- Child Development
Events in Our Nation's Capitol
Today’s events in Washington D.C. have been intense and unsettling to our nation and to each of us. We know that our children may have seen or will see the news footage and will have both questions and concerns. As we move through the days ahead everyone of us will be working to understand the facts and implications of the events and navigating the same with our children.
We are confident in our teachers’ capacity to navigate the feelings, thoughts and questions that may come up with our students as appropriate to their age.
Mrs. Kohls, Dr. Resendez and Mr. Sampson will be working with the Aspen Academy faculty (and the team from the World Leadership School who are also working with our 4th-8th grade students this week), to provide space and time for students to share their thoughts, wonderings and concerns. The middle school team may choose to address the day’s events as part of a history unfolding, or in response to what the students are bringing to the class as would be appropriate for that age group given their current or recently former courses of study in Civics and American History.
As parents and educators, each with our own feelings and thoughts, it can be difficult to know what to share with children. One of the most important things we can do is to provide our children with the developmentally appropriate facts and to protect them by avoiding oversharing of our own concerns and anxieties as well as avoid exposing children to heightened news stories or images about any crisis situation. When children see continued images on a news loop, it is as if the event is happening again and again. When asked by your child or student about an event, it is important to remember to answer the question on a level that the child or teen is asking. One of the most important things to remember is to answer what is really being asked rather than sharing the adult lens of what we think is being asked or what we are considering.
If your child/student is in need of additional emotional support beyond what you are providing, please reach out to our Elevate Team via our Elevate Director, Jessie Skipwith. Our administrative team will also be visiting classes throughout the week to check in with students and teachers.
Now, is a time to build bridges and resolve differences in our world. I’m enormously thankful that the Aspen Academy community stands deeply in the values that allow those things to occur.