FACSessorize It Friday

Facsessorize logoHappy FACSessorize Friday, Everyone!  Today our FACSessory topic is log cabins.  Everyone is familiar with this symbol of Americana, but here are a few FACS facts the you and your students might not know.  Feel free to share! 

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Fascinating FACS Fact:  2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most iconic and enduring of all American toys, Lincoln Logs.  Did you know that Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, John?  Who knew, right?  This would obviously be an interesting fact to share in a child development or parenting class, but it has connections to other FACS content areas as well.

Here are some related FACS facts:

  • The log cabin is one of the oldest forms of shelter.  Historians believe that the earliest log cabins were built in Northern Europe around 3,500 B.C.  This sturdy structure was probably brought to America by Scandinavian settlers.  History of the log cabin.
  • Several American presidents claim to have lived in a log cabin.  This list includes Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield.  Of course, the president most closely associated with the log cabin is Abraham Lincoln.
  • The Log Cabin Quilt block became popular in the 1860s.  A simplified version of this iconic quilt pattern is a great introductory sewing project because it uses all straight, short seams and can be constructed from fabric scraps.
  • The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder was published in 1932.  This book and the others in the series that followed it are an excellent depiction of home life on the American frontier.  This would be a good novel to incorporate into a FACS literacy program.
  • Cooking in a log cabin presented many challenges.  Many of the recipes from this era produced  colonial recipes that have become American classics.

Hope you will share some of this information with your students! 

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This blog entry is an example of the content you will find in FACSessorize!, the latest resource from Fresh FACS, available January 2016.

FACSessorize! Friday

Happy Friday, Everyone!  Hope you have exciting (or relaxing) plans for Columbus Day Weekend!  Even though I’ve been out of the classroom for a few years, I well remember how welcome this early fall break is! 

Once again, it’s been some time since I posted to this blog.  I really hope to be more consistent in posting in the future and to help keep me on track I’m setting a goal for myself to share a FACSessorize idea with you each Friday.  Unless you’ve attended a conference where I presented a workshop on FACSessorizing (my original word, BTW) you are probably a little confused right now.  Read on to see what FACSessorize is all about. 

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FACSessorize (Faks’ses oriz) v.

1. To add value to the basic content of a Family Consumer Science lesson.  2. To make lesson content more memorable through the use of music, technology and other devices.

Planning a lesson should be like planning an outfit.  You begin with the basics: Lesson topic, Standards, Outcomes, Objectives, Instructional Strategies, Review and the Evaluation Process.  But how do you make that lesson memorable?  What do you do to help students retain the concepts from the lesson?  In other words, how do you “accessorize” your lesson to set it apart from the ordinary?  How do you make it memorable? 

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Ways to FACSessorize the basic FACS lesson:

    •    Intriguing, funny or fantastic facts (Fascinating FACS)

    •    Share statistics/numerical facts that dramatize the importance of lesson content (FACS By Numbers)

    •    Holidays, dates and special events that relate to lesson content. (Celebrate Today)

    •    Inspiring or amusing quotes (In So Many Words)

    •    Build FACS vocabulary (FACS Speak )

    •    Online resources, activities and video clips (Quick Links)

    •    Starter activities introducing or applying lesson concepts. (Focus On FACS)

    •    Profiles of people, events or products related to FACS (Historical FACS/Pop Culture)

    •    Adding music (FACS Soundtrack)

Fashion ensemble 3 When planning an outfit for everyday or a special occasion, you choose your accessories with care and discretion.  You likely wouldn’t select a necklace, earrings, bracelet, scarf, belt, bag and sparkly hair accessories for a trip to the mall.  Too many accessories can be distracting and demonstrate a lack of fashion sense.  You select your accessories to enhance and complement your outfit.  The same principles apply when you select “FACSessories” for your lessons.  You will want to select FACSessories that expand and enhance lesson content without overshadowing your primary objectives. 

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I will be releasing FACSessorize!, our latest resource for FACS teachers in January.  The goal of FACSessorize! is to provide FACS teachers with a ready reference of FACSessories so that it’s easy to make every session with students fabulous and memorable! FACSessorize! will be a topical reference based on 350 foundational FACS lesson topics from all content areas.   Check back on this blog and the Fresh FACS Facebook page each Friday for FACSessories that you can use now for free!

Ramona