This week we covered the basics of human development. Students should now be able to talk about how an egg is fertilized, how implantation occurs, and then the stages of development throughout pregnancy.
Next week we will be continuing this topic and going deeper into the developmental stages and how nutrition, exercise, prenatal care, drugs, alcohol, and violence can affect development.
One topic that always comes up during this time is abortion. Today it was brought up by students and the definition of abortion was given and we talked about the fact that it is governed by laws which vary from state to state. Students were encouraged to discuss this topic with their parents to clarify what your individual beliefs are around it.
Be prepared for all kinds of questions around pregnancy and delivery. They were fascinated by the process and I'm sure there will be lots of questions about their births.