What Will My Child Be Learning?
Home and Career Skills is organized around four process skills: communication, leadership, management and thinking. These process skills are taught through ten content topics: community connections, career development, clothing management, consumer resource management, family/parenting, financial management, human development, interpersonal relationships, nutrition and wellness and personal environment management. Home and Career Skills process skills and content topics align with the National Learning Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences. In order for the full curriculum to be delivered, learning experiences are designed to be dovetailed with process skills and content topics.
Home and Career Skills is taught using a hands-on experimental approach. Learning occurs in the context of real-life situations and repeated practice is encouraged. The course is delivered in a laboratory setting and involves hands-on instruction. The use of real-life relevant tasks, laboratories, simulations, and community involvement is an integral part of the course as is the use of research, class discussions, and group activities. Students are expected to be actively involved in learning in a participatory, supportive environment and to have the opportunity to have practice and develop the process skills as related to the content topics.