Our children are growing up in a very complex world--a world full of opportunities and dangers. Parents worry about illegal drug use by youth, the increase in violence, and the rise of serious and sometimes fatal, health conditions that affect teenagers. While no program is a single answer to these problems, the SASD believes its health curriculum gives students the information and skills they need to protect and improve their health.The human growth and development curriculum of the SASD is an abstinence based (but not abstinence exclusive) program including, but not limited to, the following topics:
These topics are presented in a scope and sequence that are age appropriate. Consequently, not all topics are covered in every grade. The purpose of instruction on human growth and development is to make available to students instruction in topics related to human growth and development in order to promote accurate and comprehensive knowledge in this area and responsible decision-making. This instruction is meant to support and enhance the efforts of parents to provide moral guidance to their children.
The SASD provides a strong, standards-based health program. Below are descriptions of the curricula used at all grade levels.Early Childhood
The Second Step program is one of the components of the health program at this level. It is designed to reduce impulsive, high-risk, and aggressive behaviors; and increase children’s social-emotional competence and other protective factors. The program’s lesson content is organized into three skill-building units covering:
Elementary School – Kindergarten through Grade 4
Kindergarten: Getting Acquainted With School, I Have Five Senses, Senses Keep Us Safe, Health Helpers Keep Us Safe, Safe and Healthy Choices for Me, and Helping One Another Stay Safe and Healthy.
Grade 1: Helping Relationships, Helping Myself and Others Stay Safe, Learning to Say “No” to Drugs, Preventing Illness, Health Habits to Grow By, and Growing and Caring.
Grade 2: Friends At Home and School, Safety First, Pollution: Inside and Out, Understanding Our Eyes, Understanding Our Ears, and Helping and Growing.
Grade 3: Healthy Friendships, A Perfect Balance, The Amazing Balance, Moving Out of Balance, Keeping in Balance, and Staying in Balance.
Grade 4: Growing into Responsibilities, Staying Safe, Healthy, Drug-free Living, The Food-Health Connection, A Closer Look Inside, and Wellness Throughout the Year.
Topics covered in the human growth and development curriculum at this grade level are puberty changes in boys, puberty changes in girls, fertilization and AIDS education.Grade 5 – Grade 8
One of the components of the health curricula for these four grade levels is the Life Skills program. This program consists of three major components that cover the critical domains found to promote drug use. Research has shown that students who develop skills in these three domains are far less likely to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors. The three components include:
The specific Life Skills content and other health curricula taught at each grade level are listed below.
Topics covered in the human growth and development curriculum at this grade level are puberty changes in boys and girls, fertilization and AIDS education.
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