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5th Grade Puberty Education
This curriculum is designed to prepare 5th graders for the emotional, physical, and relational changes that take place during puberty. Sudden physical growth and emotional changes can be unsettling for a young person. Children who are not experiencing physical growth and other changes as early or as rapidly as some of their peers, may feel confused and concerned, as can children who are experiencing signs of puberty before many of their peers. Very often parents and teachers feel ill-equipped to initiate discussion or answer questions about developing bodies, hygiene, menstruation, nocturnal emissions, erections, human reproduction, and sexuality. These topics, however, need to be addressed sensitively and openly for children to feel secure in their understanding of new physical changes, new emotions, and social changes and pressures, that will propel them into adolescence and adulthood.
 
Each 5th grade class will receive four full-class period lessons and four take home assignments to be completed with a trusted adult, on the emotional changes that take place before and during puberty, the physical changes that both boys and girls experience during puberty, and the social and relational changes that take place during this time. There will be a focus on compassion and understanding (through classroom and take-home activities) that all human beings must go through these adolescent changes, yet not everyone goes through them at the same time, and not everyone experiences these changes in the same way.
 
Workshop Specifics
This program is designed so that boys and girls learn about the physical changes that take place for both genders. During lessons 2 and 3, the boys and girls are divided by gender so that both boys and girls feel more comfortable asking questions about the development of their own gender or the opposite gender, but both boys and girls will receive the same lesson. The fact that both boys and girls are receiving the same lesson is stressed to the students. Once lessons 2 and 3 have been completed, the boys and girls will resume the program in their regular co-ed classes. When the boys and girls are brought back together into their co-ed classes, they tend to feel more comfortable having initially learned this information in a single-sex environment, and are ready to continue the discussion with peers of the opposite gender. 

Some of the topics that will be taught and discussed during the workshops:
  • Male and female hormonal changes during puberty
  • Menstruation: getting your period for the first time, menstrual symptoms, menstrual supplies
  • The basics of the human reproductive system
  • The penis and testicles: erections, semen, sperm, ejaculation, and nocturnal emissions
  • Breast development: breast tenderness, bras, and temporary growth/swelling of male breast tissue
  • Development of pubic, body and facial hair
  • Development of sweat glands, acne, oily skin, and related issues
  • Voice changes
  • Other body development (widening of hips and shoulders, growth of penis, testicles and other sexual organs) 
  • Hygiene (underarm deodorant, *shaving, face wash, etc.)
  • Experiencing mood swings, sudden feelings of sadness or loneliness, anger, and other emotions
  • Having sexual feelings and feelings of attraction
  • Feelings of social isolation, and a desire to make friends and "fit in"
  • Feeling of frustration with parents/guardians, siblings and other family members
  • Concerns about appearance
  • Concerns about whether you're "normal"
 
*This program does not recommend or encourage shaving to 5th graders. Shaving is discussed as a method used by many men and women in our culture to remove facial and body hair. It is also discussed that many cultures around the world do not shave or remove body or facial hair. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss shaving with a parent/guardian before attempting to shave any part of their body.
 

Parent/Guardian Information Session
The parent/guardian information session allows parents to learn about the specifics of each lesson and ask questions about program components and the information their child will be learning. They will also get to have a first look at the take-home assignments their children will be completing with a "trusted adult" (usually a parent/guardian). Some of the elements of the take-home assignments may make a parent/guardian feel uncomfortable, and seeing the materials ahead of time puts many parents/guardians at ease. 

The physical, emotional, and relational changes that take place during puberty may make children feel uncertain and anxious. The average girl experiences the first signs of puberty at age 10 ½, and the average boy experiences the first signs at age 11 ½. Although some parents/guardians may be concerned that 5th graders are too young to learn about such sensitive topics, the average 5th grader is in or is about to begin the initial stages of puberty, and it is essential for children to become informed as early as possible to feel prepared for the changes they will experience. This curriculum empowers students as they learn about their bodies and emotions, and prepare for the transition to middle school and beyond.

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