Over the last two weeks of Term 1, and the first two weeks of Term 2. Ms. Alex will be hosting an open forum for grade 5 boys and girls, separately. These open forums will be held during afternoon break and last period 1x/week. Students are welcome to come at any point and ask puberty related questions.
As the Grade 5 teachers will teach a whole unit on Transition, including puberty, at the end of the school year; these forums are not set up as formal lessons.They are set up to answer student’s immediate questions about puberty, and to address any misconceptions they might have.
If students ask questions which go beyond the basics of puberty and their changing bodies, I will refer them to their parents. Please note, these forums are optional, and it is not mandatory for students to attend. It is merely an opportunity for students who are ‘ready’ for these conversations to enter a safe and supportive space where they can ask questions and discuss what they know.
Several books on puberty from the library will be made available to students who are interested in inquiring into the topic of puberty more deeply. These include the “What’s Happening to me?” girls edition and boys edition. If you are interested in buying a copy for your child to have at home, you can buy them at the Kinokuniya book store.
This forum was inspired by the many students who expressed an interest in asking questions about puberty and discussing this topic with their peers in a safe and supportive environment. However, if you do not want your child to participate in any of these forums, please inform their homeroom teacher.
If you have any follow up questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org