Children and Adolescent School Programs

Choices for Sexual Health school based sexual health education is not a one size fits all approach. I work with the parent committees and schools to determine what is needed based on previous sexual health education, gender mix, class sizes and budget. 

Teaching content is in accordance with the Provincial Learning Standards for Education.

For  the enhanced  age appropriate sexual health education program, refer to the outline below. These sessions will be taught upon receipt of parental and faculty consent.

The enhanced education sessions always start with a parent workshop first to provide an overview of what will be taught to students in class.  Parental workshops are held in the evening and last for 60 minutes for the preschool programs and 90 minutes for the elementary school programs.  School programs are tailored to fit individual school timetable.  Choices encourages learning in smaller groups which enhances the opportunity to increase comfort levels, build trust and provide support.  For this reason, the two day elementary school sessions are suggested.

Travel fees may apply


Pre-school sexual health education - Fresh start, Tier 1, body science, behavior, behaviour, healthy choices, bodies, babies, relationships

Preschool Program

Fresh Start, Tier 1- Preschool:   2, 30 minute sessions

  • body science-scientific names for body parts including male and female body parts

  • appropriate and inappropriate ways of being touched

  • emotions/caring behaviours - establishing healthy relationships

  • keeping healthy – not to pick up condoms and needles

  • where babies grow and are born from

  • ownership of our bodies

  • talking to a trusted adult

Resources will be provided for parents and teachers

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Elementary school sexual health education - Fresh Start Tier 2, Kindergarten and Grade 1 - body science, reproduction, trust, healthy touch, and health, relationships

Elementary School Programs

Fresh Start, Tier 2 - Kindergarten and Grade 1:  30 minutes

  • body science-scientific names for body parts including male and female body parts

  • how babies are made – reproduction usually occurs when a man’s sperm joins a woman’s ovum through sexual intercourse

  • where babies grow and are born from

  • healthy touch – appropriate and inappropriate ways of being touched

  • safety – not to pick up condoms and needles

  • sensitive parts

  • body appreciation/ownership of our bodies/keeping healthy

  • emotions/caring behaviours - establishing healthy relationships

  • talking with a trusted adult

  • reliable sources of health information

 

 

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Elementary school sexual health education - Fresh Start Tier 2, Grade 2 and 3 - body science, reproduction, trust, healthy touch, and health, relationships, menstruation, wet dream

Growing bodies:  Grade 2 and 3:  40 minutes

Everything learned in previous grades plus:

  • Menstruation – the basics

  • Wet Dream/Nocturnal emission

  • Communication skills and managing emotions

  • Strategies for developing and maintaining positive relationships

 

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Elementary school sexual health education - Fresh Start Tier 2, Grade 4 and 5 - body science, reproduction, trust, healthy touch, and health, relationships, menstruation, wet dream, puberty, STI, STD

Developing Bodies: Grades 4 and 5:  60 minutes

  • Puberty – emotional and physical changes

  • Factors that can impact body image and self-esteem including social media

  • Media messaging

  • Sexuality and responsibilities associated with sexual decision making

  • The basics of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s)

 

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Elementary school sexual health education - Tween Bodies, Grade 6 and 7 - body science, reproduction, trust, healthy touch, and health, relationships, menstruation, wet dream, STI, STD, sexting, inclusion, gender stereotypes, healthy boundaries

Tween Bodies:

  • Elementary School - Grades 6 and 7: 90 minutes

  • Middle School - Grades 6, 7 and 8: 3, 75 minute sessions

Everything that was taught in the previous age groups, plus:

  • Texting, sexting and the internet – smart decision making and the law

  • Consent, sexually speaking

  • Healthy decisions making – STI’s, self-exams and regular check ups

  • Reliable resources of sexual health information and community support

  • Gender stereotypes and inclusion

  • Sexual peer pressure and the “norm”

  • Exploring and understanding personal sexual values, beliefs and boundaries

  • Sexual activities – the differences and responsibilities of each

  • Anonymous questions

*A Middle School session will be a blend of Tween Bodies and High School programs grades 8-10


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High School Program

Preteen and Teen years can be tough - there are so many changes, challenges, pressures and expectations. Bombarded with mixed messages from TV, internet and social media sites – healthy decision making can be difficult!

Having a network of reliable, empowering and trustworthy mentors is key to navigating through this stage. Sexuality can seem complicated. Most often, preteens and teens will look to their parents to be there mentors for sex.  Without reliable education and support systems, the risk of unwanted pregnancies, sexual exploitation and sexually transmitted infections is increased in teens.

A parent workshop will run first, followed by student sessions.

In an open, honest, and entertaining delivery, parents and students will be provided with community resources to help support them as well as gain an understanding of the sexual issues facing teens and how teens can make safe and healthy sexual decision making while honouring personal values and boundaries. A sexual, straight-talk session, topics are aimed at parents and teens with relevant, sex positive information.

Parents and Caregivers Session:  90 minutes

Grades 8-10:  75 minutes

  • Healthy decision making – STI’s, self-exams and regular check ups

  • Reliable resources of sexual health information and community support

  • Sexual activities and peer pressure

  • Understanding the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships

  • Setting and maintaining personal sexual boundaries related to their values

  • Effectiveness and proper use of contraceptive and barrier devices

  • Importance of communication and effective relationship skills

  • Importance of taking responsibility for one's health - confidence when consulting a medical professional

  • Sexual consent - how to say no and be assertive

  • Anonymous questions

* In Middle School, the program will be a blend of Elementary Tween Bodies and High School programs grades 8-10

Grades 11 and 12 :

Tailor made – based on the needs of the students and specific requests from the school booking the workshop


Pop-up Sexual Health Clinics - on-site pop-up clinics at schools for students to receive on-demand, accurate, sexual health education, including sexual health education for adaptive and special needs students.

Sexual Health Education Pop Ups

An on-site pop-up at schools for students to receive on-demand, accurate, sexual health education, including sexual health education for adaptive students.

On a per need basis, per school

Pop Up’s can also be tailored to train teachers to support students.

 
Pop-up Clinics for adaptive or physically challenged people
 
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Menstrual Education - Train-the-trainer for teachers

Menstrual Education – Train the Trainer For Teachers

Creating awareness, changing the dialogue and enhancing the school experience.

A companion program to the initiative of installing coin free menstrual product dispensers in schools.

Access to free tampons and pads in schools is a significant step; however, we need high quality education about periods that breaks down the stigma and taboo surrounding menstruation. When we normalize the fact that menstruation is a natural process and not something that is shameful or to be hidden, we foster an environment of safety, inclusion and understanding. Although the BC learning standards support sexual health education, learning is often delivered only once per year or through an enhanced program with a private educator every couple of years. This is an opportunity for schools to do more to continue the conversation and create positive environments for pupils to ask questions about the changes happening to their bodies.

 
Shame disappears when to shine a light on it
 

This workshop will cover:

  • The importance of menstrual education – consistency in the message

  • Period facts – grade appropriate information

  • How best for teachers to support students when periods happen

  • The importance of the buddy system

  • The tour – how to use the dispensers and proper disposal of used tampons and pads

Workshop Length:

  • Up to 25 Teachers: 1 hour, $150

  • 25-50 Teachers: 1.5 hours, $225

  • 50-75 Teachers: 2 hours, $300

*Plus travel time if applicable

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