A Sexuality Education Curriculum for 4th-6th Grades
March- May 2016
This curriculum covers a broad range of topics – health and safety, love and family, puberty and growing up, sex and gender, communication and decision making – in an age appropriate manner. Each unit of Our Whole Lives has Homelink activities that help parents and children talk together about sexuality. This is a crucial part of the philosophy of the program as a whole which recognizes parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children. The course uses the book It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris, available at our bookstore and at the UUA Bookstore.
Because of the nature of this program and the importance of the topic, we ask that you make a commitment to have your child attend as regularly as possible. The class will be held during the months of March, April, and May during the 9:00am service only.
March 6 Introduction
March 13 Sexuality and Values Homelink 1
Helps participants clarify, support, and communicate their values about sexuality.
March 20 Family relationships Homelink 2
Helps participants explore the concepts of family and intimacy in relation to family and friends.
March 27 No Classes; Easter Intergenerational Worship
April 3 Puberty: Physical and Emotional Changes Homelink 3
Helps participants understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty.
April 10 Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Homelink 4
Expands participants’ understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation and promotes advocacy skills to combat social injustice.
April 17 Lovemaking and Reproduction Homelink 5
Expands participants’ understanding of lovemaking, reproduction, and how families change when new siblings arrive.
April 24 Social Action Sunday*
May 1 Health and Safety OWL Homelink 6
Provides participants with accurate and age-appropriate information about sexually transmitted diseases and skills for protecting themselves from sexual abuse.
May 8 Communication Homelink 7
Helps participants become more comfortable using accurate sexual terminology and develop effective communication skills.
May 15 Decision Making Homelink 8
Raises participants’ awareness of the messages they receive from family, peers, faith communities, and the media about sexuality and how these messages influence their decisions.
May 22 Conclusion/ Celebration
May 29 Memorial Day Weekend: No OWL
June 5 No Classes: RE Sunday
* To help expand on the curriculum, classes are currently scheduled to be held on Social Action Sundays.