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Exciting Plans for 2020!

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You’ll probably think I’m crazy, but January is my absolute favorite month!  I love the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the year past and prepare for the future!  It’s a chance to reorganize and plan for the months that lie ahead!  Who couldn’t love that, right?

In the spirit of looking forward to the new year, I thought I’d quickly share some of the projects we plan to share with all of you, our FACS friends, in 2020!  We hope that some of these ideas inspire you to continue bringing new ideas and content into your FACS curriculum.

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Daily FACSessories Delivered to your FB Feed

Beginning Monday, January 6 Fresh FACS will be delivering daily tidbits related to all FACS content areas that you can share with your students.  I am constantly surprised by the fascinating and surprising depth of the connection of the FACS curriculum and the world at large.  To ensure that you and your student don’t miss any of these interesting facts, be sure that you are following Fresh FACS on Facebook!

A Novel Approach to Classic Fiction in the FACS Classroom

A supplement to our popular reading resource, A Novel Approach to Incorporating Fiction into the FACS Classroom, is in development and will be released sometime this summer.  The inspiration for this project was the release of the new movie adaptation of Little Women.  (The movie is must-see, BTW!)  Pictured above is my cherished antique copy of this wonderful novel by Louisa May Alcott along with the newest trade paper release.  I’m so excited to develop the activities that will enable FACS educators to use Little Women as an instructional tool in the classroom.  A Novel Approach to Classic Fiction will also feature activities based on Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Other titles are currently under consideration.

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Soft Circuit FACS

In recent months I have developed a fascination with the topic of soft circuits or wearable electronics, as it’s sometimes called.  This blending of electronics and textiles and apparel offers such exciting options for expending and enhancing the FACS curriculum that I’m amazed it hasn’t gotten more attention!  I am developing a curriculum for bringing soft circuits into FACS that I hope will be ready for distribution in the fall of 2020.  If you are a little skeptical about how this could work, don’t worry!  I’ll make myself available for hands-on workshops on the topic!  If you want a sneak preview of Soft Circuit FACS, download the TwinkLED Toes Shoe Clips activity (it’s free) from the Fresh FACS website.  Also check out this fabulous website on the subject of wearable technology.

2020 Preview Wrap Up

Well, that’s an overview of the things we’re working on to help you enhance and expand your FACS programs.  As always, we appreciate the loyalty, passion and dedication of the FACS educators who use the resources I develop!  We look forward to a busy and productive 2020 as we seek to build and support FACS education!

Happy New Year to All our FACS Friends!

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First Ever Friday FACSessories

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One of the things I love most about the field of Family and Consumer Science is the way our course content touches every aspect of life!  I see random links to FACS in the news, in magazines, on social media; virtually all around us!  I call these fun facts and bits of trivia FACSessories!  Yes, I made up that word, but I think it fits!  If you’ll read the definition in the graphic above, I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from.  Anyway, I thought I’d share a few FACSessories with you on Fridays.  I hope you’ll share some of these factoids with your students.  You never know what will catch their attention and help them to remember what you’ve discussed in class!

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Today (April 5) is National Caramel Day!  Americans began making sugary syrups in the 1600s, but the delicious, chewy caramel we love today is a more recent invention.  Caramel candy emerged in the 18th century and quickly became one of the most popular sweets on the market.  In fact, Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel company!

Caramel is made with butter, brown and white sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla.  It’s usually enjoyed as an ice cream topping, a candy filling, or by itself.  Caramel is an important ingredient in the first ever combination candy bar, the Goo Goo Cluster!

Ask students to think of other dishes, products or recipes where caramel is used as an important ingredient.

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We casually use trademarked product names in our every written and spoken communication.  There’s a word for this practice–genericide.  Genericide is the process of a trademark becoming generally recognized to represent a particular type of product, rather than the specific company’s product that the trademark emanated from.  This practice is very common in food products.  Here are some food terms you probably didn’t know were trademarked.

  • Shredded wheat
  • Broccolini
  • Butterscotch
  • Granola
  • Jell-O
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Popsicle
  • Saltine
  • TV Dinner
  • Ugli fruit
  • Coca Cola
  • Thermos

Other FACS-related trademark names (and their non-trademarked names) are:

  • Onesies (Body suit)
  • Crock-Pot (Slow cooker)
  • Chopstick
  • Velcro (Hook and loop fastener)
  • Band-Aid
  • Kleenex (facial tissue)
  • Cuisinart (food processor)
  • Frisbee
  • Pampers
  • Play-Doh
  • Tupperware (Plastic storage container)

Discuss with your students the pros and cons of marketing a genericide trademarked product.

Visit our website for more FACSessorize fun!  Happy Friday!

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STEAM-Powered FACS!

I need to begin this post with an apology and an big “thank-you” to everyone who pre-ordered Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM or the STEAM Bundle (FACS:  Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM).  I missed the ship date for these resources by more than one week and I’m very grateful for your patience!  (To be completely honest, I’m also very glad that the stacks of boxed orders waiting to be shipped are finally out the door and no longer taking up space in our office! LOL)  The response to our STEAM resources has been kind of amazing and we are very grateful!  I truly hope that everyone who receives a copy of one or both STEAM resources finds them useful in their FACS classroom!

STEAM books 6After more than a year of researching and writing about the application of STEAM to the FACS classroom, I am convinced that this is a pivotal moment in the future of our discipline.  Embracing the STEAM approach to classroom instruction is critical to building the image of FACS as a discipline that is current, challenging and valuable to students and communities.  Incorporating STEAM concepts and methods can help FACS move from an expendable elective to an elite component of the curriculum.

I know this change won’t happen overnight and it won’t be an easy process, but anything worth doing is always worth the effort!  The biggest obstacle we face may come from us.  As FACS teachers, like all teachers, you have so many challenges to face every day, it seems unfair to ask you to add something else to your already overflowing plate of responsibilities!  I hear you!  I’ve been there!  That’s exactly my motivation for creating resources like FACS: Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM.  I do the researching, outlining and project development so that you can adapt and implement STEAM into your curriculum with a minimum commitment of time and effort.  It really is imperative that we adapt to this new paradigm and I’d like to help you meet the challenge.

Stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook page and our website for ideas for adding STEAM power to your FACS program.  I’m here to help!

Ramona

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