It’s hard to believe it was just over two years ago that The Tortoise was learning about the reproductive system. Now she is learning how to drive. Of course, that was seventh grade and not the first time she had been told about babies and puberty. It was, however, the first time The Hare heard snippets of more clinical terms.
“Thank goodness I’m being home schooled this year,” blurted The Hare after spending the afternoon with one of her former classmates.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because I don’t have to watch THE MOVIE like my friends are next week!” she said, crossing her arms.
I tried not to laugh out loud. The Hare’s health curriculum most certainly did include a lesson on puberty before the school year was finished. I just wasn’t sure how to approach it with such an unreceptive audience. Any time I started the conversation, she would either make an excuse to leave the room or quickly say, “I already know everything. We don’t need to talk about it.”
Of course, I couldn’t leave it up to her big sister to educate her, or worse, her friends or teammates. Who knows what kind of misinformation she would receive. I consulted with our education advisor about how to approach the subject. The curriculum given was just too clinical and stale. Even I felt uncomfortable reading it.
Thank goodness for Brain Pop. You laugh, but yes, we used an animated educational website to learn about puberty. We watched videos about Puberty, Hormones, Acne & Having your Period. Somehow it just seemed less awkward to talk about testicles when we could relate back to an animated flash movie given by a robot named Moby.
We have a diverse library about this subject from the American Girl Care and Keeping of You collection, which include sweetly drawn pictures of how to put in a tampon (yeah, not awkward at all). We also have “What’s Happening To Me?” by Peter Mayle, which has some pretty blunt, but palatable cartoon drawn characters explaining that, “Breasts are lovely and useful parts of your body. Be proud of them.”
She is in great denial that her body is changing. These books have yet to be opened. So instead, I opted for Brain Pop. The great thing about Brain Pop are the printable worksheets and quizzes to accompany the movie. We were able to label the different parts of the body, and review some basic information. I felt pretty confident that perhaps The Hare was finally relaxing and not only hearing the information, but maybe accepting it in a way that made her feel more comfortable and confident. In fact, I was even more relieved that I had finally opened the door for a reasonable conversation when she suddenly put down her pen and looked at me bewildered.
“So that’s what scrotum means!” she gasped, ” I should really stop using words I don’t know.”
Perhaps I should have sent her to school for that lesson.
I can’t wait to see how she responds to the next installation of Peter Mayle’s book called “Where Did I Come From?”.
“The man loves the woman. So he gives her a kiss. And she gives him a kiss. And they hug each other very tight. And after a while, the man’s penis becomes stiff and hard, and much bigger than it usually is. It gets bigger because it has lots of work to do.”
Do you think there is a Brain Pop video for that?