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Become your child’s primary educator on this sensitive issue

Research shows that the best place to learn about human sexuality is at home. However, school officials feel that the new curriculum is needed because parents aren’t teaching their children about sex and sexuality.

For traditional-faith families, the issue is even more relevant and important.  When a parent does this relations between the parent and child becomes stronger, and the parent becomes the trusted source of information on this important topic.

The material in the curriculum is sensitive, not so much because of the content, but because of who is teaching it and the context of learning – mixed gender classes.  Parents may quickly take responsibility for this area of life by teaching it at home.

P.E.A.C.E. has resources to help parents become their child’s primary educator on this issue.  Whether you’re looking for a little help or a lot, P.E.A.C.E. is here for you.  To learn more about the award-winning God’s Design for Sex series or our Wonderfully Made curriculum, read the information below.

You can purchase these materials using our Online Store.

 

God's Design for Sex series

Book 1: “Tell Me the Story of Me” (Ages 3 – 5)

GDS Book 1 (Ages 3-5)

GDS Book 1 (Ages 3-5)

“It’s never too young to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body and why God designed it to be exactly the way it is. The Story of Me is the first book in the God’s Design for Sex series, written to be read to children ages 3 – 5. With candid age-appropriate language and realistic illustrations, the Story of Me explains:

• God’s love and the goodness of all He has made
• The nurturing family as God’s context for love
• Why God wants each baby to have both a mommy and daddy
• The specialness of being made a boy or girl
• Proper names for private body parts”
(from The Story of Me, back cover)

 

Book 2: Before I was Born (ages 5 – 8)

GDS Book 1 (Ages 3-5)

GDS Book 2 (Ages 5-8)

“Before I was Born is the second book in the God’s Design for Sex series, written to be read with children ages 5 – 8. With age appropriate, straightforward text and informative illustrations. Before I was Born explains sex as a special gift God gives to a husband and wife and covers such topics as:

• Why God made boys and girls bodies different
• God’s plan for loving marriages and families
• The basic facts about intercourse, presented in the context of marital love and intimacy
• Conception and fetal development
• Childbirth and breastfeeding
Created to answer the questions asked by young children, Before I was Born will help you give your child a vital head start in understanding God’s intended purpose for procreation and sex.”
(from Before I was Born, back cover)

 

Book 3 What’s the Big Deal? (Ages 8 – 11)

GDS Book 3 (Ages 8-11)

GDS Book 3 (Ages 8-11)

At this age your child probably knows what sex is. They have heard other kids talking about it, and maybe they have heard it talked about on TV and Internet. But TV doesn’t tell them everything and they probably will have some questions. That’s great, because What’s the Big Deal was written to help kids ages 8 to 11, find the answers they need.  This book explains the basic facts about sex and related issues such as:

• Why God made adults so they want to have sex
• Why God designed sex to be shared only within marriage
• What God actually says in the Bible about sex
• The amazing changes ahead of you during puberty
• How to respond when you feel sexual pressure from friends, TV shows, movies, and magazines

We suggest parents read this book with their child or discuss it with them as they read it on their own. They’ll answer any leftover questions you might have and help you to understand what a beautiful and exciting gift from God your sexuality is meant to be.
(Modified from the back cover, What’s the Big Deal?)

 

Book 4 Facing the Facts (Ages 11 – 14)GDS_Facing the Facts

More changes occur in your child’s body and brain during puberty than during any other time in life. Puberty marks the beginning of big changes in relationships between the child and their parents, and with the opposite sex. It’s a wonderful and exhilarating time because your child is becoming an adult, but it can be a stressful and overwhelming time, too.  If you child does not understand what’s happening, or why, ages 11 – 14 can be downright scary.

Facing the Facts was written to give children all of the information needed to understand exactly what is happening to their body during the years ahead, and why God planned it to happen just that way. With this resource your child will learn about:

• The role of puberty in the development of sexuality
• How girls and boys bodies change, both inside and out
• Exactly how a woman gets pregnant and gives birth
• Why God wants you to save sex for marriage
• Love, dating, and how relationships mature
• Tough answers to some tough questions

Your child’s body and its sexual nature are beautiful and exciting gifts from God that He wants him/her to understand. Reading Facing the Facts and talking about it with you will help your child to be ready for the coming physical changes, equipped to handle the sexual pressures they will encounter throughout life, and provide a better understanding of God’s perfect design for sex.
(Modified from the back cover, Facing the Facts)

P.E.A.C.E. Wonderfully Made curriculum
PEACE CURRICULUM DOC _ COVER ONLY _6-8

We know that learning about 
sexuality can be sensitive.  Teachers are to present the curriculum expectations in 
ways that are inclusive of all, which is often difficult to do.  The teacher may not be accurately aware of your traditional faith position or how to communicate it to your child. To help, we’ve put these
 resources together so that, whether the teaching is happening in a classroom, church or in your home, the learning expectations are met while respecting the values of your family.

P.E.A.C.E. is proud to partner with the creators of the God’s Design For Sex series in order to provide you with a complete set of lessons, tips and assessment tools for your child’s learning needs. The Grade 6 unit uses Book 3 – What’s the Big Deal? while the Grades 7 & 8  units use Book 4 – Facing the Facts. These should be ordered along with the respective units.

These materials have been written by educators to be used easily by both parents and teachers alike, and are designed to meet the Ontario Ministry of Education learning expectations.  Each unit includes a letter you may use to communicate with the school.  It requests that your child be allowed to complete the alternative unit in order to help your child meet the learning expectations while connecting to his or her faith. Complete the form and request a short meeting with your teacher (approx. 10 – 15 min).

Please note that at this time we only have materials for Grades 6-8; more materials are in development!

Once you’ve been informed about when sex-ed is to begin, you can begin working with your child on the alternative material. It may be important to time the work so that the assignments are completed during sex-ed class. Often students are allowed to complete the work in the library (if the library is supervised) during sex ed instruction time.