Health & Wellness

Expect Respect: Bubbles and Boundaries

In this 8-week course, learners age 9-13 will work on setting and respecting boundaries around personal space.
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn about body autonomy, the idea that their body and feelings belong to them. 
Students will practice expressing a desire for personal space, as well as privacy regarding their thoughts and feelings.  They will also learn how to express their feelings when a boundary is crossed.
Students will discuss how curiosity is natural, but that curiosity should not cross their or other people's personal boundaries. They will practice drawing boundaries given specific scenarios. 
Students will discuss the concept of secrets, and when "secrets" should and shouldn't be kept. 
Students will learn and practice strategies for compromise, as well as for interrupting or rejecting unwanted behavior, such as hugs, kisses, unwanted touch, invasion of space or privacy, bullying, and what to do if the behavior escalates.
As a teacher for nearly thirty years, I have taught emotional literacy, conflict resolution, and Family Life and Sexual Health to students grades K-8.  Although I am not a therapist, I have taken many hours of professional development on child trauma-informed education, and taught children for five years in a Behavioral Health setting, working closely with therapists on teaching students to regulate feelings and maintain healthy boundaries. Because I am not a therapist, all scenarios used are fictional and age-appropriate. Any talk of actual experiences will be re-directed to an appropriate adult. 

My experiences teaching the Kimochis curriculum (, and working in trauma-based education as a teacher in a hospital-based therapeutic school for children with behavioral and emotional needs (Including those affected by abuse and trauma) has given me the tools to teach body autonomy through building and maintaining personal boundaries. 

This semester, as part of my continuing education to re-instate my Washington State Teaching Certificate, I am taking a course on Fostering Resilient Learners, dealing with students who come with a history of trauma. 

I am straightforward, kind, caring and non-judgmental. I strive to create a safe environment for children to express themselves openly and honestly. I believe in the power of children to express themselves, and their ability to build confidence along with emotional intelligence.
No homework will be assigned, but it will be helpful for kids if they can practice these skills with a safe adult. The skill outlines will be made available via the class recordings and in the online classroom. 
Students do not need any materials for this class. Supplemental materials, references and practice scenarios will be posted in the classroom for consideration.

This class is not graded
I would be happy to discuss the learner's progress at any time.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Age-appropriate talk of bodies and body parts.
Correct terminology of body parts will be used.
Age-appropriate discussion of unwanted touch, including sexual touch, will be discussed. 
Students will practice assertive behavior. 
Any talk of personal experiences will be re-directed towards the suggestion that the student talk privately to a safe adult.
Resources referred to in this class include:
Let's Talk about Body Boundaries, Consent, and Respect by Jayneen Sanders
Consent For Kids, Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU by Rachel Brian
What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis, Thalia Wallis, Joseph Wilkins


Sadie (Sarah) Thiagarajan
Lives in the United States
Student of Life, Teacher for Life !
11 total reviews
27 completed classes

About Me

I am a polymath, a person who has many interests and loves all kinds of learning, over many subjects. I am also an auto-didact: I love to learn on my own. so very likely, I'm a lot like you. 
I have taught many subjects, but some of my favorites... 
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