Overall Review for Grade 1:

Caution Advised
Caution Advised

Review Comments:

  • Healthy age-appropriate  discussion on how to deal with feelings; family relationships; and personal safety
  • Premature introduction of words such as “vulva, penis, and breast”.  This lesson tends to lead the child to early body part identification. Girls at this age do not have breasts and there is no way of explaining penis without pointing to a body part.  There is no reason for children at this age to be taught words like these.  SOL 1.7 states  that these words will be introduced “as they occur in daily activities and are not taught directly.”  This is not clear what “daily activities” entail in the classroom environment.
  • Seems to overemphasize the bad touching.

Curriculum Reviewed:

  • SOLs
  • 5 PowerPoint Presentations
  • Supplemental List
  • Key Terms list

Note:  The following was listed as part of the curriculum but was not available at the time of review.  Content of these materials may render a change in the color assessment.  Parents are encouraged to contact Loudoun County Public Schools to make available these materials for review.

  • Teacher Resource Kit
    • Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum
    • Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum 
  • DVDs
    • “Feeling Good About Me: Building Self-Esteem”
    • “Dealing With Feelings”
    • “Let Me Tell You How I Feel”
  • Books
    • All Kinds of Families—Norman Simon
    • Families—Meredith Tax
    • Fred Stays With Me—Nancy Coffelt
    • Howie Helps Himself—Joan Fassler
    • Learning About Love—Jordan Jenkins
    • Molly and Her Dad—Jan Ormerod
    • My Father’s Boat—Sherry Garland
    • Pablo’s Tree—Pat Mora
    • Sometimes I’m Afraid—Sylva R. Tester
    • The Saddest Time—Norma Simon
    • We Laughed A Lot: My First Day at School—Sylva R. Tester
    • Why Am I Different?—Norma Simon
    • Why Was I Adopted—Carole Lingston