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:
Why learn to sew?
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
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
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
Nutrients and their functions
Recipes we will cook include lasagna, stir fry, casseroles, perogies and pizza