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Family Consumer Sciences

Life skills necessary to manage our lives and that of our future family are gained through the many learning opportunities and skills contests in these project areas: Business Entrepreneurship and Finance, Clothing and Sewing, Crocheting, Designing Spaces, Foods and Nutrition, Food Preservation, Innovation and Creativity and Knitting.

 

Business and Entrepreneur

You can develop the skills and confidence to start a business! The Business and Entrepreneur project focuses determining price with market research, creating a marketing plan, developing partnerships and drafting agreements and contracts. Exploration results in developing a plan for starting a business while discovering your strengths and learning how to give back to your community.

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Innovation and Creativity

4-H members to share a creative or innovative exhibit that does not fit well in the project area’s scripted classes. The idea behind this program is to have a way for members to share how they have expanded their knowledge and skills to include new learning from outside a project area which then is included in their project areas. A project may include a technological component to add another dimension to the project such as illumination or interactivity or uses science knowledge or skills to otherwise enhance the project.

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Child Development

Babysitting can be a rewarding way to help out your community and begin to earn money.

The Child Development project is a 2-year project that focuses on skills needed to be a successful babysitter. Topics include business management, sitter responsibilities, safety, appropriate activities for children at different ages, and guiding children’s behavior. This project is designed for use in a club setting with a series of 10 or more meetings or as a basis for a concentrated short-term project preparing youth for babysitting activities.

(This is not currently a state supported project but may be available as a county project)

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Clothing

Through the 4-H Clothing project, youth develop decision making abilities, express themselves creatively, gain knowledge and skills in the area of clothing and personal appearance, and learn how to construct sewn items. This project consists of nine progressive skill levels grouped into Basic, Expanding, and Advanced skills. Each level incorporates activities in five areas (Planning and evaluation; Individual development and outreach; Management, consumerism, and wardrobe building; Textiles and science; and Construction). Statewide contests include Fashion Revue and Clothing Judging Contest. Members enroll according to experience level not age or grade.

Also, check out the "Wearable Technology" on the STEM page

Member Materials


4-H Clothing Construction Fact Sheet Series:

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Crocheting

The Crocheting project offers opportunities for members to develop skills that can be useful and bring pleasure throughout a lifetime. The project has a sequence of six phases to help the member build skills. Any phase may be extended for more than one year to experience and master the associated skills.

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For Leaders, in Addition to Member Materials


Additional resources
These websites are listed for educational purposes and do not constitute endorsement of any products they sell. Additional commercial and informational sites may be found by using "crochet" or similar words in a web search engine.

  • About.com is an online information site with a library of crochet stitches and techniques
  • Lion Brand Yarn is a commercial site selling yarns and patterns. It also has a Learn to Crochet section.

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Designing Spaces

Youth of all ages learn basic elements and principles of design by doing hands-on activities focused on understanding and improving the home environment.

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Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Classic Contests

The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Classic is open to all members enrolled in FCS project areas (Clothing and Textiles, Foods and Nutrition, Home Environment, Knitting and Crocheting). The FCS Classic consists of several contests and is supported by a National event. Members aged 15 and above can qualify to represent Oregon 4-H at the FCS Classic held in Denver, Colorado in January

The National event include each of the five contests below. Oregon 4-H will choose members to represent Oregon in each contest:

  • Fashion Revue – Participants qualify for the State Fashion Revue through their county. Then during the State contest held during the Oregon State Fair, the judges will identify the top construction contestants who will be offered the opportunity to represent Oregon. To clarify: the youth representatives will be chosen from the fashion revue contest where they have sewn their outfit or garment.  What to expect.
  • Presentations – Participants qualify for the State contest through their county. Then during the State contest held during the Oregon State Fair, judges will chose individuals or team to represent Oregon at the National FCS Presentation Contest. Individuals wanting to be considered for the FCS Classic’s Presentation Contest must sign up for a judging spot during one of the first three days (usually the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday) of presentation judging. What to expect.
  • FCS Skill-a-thon – This contest will be offered at the county level for all ages and top intermediate and senior contestants will qualify for the State contest. The top individuals (4 persons) will qualify for the National event.

    This contest will consist of one Foods and one Clothing judging class, three Identification classes (one for sewing, one for foods and one for Home Environment) and a life-skills presentation (which takes the place of oral reasons). 

    The life skill presentation part of the FCS Skill-a-thon contest is completed as a team and is a presentation on a pre-determined life skill. The topic chosen for the 2018 contest is emergency preparedness. The participants will be given a scenario, determine best options as they relate to the scenario, then present on their decision.  What to expect.
     
  • FCS Bowl – This contest is a knowledge bowl that follows the same rules and guidelines as other knowledge bowls (i.e. Horse Bowl, Dog Bowl). The team members chosen for this contest will be determined from the members qualifying at the state level in the FCS Skill-a-thon. At this time, there is not be a county level or a state level FCS Bowl.
     
  • Consumer Decision Making – This contest uses decision making skills in determining best choices for the situation. This contest will be offered at the county level for all ages and top intermediate and senior contestants will qualify for the State contest. The State contest includes three situational statements with four possible answers/items, one class of oral reasons, and a group work class. The group work is where teams of 3 or 4 youth will be given a situation that they read and evaluate the problem, discuss their solution, and present a final statement of their decision to the judge.  What to expect.

See this Oregon 4-H Consumer Decision Making Progam

Study materials and supporting documents are available for all FCS Classic contests.

For more information, contact your 4-H County Extension Educator or Lynette Black, 4-H Youth Development Project Specialist.

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Food Preservation

The Food Preservation project provides opportunities for members to learn safe food preservation; practice techniques in canning, freezing, and drying of foods; and use preserved foods creatively in meals and snacks. The project has three divisions which build on the experiences of the previous level. Each division may be extended for more than one year to experience and master the skills which have been included. Members enroll according to their experience level not age or grade.

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Related Materials
Always use the most current research based preparation and processing recommendations for preserved products. OSU pubs are available on the Family and Community Health website and in county Extension offices. USDA recommendations are available online. The Ball Blue Book of Preserving (copyright 2011) is available commercially.

Beginning Division - OSU publications from the Family and Community Health website

Expanding Division - OSU publications from the Family and Community Health website

Advanced Division - OSU publications from the Family and Community Health website

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Foods and Nutrition Project

In the Food and Nutrition project, members learn to plan, select, and prepare nutritious, attractive, and well-balanced meals. The major focus of the project includes food preparation, food safety and storage, nutrition & fitness, management and consumerism. Statewide Contests include Food Preparation Contest, Mini Meal Contest, and Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. Members enroll according to their experience level, not age or grade.

Member Materials
Phase 1
Baking 1 (EC111)
4-H Cooking 101-R12 print copies only (MEO120)
Phases 2-3
Baking 2 (EC112)
4-H Cooking 201 print copies only (MEO121)
Phases 4-6
Baking 3 (EC113)
4-H Cooking 301 print copies only (MEO 122)
Phases 7-9
Baking 4 (EC114)
4-H Cooking 401 print copies only (MEO123)
All Phases
Glossary of Food Terms  (4-H 93111)
Choosing and Using Recipes  (4-H 93112)
Oregon 4-H Food and Nutrition Advancement Guide (511-15R)
4-H Food and Nutrition Record (Junior)(511-13R)
4-H Food and Nutrition Record (Intermediate and Senior)(511-14R)
You Can Prevent Foodborne Illness (PNW 0250)
Oregon 4-H Food and Nutrition Advancement Guide (511-15R)
Table Setting Guidelines (999-06) revised 2018

Video Resources

Measuring Ingredients - Demonstration of equipment and techniques for measuring food ingredients.  (7 min 18 sec)
Measuring Ingredients Companion Handout (511-14).  Provides a written summary of steps.
Introduction to Science Inquiry
4-H Science Inquiry: Milk Magic

For Leaders, in Addition to Member Materials
4-H Cooking Helper's Guide print copies only (MEO124)
Oregon 4-H Foods and Nutrition Leader Guide revised 2018 (511-16L)
2018 Oregon 4-H Leader Supplement Guide: Nutrition and Health Focus (511-16S)
Oregon 4-H Science Rich Handbook Series: Focus on the 4-H Foods Project

Related Materials
Altering Recipes for Good Health
The Healthy Recipe Cookbook - Food Hero print copies only (English)
Un Libro de Cocina De Recetas Saludables - Food Hero print copies only (Spanish)
Food Hero website
My Plate website
Eat Smart, Play Hard website

Balanced Energy Physical Activity Toolkit website

Knitting

Knitting

The 4-H Knitting project has two divisions: Knitting with hand-held needles and knitting with looms, boards, and machines. As members progress through either division, each phase builds skills. Hand held needle division has 6 phases; Looms and boards division has 3 phases. Any phase may be extended for more than one year to experience and master the skills which have been included.

Member Materials
4-H Knitting Member Guide (4-H 960)
4-H Knitting Record (360-00R)
4-H Knitting Skills (4-H 961)
ABC of Knitting, Member Guide (Coats & Clark) Right-handed (4-H 96010)
ABC of Knitting, Member Guide (Coats & Clark) Left-handed (4-H 96011)
4-H Fashion Revue Manual  (4-H 9202)

For Leaders, in Addition to Member Materials
Oregon 4-H Knitting Leader Guide  (4-H 960L)

Additional Resources
These websites are listed for educational purposes and do not constitute endorsement of any products they sell. Additional commercial and informational sites may be found by using "knitting", "loom knitting", or similar words in a web search engine.
Knitting Help is an educational website supported by various commercial sites. It has an extensive video section showing all types of knitting skills and techniques.
KnitPicks is a commercial site selling yarn, patterns, and supplies. They include an extensive selection of tutorials on various knitting skills from basics to advanced techniques. Most have photos and some are actual videos. You can sign up for email newsletters
About.com is a web based information site. It offers basic “how to” information on and free patterns or project instructions, and reviews of tools and books. You can sign up for email newsletters.
Lion Brand Yarn is a commercial site selling yarns and patterns. This site also has a Learn to Knit section
Loom Knitters Circle is a commercial site that includes basic instructions for loom knitting.

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