(Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Family & Consumer Sciences)

COHS FCS Department

Instructor:  Ms. BK Harrison, M.Ed.
Email Address:  bharrison@cocisd.org
Conference = 6th Period

Ms. BKH

Welcome to FCS 2016-2017!

Welcome to Coldspring-Oakhurst High School's department of "Family and Consumer Sciences".  This website is a resource to share some of the student artifacts and happenings related to our COHS FCS department.    

Teaching Philosophy

I respect and treasure my students for both the gift they are, and the wonderful, positive contributions they will make. I want my students to become empowered, proactive, independent, self-motivated learners and academic leaders.  Consequently, I will provide my students with ongoing opportunities to exercise "voice and choice" in order to encourage and enable these valuable skills.  I want each of my students to have a fantastic, banner year. To help them do so, I am committed to treating them in the professional, respectful, fair, and supportive manner that I appreciate receiving myself.


Should you ever find yourself struggling within our course(s) together, please inform me. Your success is my success, so let’s together: “Go for the gold!” In the pursuit, we will discover greatness.

Child Development (CD)

Child Development (CD) serves as the prerequisite course for COHS’ Early Child Development Program (ECDP), which is a part of the “Education and Training” career cluster. Per the Texas Education Agency, “Child Development is a technical laboratory course addresses knowledge and skills related to child growth and development from prenatal through school-age children, equipping students with child development skills. Students use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children and investigate careers related to the care and education of children.”

Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

The course TEKS are located at: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter130/ch130j.html#130.247.

In the Early Child Development (ECD) "Parenting Experience," ECD students learn the importance of healthy lifestyles before and during pregnancy.  Thanks to the Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District Education Foundation (COCISD EF), we have infant simulators that depict Special Needs, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Drug-Affected, Severe Preemie infants, CPR, and Choking Baby.  After their RealCare Pregnancy Profile (another gift from the COCISD  EF) "pregnancy" experience, CD students adopt a RealCare baby and parent it.   Students get to take their baby home for a weekend so that they can have a more realistic experience of what is involved in having an infant depend on them for their total care.  

COHS CD Students Intern at JSE

Learns CPR from COCISD Health and Wellness Director, Nurse Tammy Moore

CD: Look Who's Talking

Child Development Pregnancy Simulations

Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness
Thank you COCISD Education Foundation for the $7,488 grant to purchase our COHS FCS Kitchenette Station!

COHS FCS Kitchenette, Courtesy of the Fabulous COCISD Education Foundation

Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness (LNW) is one of the five courses offered in COHS’ Early Child Development Program (ECDP), which is a part of the “Education and Training” career cluster and Family and Consumer Sciences’ (FCS) department. Students who successfully complete all requirements in the 5-course series will be eligible to test for industry certification and graduation endorsement. Per the Texas Education Agency, “Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness allows students to use principles of lifetime wellness and nutrition to help them make informed choices that promote wellness as well as pursue related careers” The COHS prerequisite for LNW is Child Development or Human Growth and Development.

Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.  

The course TEKS are located at: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter130/ch130j.html#130.245.

Child Guidance (CG)

Child Guidance (CG) is one of the five courses offered in COHS’ Early Child Development Program (ECDP), which is a part of the “Education and Training” career cluster and Family and Consumer Sciences’ (FCS) department. Students who successfully complete all requirements in the 5-course series will be eligible to test for industry certification and graduation endorsement. Per the Texas Education Agency, “Child Guidance is a technical laboratory course addresses knowledge and skills related to child growth and development from prenatal through school-age children, equipping students with child development skills. Students use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children and investigate careers related to the care and education of children.”

Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.  

The COHS prerequisites for Child Guidance are Child Development (or Human Growth and Development) and Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness.

The course TEKS are located at: hhttp://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter130/ch130j.html#130.248.

Instructional Practices of Education and Training (IPET) and ET Practicum (ETP)

Instructional Practices of Education and Training (IPET) is a field-based internship that provides students with background knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as principles of effective teaching and training practices. Students work under the joint direction and supervision of both a teacher with knowledge of early childhood education and exemplary educators or trainers in direct instructional roles with elementary-, middle school-, and high school-aged students. Students learn to plan direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, develop materials for educational environments, assist with record keeping, and complete other responsibilities of teachers, trainers, paraprofessionals, or other educational personnel.

Education and Training Practicum (ETP) is a field-based internship that provides students with background knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as principles of effective teaching and training practices. Students work under the joint direction and supervision of both a teacher with knowledge of early childhood education and exemplary educators or trainers in direct instructional roles with elementary-, middle school-, and high school-aged students. Students learn to plan direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, develop materials for educational environments, assist with record keeping, and complete other responsibilities of teachers, trainers, paraprofessionals, or other educational personnel.

COHS CTED
Life Skills Cooking Class

COHS Life Skills' students are learning to make meals to feed themselves and their families, as well as how to budget their finances. They learn to effectively use everyday resources and tools such as large and small kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, calculators, and iPads.   

CTED Cooks

CTED Students Learning Division

The COHS’ Early Child Development Program (ECDP), which is a part of the “Education and Training” career cluster, includes 1.00 Credit Child Development, 0.5 Credit Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness, 2.0 Credit Child Guidance, 1.0 Credit Instructional Practices in ET, and the 2.0 ET Practicum (ETP).  The program provides students background knowledge of child and adolescent development principles as well as principles of effective teaching and training practices.  Students who successfully complete all requirements in this 5-course series will be eligible to test for industry certification and graduation endorsement.

Practical Writing Skills

Practical Writing Skills (PWS) is a course intended to correct/improve deficits in writing fundamentals. Per the Texas Education Agency, “The study of writing allows high school students to earn one-half to one credit while developing skills necessary for practical writing. This course emphasizes skill in the use of conventions and mechanics of written English, the appropriate and effective application of English grammar, the reading comprehension of informational text, and the effective use of vocabulary. Students are expected to understand the recursive nature of reading and writing. Evaluation of students' own writing as well as the writing of others ensures that students completing this course are able to analyze and evaluate their writing.”

The course TEKS are located at: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter110/ch110c.html#110.54.

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