Our Whole Lives (OWL)

UUFM offers the Our Whole Lives curriculum for grades K-1, 4-6, and 7-9. Our Whole Lives is a series of sexual education curricula. The children learn in an accurate and age-appropriate way about human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.

The OWL program acknowledges that parents are the primary educators. Our facilitators are trained to help with the education process. They will meet with all parents before the course starts and maintain communication during the sessions.

K-1 / 4-6
K-1st and 4th-6th grade classes meet in alternate winters on Sundays from 12:30-1:30 pm. The 4-6 curriculum will be offered in 2017 (January through mid-March).

The Our Whole Lives values are:

  • Self Worth
  • Sexual Health
  • Responsibility
  • Justice and Inclusivity
Both the K-1 and 4-6 OWL classes offer:
  • Up-to-date information and honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants’ questions
  • Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group
  • Education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
  • Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Encouragement to act for justice

We use the age-appropriate OWL curriculum textbook along with It’s So Amazing (K-1) and It’s Perfectly Normal (4-6) in our classes. We also ask our parents to purchase the Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives so they can learn about the curriculum and facilitate meaningful conversations at home.

Parent permission form for OWL K-1 or 4-6

7-9
The centerpiece of the OWL series is the young teen curriculum designed for 7th-9th grade students. Through a variety of engaging activities, participants build values, interpersonal skills, and knowledge. The comprehensive approach speaks to participants’ needs today and helps prepare them for a healthy and meaningful tomorrow. Initial sessions of the program include parent orientation.

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes.

The young teen curriculum was offered in 2016 (mid-September through mid-December) on Sundays from 12:30-3:00 pm. We anticipate it being offered again to 8th and 9th graders in fall 2017 or winter/spring 2018.

Parent permission form for OWL 7-9

For more information, please visit the UUA website: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/ourwhole/.