Category: Family

Children & Racism

2020 has been a very tumultuous year for many reasons! In light of that, I wanted to help my students become more aware of the issues and current events that have unfolded this past year regarding race and how they can implement change as future parents, teachers and caregivers. In my “Children & Racism,” lesson, I strive to accomplish those goals by embracing our differences.

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Food Traditions: Mock Blog

This year has me feeling a bit nostalgic as our traditional holiday get togethers are in question due to the increase in covid cases across the country. Because of this, I decided to devote “Food Traditions: Mock Blog as my second quarter writing topic for my Exploring Foods class. Let me explain….

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Nutrition in Pregnancy: Hyperdoc

The Nutrition in Pregnancy Hyperdoc was graciously shared by FACS teacher Sharon Allen of Indianna! If you teach child development or lifespan nutrition, this lesson is for you! As always, hyperdocs work in both traditional classrooms as well as hybrid and virtual. So…read on to see all of the activities embedded in the Nutrition in Pregnancy Hyperdoc!

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Erikson’s Theory of Development

Erik Erikson’s theory of development is one my students have always enjoyed learning about, and pre-COVID was taught in a more hands-on way. Since many of us may be teaching with both students in the actual classroom as well as those taking the class virtually, in real time, I’ve updated my lesson to Erikson’s Theory of Development to incorporate Iron Chef & Instagram activities, making it more tech friendly and usable in both teaching worlds!

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Parent Readiness Activities

The Parent Readiness Activities are a flexible set of resources that could be used in any parenting, child development or family living type of class. Last year when I taught this, I was able to set it up as stations for my students to work through in small groups. This year, due to social distancing, I had to rework it so that students could complete it individually whether in the traditional classroom or in the hybrid, virtual classroom. So, read on to see what’s included in the Parent Readiness Activities!

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“UnBoxing” Video Topics for the FACS Content

I recently watched an episode of Adobe for Education and Matt Miller author of Ditch that Textbook (affiliate link) was on as a special guest. This episode focused on being creative while teaching remotely. His advice was to think outside the box, provide a fun twist when asking students to recall or share what they’ve learned about a particular topic. He suggested students share what they’ve learned in an unboxing video! How creative is that! My wheels started turning and I thought of so many ways that this could be used in our content. So join me, if you will, as I share “Unboxing Video Topics for the FACS Content! As always, if you have other ideas or you develop a specific project or assignment, please share and I will add them to the list!

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My Life in Song

As the end of the school year draws near, I thought it appropriate to assign this distance learning activity titled, My Life in Song to my Individual & Family Studies classes. My Life in Song is a reflection activity that asks students to sum up their life in a minimum of 5 songs similar to how James Taylor did in a recent Parade Magazine interview. As with many of my recent assignments, this can be an E-learning activity as well as a traditional classroom assignment.

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Family Resume

The Family Resume is a great project to culminate a family unit as it asks students to apply the information and concepts learned to their own family. This family resume project has E-Learning written all over it, but can definitely be used in a traditional classroom as well!

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Building Strong Character in Children

Another big THANK YOU to Sharon Allen for sharing this Building Strong Character in Children remote learning assignment! The Building Strong Character in Children assignment is very similar to hyperdocs, where students move through each section, completing a variety of activities or assignments digitally. So, if you are in need of child development or parenting lessons, give this one a try!

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Piaget Play-doh Mat Project (revised for remote learning)

First off, a big THANK YOU to Marissa Maltz for adapting the original Piaget Based Play-doh Mats (revised for remote learning) assignment. Marissa shared her revised Piaget Play-doh Mat Project sample with me via Facebook and I think she did an amazing job making it remote learning friendly! If you have adapted any of the lessons from this site for remote learning, I would love for you to share them back so I can post for others, just like Marissa did with the Piaget play-doh mat project! You can contact or share with me via email: kim@familyconsumersciences.com. Remember, we are all in this together!

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