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Valley Gardens Middle School
River East Transcona School Division

Home Economics

Valley Gardens Middle School Home Economics

In Grade 6 and 7 all students will take Home Ec.  Students in grade 6 will complete a third of the year (1 term) in the Textiles Component (traditionally call “Sewing”) and in Grade 7 the same amount of time will be spent in the Foods and Nutrition Room.  Grade 8 students have the opportunity to select two of the three Applied Arts Components and if they select Home Ec. They will spend time in both, textiles and foods, but will also receive a brief introduction to Family Studies.   

Home Economics is an applied or practical arts course, designed to teach students practical, everyday money saving skills.  They are also provided with an outlet for individuality, creativity and an environment in which to have fun, but at the same time learn valuable lifelong skills. 

A brief outline of topics and projects covered at each grade level are as follows:

Grade 6

Why learn to sew?

Safety

Sewing equipment

Machine parts and operation

Basic hand sewing and button attachment

Seams, seam finishes and reverse stitching

Projects include a drawstring gym bag and pair of pj/boxer shorts

Grade 7

Safety

Prevention of food poisoning

Measurement of ingredients

Food preparation equipment

Canada’s Food guide to healthy living

Table setting and manners

Recipes we will cook include pizza buns, muffins, French toast, pancakes, tacos and Coney islands

Grade 8

Review of grade 6 sewing skills and safety

Reading and understanding pattern instructions

Sewing in a zipper

Embroidery machine use

Main textiles project will be duffel bag

Food safety

Nutrients and their functions

Fast food

Recipes we will cook include lasagna, stir fry, casseroles, perogies and pizza