Our Whole Lives
Parents are children’s primary teachers, but what is society teaching our children about sexuality? Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum is an antidote to sexualized media messages, peer pressure, misinformation and prejudice. It provides accurate, age-appropriate information, puts sexuality in the context of values and personal responsibility, supports healthy decision making, and strengthens social skills. These skills and values help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life.
OWL equips youth and their families for conversations about sexuality and values, helping youth:
- Engage in honest, age appropriate, and accurate sexuality education.
- Gain self-esteem and acceptance of others.
- Develop healthy relationships.
- Build skills to honor their individual values and practice healthy decision making.
One participant says:
“Being able to be part of the OWL class made learning about being a safe and responsible teenager/adult an entertaining and very educational experience. I absolutely recommend joining this class just because it’s a safe environment to learn both the physical and mental part of being a growing teenager.” -Age 14
Our Whole Lives
Is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults. The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches.
The resources are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
There is a Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives Grades K-1 and Grades 4-6 that accompanies the Our Whole Lives resource for those age levels. Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6 also uses the book, It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.
Our Whole Lives equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality.
Middle School OWL (grades 6-9)
25-week course beginning September 2018
Cost $125/child; $175/family.
Parent Information Night: September 17, 6-8pm
First Congregational UCC, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, Oregon
Use this link to KSKQ, Dave Munson’s Farm Talk, to hear an interview with our wonderful educator Autumn Doshier.LISTEN
Autumn comes on at minute 7:40 and the conversation about OWL picks up at around the 8:57 minute mark.