For the Love of FACS

FACS By the Book

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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know you’re all getting ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that I’ll be beginning a new blog post series on Tuesday, September 3.  (My birthday, by the way!)  The focus of the series will be strategies for incorporating fiction into your existing FACS curriculum without overwhelming either you or your students.  It can be done, I promise you!  This is the voice of experience speaking here!

Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be sharing lots of ideas for blending works of fiction that your students will love into all FACS content areas.  There will be Q & A’s with some well-known authors answering questions that relate to the FACS curriculum and revealing some surprising and amusing insights into the writing process.  I will also be sharing some really valuable information that will make creating a reading component for FACS classes much simpler than you would imagine.

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I will also be documenting the process I follow as I create a new resource for Fresh FACS called Four Course FACS, based on the delightful teen novel Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams.  I’ll be sharing a photo journal of the recipes that I develop and test for Four Course FACS as well as other projects and ideas.

So enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and mark your calendar for September 3.  To make sure that you don’t miss any of the fun, you can choose to follow this blog!

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


FACS on the Road

Summertime Summary

Wow!  I’ll bet many of you thought I had abandoned this blog for good and forever!  Sorry for my long hiatus from sharing!  My only excuse is that this has been one of the busiest and best summers of my adult life.  I truly hope that each of you have collected as many wonderful memories over the past few months as Dusty and I have!  Summer has been great, but now that it’s back-to-school time, my internal teacher clock tells me that it’s time to get back to work.  Sigh. 

Beginning next week I hope to get into a more regular schedule of sharing ideas, thoughts, and discoveries (that I hope you will find useful or at least interesting) that relate to the FACS experience.  In the meantime, I’d like to tell you “how I spent my summer vacation.”  Hope you enjoy this brief photo journal.

We took my sister and brother-in-law to Little Rock, Arkansas for a weekend in June.  The highlight of our visit was spending the morning at the Clinton Presidential Library. 

Dusty and I took up biking as a serious hobby this summer.  Our favorite trails are Tunnel Hill here in Southern Illinois and the Katy Trail in Augusta, Missouri.

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend in St. Louis with family in late June.  We had a blast on our Segway tour of Forest Park!  I highly recommend it!

The FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee was such a fabulous experience!  We loved meeting FACS professionals from all over the country! The Gaylord Resort and Hotel is awesome!

The last conference of our summer season was the OATFACS Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  This was our first opportunity to participate in this energetic conference, but it certainly won’t be our last!  We made so many new great FACS friends!  Loved downtown Columbus, too!  I’m craving some Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream right now!  Lemon-Blueberry!  Yum!!  My favorite!

Well, that just about sums up our summer!  We have one more trip scheduled this summer/fall.  We’ll be taking a driving vacation around Lake Michigan in early September.  Our plans include a hot air balloon adventure plus a stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island.  You can be sure that I’ll be sharing photos from that trip, as well.

Enjoy your weekend!  If you’ve completed your first few days of school, take some time to catch your breath!  It’s good to be back! 

Remember that FACS rocks and so do all of you!