What is Family and Consumer Sciences?

  • Family and Consumer Sciences, previously known as home economics, is a discipline comprised of five different subjects including interiors & housing, child development & parenting, consumerism & home economic decisions, fashion design & clothing, and foods & nutrition. Currently Family Consumer Sciences is taught in public schools across the United States typically at the middle and high school levels. Depending on the school district Family Consumer Sciences goes by different names which gets slightly confusing….for example: life skills, FCS, FACS, home ec, home economics, family studies, life studies, skills for living, living skills, etc.

What is FamilyConsumerSciences.Com?

  • FamilyConsumerSciences.Com is a place for Family and Consumer Science teachers to find lesson plans in all our different content areas, find helpful resources, discuss textbooks, learn about good sources of professional development, and network and discuss best practices.

Why does FamilyConsumerSciences.Com exist?

  • FamilyConsumerSciences.com exists to give back to the community of F.C.S professionals and our future Family Consumer Science teachers. The idea for the site came after I finished student teaching and realized how much I wanted to help other new and experienced Family Consumer Science teachers by categorizing and sharing lessons, ideas, strategies, etc. At the very beginning of my student teaching experience I remember feeling so overwhelmed because I had to teach areas of FACS that were my weakest. I was so relieved when I stumbled upon the Utah Education Network’s website that published many different lesson plans with the supporting materials that I was inspired to create a resource that was similar but allowed for more community interaction and contribution. I believe that teachers spend too much time trying to reinvent things that have already been done but are not available to them. We struggle alone often times not realizing that people that are more experienced have already done what we have been struggling with and have real answers. That is why I desire to categorize and freely share lessons and supporting materials so that teachers across the country can spend more time perfecting and tailoring lessons than having to create ones that already exist.

When was FamilyConsumerSciences.Com Started?

  • The website was started in 2008. We have come a long way but have much to do to make it a invaluable part of every FACS teacher’s life.


Who is Behind FamilyConsumerSciences.Com?

  • The creator of FamilyConsumerSciences.com is Melanie Sandoval, a second generation Family Consumer Science teacher who taught both inner city and suburban kids in Virginia and Connecticut. Through her experience running a kitchen and a program to help fund the school’s culinary program, she realized that there was another subject that interested her immensely—business! She enrolled in UConn’s MBA program and in the process, changed careers. She will always enjoy the FACS subject areas and hopes this site will be a lasting contribution to the Family and Consumer Sciences body of knowledge in America.
  • Kim Graybill, a contributor from Pennsylvania to the website since 2012, became the website’s CEO in 2015. She earned her degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has taught Family & Consumer Sciences at the junior-senior high school level for over 30 years. Throughout the years she has taught almost every content area of FACS and still gets excited to create new lessons and ideas. Her goal is to help other FACS teachers, the way she was helped over the years, by sharing new ideas, activities, lessons, etc. that keep teachers, as well as their students, engaged and enthusiastic about the subject.
  • If it wasn’t for all the wonderful FACS teachers that have given us lesson ideas & worksheets as well as wisdom and insight, we wouldn’t be where we are at today. We all have similar stories of how other FACS teachers encouraged us and helped us build upon our foundation to become professionals. Together we can help keep FACS progressive by adding to the body of knowledge. Help us help others by sharing your original lesson plans. You can submit them here so other FACS teachers can too build upon their foundations to become better educators. Let’s help keep FACS strong!
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8 comments for “About

  1. Jane Hanna
    June 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I Love this SITE!!!!! I am a new FACS teacher and wish I had found your site about 9 months ago. The resouces are wonderful. We just got out of school and I am already wanting to get back to school to try out some of the ideas that I found here. I am sure I will be visiting regularly.

    Thank you so much for your work on this site!

  2. Cora Chase
    July 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I was amazed when I saw your site…I have wanted to create one myself. I would like to know how many hours you have put into it. I too discovered Utah's FACS listserv and have have been part of it for about 2 years- Wonderful FACS teachers in Utah. I totally agree with your point of view on not re-inventing the wheel. Great Job…you have inspired me!

    • fcs_admin
      July 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks! I have spent lots and lots of hours on this- but I haven't kept a count. My husband has also spent lots of hours programing it!

  3. mrose774
    September 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I am a 2nd generation FACS teacher. This year I have the opportunity to teach side by side with my mom and it has been a joy to learn from her. Not only am I teaching with my mother but my best friend. She has more than 25 years experience in FACS and this is my 1st year teaching. This website has inspired me to create more and to share. I decided to teach FACS because of my love for creativity and students need for life skills.

    Keep up the good work Melanie.

  4. Cheryl LeFon
    March 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I must say that you have definately fulfilled a dream of mine by putting this site together. Well Done! My experience is of 28 years in FCS and Special Education. I have previously been a state supervisor and wanted a site such as this. Congratulations and I look forward to submitting information for teachers to use.

  5. Seneuefa Tuimavave
    July 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    wow! i found this site by accident and I am super excited to try out some of the materials i found up here. Thanks for putting this together-This is going to be my 3rd year teaching FCS in Am.Samoa and I have to say that I've been wanting to give up due to the fact that since I've started, I have been buying all the ingredients in order to carry out my "cooking" lessons–even worse, I have asked my students to bring some of the ingredients because I can't afford to do so with my teacher's salary in Samoa. The lucky thing is that my students' parents are very understanding and cooperative. so Sharon, with that grant, is it given to you directly or through your school administrators?

  6. Veronica
    August 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Looking for a text book for 9th-12th graders to use. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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