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A Tween's Guide to Puberty

This eight week online school program offers an age-appropriate, yet comprehensive introduction to puberty that emphasises wellbeing, positive body image and respectful relationships. It’s especially designed for 8 – 12 year olds (Years 5, 6 or 7). 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

A Tween’s Guide to Puberty: Online School Program is designed for tweens aged 8 – 12. It offers an age-appropriate, yet comprehensive introduction to puberty that is based on the latest sexual health research and Michelle’s 20 years experience teaching sexual health in schools. 

The program aims to: 

  • Provide medically accurate information.
  • Focus on wellbeing with discussion about brain changes, body image, protecting behaviours and respectful relationships.
  • Emphasise and engage the role of trusted adults and services.
  • Offer an approach which is inclusive, and takes into consideration the diverse needs and backgrounds of students.

WHat's InSIDE?

This is an annually licensed program, conveniently hosted on a secure online education platform. See below for information about the two purchase options. 

OPTION 1: Basic ClassROOM PACKAGE

Everything you need to deliver the program to your class group or year level. Inside you will find 8 lessons (+ 1 bonus lesson) featuring:

  • 1-hour lesson plans
  • Comprehensive teaching content
  • Power-point slides
  • 12 animated videos
  • 8 downloadable worksheets and/or group tasks
  • Sample consent letters


Cost: This program is available for an annual license fee of $600 + gst, renewable December 1st each year. 

For a preview of the Basic Classroom Package click here
(You will need to set up an account to preview.)

OPTION 2: PREMIUM CLASSROOM PACKAGE

This program includes the Basic Classroom Package (see above for details) plus the following PREMIUM features:

  • A copy of A Girl’s Guide to Puberty or A Guy’s Guide to Puberty per student. These books are linked to the program’s home reading tasks.
  • Eight helpful blog posts for parents. These blogs are packed with useful information and are suitable for school newsletter.
  • An online parent information session: How to Talk to Tweens About Puberty


Cost: This program is available for the Basic Classroom Package annual license fee of $600 + gst (renewable on December 1st each year),
 plus an additional $15 + gst per student. Per student costs are commonly added to student booklist or levies.

For a preview of the Premium Classroom Package click here. 

CONTENT OVERVIEW

Each session contains an overview, 1-hour lesson plan, content and power point slides, videos and worksheets. Duration of lesson videos and number of power point slides have been included below.

You will noticed below that most videos are directed to all tweens, although sessions about body changes are offered as gender specific videos.

Session 1: Talking to Trusted Adults
Video: 5:45mins
PPT slides: 12 

  • Choosing trusted adults
  • Well-meaning people and how to handle them
  • How to ask tricky questions
  • Feelings about puberty


Session 2:
Puberty Basics
Video: 7:51mins
PPT slides: 22

  • What is puberty?
  • When will it start?
  • How does it start?
  • What to expect
  • Common question kids ask


Session 3:
Information Update
Video: 10:49mins
PPT slides: 37

  • Male reproductive body parts
  • Female reproductive body parts
  • More about the penis, testicles and sperm
  • More about the vagina, ovaries and eggs


Session 4:
Body Changes
Video 1: 9:43mins
Video 2: 13.02mins
PPT slides:  31

  • Stages of puberty
  • Changes in males: Growth spurts, more hair, erections, ejaculating, voice breaking, changing body shape and new feelings
  • Changes in females: Growth spurts, more hair, changing body shape, menstrual cycle and new feelings


Session 5:
More About Periods
Video 1: 12:46mins
Video 2: 10:56mins
PPT slides: 32 

  • First period
  • Pads, tampons and eco-friendly options
  • Period tracking
  • The emergency period pack
  • Buying period essentials
  • Talking to your dad about periods
  • Period pain and PMS10:49mins
Session 6: Looking After Yourself
Video: 14:25mins 
PPT slides: 29 
  • Hygiene and caring for a growing body
  • Facts about pimples
  • The role of sleep, oxygen, play, water and healthy food
  • More about sleep routines


Session 7: 
Inside Your Brain
Video: 14:33mins 
PPT slides: 25

  • Brain changes
  • Tips for growing a magnificent brain
  • Relating to parents and teachers
  • New friends and ideas
  • Romantic feelings
  • Handling big emotion days


Session 8:
The Future
Video: 5:07mins
PPT slides: 12

  • Enjoying puberty
  • Creating a puberty to-do list
  • Being uniquely you
  • Everyone is important
  • Contributing to the world


Bonus Session:
Body Safety 
Video: 5:06mins 
PPT slides: 11

  • Reproductive parts are private parts
  • Trusted adults and unsafe people
  • Laws that protect kids
  • What to do if you feel unsafe
  • How to help a friend
  • People and places that can help

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

If you are wanting more information, the below links will help.

For a preview of the Basic Classroom Package click here. 

For a preview of the Premium Classroom Package click here

For a downloadable brochure click here

To view the license agreement click here

PROGRAM COST & AGREEMENT

This program is licensed to use annually. It will renew on December 1st each year. Purchases can be made any time up until this date. 

To view the license agreement click here.

LICENSE AGREEMENT BASICS

Here’s the very basics of the license agreement:

  • You (and partnering teachers) can deliver the program to your classroom or year level (in one school location).
  • You have the option to  renew the license each year on December 1st. Purchases can be made any time throughout the year.  
  • You will receive 2 reminder emails close to the renewal date.
  • We offer a 14 day satisfaction guarantee.
  • We are here to help. Contact us anytime.

To view the license agreement click here

SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

We want you to be fully satisfied so we offer a 100% money back guarantee for the first 14 days after your purchase.  We also want you to have a great experience with us, so if you have any further questions you are welcome to email us at pubertyprogram@michellemitchell.org 

Common QUESTIONS SCHOOLS ASK

 

Would you suggest separating boys and girls?

This program has chosen a mixed class approach, and responds to research that emphasises that different genders are not learning enough about what the other one goes through in puberty; and that traits like empathy can be encouraged through early education about differences. This approach also enabling teachers to discuss with respect the differences between students and eliminate ‘secret’ boys and girl business. The program is however flexible, so teachers can choose to deliver the program separately if they wish. At the very least, we encourage content on the about the opposite sex to be covered.

 

Does this program represent gender fluidity?

Amongst one of the most complex issues within relationship and sex education curricula is that of gender fluidity. As a society, we have been changing and refocusing the discussion around gender and sexuality, of which I would like to acknowledge. The research around transgender and gender diverse students is still in its infancy, with most research on gender fluidity surrounding adult participants. 

This programme has aimed to use gender neutral language wherever possible. It refers to the male and female anatomy assigned at birth (with mention that children can be born intersex) and provides information about changes that most children will experience given the body they were born with. This programme does not specifically discuss gender fluidity but opens the door for further conversations with trusted adults. The concept of tricky questions is introduced, aiming to some questions take time to answer and need the help of trusted adults.

Does this program discuss sexual activity?

This program is purposefully contained to puberty and does not expand greatly on sex or sexual activity, although it references egg and sperm meeting to make an embryo when explaining the menstrual cycle and the role of sperm. Some schools wish to further address this topic in upper primary, but current curriculum guidelines do not require it. The program does, however, provide parents with an online information session about how to talk to their child about puberty and sex, and provides helpful language to help them answer tricky questions.

What are the benefits of this program? 
This program is firmly based on the concept that comprehensive sexual health education reduces the risk of unsafe choices during adolescence. And additionally, and of equal importance, those who have had education from trusted adults are more likely to face puberty with confidence and adapt well. 

How does this program engage parents?
This program wholeheartedly recognises that one trusted adult in a child’s life is the greatest factor in their wellbeing and mental health, and that discussions about puberty lay a solid foundation for further questions. That being the case, every effort has been made to connect young people to their trusted adults. The premium classroom package aims to support those trusted adults with helpful resources and includes promotional material, home tasks, blog posts and an online parent information session. These resources aim to meet parent expectations by offering clear communication, an understanding of ‘who’ is delivering information, the opportunity for involvement and freedom of choice (inclusion or exclusion). 

Parent FEEDBACK

The most wonderful feedback we get is about the conversations that parents and tweens have had. Here is just a few of the testimonies we have received:

 

Love this! Our 9 yo grabbed it and devoured it. It’s such and approachable, non-threating book. I’m sure our big one will sneakily pick it up soon. Melissa E  

 

My daughter and I read this together each night, we are just about finished. It has been so good! It’s helped us both be more open to talking about these sensitive topics plus we’ve really bonded. There have also been a few funny conversations too. Kylie H

 

I’m a primary teacher but bought them for my children, aged 8 & 12 yrs. So well written, relatable & great for kids. A valuable resource I’d highly recommend! 👌 Etia G

 

Hello thank you so much for the book. It arrived a couple of days ago and my boy has pretty much devoured it 😂 it s such great content and such perfect tone for our tweens. He s been reading it aloud to me and asking questions along the way. Even I learned things too. Thank you so much for this writing this book. Amazing work😀. Martha B

 

Just finished reading this with my 12 year old. It was brilliant and helped us communicate and discuss puberty openly. We had a laugh and my son who has mild ID learnt so much and got over some of the more uncomfortable bits. Thank you for a wonderfully informative and fun book. Amanda C

SCHool FEEDBACK

We were lucky enough to have Michelle speak to our parent community and it was such a positive and uplifting event. People walked away feeling good about what they were already doing but also armed with really practical ways to address issues that they weren’t sure how to handle. I would thoroughly recommend Michelle for speaking, not only to parents, but also to students. Thanks Michelle! 
Natalie Doherty, St Joseph’s Primary School P & C President

Michelle delivered the best sexual health lessons I have seen in my 20 years of teaching. She showed a genuine interest in the students while delivering entertaining, visually engaging and accurate information. Her presentation took the fear out of the subject matter and made it fun. I without hesitation recommend the program. 
Rick Herd, Patrick Rd State School Year 5 teacher

Michelle has delivered our sexual health program for over seven years. Coupled with a comprehensive parent information session, the program ticks all the boxes for us, and includes loads of entertaining and educational moments for every student. 
Katie Stubbing, Deputy Principal Ferny Grove State School

Michelle has been working with our students for many years. She provides a balanced, engaging and educational perspective that is pitched at the perfect level for year 5 and 6. Our children not only learn about the changes their bodies will undergo, but more importantly, they learn about sound positive values that sit behind human sexuality. Michelle works with our parent community to explain the program and shares insightful lessons as they move into this new stage of parenthood. We couldn’t image teaching human sexuality any other way.
Danielle Priday, Principal Patricks Rd State School

Michelle you were amazing to say the least. I didn’t want you to stop. SO engaging, so real and so genuine.
Cassie V (Mother)

Michelle was outstanding. I could completely relate to what she was speaking about.
Leo F (Mother)

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