Taking Flight: Puberty & Relationships Program for Grades 5-6
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is an internationally-renowned, comprehensive set of programs offered to support people of all ages in learning about their bodies, practicing healthy communication skills, reflecting on relationships, and handling life's transitions. Due to pandemic-related safety restrictions, we will adapt some activities of the OWL curriculum. The creators of the program, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, require strict adherence to the curriculum in order to call our program "OWL." Thus, we will be calling our program "Taking Flight."
The curriculum has ten workshops. We will be offering two workshops per Saturday at 1:00-3:45pm. An info session is recommended for anyone who is considering the program, and the orientation is required. Below the schedule is the list of topics.
It is important for participants to have regular attendance and be present for as much of the course as possible. The content builds from one session to the next, and the youth will feel more comfortable sharing and asking questions if they are comfortable with the group, which is more likely is all participants are present for the entire course.
Sunday, March 21 at 3:00-4:00pm via Zoom
Recommended for anyone considering the program
Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/97942761098
Saturday, March 27 at 1:00-3:45pm in-person at UUC
Required for all participants and at least one of their parents/guardians (preferably all parents/guardians)
Taking Flight Workshops
Saturdays at 1:00-3:45pm
April 10, 17, 24; May 8, 15
Workshop 1: Sexuality and Values
Workshop 2: Images in Popular Culture
Workshop 3: Body Image
Workshop 4: Changes of Puberty
Workshop 5: Gender
Workshop 6: Feelings and Attractions
Workshop 7: Reproduction and Staying Healthy
Workshop 8: Decisions and Actions
Workshop 9: Consent and Peer Pressure
Workshop 10: Healthy Relationships and Celebration
The required book for this curriculum is It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley.
Sexuality & Our Faith
Why teach about sexuality in a religious community?
The choices we make about sexuality and relationships reflect our values, which are integrally tied to our faith. A more thorough explanation of this is coming soon.
Review this document and use the link within it to register.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers