This week we got into some new and exciting topics. In P3, we spent four days talking about puberty. We’ll be talking about gender later on, so our focus here was mostly on what happens to you physically as you go through and experience puberty. We covered commonalities experienced by people during puberty, female bodies, and male bodies.
Below, you’ll find a list of some of the questions we addressed. Some parts of puberty & growing up will not be addressed in our curriculum. As we move forward with the unit, we’ll send you a document of the questions we haven’t answered, so you can have these conversations at home in the way that you choose to.We are using the text It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley as well as Sex Is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg to guide our discussions.
Kids have handled these conversations with tremendous maturity and honesty. That was also visible today when we debriefed the movie Wonder. We watched it Friday morning, and after, we had a conversation about messages it left us with. We also talked about the ways that the message “Our actions are our monuments” may impact and/or show up at school. Students discussed and brought forward some ideas of what they think needs to change at TPS, and we’ll start addressing those as soon as we return from Thanksgiving Break.
After break, we’ll be doing some work with Middle Way House on building healthy relationships. This work will mostly explore power, violence, and how to set boundaries in relationships. We’ll also be talking about what healthy and unhealthy relationships can look like and feel like, and some ideas of how to help yourself/your friends if you find yourself in a dynamic that isn’t great. Kalei will be working on putting the curriculum together with Middle Way House folks too, so please email her with any specific questions.
We are going on Thanksgiving Break! We will return to school on 11/27. Students may need to finish up book club work over the break, but there is otherwise no additional homework.
Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:
- How did you feel about the movie Wonder? What lessons did it teach/share?
- How has learning about puberty been? What questions have you heard and/or asked that have surprised you?
- What questions do you still have about the human body?
Some questions asked & answered during health/puberty work this week:
- How do periods happen?
- Do boys basically have periods?
- Will tampons get stuck? How much do they hurt?
- How frequent do ejaculations happen? At what age?
- Is it ok to feel sad a lot of the time?
- When does puberty usually end?
- Why do people have stuff [discharge] in their underwear? How does that happen?
- What do pubic hairs do?
- Why do wet dreams happen?
- How do body fat and age impact when you start puberty?
- How do growing pains happen?
- How can we notice these changes?
- What is puberty?