HIF1O Grade 9 Individual and Family Living Online Course

Course Title: Grade 9 Individual and Family Living

Course Code: HIF1O

Grade: 9

Course Type: Open

Format: Online School Course

Prerequisite: None

Tuition Fee (CAD): $399

Course Description for HIF1O Grade 9 Individual and Family Living Online Course

Grade 9 Individual and Family Living (HIF1O) explores the challenges faced by all people: how to meet basic needs, how to relate to others, how to manage resources, and how to become responsible members of society. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills that are needed to make the transition to adulthood. Teachers will instruct students in developing interpersonal, decision-making and practical skills related to daily life. Students will explore the functioning of families and the diversities found among families and within society.

Summary of Units and Timelines for Grade 9 Individual and Family Living HIF1O

Below is the suggested sequence of course unit delivery as well as the recommended number of hours to complete the respective unit. For complete details of targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please see each Unit Overview found in the HIF1O course profile.

Unit OrderUnit NameSuggested Time
Unit 1Introduction5 hours
Unit 2Achieving Potential20 hours
Unit 3Relating to Others30 hours
Mid Semester Point
Unit 4Living in Families Today20 hours
Unit 5Managing Family Resources20 hours
Unit 6Caring for Individuals and Families20 hours
Unit 7Summarizing Lifestyle Options5 hours
Total120 Hours
The 9/10 open preparation course Individual and Family Learning in Canada provides excellent preparation for success in social science-related programs at the open level.

Students of Individual and Family Learning in Canada develop their understanding of family dynamics and strategies using a familial and individualistic approach while reviewing concepts such as those pertaining to the self, development, as well as family management skills. This course further refines students’ abilities to use a compassionate lense in understanding families through an objective as well as a subjective approach while abstractly interpreting concepts which are crucial today.

In the social sciences and humanities curriculum, family studies are a multidisciplinary subject area that encompasses four areas: fashion and housing; food and nutrition; general family studies; and raising and caring for children. The topics covered in these areas include, among others: textile production; the functions and design of clothing; the fashion industry; issues related to housing; interior design; the role of nutrition in health; the relationship between food and culture; human and family interactions and development; life management skills; various types of relationships; and considerations related to raising and caring for children. In family studies courses, students learn about laws and policies that affect individuals and families in Canada and around the world. They also become familiar with the theoretical perspectives and practical research that underpin our understandings of individual and family development. Family studies courses also integrate theory and practical skills. Many expectations can be achieved through practical experiences both in the classroom and in co-op placements, some of which may be affiliated with Specialist High Skills Majors programs. All courses in family studies encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Students are given opportunities to deepen their understanding of relevant issues and to develop practical skills, including research and inquiry skills. Students are encouraged to explore a range of perspectives and approaches and to develop the habits of mind that enhance individual, family, and community well-being and contribute to lifelong learning.

Teachers will bring enthusiasm and varied teaching and assessment approaches to the classroom, addressing individual students’ needs and ensuring sound learning opportunities for every student. The activities offered should enable students to relate and apply these concepts to the social, environmental, and economical conditions and concerns of the world in which they live. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Teachers will help students understand that problem solving of any kind often requires a considerable expenditure of time and energy and a good deal of perseverance. Teachers also will encourage students to investigate, to reason, to explore alternative solutions and to take the risks necessary to become successful problem solvers. Effective instructional approaches and learning activities draw on students’ prior knowledge, capture their interest, and encourage meaningful practise both inside and outside the classroom. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the connection between the scientific concepts they are learning and their application in the world around them and in real-life situations. Due to its importance, students will have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways- individually, cooperatively, independently, with teacher direction, through hands-on experiences, and through examples followed by practice. The approaches and strategies teachers use will vary according to both the object of the learning and the needs of the students. Teachers will accomplish this in online environment with the use of: virtual labs, online simulations, animations, videos, discussion forums, live chat and other interactive objects.
All students can succeed. Some students are able, with certain accommodations, to participate in the regular course curriculum and to demonstrate learning independently. Accommodations allow access to the course without any changes to the knowledge and skills the student is expected to demonstrate. The accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning can be identified by the teacher, but recommendations from a School Board generated Individual Education Plan (IEP) if available can also be consulted. Instruction based on principles of universal design and differentiated instruction focuses on the provision of accommodations to meet the diverse needs of learners.
Examples of accommodations (but not limited to) include:

  • Adjustment and or extension of time required to complete assignments or summative tasks
  • Providing alternative assignments or summative tasks
  • Use of scribes and/or other assistive technologies
  • Simplifying the language of instruction
Teachers will bring additional resources and teaching materials that provide a rich and diverse learning environment. Units in this course profile make specific reference to the intended textbook for this course but can be substituted for any relevant and approved text.
Reference: Social Sciences and Humanities, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12, 2013 (Revised) Ministry of Education of Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions

HIF1O is a Grade 9 Individual and Family Living course at an open level.
1O refers to the Grade level of the courses and the pathway. 1 means it is a grade 9 course and O means it is an open level course.
Prerequisite: None
At Ontario Virtual School (OVS) you can complete an online highschool credit course as quickly as 4 weeks, or take as long as 12 months.
Yes, we can send your marks directly to OUAC, OCAS, your home, and to your day school.

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