Designed to be implemented in
schools with grade levels K-8, or K-12. Trained volunteer speakers
meet with each grade level in their own classroom. The respect
life educational program is offered at no charge.
The program is outlined below:
Kindergarten, First and
"Let Me Live"
- 5 1/2-minute film, VHS or 16 MM Format produced by Pat Boone.
Features In-Utero photography of the unborn child, with narration done
by the baby. The value taught at this level is that what is in the
womb is a BABY, alive, human and growing from the moment of
conception. Speaker reinforces film message by speaking about
uniqueness and specialness and the fact that God will never create
another being just like them. Abortion
is never mentioned at this age level.
Fetal models are used as a teaching aid to give children "hands
on" visuals of the actual growth of an unborn child in the
womb. Class time is approximately 20 minutes.
Third and Fourth Grade
"How Babies Grow"
13 minutes VHS presentation narrated by Dr. Jack Willke and Barbara
Willke, R.N. This presentation goes a little more in-dept with
fetal development and the fact that babies can be born prematurely and
still live. Speaker focuses on self-respect as a good way to
respect others - whether they are like us or not. Reinforces the
fact that a baby is a human being from conception. Again, abortion
is never mentioned at this age level. Class
time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on the number of questions
Fifth and Sixth Grade
"Preview of a Birth"
16 minute VHS presentation on fetal development produced by Georgia
Nurses for Life through the Human Development Resource Council.
Fast paced and imaginative presentation creates a dynamic learning
experience from 11-year-olds through adults. Abortion is never
mentioned in the film itself. The classroom instruction explores
the issue by presenting the basic facts and asking the class to look at
an issue based on whether it is "right" because it is legal;
class time permitting, the speaker also deals with sexual activity
outside of marriage, and chastity as a do-able, positive, empowering
force in their lives. The speaker will also go briefly into
puberty and the changes that take place, as well as the importance of
making good decisions. Fetal models are also used at this age
level as a teaching tool for fetal development. The speaker
generally needs at least 45 minutes of class time because of the many
questions the students pose to the speaker.
Seventh and Eighth Grade
"Window to the Womb"
Real-time Ultrasound of the unborn in the womb. Class observes the
unborn in their natal prenatal environment as they respond to touch,
breathe, jump, yawn, swallow, and suck their thumbs. Education
again focuses on humanity of the unborn, with the same concepts as 5th
and 6th graders with greater emphasis on chastity. In the second
year or as a follow-up either the next day or the next week, the film "No
Second Chance" is presented.
Follow-up Video - Pro-Chastity
education - 2 VHS format videos are available:
"No Second Chance"
30 minute VHS California Health Care Advocates. Addresses the AIDS
issue with pointed clarity and accuracy. Using interviews with the
world's leading researchers in the field of Epidemiology and the
teaching dynamics of Cathy Kay, this film presents facts, answers and
solutions that teenagers will understand and respect. It presents
the one answer - CHASTITY
- which will protect our young people from this terminal
infection. It has the answer that could save their lives, because
with AIDS, there is no second chance.
"Sex, Lies and the
- Dr. James Dobson &
Focus on the Family - Explores the double messages being given to youth
regarding sexuality. Pro-chastity and pro-life.
There are several other films that
can be used for Freshmen-Senior year that explore abortion
The Respect Life Program is
designed to be taught in one day in the school and is a program that
builds upon itself and is recommended for classroom use each year.
At each grade level, the speaker also talks about the importance of
family, the cornerstone of our lives. Oftentimes, these films will
lead to more open discussion between children and their parents, as well
as with children and their peers. From fifth grade through high
school, once the truth about abortion is taught, and the development
that takes place in the womb, young people will be better prepared to
counsel a friend toward a life-giving solution to a crisis pregnancy,
and hopefully, will have better skills to help them avoid premature
I prefer to meet with parents at
all grade levels in a Parent Information Night to go over what will be
taught to their children on Respect Life Day in the school. Time
and equipment permitting, I also like parents to preview the films I
will be using at each grade level. This helps in several
areas: as an education to parents and secondly, helps parents to
feel comfortable about the information being given to their children.