An important piece of information for your 8-9 year old daughter is what happens to the eggs that have been protected inside her ovaries. This age is a little young to talk about the menstrual cycle and hormones, but you can begin a discussion with her about ovulation.
This anatomy figure will help you to start that discussion about this important concept.
I suggest you begin by pointing out these features of her girl anatomy:
- Two ovaries
- Two fallopian tube
For this brief talk, explain that when an egg leaves an ovary it is called ovulation. Each month, after she starts having periods, an egg is released from one of her ovaries. The egg is guided into the fallopian tube by tiny finger-like structures on the end of the fallopian tube. The egg travels inside the fallopian tube to the uterus and disappears. Most of the time, the egg that travels to the uterus cannot grow into a baby and so it disappears.
There is so much to be said about ovulation, but try to hold back until she is a little older.
You always want to keep your teaching moments to about 5-7 minutes long. This information is new for them, and they will be a little uncomfortable talking about it. Keep it simple and fun.
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