Community Event: November 29

How to Talk to Your Children about Election 2016

Join us Tuesday, November 29, for a bipartisan presentation and discussion about how the divides in politics can be traumatic on kids, presented by Trauma Therapist Arlene Story at the ACPL Main Library, Downtown Fort Wayne. The event will take place in MEETING ROOM A, by the 3D printing lab (first floor).

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Presentation starts at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. A Q&A discussion will follow the presentation. There will also be time for private questions with Arlene and MLK Montessori School Director Greta McKinney after the event.

Seating is limited:

ABOUT THE EVENT:
Regardless of your political affiliations, this election cycle has been difficult. The barrage of negative rhetoric and imagery has been constant; we see it on the news, we see it on social media, and we hear it on the radio. So do our sons and daughters. 

Although it may seem like our children aren’t listening, little humans are incredibly smart, absorbent creatures who hear and grasp more than we realize. What’s more, as they internalize the anxiety they see or the ugly language they hear, they often respond in unexpected ways. While some may act as if everything is fine, others may have nightmares, withdraw, lash out, or even bully. As adults, our initial instinct is often to discipline (“Don’t do that.”) or marginalize their reactions (“There’s nothing to be afraid of.”). However, we must remember that these behaviors (and the feelings that led to them) are natural responses to distressing situations.

At MLK Montessori, we believe everyone can benefit from learning how to constructively deal with trauma and trauma-related feelings. At our event, Trauma Therapist Arlene Story will address the following:

• Events that can cause trauma in children
• The immediate and long-term effects of trauma
• Common responses and coping skills
• Effective interventions

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As Fort Wayne’s longest-serving Montessori preschool, MLK Montessori is committed to the founding principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, who passionately advocated for tolerance, global citizenship, and peaceful conflict resolution.

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The 2016 Election and Our Kids

Regardless of your political affiliations, this election cycle has been difficult. The barrage of negative rhetoric and imagery has been constant; we see it on the news, we see it on social media, and we hear it on the radio.  So do our sons and daughters.  

Although it may seem like our children aren’t listening, little humans are incredibly smart, absorbent creatures who hear and grasp more than we realize. What’s more, as they internalize the anxiety they see or the ugly language they hear, they often respond in unexpected ways. While some may act as if everything is fine, others may have nightmares, withdraw, lash out, or even bully.  As adults, our initial instinct is often to discipline (“Don’t do that.”) or marginalize their reactions (“There’s nothing to be afraid of.”).  However, we must remember that these behaviors (and the feelings that led to them) are natural responses to distressing situations.

At MLK Montessori, we believe everyone - parents, children, and the community at-large - can benefit from learning how to 1.) recognize feelings of distress in children and 2.) help them constructively deal with those feelings. We will be organizing an event (to be held Tuesday, November 29) at which time we will discuss how we can better help our children (and one another) move forward. We invite parents, grandparents, other family members, educators, and anyone from the community to attend. Details will be coming soon.


As Fort Wayne’s longest-serving Montessori preschool, MLK Montessori is committed to the founding principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, who passionately advocated for tolerance, global citizenship, and peaceful conflict resolution. 

On My Way Pre-K Financial Aid Deadline March 26

On My Way Pre-K Financial Aid Deadline March 26

On My Way Pre-K applications are now available for grants to eligible children who are 4 years old, but not yet 5 years old on August 1, 2016, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2017-18 school year. These grants will be good for pre-k programs starting in August 2016. Applications must be received no later than 5pm EST Friday, March 25, 2016 to be considered for the August 2016-17 pre-k year. Review income guidelines and download the application at www.in.gov/fssa/4932.htm