Family Life Resources
As an Independent Study Charter School, Harvest Ridge Cooperative Charter School values the family role in educating our students. An important aspect of this education is the support and guidance for our students as they grow and change through the teen years. Harvest Ridge feels that the conversations with students surrounding changing bodies, values, and smart choices is enhanced when parents engage in these topics with their kids. As a result, we have put together some resources to help with these conversations.
What is the school's role in teaching Family Life? The state of California outlines the school's requirements for providing students information in the middle and high school years. Please click HERE to read information about what is required for our students. This link also provides information about what to discuss at what age, and provides additional links to resources.
Is there a curriculum that I can access? Yes, there is. The Newcastle Elementary School District has adopted the FLASH curriculum used in King County, Oregon. This free curriculum is available to anyone, and you can pick and choose specific lessons, worksheets, and tests specific to the age and needs of your student. This curriculum is provided so that you can preview, choose carefully, and present to your student at the time and level that works for you. You can click HERE to access the FLASH curriculum.
Additionally, the District has adopted the Always Changing and Growing Up curriculum for students in grades 5 & 6. This curriculum has a series of videos and lesson plans that can be separated for boys and girls, and some that can be shown to both. This curriculum does not deal with reproduction, but focuses on the changes that students are undergoing as a part of puberty. The videos are available to access HERE. You can access lesson plans and resources HERE.
What about HIV/AIDS instruction? HIV/AIDS instruction is mandated to be taught at least once to all students in grades 7/8. The FLASH curriculum contains specific lessons for teaching about HIV/AIDS and can be accessed HERE.
Please feel free to choose resources that work for the age of your child and your comfort level. We know that an informed student is a student who makes good choices, and hope that these resources provide you a tool for great conversations.