Puberty Workshop and Curriculum
Running Time: 70 Minutes
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This ground breaking five-part program developed by experienced health educators and physicians, features captivating animation, a mix of diverse kids, teen hosts plus Peter Richel, MD and Lisa Thornton, MD. Designed to work in coed as well as single gender classes, the program arms students with everything they need to know about the emotional and physical changes of puberty.
The Puberty Workshop includes an extensive 100-page Teacher Resource Book specifically designed to help educators not only teach this subject with confidence, but include parents and administrators in the process.
What Is Puberty?
(14 Minutes) Designed to be viewed by both male and female students and covers the definition of puberty, the endocrine system, hormones, glands and the changes at puberty that both girls and boys have in common. The development of new body hair, body odor and good hygiene are also discussed.
Girls and Puberty
(15 Minutes) Focuses on the changes girls experience during puberty and includes a discussion of female reproductive anatomy, hormones in girls, ovulation, and emotional issues. Although designed to be viewed by girls-only groups, the video is also appropriate for gender mixed classes.
Boys and Puberty
(13 Minutes) Focuses on the changes boys experience during puberty including male reproductive anatomy, hormones in boys, spermatogenesis, hygiene and emotional issues. Appropriate for both sexes or for boys-only viewing.
New Emotions, New Feelings
(16 Minutes) Features both male and female students discussing how hormones trigger the new social and emotional changes experienced during puberty. These experiences include independence from parents, new friends, and new romantic feelings.
HIV and AIDS
(10 Minutes) Uses age-appropriate language to clearly illustrate how HIV is transmitted. Easy-to-follow animation shows how HIV attacks the immune system and how it eventually can develop into AIDS. Two on-camera physicians answer kids’ questions about AIDS transmission and prevention. Video clearly states that any type of sexual activity with another person is not appropriate at this age.
Five 10-16 minute (70 minutes total) videos on 3 DVDs, plus teacher’s resource book and student handouts with pre/post test. DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
Bronze Telly Award
Kids have plenty of questions about puberty, many of which are answered in this reassuring five-part program that relies on solid facts and light touches of humor. Teen hosts share their feelings and offer an overview of the process in What Is Puberty? In a question-and-answer format, middle-schoolers are asked what they know about each topic before two pediatricians (a man and a woman) gently dispense information and dispel both fears and myths. Part 2 (Girls and Puberty) and part 3 (Boys and Puberty) discuss female and male anatomy in more depth, with onscreen graphics helping to clarify information. Part 4 (New Emotions, New Feelings) talks about the emotional ups and downs that often accompany body changes, and HIV and AIDS dispenses basic information on these topics. The packaging includes two identical DVDs for instructors who want to show the titles simultaneously to boys and girls in separate rooms. The straightforward and reassuring coverage reminds youngsters that the timetable of growth is different for everyone. Includes an educators’ resource book and pre- and post-tests.
- Candace Smith
Starred Review With frankness, humor, and the guidance of two doctors, this impressive program introduces the physical, emotional, and mental changes that are experienced during puberty. With the help of two older teens, Alie and Damian, the causes and effects of puberty are discussed by diverse teens and explained by two pediatricians. The youngsters don’t know all the answers and are often confused about the physical and emotional changes, the confrontations with adults, and problems with peers. Colorful, entertaining diagrams and cartoons help keep the conversation light and provide clarification. The workshop includes five 10-16 minute videos on two DVDs. Two DVDs are identical so students can be divided by gender for the presentation. The program begins with What Is Puberty?, followed by the gender-specific Girls and Puberty and Boys and Puberty. Each DVD concludes with a discussion of how hormones trigger social and emotional changes, called New Emotions, New Feelings. The third DVD addresses the transmission and prevention of HIV and AIDS in a calm and sensitive manner. Each DVD also includes a digital copy of the accompanying 115-page teacher resource book, with numerous activities, pre- and post-tests, and additional information that can be included in lessons. This set offers everything that teachers and students need to become well-informed and prepared for the awesome changes that puberty brings.
- MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools, Binghamton, NY
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