Dear Grade 5 Families,
The 5th grade team and I are excited about the puberty unit next week, and I wanted to share some more information and resources.
As the Grade 5 letter described, the primary objectives of the unit are the following:
Recognize the specific signs of puberty
Understand physiological and emotional changes that happen during puberty
Understand changes in social dynamics that may be impacted by these changes
Recognize puberty happens at different paces
Understand ways to take care of their growing bodies - hygiene, sleep, exercise and diet
Recognize the people they can go to for accurate information (their teacher, school nurse, parent/caregiver or doctor)
Develop an understanding of gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, and biology
The most important message we want the children to receive is that there is a very broad definition of what is "normal," and different children enter puberty at different times and each child's experience is unique.
Here is a brief overview/rough schedule of the program
Session #1 - Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Assigned at Birth, and Attraction
Session #2 - Puberty Changes and Human Anatomy During Puberty
Session #3 - Questions/Further Discussion
The following materials will be used in class:
A wide variety of books are available in our classrooms and will be introduced to the children who are encouraged to take a look at them at their convenience.
What's Happening to Me by Peter Mayle
Growing and Changing by Kathy McCoy & Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer
Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys by Dr. Cara Natterson
We use portions of the video series, What Kids Want to Know about Sex and Growing Up.
The Gender Unicorn is a visual used with the students as well.
In addition to the SIECUS information shared in our previous letter, we would like to share Deborah Roffman's Sex and Sensibility website as a resource for families as well.
As with all aspects of our program and curriculum, we review the content and resources on an ongoing basis. We remain grateful for your continued support and partnership.
Submitted: Jun 13, 2021