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CHILD HE L PING SH Y KIDS BECOME MOR E SOCIALLY CON F IDE NT
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sce na r ios k i ds e ncou n t er & how to de a l w it h t he m
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F E AT U R E S 10
STAY WARM WITH INDOOR FUN THIS JANUARY
Plenty to do without ever braving the elements!
CHOOSING A PRIVATE SCHOOL Top 10 questions to ask schools you are considering
24 HANDLING A BULLY Scenarios kids encounter and how to deal with them
26 THE SHY CHILD Helping shy kids become more socially confident
36 PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WELCOMING
DIVERSE INTERESTS AND NEEDS Unique opportunities available at area schools
42 WHEN COLLEGE IS ON THE HORIZON What younger kids should focus on now to be prepared
I N E V E RY ISSUE 06
RSV: RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS
SPECIAL NEEDS C O M M ENTARY & PA R E NTING
PRIVATE EDUCATION FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM
22 RESEARCH TO REAL WORLD: APPLYING SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS TO PRACTICAL PARENTING "Motherese"
43 ASK THE TEACHER
SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS
SPECIAL NEEDS GUIDE
EDUCATION & CHILDCARE GUIDE
A RO U N D TOW N
FUEL UP TO PL AY 60 WITH THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
FUN & WACKY CALENDAR
LET'S BUILD TOGETHER
Mid-year transfers, teaching by computer, "flipping" a classroom
44 FOOTNOTES: THOUGHTS FROM THE MARGINS OF A MOM’S LIFE The words between us
45 PETE GILBERT... STAY-AT-HOME DAD Getting out: winter edition
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RESOURCES & CALENDARS
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A Single Act of Kindness Can Make A Lifetime of Difference
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SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski | firstname.lastname@example.org New year’s resolutions are often more dreams than realities, unfortunately. Perhaps that is because they frequently involve diets and exercise and are focused solely on you. I now think that pledging to make a difference in the life of a child is a wonderful resolution! I attended a meeting in Chicago last month and was overwhelmed when the new president of our group discussed how a single act of kindness changed her life and gave her opportunities her family never dreamed would become possible. Raised in a working-class neighborhood in East Harlem, New York, Violet Clark attended neighborhood schools until the sixth grade. Her mother was a school aid at the public school “Vi” attended and in the 5th grade sought guidance from the principal on how to motivate her young daughter to reach her personal best. The principal, Mr. Phillips, replied that Vi needed to be more challenged and offered to help by calling a friend who owed him a favor. Vi was offered a full academic scholarship to the Town School and later received a college degree from Brown University and a law degree from Cornell. Scholarships followed Vi because of her academic focus and appreciation for the opportunities given her. The story could end there, but it doesn’t. Now married, and the mother of two and a practicing lawyer, Vi started the Friends of CICS Tennis, an inner-city tennis program in Chicago that has a strong academic focus. She guides other young girls and boys to opportunities that can materialize into college scholarships. Vi Clark is also the President of the USTA Midwest Tennis Association – although she confided in me that she doesn’t play tennis! Her acts of kindness have filtered through tennis programs to give back the opportunities she was given by Mr. Phillips in his single act of kindness. Violet Clark challenged each person attending the meeting to seek out an act of kindness that could make a difference in the life of a child. This request truly spoke to me and I plan to make that my 2014 resolution.
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>> F AV O R I T E S . . . school subject: science color: rainbow movie: Tinkerbell, Secret of the Wings sport: gymnastics tv show: Octonauts food: noodle soup restaurant: Olive Garden ice cream flavor: chocolate candy: Nerds toy: Rainbow Loom super hero: Superman book: all puppy books!
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I N E V E RY I S S U E
spotlight THE PEACE LEARNING CENTER HOSTS ITS 16TH ANNUAL MLK COMMUNITY FESTIVAL Over 30 local organizations, vendors and guest speakers will be on hand at this inspiring family event celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Attendees will enjoy several live performances, drumming, art workshops, family yoga, Zumba, hip hop poetry and other interactive activities. The Peace Learning Center of Indianapolis educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. Their vision is to build a community of peace where respect is primary and justice is real. To learn more about the organization, to make a donation or to volunteer, visit www.peacelearningcenter.org or call 317.327.7144. Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Christian Theological Seminary 1000 West 42nd Street near Butler University campus Free and open to the public; Free lunch will be served
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING OPTIONS The Cityâ€™s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Indy Parks and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, encourages Marion County residents to recycle Christmas trees. From December 26, 2013 until January 31, 2014 the following eight drop-off locations will accept real Christmas trees that have been cleared of all ornaments, lights and bags. Broad Ripple Park: 1610 Broad Ripple Ave., South lot Ellenberger Park: 5301 E. St. Clair St., Main parking lot Garfield Park: 2432 Conservatory Drive, MacAllister Center Krannert Park: 605 S. High School Road, North parking lot Perry Park: 451 Stop 11 Road, Parking lot near pool Riverside Park: 2420 N. Riverside Drive, Tennis court parking lot Sahm Park: 6801 E. 91st St., Soccer field parking lot Northwestway Park: 5253 W. 62nd St., Near the recycling bins Additional information can be found at www.indy.gov/parks or by calling 317.327.PARK (7275). 8 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
VALUABLE CARMEL CLAY PARKS & RECREATION INFORMATION Do you love working with kids? Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is currently seeking facilitators for their Extended School Enrichment Program for grades Kindergarten through six. This superior youth program promotes learning with homework assistance and a variety of enrichment activities before and after school. ESE offers drop-in programming as well.
Enjoy a flexible schedule and great perks including a discounted membership to the Monon Community Center! Apply to become a Facilitator and learn about additional job openings at carmelclayparks. com/employment.
Begin planning summer activities for your children. The Carmel Clay Parks Summer Camp Series registration begins January 2, 2014. Register online www.carmelclayparks.com, in-person at the Monon Community Center or at any of the eleven elementary schools during normal operating hours. For additional summer program information, call 317.573.5240.
Adaptive programs are offered throughout the year Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation believes that quality leisure opportunities should be provided to all individuals. If you or a family member has special needs simply ask a staff member to assist you with accommodations. There are a variety of formal programs and classes such as adaptive yoga, swimming and music therapy to choose from as well. Visit www.carmelclayparks.com/be-active/adaptive to view all of the exciting class offerings.
IMPORTANT YOUTH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY Parents, caregivers and school personnel work diligently to support and educate students about the harmful effects of bullying. For families seeking additional resources, PRO Martial Arts in Fishers is now offering the Armorâ„˘ Bullying and Predator Prevention program. This valuable course gives children the tools to protect themselves from physical, verbal and online bullying as well as predatory behavior. Contact PRO Martial Arts at 317-913-9139 or visit http://promartialarts.com/ fishers to learn more.
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Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Unwind into 2014 by visiting some of downtown Indy’s best attractions and venues! Now is a great time to bring the family indoors, get warm and enjoy the sites and sounds of Indianapolis. Here are our top five picks for family-friendly fun this January. Cheer your heart out Thaw yourself out at downtown’s hot sporting events! Catch one of five Indiana Ice home games Jan. 3 – 30 at Pan Am Plaza or Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers hit the hardwood of Bankers Life Fieldhouse numerous times in January (4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, & 30). Also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: the world famous Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. For 88 years, the Globetrotters have thrilled audiences around the world. This year’s show, Fans Rule, lets fans decide which new Globetrotter rule they will add to the game.
visitors to travel back in time and experience the history of American music and the evolution of the drumset. Drumsets from Swing, Be-Bop, British Invasion and Eighties Pop will be on display, highlighting the progression of music and how it affected American culture through art, sound and style.
Entertainment for the whole family Warm up inside a museum Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of ice age giants, and the Indiana State Museum has been hard at work bringing this hidden graveyard to life. After decades of discovering, digging, studying and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons and other ice age animals, Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons is ready to be explored! Make sure to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art – especially for two special events happening in January. On Jan. 11, take the family to Story Pirates, studentauthored stories inspired by the Matisse exhibit. Then celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20 with community artwork, films, musical entertainment and more!
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Let your imagination soar at Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Jan. 22 – 26. Watch Disney characters come to life on the ice, performing flying jumps, acrobatics and breathtaking skating. For more adventure and action-oriented entertainment, Monster Jam comes to Lucas Oil Stadium Jan. 25. Included in the show is a 16 truck line-up of custom-designed machines that sit above 66-inchtall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Monster Jam has a wide-variety of ticket prices with affordable family deals.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar returns Back by popular demand, the Eric Carle stories return to Clowes Hall Jan. 29. Watch the Very Hungry Caterpillar transform into a beautiful butterfly and the Mixed-Up Chameleon as he learns the importance of being true to himself. This extraordinary puppet adaptation features black light technology to capture the charm and visual style of three favorite books by Carle.
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P E D I AT R I C H E A LT H
RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus >> Do what you can to keep your infant from catching RSV David Zipes, M.D., medical director, pediatric hospitalists, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent
In the U.S., RSV infections generally occur during winter and early spring. Spreading quickly among people in close quarters (such as day care centers), RSV is passed by means of close contact and respiratory droplets. RSV can travel with a cough or linger on door handles and other surfaces for hours. Mostly, that’s not a problem. Older children and adults with RSV tend to develop a cough, runny nose, low fever and other mild cold symptoms. In fact, almost everyone has gotten RSV by the time they are two years old. However, for infants – especially those who are premature, have weakened immune systems or have other chronic illnesses – RSV can lead to bronchiolitis (inflammation of the bronchial or small airways), ear infections and pneumonia. Respiratory failure is also a danger. Of note, there are many other viruses that can cause bronchiolitis indistinguishable from that caused by RSV.
To prevent the spread of RSV: • Always wash your hands before handling your baby, and ask family and friends to do the same. • Don’t let anyone with cold symptoms kiss or breathe on your baby. • Don’t smoke or let smokers get near your baby without a little advanced preparation. Ask that smokers take a shower or bath before holding your infant and wear clothes that have not been worn while smoking. • Limit the time your baby spends in crowds. • Wash toys and common-use surfaces, such as door handles, frequently.
What to watch for: If your infant has cold symptoms that progress into high fever, thick, heavy mucous, dehydration or breathing difficulties, it’s time to call your medical provider. (It’s difficult to gauge how much infants are drinking, especially if they breastfeed. A dry diaper for more than six hours is one sign of dehydration.) Severely affected infants may need hospital-based care, including IV fluids, oxygen and sometimes treatments to open airways. Most studies show that nebulizer treatments are not very effective, but sometimes your physician may suggest them. Like other cold viruses, RSV will go away on its own, but RSV has been linked to asthma later in childhood. If your infant is at risk for serious RSV, your physician may prescribe medication (a monthly shot) to help keep him or her from getting sick.
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Fuel Up to Play 60 with the Indianapolis Colts Wendy Schrepferman
Exercising daily and eating nutritious foods has several benefits. Ten area middle school students and their mentors experienced these benefits and more last month! They were selected to represent their schools at the Colts Play 60 Game on December 1st at Lucas Oil Stadium. After donning Play 60 Colts jerseys and stepping onto the field, they enjoyed watching the pre-game warm up while hanging out with Jeff Saturday on the sidelines. After being whisked away to welcome the players as they emerged from the tunnel, they stood center field and were personally introduced after the National Anthem. It was difficult to determine if the ear to ear smiles on the kids’ faces were a result of the high five from Andrew Luck or seeing themselves on the Jumbotron!
>> Kathy Rebber and her students, Mackenzie, Logan and Nate visit with Jeff Saturday at the National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Colts event.
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Over 1,700 schools in Indiana participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. Schools are challenged to find new and creative ways to support the organization’s core mission of encouraging students to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Brownsburg West Middle School, Fishers Junior High School and, ironically, Mount Healthy Elementary School were represented at the game. Some of student-led projects included implementing a healthy grab and go breakfast program, sponsoring a “Taste Test A Rainbow” event to encourage students to sample healthy foods they would not normally eat, and hosting a health and fitness fair highlighting community members from the YMCA, police and fire departments and the Indiana Dairy and Nutrition Council. Local schools interested in becoming involved with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program may visit the National Dairy Council’s website at www.fueluptoplay60.com.
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Let's Build Together! >> Playing with blocks offers more skill-building than you might think Cathy Southerland, Director of Early Childhood Education, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
“Ooooh, it’s going to fall!” Whether a child is squealing with delight as a tower of blocks teeters before tumbling down or her tongue is slightly protruding from her mouth as she focuses intently on her construction project, block building offers a multitude of learning experiences. Children gain first-hand experiences that test their theories about the physical world through building with blocks. Using blocks and other objects that can be put together, children can reconstruct, on a small scale, aspects of their environment. Children develop skills in design, representation, balance and stability when they are playing with blocks. Blocks encourage children to count, match, sort, group, add and subtract. Playing with blocks helps children develop their vocabularies, improves math skills, and even teaches them about gravity, balance and geometry. As children build and experiment with different types of blocks they are enhancing their problem solving skills; they learn firsthand what will and will not work. They learn how to describe colors, shapes, sizes and positions as they build various structures. They learn to problem-solve and to work together. Ordinary boxes and containers found around the house can be used as blocks. Family members and friends will happily recycle empty containers for your child to use for building play. Often young children participate in
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block building if a caring adult is playing beside them. By assisting your child, you can help her achieve more learning and enjoyment from playing with blocks. Follow your child’s lead during block play, asking, “How may I help? I see you put a lot of blocks on top of each other. Can you tell me about your building?” Don’t forget that the deconstruction (falling down of blocks!) is an integral part of block play. Children gain understanding of the construction process when the project either collapses or is taken apart, examined and rebuilt. Celebrate and laugh with your child when the tower of blocks teeters and tumbles down.
What fun you will have together as you watch it come down and then as you build it up again together!
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C H O O S I NG a private school Top 10 questions to ask schools you are considering Daunting. That’s the word Sheila Roumpf of Indianapolis used to describe her private school selection process. “We really struggled with trying to figure out which school would be the best for our (then) three-year-old to attend from pre-K to 8th grade.” Roumpf and her husband toured several schools before landing at St. Richard’s Episcopal School. Seven years later, Roumpf is pleased with her decision and affectionately refers to the school as the “right fit.” Finding that “right fit” is a process that requires forethought and footwork. Those who have been through it recommend walking into prospective schools armed with the following key questions.
1. How safe is the school? Kristen Hein, Director of Admission and Marketing at The Orchard School, says she fields many questions on school safety and bully prevention. Schools should be ready to discuss what safety measures are in place, including staff training and facility preparedness. If a school seems uninterested in broaching this topic, warning bells should be ringing.
2. What is the philosophy or theology of the school? The heart of a school is its core philosophy or theology. Parents need to determine if a school’s teachings gel with the family’s values. Director of Admissions at Sycamore School Dr. Susan Karpicke warns, “If you find yourself wanting the school to be or become something that it isn’t, it is probably the wrong school for your child and your family.”
3. How long has the school been in operation? Private schools stay open as long as they successfully educate students and meet parent needs. Hein suggests that the age of the school may be an indicator about the school’s health. However, a younger school should not be discounted and should be evaluated by its curriculum and staff. 18 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
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4. What is the student-teacher ratio and average class size? Private schools tend to offer lower student-teacher ratio and smaller class sizes than many public schools. Full-time teaching assistants and resource teachers may have a presence in the classroom too. Roumpf touts the low studentteacher ratio as a “direct reflection of the individual attention your child will receive in the classroom.”
5. What degrees and accreditations do teachers hold? Private school teachers may escape some of the requirements enforced upon public school teachers. Karpicke recommends inquiring into faculty qualifications including any advanced degrees and specialized training. Faculty turnover rate should also be explored.
6. What opportunities are there for parent involvement? Parents need to understand their role within the school community. Hein suggests asking, “How will they (teachers) communicate with you? Is there an open door policy and are parents frequently seen within the building? What kind of volunteer opportunities are there for families?”
What special programs or offerings does the school provide for its students? Many public schools have slashed special programs, while private schools may still provide an array of offerings, such as music, art and athletics. Parents must assess what’s important to their family and how a school can meet those
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expectations. For Roumpf, a second language topped her list with strong athletic and music programs as additional considerations.
8. What is a typical school day schedule? A typical school day schedule may tell a parent whether a child will thrive in that environment. Examine school hours, recess, lunch, snacks and class offerings. Roumpf advises exploring aftercare and holiday care options.
9. How will the school address a child’s unique needs? Parents must evaluate a child’s unique needs and determine if the school has the resources and staff to accommodate. Karpicke encourages parents to be honest with a school about a child’s needs. “It is very frustrating to make an investment in a private school only to find that the school is not a good fit for your child.”
10. What is the cost? Sending a child to private school is a financial commitment. When examining costs, think about tuition increases and additional charges (uniforms, lunches, field trips). Many schools offer financial assistance, scholarship opportunities and payment plans. Hein explains, “Schools understand and appreciate the financial investment required when families choose a private school education.”
Ultimately, selecting the right private school is a process. Parents should be prepared to do the research and ask the right questions. The time spent investigating schools will pay off in years to come.
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C O M M E N TA RY & PA R E N T I N G
Research to Real World:
Applying scientific findings to practical parenting "Motherese" >> How baby talk influences speech and language development Tonya Bergeson-Dana, Ph.D.
One minute you’re in the grocery store having a conversation with your spouse about the relative merits of goat cheese and brie, and then a baby appears and suddenly you sound like some sort of high-pitched wind-up toy, using words like cutie pie and burpie. What just happened? Don’t worry. This is totally normal. Moms, dads, grandparents and pretty much every stranger on the street (and across the world) talks like this to babies. Scientists call it “infant-directed speech.” Everyone else calls it “babytalk” and “motherese.” Now, I’m not talking about grown-ups saying silly things like “ga-ga goo-goo” to a baby (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Rather, I’m talking about the funny ways we say regular words and sentences when talking to those little bundles of joy. What you might not know about babytalk is that it actually plays an important role in early learning, attention and cognitive development. One benefit of babytalk is the way a talker can convey a meaningful message simply with their tone of voice. Babies pay attention and show positive emotions to the high pitch, exaggerated ups-and-downs, and smiling faces and touches that are typical of babytalk. Babies’ everyday practice at sustained attention, along with the emotional connection, is a skill that will benefit them in learning situations across a lifetime. Parents have also been known to soothe fussy infants with “oh, sweet baby” or a simple “shhhhh.” Of course, babies can’t understand the words, but they do understand the descending melody or the white noise as a calming message. And did you know that the way you say “I love you” to your baby is unique and different from the way other parents say the same thing to their babies? Parents can convey their own identity to their babies simply by using signature speech tunes, potentially another way to bond with their babies. Another benefit is that we naturally highlight important clues about words and language in babytalk. Just imagine how difficult it must be for babies to understand where one word or sentence starts and another begins in the midst of all the speech they hear on any given day! Parents make different vowels much more distinct when talking to babies as compared to adults. We also highlight new words we are teaching our children (“look at the red pinwheel!”) or the breaks between phrases or sentences. Children attend to the high-pitched way we say “pinwheel,” thereby promoting learning of the word pinwheel. One of the most powerful research findings is that the greater number of words parents speak to their babies and toddlers, the better vocabulary and language skills those children have later on. Very recent research has shown that it’s specifically the number of words spoken to the child (in that babytalk style of speech) rather than simply near the child that really matters. 22 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
Although it’s probably enough for parents to know that babytalk is linked to speech and language development in their children, researchers are searching for the answers to why this link exists. Some new studies show that babies who hear a lot of words in their homes get the practice necessary to become good (and fast) processors of information, and it is this basic cognitive ability that allows them to learn new words and develop language efficiently and flexibly. In the meantime, it’s just so cool to watch a baby’s face light up and listen to their little baby giggles just because they hear an engaging voice speaking to them. Don’t even get me started on the cuteness that happens in the presence of infant-directed singing… Cognitive psychologist Tonya Bergeson-Dana combines her real world experience as a mother with her professional training as a researcher to provide parents with a practical way to apply the most current findings in childhood development research to their everyday life.
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HANDLING A BULLY
Scenarios kids encounter and how to deal with them
s a parent, you want to help your children deal with any challenges they face, including bullies. But not all bullying scenarios are created equal. Read on to learn specific steps for helping kids handle several bullying situations that commonly arise.
Bullying toolbox Official definitions of bullying can vary, but “the action must be repetitive with the intention to hurt,” says Nicole Detrick, Upper School Counselor at the International School of Indiana. Dan Kent, Executive Director and Founder of Net Literacy, notes that the Indiana Department of Education recommends schools use Indiana’s legal definition for bullying (found at www.in.gov, Indiana Code 20-33-8-0.2) which in part, states that bullying is “the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm” a targeted student. 24 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
Below, we presented these professionals with three different types of bullying scenarios and asked how kids and their parents should respond.
Emotional Bullying One of your 11 year-old daughter’s bus mates doesn’t like anything about her – her hair, her clothes, the way she laughs – and makes sure to let her know it on a daily basis. Worse, she encourages the other girls on the bus to participate in the criticism. In this scenario, Detrick urges action. She says the student should “muster up the most serious face and voice they have, look the bully in the eye, and say something like, ‘I’m very hurt by what you're saying and I want you to stop!’” This approach allows the victim to remain confident and the bully to know exactly what is expected in the future.
Physical Bullying Your 9 year-old son, who is small for his age, has been arriving home with bruises he doesn’t want to discuss. When pressed, he admits a few of the larger kids in his class have been trying to physically intimidate him. They push in front of him in the lunch line and take “cheap shots” at him during games in recess and gym class. It’s time to step in. Detrick says, “If [a] child has unexplained bruises, a parent should go straight to the administrator in charge of discipline. This is clearly physical aggression and is never acceptable.”
Cyberbullying You keep a close eye on your 13 year-old’s online activity by friending her on Facebook and regularly viewing her postings. After a misunderstanding at school involving a boy, a one-time friend is now regularly making nasty posts about your daughter on her own page. Your daughter untags herself from each post that names her, but they remain on the other girl’s page for all to see. Since the incident occurred at school, “the parent should contact and meet with their child’s teacher, counselor or principal,” says Kent. “Typically, the school will take action to help stop the bullying.” In the rare situation where parents need to escalate their response, they can contact the district superintendent or even, as a last resort, the Indiana Department of Education.
Anti-bullying resources NetLiteracy provides PSAs, videos and online safety lesson plans that contain tips about bullying at www.netliteracy.org/safe-connects. In addition, Kent points parents to www.stopbullying.gov for additional resources, including warning signs that a child may be being bullied and a list of ways to get outside help. Detrick recommends parents seek professional help for their child if she exhibits “depression that's not going away or any evidence of self-harm.”
Net Literacy also offers student volunteers an opportunity to get directly involved with Internet safety. Mattea Johnson, a 12th grade student at Northwest Community High School, currently serves on the Net Literacy Board of Directors. During her time with the organization, she has acted as a youth spokesperson and been featured in a PSA. “I also give my friends that have questions about Internet safety issues support and guidance,” she says.
Bullies can have a far-reaching impact on their victims. Equipping a child to recognize and handle these situations, and getting involved as a parent to stop the abuse, takes the power out of a bully’s hands and creates a safer environment for all children.
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nable to summon the courage to join classmates building a snowman, your son observes from the sidewalk. Despite the new neighbor’s warm personality, she could not elicit the slightest response from your daughter. Scenarios like these may evoke frustration for parents . . . and children. Take heart – others have journeyed this path and offer helpful advice.
Julie Smith Costakis
A new perspective
CHILD Helping shy kids become more socially confident
Americans often equate shyness with indifference, yet many cultures extol its positive virtues – introspection, intelligence and thoughtfulness. It can be helpful to establish a healthy interpretation of shyness within your family. Indiana resident Shelley L. bore the “shy label” growing up. Today she empowers her children as they negotiate this quiet, contemplative trait. “We use the word ‘introverted’; people seem to understand that some individuals are extroverts and others introverts – accepting this as a personality difference rather than a negative.” A favorable perspective creates a more inviting topic for candid dialogue between parent and child.
Telling temperaments “Children have different temperaments,” emphasizes Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH, Behavioral Pediatrician and Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. “Some kids are shy, some feisty, others even-keeled. Identifying temperaments helps predict how they will react in new situations.” The shy child follows their natural instincts when anxiety arises, cautiously evaluating how to handle uncomfortable situations. Parents can teach strategies to relieve anxiety and facilitate success. “Shy children don’t need to be changed, they need to be valued,” says Shelley.
Respond supportively Children notice how others react to their shyness and parents should help kids determine their underlying fears, rather than respond with criticism. By showing patience and encouragement instead of frustration and shame, parents help build self-esteem. Be mindful of your words, tone, body language and facial expressions. Instead of fuming when your child avoids an adult greeting, place a reaffirming hand on her shoulder and offer a pleasant reply to demonstrate an appropriate response.
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when they are less enthusiastic about something new or different.” By practicing in the security of your home, your child will gain confidence to apply his new skills to uncomfortable circumstances. Parents can expand a child’s comfort zone by teaching them strategies for a variety of social settings.
Coaching kids Children learn from behavioral coaching in calm settings. Dr. Bauer recommends books and smartphone apps focusing on social situations (going to the doctor, starting school), as they stimulate conversation and offer visuals. Role playing allows the child to rehearse encounters and practice the words they will use. “Parents can praise and reinforce skills while building a child's confidence,” says Dr. Bauer. Shelley’s child struggled with unexpected, unfamiliar activities during his preschool day. She requested the schedule in advance, preparing him at home. He learned to master his emotions and embrace the new activities. Gaining a sense of control can be an essential element to many children feeling more socially confident.
Looking ahead A parent’s loving involvement and authentic communication with their child is key. Extend compassion, not criticism. Strengthen instead of scold. Engage your child in activities she truly enjoys. Shyness is just one facet of a child’s personality; it will rise and fall through changing circumstances. In his book, The Shyness Breakthrough, Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D. writes, “By helping your child to understand and manage his shy feelings, you will be empowering him for years ahead.”
We asked our Indy’s Child Facebook readers for their input on how they have helped their shy children. Here’s some of their advice. My 7 year old son is shy, especially in groups of people he doesn't know. I've found it best if we don't push him into opening up. Once he gets a feel for the room on his own, he naturally becomes more comfortable. Eventually, he will join in and start socializing. Children's feeling are valid and should not be dismissed because they don't fit what a parent thinks is right. – Deanna S. I agree that you should not force a child to be social or make him feel like he should be. The parent should encourage the child to be comfortable with their own choices. There are plenty of opportunities to make a child feel selfconfident through individual instead of group activities. I encourage my son to speak up for himself by ordering his own drink at dinner or by saying hi to people that he already knows. I ask him if he would like to say hi to new people. Sometimes making him feel like he is in control makes him less shy. – Mariah S. I have 2 1/2 year old twin girls. One is very outgoing and the other is very shy! My shy girl hangs back with me until she feels comfortable. Then my free spirit girl will help her ease into play. Even if her outgoing sister isn't around, she still clings to me. I help her by showing her it's okay. And if she's not comfortable, I will stay with her or we try again another time. – Jennifer S.
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Private Education Carrie Bishop
for KIDS with AUTISM
What to consider when making a move from public to private schools Imagine if school were a true one-size-fits-all venture. No more worry. Easy accommodations. Social success all around. If only. Of course, it’s not and parents do worry. Accommodations aren’t always ideal. Social life can be messy. For parents of kids with autism, make that double worry. “It’s a complex process to determine what the right situation is for kids with HFA (high-functioning autism) who are often extraordinarily smart in some areas and have deficits in others,” said Kevin Gailey, head of school for Midwest Academy. While public schools are doing their best to teach kids with HFA, independent schools like Gailey’s are also an option. Are these schools a good choice for your child? Gailey and experts from The Independence Academy and Worthmore Academy answer some top-line questions.
get to a school that’s right it is going to be a school that looks at the child as an individual and figures out how that child is going to fit into the community, not simply squeeze into the community,” he said.
>> What abo ut th e I EP ? Public schools are required to provide an IEP or individualized education program for students with special needs. They can make a significant difference in a student’s ability to progress. Yet, they are not without flaw. “IEP’s are only as effective as the faculty members who implement them. In an increasingly burdened public education system, IEP’s don’t always successfully address the daily issues many students with autism face, such as chronic bullying and ostracism or teaching strategies and curricula designed to address the needs of typical students,” said Burton.
>> Why g o private ? Jennifer Burton, director of school for The Independence Academy, believes private schools can provide an alternative to the often overwhelming environment of large public schools. She believes this is especially true at the secondary level when many students with autism become more anxious about increasing social and academic demands. Private schools can more easily create programming that addresses the specific needs of students with autism. She also believes private schools can go further in creating a community for the learner. “Private schools designed to meet the needs of students with autism can help students as well as their parents, develop a sense of community which is fundamental to learning and making progress,” Burton said. Brenda Jackson, founder and director of Worthmore Academy, say kids with autism or other issues affecting communication can exhibit behavior problems in public school. Smaller schools like hers have the opportunity to give these kids the individual attention they need. “We never see [the behavior problems] here because the frustration is taken away from them and they are given a chance to learn,” she said.
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>> How wi ll parents k n ow if a sch oo l is th e ri ght sch oo l? Gailey recommends shadow days. Parents will often know if the school is a good fit or not by simply looking at their child’s face when he or she walks out the school door after shadowing another student for a day.
>> What sh o u ld parents loo k for i n a g oo d sch oo l? See if the school is going to meet your child’s needs, Gailey says, otherwise you may find yourself trading in one set of problems for another. Look specifically at what the school offers, its class sizes and the teaching methods. “If you have a kid in a public setting and think that going to a private setting will make everything better, you may be in for a surprise unless they are doing something that is going to help,” he said.
>> How m u ch is th is g oi n g to cost ? Private education can be expensive. However, scholarships and financial aid may be available and some families may qualify for the state’s Choice Scholarship voucher program.
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special NEEDS 07 TUESDAY
Dyslexia Parent Group and Kids' Group Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis Phone: LeeAnn Bricker: talktoleeann@ comcast.net
Indoor Walking Group >> Tuesdays, January 7th - 28th Times: 1:00 PM Cost: $20 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 15+
Youth Karaoke >> Tuesdays, January 7th - 28th Times: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cost: $30 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 6 - 15
The Arc of Indiana Legislative Forum Times: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free for all families and individuals of all abilities Where: Noble of Indiana, Indianapolis Phone: Rita Davis at 317-375-4256
>> Wednesdays, January 8th - 29th Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: $45 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 15+
Times: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Phone: 317-844-3363 www.carmel.lib.in.us For special needs children ages 2-6 & their caregivers. This drop-in storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has trouble sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might be just what you are looking for! Come for the half-hour program and then feel free to relax or socialize in the Storytime Room for a little while. Registration is required and begins Thursday, January 23, in person at the Childrenâ€™s Reference Desk or by phone at 844-3363.
Simple and Easy Cooking
Adaptive Parent-Tot Swimming >> Wednesdays, January 8th - 29th Times: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Cost: $20 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 6 months to 5
Movie Review Crew >> Saturdays, January 11th - 25th Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: $30 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 16+
15 WEDNESDAY Autism Family Resource Center Parentsâ€™ Support Group
Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis IN 46205 Phone: Amy Miller at 317-466-1000 ext.2488
22 WEDNESDAY Central Indiana Autism Support Group
Times: 6:00 PM Cost: Free for all families; free child care and homework stations provided Where: Noble of Indiana, Indianapolis Phone: Molly Lang at 317-254-2309 Speaker: Marion County Health Department to speak on nutrition for kids with special needs
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31 FRIDAY Teen Night Out
Times: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: Free Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: Joelle Samples at 317466-2001 ext.2420
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 East location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis , IN 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Friday of the month North location: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), Fishers 3rd Friday of every month West location: Speedway United Methodist, Speedway 4th Friday of every month
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recognizing and helping kids struggling to cope Depression happens – even in young children. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, on any given day about 2 percent of school-aged children and about 8 percent of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression. What’s more, one in five teens have experienced depression at some point. What parents need to know is that depression is not simply a mood. It’s not something to wait out. It is a mental health disorder that can be treated, so long as parents recognize the symptoms and seek help for their child.
warning signs Nathan Larson, a clinical psychologist with Children’s Resource Group, says depression can present in different ways in different people. “Frequently parents have difficulty distinguishing typical sadness or the 'blues' from clinical depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder. The difference is clinical depression lasts for at least two weeks and causes impairment in functioning such as lower grades and problems in relationships with friends, peers or family members,” he said. He notes that depression can come across as irritable mood in children and adolescents. If it is clinical depression, then the sad or irritable mood will come with other symptoms. Kids with depression may lose interest in and withdraw from friends and activities they typically enjoyed. They can experience a loss of energy and sleep patterns change. Fatigue, significant weight change, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness and an inability to concentrate or make decisions
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can occur. Recurrent thoughts of death and suicide are also a symptom. Family history of depression or having previous episodes are risk factors, too. Younger kids with depression often experience unexplained physical pain, according to Ann Lagges, a child psychologist and co-chief of the Mood Disorders Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. They complain of headaches or stomachaches that don’t appear to have a medical cause, yet don’t go away. Loss of appetite is also common.
Getting help Concerned parents should take their child to a psychologist or other qualified mental health provider to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate plan for treatment. Parents can also seek a medical evaluation by a general physician or psychiatrist to determine if medication is a path that should be pursued. Once diagnosed, Larson says therapy typically includes strategies focused on helping the individual change the thoughts underlying their feelings of depression and increasing positive behaviors that provide a sense of value or pleasure. Larson also believes parents should assess a child’s overall situation. If there is a specific or ongoing stressor that triggered the depression, such as bullying, then that issue must be resolved or the child’s overall problem will remain.
Help at home There are steps families can take in day-to-day living that may help a child dealing with depression. Danny Waddle, manager of behavior health at St.Vincent Stress Center, tells parents to first be aware of how their own stress impacts the child. Then help by engaging in simple acts like talking with their child and being open to what they have to say. “Really focus on listening versus fixing, which is tough for parents,” he said. Lagges recommends good sleep schedules for kids and says no to lounging in pajamas all day. She also says no skipping school. Nutritious meals and regular exercise are a priority. Keep kids involved in pleasant activities like going to the movies as a family or with friends, and gently nudge the child into going if he or she resists. She adds that individuals with depression often focus on life’s negatives and miss the positives. Parents can remind their child or teen about good things they may be overlooking, like a good grade on a test or having done a nice gesture for someone. “Thinking is incredibly powerful,” said Lagges. While there is no way to eliminate all risk of developing depression, parents are not at a loss. “Good parenting, developing and maintaining positive relationships between peers, family, and community, and obtaining effective mental health care when appropriate can help,” Larson said.
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special NEEDS ABA Autism Services by Damar
ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.DamarABA.org
Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel
The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 13431 Old Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-573-KIDS, Email: jennyL@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org
Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center
This center houses some of our clients ages 2 to 6. At the Early Childhood Center, typical peers are also present, and therapeutic opportunities for interaction are incorporated into many of the children's individualized treatment plans. A program designed to facilitate transition into an on-site behavior analytic preschool program with typical peers is also offered to appropriate candidates. 7857 E. 88th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317.849.KIDS ext 112, Email: jennyL@ appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org
Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood
The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. Address: 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email: jennyL@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org
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Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North
The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email: jennyL@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org
Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy West
The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-849-5437 ext 112, Email: jennyL@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org
language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email: email@example.com, www.thebaca.com
Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep
BACA Prep is a facility that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. BACA Prep helps strengthen each individual's life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene, self-help and sexuality while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior. BACA Prep is under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. John Esch, Dr. Pat McGreevy and Dr. Peter Gerhardt. 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038. Contact: Devon Sundberg. Phone: 317-436-8961. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.thebaca.com
Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z
The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-769-4335. Email: email@example.com. www.thebaca.com
ASD Services of Indiana
ASD Services is dedicated to serving children through adults with autism or other diagnosis in their homes and in the community. Our mission is to teach each individual the skills they need to lead their most independent life. Contact: Leah McKenzie, MS, BCBA Executive Director, Phone: 317-695-7876, Fax: 317-747-7786, Email: lmckenzie@ asdservicesofindiana.org, www.asdservicesofindiana.org
Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge. Providing service to central Indiana, Contact: Mika Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.autismconsultation.net
Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1
The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach
Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis
Pediatric dentistry for children and special needs patients of all ages. Our main priority is to make every patient & parent/ guardian feel comfortable and deliver the highest quality of care based on individual needs. We treat you like family! 9240 N. Meridian ste 120, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Tina, Practice Manager, Phone: 317-580-9199, Email: childrensdentistrystaff@ yahoo.com, www.indychildrensdentist.com
Integrity Behavioral Solutions
Integrity Behavioral Solutions provides early intervention services based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children from infancy to 7 years old. Our goal is to reduce challenging behavior and increase acquisition of skills. We do this through home and community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, behavioral consultation, parent training and coaching, toilet training, school transition planning, and program management. Contact: Becki Cook, Family Services Coordinator, Phone: 317. 914-3176, Email: info@ integritybehavioralsolutions.com, www.integritybehavioralsolutions.com
Middle Star Center
Indianaâ€™s original applied behavior analytic center based program that focuses on the distinctive needs of tweens, teens and young adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. Started in 2008, Middle Star is an age appropriate environment that allows each learner to practice and learn the skills essential to be as successful and independent as possible at home, in the community, at school and at work. 100% not-for-profit. Serving learners 10 and up. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: email@example.com, www.littlestarcenter.org
Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist specializing in providing dental care for infants, children and patients that have special needs. We provide routine dental care, fillings, in office sedations and hospital dentistry for all of our patients. We build long-lasting relationships with our families through active listening and understanding. New patients are welcomed! 10801 N Michigan Rd Suite 210, Carmel, IN 46077, Contact: Jennifer SatterfieldSiegel, D.D.S., Phone: (317) 873 3448, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.specialsmilesdentistry.com
Unlocking the Spectrum
Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Client's receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's clinic, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. 3901 W. 86th St. Suite 397, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director. Phone: 317-334-7331. Email: info@unlockingthespectrum. com. www.unlockingthespectrum.com
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WELCOMING diverse interests & needs Unique opportunities available at area schools
Local public schools are offering an increasing number of interesting academic and extracurricular options to their students. Advanced placement classes, International Baccalaureate degrees, diverse clubs and projects to join, community service programs – all of these opportunities allow students to explore their interests, build an impressive transcript and learn more about themselves as young people. Highlighted here are a few examples of what students can find at some of the public schools in our area. Sarah McCosham
Academic rigor At Hamilton Southeastern High School, there are both Advanced Placement and Dual Credit programs, which work with colleges such as Ball State, Indiana University and Purdue University. Within this district, Fishers High School (FHS) currently offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for students who attend FHS or Hamilton Southeastern High School (HSEHS), says Marianna Richards, Director of School and Community Relations at Hamilton Southeastern Schools. “In fact, both FHS and HSEHS appear on national best high school lists based on student performance and strong academic programs,” she adds. 36 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) offers a variety of magnet programs tailored to suit individual students’ interests and skills. Essentially, magnet programs function as “schools within larger schools” giving students more individualized attention. IPS currently has magnet programs focusing on environmental studies, Montessori education, performing arts, medical sciences and Spanish immersion among many others, with details available on the district’s website.
Extracurricular options Because of their size, public schools are often able to offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students in sports, music and special interest clubs. And because public schools usually compete with other similarly sized districts, many opportunities for competition exist. HSEHS boasts academic teams competing in state and national contests such as Mock Trial and We the People, says Richards. Meanwhile, FSH offers several visual and performance arts programs, foreign language groups and academic clubs. Indianapolis Public Schools offers an Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) which provides a curriculum that helps cadets develop life-long leadership and decision making skills. The JROTC program is currently available to students in grades 9-12 at five IPS schools.
opportunities and other enriching activities, says Director of Public Relations and Community Outreach Suzanne Rothenberg. “Not all of our students have a safe, supportive and stimulating environment to return to after school,” she says. “Through Club Phoenix, students have access to adults who can help them succeed. It’s important for public schools to offer programs like Club Phoenix as a way to take extra measures to ensure that students continue to grow and thrive academically, socially, mentally and physically,” explains Rothenberg.
All children should have the opportunity to feel a part of a community and local schools address that issue in various ways.
All children should have the opportunity to feel a part of a community and local schools address that issue in various ways. At Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township, Club Phoenix is a program designed to help students with academic assistance, community involvement
In addition, many public schools have programs that allow students to give back to their community. “Student leadership and service opportunities abound at all grade levels at HSEHS,” says Richards, “whether it be dance marathons for Riley Children’s Hospital, food drives for local pantries, walkathons or school supplies collection for African schools.” Community service is a critical part of the education model at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as Assistant Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer explains, “We strive to provide experiences and help students discover their own unique talents both in and outside the classroom.”
Given the wide variety of options available in public schools today, students have multiple opportunities to grow socially, emotionally and academically during these important years of their development.
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education & C H I LD C A R E schools & education
fishers Fishers Montessori
carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.
Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 16 years headteaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email: email@example.com, carmelmontessori.com
Clay Montessori A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.startinglinepreschool.com
The Montessori Learning Center The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182, elizabeth@ themontessorilearningcenter.com, www.themontessorilearningcenter.com
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A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
indianapolis // north A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. We offer a traditional Montessori preschool experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten program. Habitat is a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori. We have earned and maintained Full Membership in the American Montessori Society (AMS). A Children’s Habitat is a unique learning environment for children ages eighteen months to six years. We offer an early years classroom ages 18 months to 3 years, two 3-to-6 age classrooms, extended day options until 1:30 and Kindergarten. What makes Habitat outstanding is its curriculum, teachers, and close-knit community of families. 801 W. 73 STREET, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)7265584, Email: email@example.com, http://www.childrens-habitat.org
Arthur M. Glick JCC Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-through-play teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, 317-251-9467, emills@JCCindy.org, www.JCCindy.org
Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Fall School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm)
GUIDE Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-2596854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bez613.org in.us
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-5247090. Email: email@example.com, www.brebeuf.org
Bureau of Jewish Education The BJE challenges your child through a nurturing environment that stimulates creativity, community, learning through nature and outstanding academic programming. Highly trained teachers emphasize both group and individualized learning in the classroom with specialized area staff. Active learning and discovery are encouraged throughout. 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bjeindy.org
Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472, email@example.com, www.meridianstreet.org
Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.childrenscircle.org
Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Christian School Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine
Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-8493441, Admissions@heritagechristian.net, www.heritagechristian.net
Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff of trained and degreed lead teachers. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See Admissions/Tours Info Online, Phone: 317-721-2322, www.meridianhillscoop.org
Peace and respect for all is our main goal. Montessori Centres has worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, science, computer skilles, grace and courtesy, social studies, nature and outdoor gardening. 563 West Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone:317-257-2224, Fax: 317-2573034, Email: email@example.com, www.montessoricentres.com/
The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: khein@orchard. org, www.orchard.org
Park Tudor School
Financial Aid: $15,330 for Jr. Kindergarten; $17, 760 for Sr. Kindergarten-Grade; and $18,830 for Grades 6-12. Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages 3-5) - Grade 12. Uniforms/Dress Code: Dress code varies by grade level. Before/After School Care: Before- and after-school care offered. Open House Dates: Visit web site for a complete listing. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Cathy Chapelle, Phone: 317-415-2700, Fax: 317-254-2714, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.parktudor.org
St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, W, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in
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which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Mollie Smith, Director, 317-844-3399, smithm@stlukesecp. com, www.stlukesumc.com
our well-qualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: email@example.com, www.pollypanda.com
St. Richard’s Episcopal School
indianapolis // south
SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.strichardsschool.org
Sycamore School At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,. email@example.com, www.sycamoreschool.org
indianapolis // northeast Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased hands-on preschool program provides a widerange of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of selfworth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and
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The Children's Cottage The Children's Cottage is a privately owned preschool, providing a loving and playful environment for toddlers thru school age children. Our compassionate and experienced staff offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that stimulates creativity and promotes learning through play. Our small classrooms provide the individual attention your child needs and deserves. We are a paths to quality level three. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 5935 S. Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact Ann Derheimer or Echo Shepheard 317-787-2990
multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596
westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-8670158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.montessorischoolofwestfield.com
zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. Phone: 317-873-1251, Email: GROW@zcs.k12.in.us, http://cms.zcs.k12.in.us
Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street #7B, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: email@example.com, www.peanutbutterjelly.info
Wee Folk Childcare Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, Phone: 317-926-3640, Hours/Dates: 7:15 am -5:30 pm Monday - Friday, Ages/Grades: 4 weeks+, Religious Affiliation: Christian, Specialties: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers
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L E L GE O C
IS ON THE Horizon What younger kids should focus on now to be prepared Sarah McCosham
Is it crazy for a 5th grader to start thinking about what their major should be in college? Actually, no. The question of “what do you want to be when you grow up” starts to have some real significance even at this early age. While middle or junior high school may seem early to be thinking about higher education – it’s not. The SATs may be years away, but the groundwork for applying to college starts now. Fostering your child’s interests At this age, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to encourage the natural interests of your child. “Middle school is a great time for students to think about what they enjoy and what they’d like to learn more about,” says Mary Ellen Anderson, Director of Admissions at Indiana University Bloomington. “It could be sports, academics, volunteering – middle school is a good time for kids to figure out what they are into, and where their interests lie." As a parent, you know your son or daughter best, so talk to your child about what they like to do. “At this stage, it’s the parents’ job to encourage kids to pursue their interests, and facilitate this any way they can,” says Anderson. Is your son really into drawing, painting or other creative endeavors? Enroll him in art classes. Does your daughter have a natural affinity for science? Find programs that encourage her interest and enthusiasm. 42 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
Parents can also look at class or camp options at local colleges. “Many colleges offer programs for middle/junior high students; in fact, IU offers a number of camps and programs. In addition to being great outlets for kids, these programs help students get acquainted with the school and the way it feels.”
Getting on track financially
Challenging your student academically
Opening a 529 account is a simple way to get started. Parents can opt to contribute monthly, weekly or via payroll deduction. Plus, other people can contribute too, which is great for birthday or holiday gifts.
Your child spends much of his waking hours at school, so when it comes to classes, it’s very important for parents and teachers to have an ongoing dialogue. “Parents need to be proactive and work with the teachers to form an academic plan with their kids,” says Anderson. So, if your child naturally excels at math and science, make sure to sign up for advanced classes in these areas. “Challenge your child in what he or she is good at,” says Anderson. Not only will this help your child rise to their potential, but it also teaches important life skills, such as working hard and facing challenges – great lessons for college. Anderson adds that parents shouldn’t let their child shy away from subjects that are difficult. “Sometimes moments of challenge can yield the biggest payoff,” she says. “These moments can help your child become interested in a subject they never thought they’d like.”
College presents an enormous financial commitment, and it’s never too early to start saving. “One of the first things families need to realize is that, nowadays, almost every family is going to assume some responsibility for the expense,” says Anderson. “Parents need to start saving – and kids need to save, too.”
A number of college financial options exist for families to look into. “In Indiana, the state government is in tune with education,” says Anderson. “For starters, In.gov has a whole section on resources for student financial aid. Also, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a great resource for students and families. Lastly, the state of Indiana has the 21st Century Scholar Program – students sign up in the seventh grade, and receive assistance from the state and individual college. There are a lot of great programs to research,” she says. Still having a hard time imagining your middle schooler or junior high student as a college freshman? Most parents say these next years fly by. Although sending your child off to college may seem like a distant goal, investing the time now to explore their interests, develop an academic plan for high school and research financial options is time well spent.
COMMENTARY & PARENTING
Ask the Teacher >> Mid-year transfers, teaching by computer, “flipping” a classroom Deb Krupowicz
We are changing schools mid-year due to a job transfer. We were careful to select an area where we felt comfortable with the schools, but now that the move is about to happen, I am wondering how we can ever get up to speed with what has happened since the beginning of the year. What can I do to have a better understanding of the classes my kids are in?
As soon as possible, set up conferences with your children’s teachers and with an administrator.
When meeting with the teacher, request any handouts (or web links) given out at the beginning of the school year. Inquire about the daily routine and the teacher’s classroom management approach. Find out about what curriculum has been covered and ask if there are specific areas that will be the basis of other studies later in the year that you should review with your children ahead of time. If you are able to volunteer in their classrooms, take advantage of the opportunity to get an idea about the teacher’s style. This will provide an important frame of reference for things your children share about school. Help the teachers understand your children. Be open about their strengths and challenges. It may be tempting to ignore past problems, but if the teachers are aware of potential problems ahead of time, they can prepare strategies that may provide a solution. The more the teachers know about your children, the sooner they will be able to meet their needs effectively. From the administrator, learn about attendance and school absence policies. Have him or her explain the philosophy of the building. Finally, ask about parent organizations and opportunities to volunteer so you can get some firsthand experience with your new school.
Some of my son’s classes aren’t being taught by teachers with textbooks, but by a computer program. I am uneasy about this change, because it seems to diminish the role of the teacher. How can my son learn as much on his own as he would if a teacher were teaching the class?
Courses that are delivered through interactive computer programs promote individualization in a way that a teacher cannot. The computer program allows the students to advance at their own pace rather than
being at the mercy of the general pace of the other students or of the curriculum outline. Students will not find the roles of effective teachers diminished. Teachers will spend time monitoring individual progress and identifying where their intervention is needed for building understanding or helping students become individually responsible for their learning. Additionally, the teachers will create problem solving challenges and project opportunities to nurture student engagement that focuses on collaboration. As with any change, teachers and students need the experience of time with the computer program provided courses to know how to maximize their effectiveness. Questions to the teacher about how this course fits into the course sequence across grade levels may alleviate your uneasiness.
My fifth grade daughter has mentioned that her teacher is talking about “flipping” her classroom. What does that mean? How will it affect what my daughter is doing at home and at school?
The traditional classroom typically focuses on a teacher-provided lesson, a bit of practice and then homework to further master the skills taught in the lesson. When the classroom is “flipped,” a lesson is provided outside of the classroom via video clip. The video clip may be something that the teacher created or that she obtained online. The students view the clip prior to class and come to class ready to ask questions for clarification and engage in discussions and projects with the teacher in the role of facilitator. With this method, your daughter would use her homework time to watch and listen to the lesson for the following day. She would note questions as well as observations she has made about the new concept. Upon entering class the next day, she would be ready to ask questions based on what she learned the previous evening and then be ready to begin activities that the teacher has designed for developing student understanding. The teacher would be there to answer questions and guide your daughter to the desired outcome. A successfully “flipped” classroom should result in less stress for both student and parent at home and better utilization of the teacher’s time in engaging students in a workshop atmosphere. >> Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. JANUARY 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM
C O M M E N TA RY & PA R E N T I N G
The Words Between Us >> Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life Kelly Blewett
There is something beautiful about watching a baby watch the world. The emotions playing across the face of my 9-month-old daughter can be read so clearly. Amusement, fascination, peacefulness, fury and joy – babies might not be able to say much, but our communion with them can be rich and complete.
In some way, this first exchange is the beginning of what will become the biggest bridge of all. Language will become our connector, our method of communication, our code. But I wish words didn’t have to come between us, that we could stay forever in the nursery, beholding and beheld.
I say communion and not communication because that is what it feels like, hanging out with my baby girl. There are no words between us, no push-andpull. Instead, we share a constantly in- motion state of being. I watch her gaze at her hands, clasping and unclasping. I watch her pet the dog and belly laugh. I am beholding and she is beheld. She falls asleep in my arms and I imagine she doesn’t distinguish between my heartbeat and her own.
Still, I look at my three-year old and I think how often he surprises me – his jokes, his insights, even his lunch preferences (Greek yogurt today, little boy?). Perhaps my daughter’s face is not the open book I assume. Maybe there’s more going on there than I can even imagine. Perhaps when she stacks her blocks and suddenly laughs she’s gotten the most wonderful idea. And someday, she’ll be able to tell me. And I’ll be able to tell her some useful things, too. Things that will keep her safe, teach her about the world and maybe even shape the person she is going to become. Though I’d like to behold her forever, I also long to hear her voice. So this January, I toast my daughter. Let the conversation begin.
Until, of course, she starts to grow. Grow up, grow out, grow away. A few weeks ago she wouldn’t stop wriggling on the changing table. As a mom whose first baby rolled off and bumped his head, I had no hesitation in issuing some correction. “No,” I chided. Then, more forcefully, “No!” Her response read like a book: comprehension, disbelief, sadness, tears. And she stopped wriggling.
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COMMENTARY & PARENTING
Getting Out: Winter Edition >> True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert It's officially wintertime in the Midwest, which means the process of loading up three kids in the van just got a LOT more complicated. Gone are the days of deciding to go somewhere, slipping on flip flops, grabbing a bottle of sunscreen and heading out the door. Now it takes planning. Leaving the house is now an event in itself. First I have to get a winter coat on everyone. There's always a battle of kids not wanting to wear them. Next, it moves on to them trying to independently put coats on themselves. My kids usually say something like, "I got it" or "I can do it myself." Then there's that awkward moment when you have to help them, but pretend like you aren't REALLY helping them so you don't bruise their fragile little egos.
Finally, winter hats. We have so many winter hats, probably four or five for EACH one of us. That's twenty to twenty-five winter hats in our house. Then, why in the world, is it so hard to find three when you actually need them? Fifteen minutes later: Coats? Check. Mittens? Check. Hats? Check. Time to finally leave the house. Lord help me on those days when it actually snows enough that we need to locate and squeeze their oversized box feet into winter boots.
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Second, it's time to round up all the mittens. Let's see here, where did I last see them? There were a few in the car, we could look there. I think I saw the dog carrying around one, we could ask him. There are some still out in the yard from yesterday. Eventually after finding a dozen or so different mittens we are able to match three sets. Success.
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calendar D A I LY E V E N T S
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Penguin Party Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library Phone: 317-838-3801 http://plainfieldlibrary.net/ Join us as we celebrate those cool black and white birds. Hear penguin stories, play penguin bean bag toss, have snacks and make a penguin doorknob hanger to take home. Please register at www. plainfieldlibrary.net or by calling 838-3801.
03 FRIDAY 2014 Indianapolis Sport and Fitness Show >> Through Sunday, January 5th Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: General Admission: $10.00; Kids 5 & under: FREE Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-809-0669 www.indysportfitnessandhobbyshow.com/ 250+ Health and Fitness Exhibitors, FREE Health Screenings, Nutrition advice, FREE Samples, 50+ Sports and FREE Interacting activities for all attendees including the NFL PLAY 60 Zone from the Indianapolis Colts, a 6,000 sq. ft. Skateboard Park w/live professional entertainment, Archery and Tennis Lessons, Cornhole Tournaments, Golf Driving Simulator and various LIVE Exercise sessions every hour in our Fitness Zone.
04 SATURDAY PAWS to Read at Wayne Times: 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Wayne Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4530 www.imcpl.org 46 INDYSCHILD.COM // JANUARY 2014
Children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to Gracie or Dandy, Golden Doodles. This activity can help young ones improve their reading skills and self-confidence. Participants may sign-up for a 10-minute reading session with Gracie or Dandy.
05 SUNDAY Holliday Park Family Nature Club: Meet the Nature Center Animals Times: 1:30 PM Cost: Free! Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 www.hollidaypark.org Holliday Park and the Indiana Children and Nature Network are helping children connect with nature and their families. Join us the first Sunday of each month to have fun exploring the great outdoors. All ages, no registration required.
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07 TUESDAY Sketchy Tuesdays Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: 579-0304 www.hepl.lib.in.us/ Come by the TeenZone for Art Projects every Tuesday. We will be sketching, painting and sculpting projects. Some projects will be individual projects you can take home and others will be collaborative community art that will stay in the library. Don't miss it.
08 WEDNESDAY Teen Book Cafe Times: 6:30 PM Cost: Free
Where: Hamilton County East Library, Noblesville Phone: (317) 773-1384 www.hepl.lib.in.us Join us for snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and tea while we discuss great teen books. Stop by the TeenZone desk to pick up a copy of this month's title and be ready for a lively discussion! Registration is requested.
09 THURSDAY Bright Beginnings for Toddlers Times: 10:30 AM Cost: Free Where: Lawrence Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4460 www.imcpl.org Toddlers 1 - 2 years old and an adult are invited for simple stories, songs and playtime.
10 FRIDAY Prairie Tykes - Ring in the New Year Times: 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 http://connerprairie.org/Learn-And-Do/ Programs/Prairie-Tykes.aspx Connect with your little ones, ages 2-5. Come celebrate the New Year around the world. Weâ€™ll make dragons and perform a
dragon dance. Then we'll eat some lucky snacks. Reservations required.
11 SATURDAY Tell a Story on Stage with Story Pirates Times: 2:30 PM Cost: $10 / Members: $ 7 / Children 7 to 18: $5 / Children 6 and under: FREE Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art Phone: 317-920-2659 www.imamuseum.org Ahoy, matey! Get ready for Story Pirates to descend upon the IMA! As part of the Matisse, Life in Color exhibition, studentauthored stories about Matisse's work will be brought to life on The Toby stage by the Story Pirates. Armed only with original stories, puppets and a few props, Story
Pirates encourage kids across the country to write creatively, proving the pen is still mightier than the sword! Join us as we honor our student authors and their Matisseinspired work.
Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale and Marketplace >> Through Sunday, January 12th Times: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $2.50 tickets at MARSH or $3.50 At Door. Kids 12 & under FREE. Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-236-6515 www.FamilyEvents.com More vendors, more unique items, more for your money. The hunt is on. Indy’s bargain hunter’s paradise is back with over 600 booths, offering a plethora of items at unbelievable rock bottom prices. Treasure seekers will find antiques, collectibles, jewelry, new and used clothing, arts and crafts, furniture, electronics and more.
Fishers Ice Festival Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Fishers www.Fishers.in.us/NPD Come enjoy a beautiful evening full of illuminated ice sculptures at the Fishers Ice Festival. Arrive early to see the ice sculptures transform from ice blocks into elaborate pieces of art. If you come later, you can walk through the beautiful ice sculpture display as they light up the night.
12 SUNDAY Hot Jazz for Cool Kids! Times: 3:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Central Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4100 www.imcpl.org Children and families are invited to this outstanding series of free performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians. They are a
great way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! These hour-long programs are presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest.
13 MONDAY Two Times the Fun Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: R$6/NR$9 Where: Billericay Park Building, Fishers www.Fishers.in.us/Parks We will sing, dance, and play with rhythm instruments in this music and movement filled hour.
14 THURSDAY Holliday Park Small Wonders Preschool Program: Snow Times: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Cost: $5/child, pre-registration required Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 www.hollidaypark.org Explore the natural world through fun and creative activities and hikes. Hands-on experiences designed for children and their caregiver offer a chance to discover nature together. This is a parent/child class for ages 3 and 4, pre-registration required.
15 WEDNESDAY Earthly Adventure Series: Winter Trees Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: R$6/NR$9 Where: Cumberland Park Building, Fishers www.Fishers.in.us/Parks Ever wondered why some trees lose their leaves during the winter season and why others don’t? This program will help children 3-5 learn all about winter trees and what to expect during the snowy season. Registration is due by January 8 and the online registration code is EA Winter.
16 THURSDAY "Swan Lake"- Moscow Ballet Festival >> Through Saturday, January 18th Times: Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Cost: Premium Family 4-pack available - see website Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 http://thecenterfortheperformingarts.org The timeless story of Swan Lake is one of the most popular classical ballets of all time. Featuring iconic scenes, the ethereal beauty of the corps de ballet and Tchaikovsky’s magical masterpiece, the ballet tells the timeless tale of love’s triumph over evil. From its inception in 1877 in Moscow to the many productions mounted around the world today, Swan Lake continues to engage audiences and inspire new generations of dancers.
17 FRIDAY Preschool Tales and Treats: Rhyme Time
“Beloved Community” – Enjoy music, art, dancing, inspirational and educational speakers, poetry, a non-profit resource fair, and many other family-friendly activities during this annual event.
Ice Age Overnight >> Through Sunday, January 19th Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 AM Cost: $30 member/$40 non member Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 www.indianamuseum.org Join us for an incredible journey to Indiana’s Ice Age and a chance to sleep with the mammoths. This family-friendly event features behind-the-scenes tours of the natural history archives, an IMAX movie, personal tour of the Ice Age Giants gallery, games, contests and more. Check in on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and end with breakfast at 7:30 the next morning.
19 SUNDAY Holliday Park Outstanding Owls
Times: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Phone: 317-844-3363 www.carmel.lib.in.us Come hear stories, sing songs, and make a simple snack. Early literacy skills are emphasized throughout. Registration is required and begins Friday, January 10, online, in person, or by calling 844-3363. For children ages 3-5 & their caregivers.
Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cost: $5/individual Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 www.hollidaypark.org Incredible hearing and night vision are two of the amazing adaptations that allow owls to hunt in the dark. Learn more about what characteristics help owls survive and dissect a real owl pellet to discover what owls eat. All ages, pre-registration required.
Peace Learning Center's 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Fest Times: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: Free and open to the public Where: Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis www.peacelearningcenter.org/ This free event is open to the public and is a multigenerational festival to celebrate our
MLK Day at the Indiana State Museum Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 www.indianamuseum.org Join the Indiana State Museum in celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with demonstrations
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and activities throughout the day. Admission is free for each canned good donated to Gleaners Food Bank.
Harlem Globetrotters Times: 2:00 PM Price: see website Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis www.ticketmaster.com The idea behind The Globetrotters new World Tour show, "Fans Rule" ...is that YOU decide the new rule we add to Globetrotters basketball, a rule that could affect the outcome of the game! Don't miss out on all of the fun! See ad in Indy's Child or discount code.
Homeschool Enrichment Times: 2:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Hamilton County East Library, Noblesville Phone: (317) 773-1384 www.hepl.lib.in.us Homeschooled children, ages 5-12, gather at the library to learn and grow together. We will provide group activities planned around a theme each month. The themes will reflect the needs and interests of the group.
22 WEDNESDAY Toddler Tales at Nora Times: 10:30 AM Cost: Free Where: Nora Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4470 www.imcpl.org Toddlers and preschoolers up to age 5 with an adult are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. Wednesday story times are a repeat of the Tuesday programs.
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I Love a Piano
JCC Indoor Triathlon
Times: 11:00 AM Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis Called "a dazzling showman, masterfully musical, wickedly funny and amazingly versatile," pianist Rich Ridenour joins son Branden Ridenour (of the Canadian Brass) and the ISO for a concert as grand as a Steinway. Straight from the piano bench, hear celebrated hits from classical to classic rock, including a tribute to Liberace and Victor Borge.
Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Competitive: $35/Jcc members $30; Non-competitive $30/$25 JCC members Where: Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 251-9467 www.jccindy.org Athletes of all skill levels can keep their winter training on track by competing in the JCC’s for the 7th Annual Indoor Triathlon. Anyone age 13 and over is invited to take the challenge of swimming, biking and running twenty minutes each in the popular Indoor Triathlon at the Arthur M. Glick JCC. Register online: www.JCCindy.org; by phone: 251-9467; or stop by a membership desk.
25 SATURDAY Josefina Day Times: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Cost: Included in general admission Where: Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-636-WEST www.eiteljorg.org/ Bring your American Girl ® doll and join us for games and activities inspired by Josefina. Try colcha embroidery and play lotería, a Mexican game similar to bingo. Watch Ballet Folklorico dancers twirl in their colorful dresses. Enter for a chance to win your very own Josefina American Girl ® doll. (Doll not required. Most activities will be enjoyed by both girls and boys.)
Monster Jam brought to you by Casey's General Stores Times: 6:30 PM Cost: Tickets start at $10 Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Phone: 800-745-3000 www.MonsterJam.com Back by popular demand and the hometown hero, Tom Meents is making a huge return in 2014 with an outrageous attempt at a back flip driving the one and only Maximum Destruction. The Indianapolis show will also feature the ever-popular Grave Digger driven by Charlie Pauken for a total of a 16 truck line-up available at www. MonsterJam.com.
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Dragons and Chinese New Year Celebration Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: 579-0304 www.hepl.lib.in.us/ Celebrate the Chinese New Year with crafts and food. A chapter book about dragons will be read and discussed. Registration is requested.
29 WEDNESDAY A Downton Abbey Evening Times: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $100 VIP Reception, $35 Premium Seats, $25 General Admission Where: The Palladium At The Center For The Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: 317-843-3800 www.TheCenterPresents.org
Please join us for the kickoff of the Carmel Clay Public Library Centennial Celebration and fundraising event. "A Downton Abbey Evening" will be held on Weds, January 29, 2014. A VIP reception begins at 5:30pm where you can meet Jessica Fellowes and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages, obtain a VIP favor, live music and then proceed to enjoy VIP seating for the actual presentation.
Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Perfect Penguins Times: 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-848-7275 www.carmelclayparks.com This fast-paced interactive mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. The shorter length and fast pace make it perfect for active children with short attention spans. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers.
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31 FRIDAY Prairie Tykes - Gracious Groundhog Times: 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 http://connerprairie.org/ You will learn about the tradition of Groundhog day and explore how groundhogs and other animals cope when it’s cold outside. You will also make shadow puppets and look for animal tracks. For ages 2-5. Reservations required at 317-7766006.
Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art >> Through Sunday, January 12th Cost: $18 for adults, $10 for students with a student ID and youth ages 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and younger. Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art Phone: 317-920-2659 www.imamuseum.org Bright colors, bold shapes, and expressive lines make the work of Henri Matisse (French, 1869 – 1954) some of the most influential — and recognizable — of the 20th century. See more than 100 of his works at the IMA through January 12. Members free!
Hearthside Suppers >> Fri, Sat & Sun January 10th through Friday, January 31st Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $60/person; $55/member Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 www.connerprairie.org/ Ever wondered what people ate for dinner in the early 1800s? And how it was prepared? Discover those answers firsthand when you and your family join in the preparation of a candlelight feast served inside the historic Conner House. Recipes are straight from the pages of a 19th-century cookbook. During
this festive evening, you will tour the 1823 William Conner House, interact with costumed hosts as they tell stories about life in 19th-century Indiana and enjoy entertainment in the parlor. The main event will consist of preparing foods that will be cooked over a fire, and enjoying them by candlelight. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Reservations required.
Winter Fun Days at Conner Prairie >> January 2nd through Sunday, January 5th Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: $12/adult, $9/youth ages 2-12, Free for members & youth under 2 Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 www.connerprairie.org/ Get out of the house and enjoy your winter break during Winter Fun Days. Play modern and historical games then step onto the “Anything Can Happen” stage, where you can participate in a show Roll up your sleeves and explore the science of baking with Conner Prairie cooks to find out what makes bread, pancakes and other baked goods rise. Put your winter survival skills to the test and learn what skills were needed on the frontier, such as tracking, choosing the right supplies and more.
Disney On Ice: Princess & Heroes
Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
>> Wednesday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 26th Cost: tickets start at $16 Where: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-2500 www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/ High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning!
>> Through Sunday, January 19th Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: General admission ranges from FREE to $10 Where: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Phone: 317-636-WEST www.eiteljorg.org Enter a locomotive wonderland – a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday trimming.
IMA Make & Take >> Sat & Sun January 4th through Sunday, January 26th Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art Phone: 317-920-2659 www.imamuseum.org Each month, drop by the Star Studio Classroom to find new art-making projects inspired by works of art on view at the IMA. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. January's theme is Food for Thought - Design your own still life masterpiece. Using introductory block printing techniques create a work of art from scratch foam and chocolate syrup.
Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons >> Through Sunday, August 17th Cost: included with admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 www.indianamuseum.org/ The exhibition explores Ice Age animals and their environments, what happens at a real dig site and the research that helps us to understand prehistoric mammals. The exhibit also features real mounted skeletons and casts of Ice Age animals, as well as fossil tusks and skulls.
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