REAL Essentials Starting Point

REAL Essentials Starting Point

A fun and engaging curriculum specially designed to successfully launch children into adolescence. It teaches relationship skills that reduce friendship drama and enhance confidence and social success.





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Everything changes for kids as they approach their teenage years. These formative milestones can be overwhelming for both parents and their children. The REAL Essentials Starting Point curriculum equips educators and parents with lessons to jump-start conversation and develop foundational relationship skills in this new life stage. All lessons are inclusive, evidence based and medically accurate.

Activity based lessons prepare students to better understand and address:

  • What makes students special as individuals and understand unique qualities in others
  • Skills for establishing healthy friendships and strengthening personal character qualities
  • How external influences like social media and advertising affect relationships
  • Effective communication techniques, including how to understand and communicate and make healthy decisions
  • Setting personal goals for the short-term and long-term future
  • Physical and emotional changes that occur with body growth and development, including approachable ways to discuss grooming and hygiene 


REAL Essentials Starting Point curriculum arrives with:

  • Full access to online resources, including:
    • Classroom materials
    • Training videos
    • Research
    • Educator resources
  • Fuel Gauge t-shirt 

Return Policy

Preview REAL Essentials, pressure-free.

CRE wants you to love REAL Essentials and ensure it fits your relationship education needs. A 30 day preview is allowed after purchasing your product. If REAL Essentials Starting Point is not right for you, simply ship it back to The Center for Relationship Education. Upon receipt, CRE will issue a refund (please allow up to 10 business days to process). A $25 restocking fee will apply. CRE is not responsible for shipping charges.


Angie O.

March 10, 2017
REAL Essentials Starting Point Lessons are valuable and relevant to our middle school students. We have enjoyed engaging in the interactive games and reflections together as a class. The lessons provide us with opportunity for powerful, memorable discussion. If the curriculum had some more media/video content that would improve my ratings.

Jim H.

March 07, 2017
I love the material and the kids are engaged and interactive when doing the lessons!

Nancy C.

January 15, 2016
We are about to launch our Relationship Education “course” in our middle school (grades 6-8) and are extremely excited about the next few months. Having gone through the training, our staff feels well-equipped to start “getting REAL” with students about areas that we have previously shied away from in the past. The training is FABULOUS and Joneen and Lauren were incredibly informative, engaging, and helpful in making this View More

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