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The Wonder Years

is designed for the school setting, but it also includes activities that involve parents and other family members with their children. It encourages children to talk with their parents about their spiritual beliefs and family values. It develops health skills children need to behave in a manner that is consistent with those beliefs and values:
  • Communication
  • Limit setting
  • Refusal
  • Getting help
  • Friendship
  • Analyzing media messages
  • Distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources of information

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Meeting Michigan Legal Requirements for Sex Education Curriculum
Recent changes in the Michigan laws related to sex education in public schools have required schools to re-examine their sex education programs to make sure they are in compliance. Click here to view a document
designed to help schools use Puberty: The Wonder Years to meet the legal requirements for sex education curriculum as stated in section 380.1507b of the Michigan Compiled Laws.


Puberty: The Wonder Years   Order today!
New release. Revised in 2010!

The EMC is pleased to announce the publication of Puberty: The Wonder Years 2010, a puberty education curriculum for upper elementary and early middle school students.  It was developed in response to requests from schools looking to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to postpone sex and to respect themselves and others as they mature.

Includes New Teacher Resources CD! The 2010 edition of Puberty: The Wonder Years includes a new Teacher Resources CD filled with electronic files of all reproducible materials and former overhead masters all offered as PowerPoint slides.

Puberty: The Wonder Years was written by Wendy Sellers of Health4Hire, a registered nurse, Certified Prevention Consultant, published author and editor, health education consultant, national trainer and sexuality educator.  The curriculum has been reviewed by a panel of highly qualified reviewers from across the country representing local, state and national points of view.

Three Tier Structure

There are 21 lessons in this 2010 curriculum, organized into three clusters of lessons, called tiers. Each tier is designed to be a unit for students in one grade; thus, there are lessons for three consecutive years. However, because each community is unique, the lessons can be reorganized and taught as each school district chooses. Presentation in a three-ring binder format further enhances this flexibility.  The learning goals of the tiers are as follows:

Tier One: I Wonder How Things Work (6 lessons)

  • Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about growing up.

  • Students will explain how animal and human life begins.

  • Students will describe the natural changes that occur during puberty.

  • Students will identify the role of families in nurturing children.

  • Students will advocate for respectful treatment of peers.

Tier Two: I Wonder What Is Happening to Me (6 lessons)

  • Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about puberty and postponing parenthood.

  • Students will review the natural changes that occur during puberty.

  • Students will explain the anatomy and functions of the male and female reproductive systems.

  • Students will recognize the importance of safeguarding the health of their reproductive system.

  • Students will develop their media literacy skills for analyzing messages about sexuality.

Tier Three: I Wonder What Happens Next (6 lessons)

  • Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about puberty, relationships, and their expectations.

  • Students will describe the development of the human fetus from conception through birth.

  • Students will examine the influence of genetics, environment, and lifestyle on health.

  • Students will choose positive lifestyles to ensure their future reproductive health.

  • Students will review the physical, social, and emotional changes of puberty.

  • Students will argue the benefits of delaying sexual intercourse and parenthood until adulthood and marriage.

  • Students will improve communication and refusal skills to form respectful peer relationships.

Optional Lessons: More Wonders (3 lessons)

  • Students will care for their skin, hair, and nails during puberty

  • Students will distinguish between heredity, environment, and lifestyle and commit to a healthy lifestyle.

  • Students will explain ways to eliminate or reduce the risks of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and how to locate accurate information and assistance.

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