GHS Health and Family and Consumer Sciences Courses

  • Health

    Health

    This course is designed to assist students in accessing accurate information, products and services, developing lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors, and making wise decisions related to their personal and community health. Study will include self-management; intentional and non-intentional injuries; tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; sexual health; and nutrition.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12

    Family & Consumer Science (FACS)

    Child Development I

    This course will provide students with a broad foundation of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to promote quality growth and development of children in family, school, community, and workplace settings. Students will explore the personal characteristics necessary for successful careers in the child development and psychology field. This course invites all students to apply the process skills of communication, leadership, management, and thinking.

    Students interested in the fields of child care, education, health care, and psychology would learn the basics of how children develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Observing children in learning environments, such as day care and school settings are part of this course. Child Development I includes:

    • Introduction to Child Development
    • Observing Children
    • Child, Family, and Community Connections
    • The Parenting Decision
    • Pregnancy Prevention
    • Prenatal Development
    • Postnatal Period
    • Infancy
       
    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12

    Child Development II

    Part 2 of Child Development goes into greater detail to explore the categories of development and how children learn and grow.  Students will gain an understanding of how to recognize appropriate development stages through applying theories, observation skills, and assessments.  Observing children in learning environments such as day care and school settings are part of this course.  Topics include multiple intelligences, positive discipline, and challenges faced by parents and educational systems.  Thinking of becoming a teacher?  This course is for you!  As a part of this project-based course, students will learn how to create developmentally appropriate activities, lesson plans, and learning units.  This second course includes: Toddlerhood, Preschool, School Age, and Special Challenges for Children.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12
    • Prerequisite: Child Development I

    Food and Nutrition

    Content of the course includes the study of nutrients provided by a variety of foods and the role they play in our bodies. Weekly food laboratory experiences teach basic cooking skills and apply nutrition knowledge to everyday life. Everyone learns how to cook nutritious meals and healthy snacks. Safety and sanitation practices in the kitchen are emphasized. Students considering a career in Culinary Arts, Food Service, Hotel & Restaurant Management, or Dietetics receive a good background for future studies.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12

    Culture and Foods

    In this course, students will explore food and preparation techniques common in a variety of cultures. We study the meaning of food in regard to family life, dining habits, work, religion, holidays, and agriculture. Lab experiences will pattern a trip around the world. Careers in food will be explored along with issues concerning our global food supply.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite:  Food and Nutrition

    Housing and Environment

    Do you like rearranging your room to make an attractive, comfortable space?  Ever wondered how buildings are designed and built from the ground up?  You might enjoy learning about the principles of home and interior design.  This course is designed to make students aware of the influence of history, culture, and environment in their housing decisions.  Current environmental issues, such as the role housing design plays in energy conservation, will be examined.  Both exterior and interior design are explored and students will be exposed to the many possible career pathways in housing and design.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12

    Independent Living 

    Do you have the knowledge and skills to manage your life after high school? Do you know how to manage a bank account, credit card, or obtain a loan for a car? Can you make a budget, shop for food, cook a decent meal or sew a button on a shirt? How will you pay for insurance, utilities, or an apartment? The list goes on and on…. This course could help you take stock of your life’s decisions for a career, college, personal relationships, finances, and other critical choices. There will be some hands on projects, field trips, and guest speakers to help you learn the basics of being an adult.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12