What's Happening in the FACS Department
by Sandy Wilken
Mrs. Wilken - Family and Consumer Sciences Dept
Welcome to my web page! I am thrilled to be teaching in my 20th year at CHS (28 in all). I have taught a variety of classes in the FACS Department, but currently teach LIFE (Learning for Independence, Family, and Employment), Clothing II, and Adult Living. Below you will find course descriptions.
L.I.F.E. (Learning for Independence, Family, and Employment)
LIFE is an introductory, prerequisite class to the FACS curriculum. The discussion-based class is designed to introduce students to the many facets of the department and to equip them to become conscientious, contributing members of their respective families, schools, and society as a whole. Most specifically, topics covered throughout the semester include organizational skills, relationship skills, families and children, consumer education, health and wellness, working in the kitchen, clothing, housing, and careers.
This class increases the level of knowledge and skills of students as they construct several different projects, including a book cover with applique, a zipper garment, a Christmas tree centerpiece, and a cross-stitch ornament. Primary units of study include "Managing Your Apparel Dollar" and "Advanced Sewing Skills."
This junior/senior class is designed to allow students to analyze the conditions that relate to their own individual physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development from the time of his/her birth through adulthood. Discussions revolve around the concepts of heredity and its link to individual identity, communication and problem-solving skills, family relationships, dating and marriage, family crises and concerns, and adulthood/old age. Each student is also asked to read "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman and apply the knowledge learned in this book to to the different levels of relationships studied throughout the semester.