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).
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:
This is an annually licensed program, conveniently hosted on a secure online education platform. See below for information about the two purchase options.
Everything you need to deliver the program to your class group or year level. Inside you will find 8 lessons (+ 1 bonus lesson) featuring:
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.
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This program includes the Basic Classroom Package (see above for details) plus the following PREMIUM features:
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.
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
PPT slides: 12
Session 2: Puberty Basics
PPT slides: 22
Session 3: Information Update
PPT slides: 37
Session 4: Body Changes
Video 1: 9:43mins
Video 2: 13.02mins
PPT slides: 31
Session 5: More About Periods
Video 1: 12:46mins
Video 2: 10:56mins
PPT slides: 32
Session 7: Inside Your Brain
PPT slides: 25
Session 8: The Future
PPT slides: 12
Bonus Session: Body Safety
PPT slides: 11
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.
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Here’s the very basics of the license agreement:
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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 email@example.com
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).
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
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)