Back to School Ideas, FACS Image Shake Up, For the Love of FACS, Techno FACS

How I Spent My Summer Vacation :-)

Before I get started writing about today’s topic, I want to share another resource I’ve discovered related to my last post, a lesson based on decorating a school locker.   Students can virtually design a dream locker on this site.  Very cool! 

Locker design

We had one of the busiest summers ever since starting Fresh FACS!  We traveled roughly 4000 miles to participate in one national FACS conference and four state FACS conferences!  Phew!  We literally wore the wheels off one of our suitcases!  No joke!  The wheels just fell apart!  All that travel was definitely hectic and tiring, but it was so much fun getting to meet and exchange ideas with so many of our FACS friends!  Once again, I came away firmly convinced that attending professional development conferences and workshops is one of the best ways to stay up to date on all things FACS and to maintain enthusiasm that is so important to success in the classroom. 

One of my favorite things to do at a conference (besides exhibiting and presenting workshops) is to visit the vendor booths in the exhibit hall.  There are so many great ideas and products out there that you might never know about without this experience.  Just in case your summer plans did not include a conference experience, I’d like to share a few of the products and resources I discovered during my summer travels.  FYI—We do not sell any of these products!  I just think they’re worth sharing with you!

Bake For Good from King Arthur Flour is a free program that teaches kids to make bread from scratch.  Kids use math, science, baking techniques, reading and following directions, time management and more through this great program.  King Arthur even supplies the ingredients for the activities!  Awesome!  Learn more at

bake for good

I love the recipes in this Team Nutrition cookbook available free from the USDA.  The recipes were all submitted by kids as part of the Recipes For Healthy Kids Competition.  You can request a free copy of print a copy from the website.  You can also download individual recipes from the cookbook. 

recipe for healthy kids cookbook

I mentioned this product on our Facebook page after attending the IFCSE conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  If your students are issued tablets and you’ve been looking for a creative way to use them in your classroom, you should definitely check this out.  So clever!


If you teach food safety, you’re probably already familiar with this website, but I encourage you to check it out again.  I picked up a packet of great new resources from Fight Bac!  Go to the website to request yours today!

fight bac

Sugar seems to have been labeled the nutritional boogey man of the moment by the news media so I was very interested in the materials I picked up from the Sugar Association.  You can request free materials from their website.  The movie Fed Up movie can also be viewed from the website.  Might be interesting to view the movie with your students and discuss the role of sugar in the American diet.


This post is getting a little long so I think I’ll wrap it up for today.  I’ll have more products and websites to share later this week.  Hope you find some of these resources useful!


Back to School Ideas, For the Love of FACS

Back To School Project

Hi Everyone!  I know it’s been a very long time since I added a new post to this blog!  The spring and summer fairly flew by as I worked feverishly to finish Four Course FACS, A Fictional Culinary Adventure (available for purchase now on our website) and to prepare for and participate in several FACS conferences.  Now that we’ve returned home, I plan to return to a more regular blog posting schedule. 

Locker decorations 

Here’s a fun project to get the school year off to a fun start—A Locker Decorating Project!  You’ll find tons of awesome ideas like the ones above on Pinterest.  Start off by having students complete a Personal Style Quiz like this one to help guide them through the design process.

locker decorations 2

Personal Style Quiz

1.    Your favorite colors are:
    A.    greens, blues, yellows, and browns.
    B.  gold, maroon, and navy.                               
    C.    whatever is currently in fashion.
    D.    black, white, gray, and beige.

2.    Your bedroom walls are:   
    A.    painted and stenciled in light pastel shades.
    B.    a dark color with a textured finish.
    C.    a neutral color with a white ceiling.
    D.    white, light gray or light tan.

3.    The outfit in your closet you reach for the most is:
    A.    a polo shirt and khakis.
    B.    cashmere sweater and tailored pants.
    C.    jeans and an American Eagle t-shirt.
    D.    black pants and a white or tan t-shirt.

4.    Your ideal vacation would take you to:
    A.    a cottage at the beach or a cabin in the mountains.
    B.    Disney World and Epcot Center.
    C.    the flea markets of Paris.
    D.    a week-long shopping spree in New York City.

5.    Your dream car might be:
    A.    a pickup truck with all the amenities.
    B.    a restored classic Ford Mustang.
    C.    a Volkswagen convertible coupe.
    D.    an eco-friendly hybrid vehicle like the Prius or Smart Car.

6.    Your dream house might be:
    A.    a rustic log cabin surrounded by nature.
    B.    a remodeled farmhouse in a rural area.
    C.    a stylish apartment in a metropolitan neighborhood.
    D.    a spacious house in a suburban community.

What do your answers reveal about your personal style?

If your answers are mostly A’s, your personal style is country or rustic.

Country style uses soft, muted colors often in earth tones.  Items purchased at flea markets, handmade accessories and family heirlooms are often used as accessories and accents.

If your answers are mostly B’s, your personal style is traditional.
Traditional style can be described as comforting and classic.  Colors are typically soft and muted and reflect an appreciation for antiques and history.

If your answers are mostly C’s, your personal style is eclectic.
Eclectic style is more difficult to define because it is often a blend of two or more design styles.  Colors used tend to be more bold than those used in country or traditional design.  Overall eclectic style is very personal and unique.

If your answers are mostly D’s, your personal style is contemporary.
Contemporary style uses sleek, sophisticated design with clean lines.  Accessories are minimal, but elegant in their simplicity.  Colors may range from black and white to very bold and vivid.

You’ll find some cute locker decorating videos on YouTube that will appeal to your students.

you tube locker

You’ll also find a fund Box Lid Organizer project that you can download for free from our website at

locker organizers

Hope these ideas have inspired you to create a fun and memorable activity to start the school year.  Check out the Great Start Back to School Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiring ideas!

Have a great school year!