Year 8 – Changes and Challenges


Recommended for children aged 11-13

In Changes and Challenges, Charlie and Alice enjoy their first move from dependence to independence when they get after-school jobs. They find that increased freedom brings responsibility and that their classmates react to growing up in a variety of ways.

This is an age when young people are growing fast, taking on new responsibilities and finding themselves having to defend their own values and need for privacy. They also want to be accepted among their peers. Standing up for good human values can be uncomfortable and it tests Charlie and Alice’s integrity as well as their friendships.

Life at home brings its own joys and frictions as the cousins and their families adjust to the changes of puberty and gauge the duties which accompany new freedoms. The children learn to understand their mood and bodily changes, and to savour the adventure of making new friends and being treated at home as young adults.

This book includes useful material on adolescent subjects suited to the end of primary school or first years of secondary.

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SKU: 978 085244 706 2 Category:
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34 Chapters


978 085244 706 2

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The books have been priced to be used, not photostated. We rely on sales income to continue developing the programme.


Paul Yanque

Unit Framework

The learning Framework for Changes and Challenges

Unit I: Building My Freedom

  • “I Don’t Want to Grow Up!” Freedom and Responsibility
  • Watch Out! Alice Gains Some Independence
  • He Is Mighty Who Conquers Himself
  • Speech! Speech! Charlie Deal with Fear
  • Flying High and Swooping Down

Unit II: My Personality

  • Mirrors and Masks: Issues of Identity
  • Friends and Family
  • Popularity and Personality
  • The Clique
  • What Makes the World Go Round? Magnanimity and Altruism
  • On My Honour

Unit III: My Family and My Future

  • Family Life and Strife
  • Who’s In Charge?
  • The ‘Generation Gap’

Unit IV: Relationships

  • Romeo and Juliet?
  • Charts and Chilli Peppers
  • Of Spouses and Sonnets
  • The Power of One
  • Dad’s Promise
  • The Family
  • Faithful Friend
  • Dreams and Schemes: Looking at the Future

Unit V: Changes in My Life

  • Going Through Changes
  • Privacy, Please!
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • ‘Cousins’ Talk
  • Stones on the Path
  • Now!!
  • Learn Your Limits – Soothing Irritability
  • Communication

Unit VI: My Health

  • ‘Blondie’
  • Solitary ‘Pleasures’
  • Rebel with a Cause
  • Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

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