WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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their most pressing and mortifying questions. Questions are combined with other sections and tackled the next day. "We have an atmos- phere of trust so kids know that it is a confi- dential space," she continues. "They know we're all in this together and that we just to need to keep talking." Indeed, the curriculum is designed to keep the conversation going well beyond school hours. In fact, PPLM considers the parental component to be the most critical in the entire unit. In order to foster further conver- sation, Get Real has family activities attached to each lesson at all levels of the curriculum. "It might be as simple as a word search," says Slonaker, "or a favorite activity is to watch a TV show and talk about how relationships are portrayed in the show." The idea is to get rid of the red faces and start talking. The activities are just a spark; the hope is some discussion can catch fire. "I am huge fan of it,' says a Wellesley mother of a sixth grade girl. "The program emphasizes that you don't need to sit down and have conversation with a capital C. It doesn't have to be a formal meeting." The mother continues, "What I appreciated was that some of the activities required her to interview her father so it opened up the conversation with him too." However, WellesleyWeston Magazine con- tacted many Wellesley parents for their reac- tions to Get Real and most parents had never heard of it nor were they aware that their child was taking a sexuality course. "I asked 117 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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