Family & Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences is an academic discipline that combines aspects of social and natural science. Family & Consumer Sciences was previously known as Home Economics until the 1990's when the official title was changed to Family & Consumer Sciences, encompassing more aspects outside of home life and wellness. Family and Consumer Sciences deals with the relationship between individuals, families, and communities, and the environment in which they live. At Winona Senior High School, Family & Consumer Science offers courses in many disciplines including nutrition, food preparation, parenting, early childhood education, apparel design, as well as other related subjects. Family and Consumer Sciences Education is viewed as the focus of individuals and families living in society throughout the life span.

Baking & Pastry Arts

Baking & Pastry Arts

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 This technical laboratory course focuses on basic skills necessary in the Baking and Pastry Arts. The students will apply the knowledge and skills of how basic ingredients function, baking/pastry vocabulary, and mixing techniques to produce baking/pastry products. Students will develop skills in basic bread and pastry techniques to produce breads, muffins, biscuits, pies, cakes, pastries, and specialized desserts. Nutritional contributions of foods are examined and evaluated.

Advanced Baking & Pastry Arts

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Baking & Pastry Arts

In this technical laboratory course, students will develop advanced skills in the creation of breads and pastry techniques to produce artisan breads, laminated dough, decorated cakes, pastries, custards, and mousse. The students will enjoy an expanded curriculum where they apply the knowledge and skills of how basic ingredients function, baking/pastry vocabulary, and mixing techniques to produce baking/pastry products. Nutritional contributions of foods are examined and evaluated. The attention to detail and artistic flair are key skills that further develop during this class.


Child Development

Early Child Development: Preschool to Kindergarten

Grades: 11, 12 This course combines the best of in-class teaching with online learning and practical experience in real classrooms to promote active independent learning. The course covers the process of human development from preschool through kindergarten as determined by heredity, society, and personal human interaction with an emphasis on established child development theory and implications for child guidance. Students will spend a portion of their time in class, a portion online, as well as master child development career skills and training through placement in childcare centers and classrooms. Students are responsible for transportation. If transportation is a concern, see the course instructor.

Infant & Toddler Development

Grades: 11, 12 If you are interested in a career in education, pediatrics, health care, psychology, or are just curious about how babies develop into a little person, this course is for you. Infant and Toddler Development covers the process of human development from conception through the toddler years as determined by heredity, society, and personal human interaction with an emphasis on established child development theory and implications for child guidance. Hands on experience will be part of this class, using the Empathy Belly which simulates pregnancy and caring for a newborn firsthand with Real Care infant simulators. Students will be in class approximately three days a week and will engage online outside of class for the other two days.

Food for a Healthy Lifestyle

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 This class is for beginning cooks who would like to prepare quick, healthy, and delicious meals and snacks while improving their general health, appearance, and athletic performance. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and My Plate are used in this class as students employ computer technology for nutrient analysis, prepare nutritious foods, research contemporary issues in nutrition and health, and record their progress toward personal goals for a healthy lifestyle. Students will gain nutritional knowledge, assess their own dietary habits, and make appropriate changes in behavior as they learn basic cooking techniques, safety and sanitation, and the use of timesaving appliances. Students will leave class with a variety of quick and healthy recipes and online access to the class cookbook.

Independent Living

Grade: 12 This course will cover topics for students concerning the challenges of moving out on their own, whether it is to an apartment or getting ready for dorm life. Students will create and learn how to utilize a file system that organizes all of their important documents. The following topics will be covered: finding and furnishing a place to live, landlord issues, getting along with roommates, surviving on a budget, supermarket strategies, basic kitchen survival, clothing care, and home and auto maintenance. Sean Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens will be utilized for classroom activities and online discussion. Students will be in class approximately three days a week and will engage online outside of class for the other two days.

Introduction to Culinary Arts

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 This course introduces students to basic culinary skills which include safety and sanitation, knife skills, adapting recipes, and food preparation. Students will explore textures and flavors as they participate in food tastings and use basic formulas to create unique vinaigrettes, stir fry, artisan pizza, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Kitchen groups compete in a Chopped Challenge, a Pasta Sauce Cook-off, and the Ultimate Sandwich Battle. This is a great class to prepare students to engage in the culinary world, whether it is in food service or cooking for friends & family.

Shelly Hansen

Family and Consumer Science Teacher
Winona Senior High School