Puberty: The Wonder Years focuses on two main goals:

  • Promoting appreciation and respect for the amazing changes experienced by self and others.
  • Equipping young people to postpone sexual intercourse.

Puberty: The Wonder Years 2015 includes curriculum for three consecutive years for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. The lessons are teacher friendly and youth engaging. Teachers are provided with full-color, animated slides to use with the lessons. Rubrics and other assessment tools are included.

Supplemental to its design for the school setting, it also includes activities that equip parents and other family members to engage with their children’s sex education. The activities encourage children to talk with their parents about their beliefs and family values.

Skills Taught

The lessons develop the health skills children need to behave in a manner that is consistent with their beliefs and values:

  • Communication
  • Limit setting
  • Refusal
  • Getting help
  • Making friends
  • Analyzing media messages
  • Distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources of information

Puberty: The Wonder Years fills the gap created by the scarcity of sexuality education resources for upper elementary and early middle school-aged students. Guided by the characteristics of effective sex and HIV education programs outlined in "Emerging Answers 2007" by Dr. Douglas Kirby, the lessons teach the skills needed to promote respect and postpone sexual activity. Teaching these lessons over three years provides a solid foundation for subsequent implementation of “Programs That Work” for sexuality and HIV education at higher grades.

The curriculum was written by Wendy L. Sellers, one of the distinguished writers of the Michigan Model for Health® and the American School Health Association's 2014 Health Coordinator of the Year. Learn more about Wendy by watching this video.

About Wendy L. Sellers, RN, MA, CPC

Wendy has been a passionate advocate for health promotion for students for 30 years. Originally educated as a registered nurse, she quickly shifted her focus to prevention, became a Certified Prevention Consultant, and earned her master's in Family and Consumer Sciences. Collaborating with stakeholders in community agencies and 56 schools in three counties, she advances coordinated school health through networking, communication, and data-based decision-making. Through these collaborations, Wendy has written proposals to successfully receive funding totaling over $3 million to support coordinated school health in her region. Wendy advocates for programs and policies to improve the health of students through her role as the Legislative Committee Chair for the Michigan Coordinated School Health Association. Ms. Sellers co-authored the evidence-based Michigan Model for Health and has trained hundreds of educators across the country in its use. As author of Puberty: The Wonder Years, Wendy advocates for skills-based, comprehensive, sexuality education that starts early, involves parents, and meets students’ needs. Among her favorite activities are answering students’ questions about sexuality and equipping others to be “ask-able” adults. With these credentials and her dynamic presentation style, Wendy is a sought-after presenter on school health and advocacy at state and national conferences. Learn more about Wendy's consulting business at www.Health4Hire.com.

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