About Fresh FACS

Fresh FACS is a small company dedicated to the creation of exciting, original resources for the Family and Consumer Science classroom.  Like most entrepreneurs, we spend long hours building our business–conducting research, writing, printing, binding, filling orders, writing this blog–generally pouring our hearts into the day-to-day operation of Fresh FACS.

We’re often invited to participate in conferences and workshops for FACS teachers.  Our participation includes exhibiting our resources and presenting workshops on current FACS topics.  Some of the workshop topics we are currently presenting include Design It Just Sew, Creating Original Fabric Designs; FACS By Numbers, Quilting and Geometry; and A Novel Approach to FACS, Fiction in the FACS Classroom.  For more information about our current conference schedule, email me at Ramona@freshfacs.com.

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  1. Hello,

    I am new to FACS but have been teaching for 5 years. I am originally a history teacher. A couple of things brought me to FACS this year. First, I am finishing my Master’s degree in American Studies and had some classes this past year that were only taught during the day. I knew I wouldn’t be able to teach a normal school day. On a lark, I called a local school after reading an article that said they had a FACS opening. When I called they said that it was only part-time. Wonderful!!! I said it was perfect I would take it! So, this year I have been teaching part-time and loving FACS! I have had to go to some training and still have some to do but really I like teaching FACS a lot. Next year I will teach full-time and include some history classes in my school day. I just purchased a few of your books from NASCO and am really impressed with your ideas. I want to incorporate fictional reading in my classes because often students have spare time while others finish or when others are in the food lab. I think this will be perfect for the most part. However, I am a little worried that some of the older boys won’t be thrilled with the novel selection. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions of some other books for older boys that might interest them more? Or, maybe I am wrong and your experience has been good with these novels and 16-18 year-old boys. As soon as I get funding for next year I am going to order a few more of your books…especially the history book!!! Thanks

    1. Welcome to the fellowship of FACS professionals, Jana! I’m so excited that you are having such a good teaching experience! I’m also excited to hear that we share a background in and a passion for history! I was a FACS major and US History minor in college so for me it’s always been very easy to see how the two disciplines compliment one another. Guess that’s why writing Historical FACS was so much fun for me!

      Now to answer your question regarding novel selection for the guys in your FACS classes. I understand your concerns and I assure you that I’ve spent a lot of time selecting and reading teen fiction in an attempt to compile a list of novels that are both classroom appropriate (Not as easy as you might think, BTW!), of general interest, and that feature FACS-related content. Of the 16 novels for which I have written classroom activities (Recipe for Reading, A Novel Approach to FACS, and Four-Course FACS) the novels that would be most appealing to HS boys would be:

      *Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Joanne Fluke)
      *Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous (Kathryn Williams)
      ***Chew On This (Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson)
      The Gospel According to Larry (Janet Tashjian)
      **Hattie Big Sky (Kirby Larson)
      **The Sugar Camp Quilt (Jennifer Chiaverini)
      Hope Was Here (Joan Bauer)

      *Best choices
      **Great for incorporating American history into FACS
      ***Nonfiction

      In both Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous, the main character is female, but the stories are definitely not girly or romantic. I would recommend that you read both of these novels before making a selection. I also highly recommend Hattie Big Sky and Hope Was Here. Again, the main character of each is female, but they’re definitely strong and deal with a broad spectrum of life situations. I always say that Hattie Big Sky is one of the best novels I ever read so I think it’s well worth your consideration. Hattie is definitely no shrinking violet!

      If you teach food preparation/culinary arts, I highly recommend Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous. The novel has such strong culinary arts content that I wrote Four Course FACS, A Fictional Culinary Adventure based on it. It’s an entire culinary arts curriculum that uses the novel in lieu of a textbook. Great book!

      I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, I would be more than happy to try and help. You will also find several of my blog posts devoted to incorporating reading into the FACS curriculum. You might find some useful information in those articles.

      Best of luck in your further FACS adventures!

      Ramona

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