economics provide students with the skills that will enhance their lives for the present and future?

22 Students who take Food Studies will: Describe factors that influence personal food choices Evaluate commercial food products Identify the influence of food marketing practices Determine environmental and health issues related to consumption and production of food Modify recipes to improve their nutritional value Critique the use of additives and enrichments, pesticides and nutrition and health statements of foods And so much more.

23 How many Canadians are able to care for their clothing or even make simple repairs?

24 There are many new textile fibres like soy, bamboo, and microfibres available. So much choice, how does one decide?

25 What about child labour, sweatshops, and environmental issues related to our textile choices?

26 Can textiles arts promote positive self esteem and lead to a lifelong hobby ?

27 How can Home Economics provide students with the skills that will enhance their lives for the present and future?

28 Students who take Textiles Studies will : Identify the conditions under which clothing and textiles are produced Look at local opportunities to renew and recycle clothing and textiles Describe basic care of textile items including stain removal Use a variety of sewing techniques to construct textile items Evaluate textile products And so much more

29 Since there is less time being spent at home with families there is a need now more than ever to build the confidence of our students in taking care of themselves…

30 The Benefits of all Home Economic Classes are that: Students gain hands-on-skills that can change their lives and the lives of others around them Students will use what they learn every day of their lives Students have the opportunity to discover their own abilities, and develop a curiosity to learn more. Students develop positive self esteem, creativity, time management skills and global awareness

31 Home Economics classes can influence career choices such as: Family Studies social worker, family counsellor, child care worker, property manager, educator, nursing Foods & Nutrition: Food stylist, health inspector, chef, caterer, dietitian, food writer or critic, food scientist, educator, nutritionist Textiles Studies Costume designer, interior decorator, fashion designer or illustrator, personal shopper, upholsterer, fashion merchandizer, educator

32 It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves. --- Robert Hutchins

33 Home Economics: So much more than just cooking and sewing!

34 Home Economics – its a course for life Created by Denice Marr for THESA


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