Here are some commonly asked questions about THESA and home economics in BC.  Click on the question you are interested in to be taken to the answer.

1. Where can I find home economics classroom supplies (kitchen/textiles)?

2. Why should I be a THESA member? / How can I join, renew, or purchase a THESA membership online?

3. Where can I find updated curriculum information?

4. How can I join the THESA facebook page?

5. What other ways can I connect with THESA members online?

6. What Home Economics professional development opportunities are there?

7. When/where is the next THESA conference and how can I register?

8. What is THESA and who are the executive members?

9.  Where can I find Home Economics related resources?


 

1. Where can I find home economics classroom supplies (kitchen/textiles)?

  • Textile Supplies
    • sewing notions
      • Advice from members:
        • If you’re unfamiliar with Jefferson’s, they’re a wholesaler based in Vancouver. Many schools already have an account, so contact them to set up one. They do ship, and while going in to the store is always a treat, they now offer online ordering (you will have to pay for shipping if the order is under $300).
  • Kitchen Supplies
    • metric measures
      • Advice from members:
        • HomeWares in Vancouver – but, handles may break off when stuck into firmer ingredients
        • Lee Valley Tools – not cheap & the metric on them (has both metric & imperial) isn’t quite the correct numbers, but super good quality
        • Tupperware metric cups and spoons are great
        • Condon Barr (formerly Hendrix) in Abbotsford. Set of 4: 60 mL, 80 mL, 125 mL and 250 mL. The set was was around $7.00. They’re holding up well so far.
        • Ming Wo – good success
        • local KitchenAid dealer – the large measures are heavy and have rivets that hold the handles on, the small measures are heavy as well, do not have “simple” conversion numbers on them (i.e., 1 cup = 236 ml) but do hold the correct amounts (i.e., 250 ml)
    • aprons/oven mitts
      • Advice from members:
        • One place to try is Chung Chun. They’re located in Richmond, and will ship. I buy their white bib apron, and they’re quite inexpensive (though you have to order a bunch).  Pot Holders come in blue, green, and burgundy. They’re about $3-4/pair.  Contact them by phone at 604-275-3279 or 1-800-6686935. Email them at info@chungchun.bc.ca
        • Order the THESA “Home Economics… don’t leave school without it” aprons.  They are great quality & $10 each. I couldn’t find them any cheaper than that & am happy to have this advocacy logo on them 🙂
        • One more: Vancouver Textiles at 7680 Schaefer Avenue in Richmond. 604-278-7776 donna.vantextiles@telus.net With taxes and shipping they cost about $3.50 each.
    • electric hand mixers
      • Advice from members:
        • Cuisinart Power advantage 7 speed.  Fantastic. I bought mine at Sears because at the time they were doing a sale.  I just checked.  Sears are 69.99, Can Tire 89.99 Best Buy 49.98.  I think I paid 60.00 each so if you can get em at BB for 50, you are doing great.
    • peelers
      • Advice from members:
        • I love the Kitchenaid ones. They’re sturdy. They cost about $8-9 each, but are well worth it. After spending money on dollar store ones that never worked well and that we had to replace every year… never again!
        • I bought mine 4 years ago from Canadian Tire; they are still sharp.  They are black, I found them hanging on a display of kitchen items.
        • I bought new ones last year from Gordon Foods (sysco has them too) pretty good quality and only about $4 each.
        • At home I use the peeler from Ikea… I’ve had it for years and it’s fantastic! Not sure where the ones in my classroom are from though.

2.  Why should I be a THESA member? / How can I join, renew, or purchase a THESA membership online?

Click here to view the benefits of being a THESA member.  Click here to join, renew, and purchase your THESA membership online.

3. Where can I find the most updated curriculum information?

Find up-to-date Home Economics Curriculum resources here.

4.  How can I join the THESA facebook page?

As of May 1, 2016 all THESA Facebook Group Members must be THESA members.  If you are a member, please contact membership@thesa.ca to request an invitation or click here to be taken to the THESA Facebook page and request an invitation.  If you are not a member, click here to join, renew, and purchase your THESA membership online.

5.  What other ways can I connect with THESA members online?

In addition to Facebook, THESA pins relevant posts here on Pinterest and tweets here on Twitter.  THESA members as well as other Home Economics teachers often use the twitter hashtag #homeecteacher.  THESA’s Ning will no longer be accessible after May 15th, 2016.

6. What Home Economics professional development opportunities are there?

Click here to view current professional development opportunities.  You can view Home Economics related workshops, courses, summer institutes, and programs here.

7. When/where is the next THESA conference?

Find out up-to-date information about THESA’s upcoming and previous conferences here.  You can find the current year’s conference website (and register for it) here.

8. What is THESA and who are the executive members?

Read THESA’s constitution here, our goals and objectives here, and find a list of our executive members here.

9. Where can I find Home Economics related resources?

Click here to view THESA’s Resources page.