Did You Know?

Did you know that our newsletter is one year old this month?! We thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of the things that Power Up Workshops offers the community.
We offer K-12 classroom sexual health education, including the new B.C. K-9 Physical and Health Education curriculum. We can provide teacher and educational assistant professional development throughout British Columbia. We also offer in-home sessions for parents (you choose the topic, the date and invite some friends!) and private client sessions. And, the learning never stops with summer programming for ages 3-10.

New Grade 8/9 BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for 8-9 Physical and Health Education.
In Grade 8 and 9 students are expected to know:

  • healthy sexual decision making
  • short/long-term consequences of health decisions
  • protection from sexually transmitted infections
  • sources of health information
  • potential abuse/exploitation prevention strategies
  • consequences of bullying, stereotyping, discrimination
  • influences of physical/emotional/social changes on identities & relationships

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website

New Grade 4-7 BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for grades 4-7 Physical and Health Education.
In Grade 4 students are expected to know:

  • communicable/non-communicable illnesses
  • strategies/skills to use in potentially hazardous/unsafe/abusive situations; includes common lures/tricks used by potential abusers
  • strategies to respond to bullying, discrimination
  • self-identity, body image, social media
  • changes during puberty; sexuality, sexual identity

In Grade 5 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4 outcomes +
  • practices that promote health and well-being
  • sources of health information, support services
  • strategies to protect from potential abuse
  • physical/emotional/social changes during puberty; sexuality, sexual identity

In Grade 6 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4/5 outcomes +
  • practices to reduce STIs
  • consequences of bullying, discrimination
  • influences on identity, including sexual identity and gender

In Grade 7 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4/5/6 outcomes +
  • influences of physical/emotional/social changes on identity and relationships

Please watch my Body Smart video where I explain the outcomes in more detail.

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.

New K-3 Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for K-3 Physical and Health Education.
In K-1 students are expected to know:

  • names for body parts, including male and female private parts
  • appropriate and inappropriate touch
  • hazards/unsafe situations
  • caring behaviours
  • emotions
  • reliable sources of information

In Grade 2 students are expected to know:

  • K/1 content +
  • strategies for accessing health information
  • strategies/skills to use in hazardous/unsafe situations
  • managing/expressing emotions
  • self-identity

In Grade 3 students are expected to know:

  • K/1/2 content +
  • nature/consequences of bullying
  • relationship between worry and fear

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.

Types of Touch

Happy New Year! Well, it is for parents, kids and teachers. I took August off to record two new videos, which I’m excited to share with you. As a new school year begins it’s a good time to review some basics about touch with your child.

There are three kinds of touch: safe, unsafe and secret. Safe touch makes you fell good, safe and loved. Unsafe touch can make you feel hurt, angry or embarrassed. Secret touch makes you fell weird or confused and involves your private body parts. Encourage your child to always tell a trusted adult if they’ve been touched inappropriately, or they’ve been asked to keep touch a secret.

adapted from Body Smart: Right from the Start (p. 27), by Kerri Isham

Abuse Disclosure

In June I discussed some facts about abuse and this month I’d like to share what to do if your child discloses abuse to you.

It is very important for you to understand that you have a legal, moral and ethical responsibility to report the abuse, whether you believe it to be true or not.

Some helpful tips to consider:

• stay calm

• go slowly

• be reassuring

• be supportive

• get only the essential facts

• tell the child what will happen next

• report to a child protection worker (local law enforcement, RCMP, MCFD)

• make notes for later reference

-adapted from p. 68 of Body Smart: Right from the Start (Kerri Isham, 2016)
-photo: creativecommons.org/addictions.com