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Basic Training is a puberty, growing, and changing character education curriculum for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. It was developed in response to the request of parents and educators seeking to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to develop their character while alerting them to the many changes associated with puberty. It’s also designed to provide practical tools for developing healthy friendships, making sound decisions, and resisting the pressure to engage in high-risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use and early sexual debut. Additionally, the lessons included in Basic Training provide opportunities for students to develop respect for them selves as well as others, even when significant differences exist. This is accomplished in the classroom with the fundamentals of positive youth development and directed interactive activities that captivate and engage students.

This product has been field tested with teachers and other healthy professionals across the country to refine the lessons and the teaching methodologies.

There are 15 lessons, five for each grade level. Many of the character lessons can and should be taught a second time to review and support the concepts and objectives. This curriculum is designed for a classroom setting but can also be utilized in community activities, after school programs and other youth serving outreaches.

Most lessons feature a homework assignment called “Sparking the Connection”, which require parent/child interaction to complete. This is designed to facilitate closer communication and relationship development during this challenging phase of life by stimulating conversations about character, maturation, and behavioral expectations for the family.

The learning concepts and themes of this curriculum include:

Curriculum includes 4 CD/DVDs and many student/parent worksheets and handouts. The Basic Training Certification is recommended but not required to teach Basic Training.

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