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-Mary Wortley Montagu
Foundational Building Blocks that Dive Right In
This book helps parents break the ice, not crack it or dance around the subject, and begins to lay a biblical foundation in regards to sexuality. It first starts with an introduction for the parents and helps them determine if their children are ready for this study. The author recommends ages 6-10 (Page 2 explains why the seemingly young age is recommended, using child abuse statistics to back his reasoning and why parents should be having these conversations with their children.) The author continues on to help parents who might struggle with the fear of saying too much, swallowing their fear, and explaining that this is just the first of many conversations.
Each lesson has scripture reading associated with the lesson and ends with questions and prayer.
-Lesson 1 covers anatomy providing male and female anatomy diagrams from a side angle.
-Lesson 2 discusses basic intercourse and how babies are conceived, mentioning terms such as erection and ejaculation.
-Lesson 3 teaches how a baby grows in the womb including diagrams.
-Lesson 4 discusses the goodness of sex in marriage and the bond formed between and man and a woman.
-Lesson 5 provides a biblical understanding of why adultery is wrong.
-Lesson 6 covers the extremely difficult topic of rape and sexual abuse.
-Lesson 7 explains the importance of honoring God with our body.
The last part of the book discusses what parents can do next to build on what was taught.
Even though we bought this book a couple years ago, after reading the introduction to the parents, we decided to wait until both of our children be taught together and a little more mature for the content, which worked for our household needs. We replaced our usual morning devotional before starting our homeschool day and covered this material during the week we were off from school so we weren't rushed for time.
Though some of the material can be a little embarrassing to cover we made sure not to water it down because we felt it was important to the lessons being taught.
It helped that I could just open to the lesson for the day and just read the material presented. It was a great introduction since we hadn't really discussed sex before in this kind of detail and I wouldn't have known where to even begin. We already have the next book in The Talk series, Changes, and will be purchasing the last one, Relationships, at a later date.
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