Welcome, parents and teachers: Together we can make a difference in how we teach puberty. Girls begin puberty as young as eight or nine years of age, and boys begin puberty between ages 10 and 14. We can teach children about puberty and prevent them from being frightened by unexplained changes in their bodies and emotions. We can also help young people learn to manage their sexuality in healthy ways over the many years between the onset of puberty and the development of mature, committed relationships. In order to prepare young people to make healthy choices, adults must begin teaching them before they are sexually active.
Puberty education is most effective when it is a partnership among families, educators, and community. Together, we can develop a network of reliable information, protective skills, and supportive resources for our children and adolescents. Puberty: The Wonder Years puberty curriculum helps to facilitate this networking on behalf of children in grades 4, 5, and 6:
Watch these Puberty: The Wonder Years videos to learn more:
The work you do is important. I look forward to partnering with you. We are all in this together because we want all children to reach their full potential. Please contact me with your feedback and suggestions.
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