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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Jenzi Reed, a pre-Kindergarten teacher at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley and a 25-year classroom veteran raises another issue when it comes to free play, "I think that this notion of defining a line between protection and healthy opportunities for outdoor, active free play is an ongoing conversation. Children want opportunities to interact with each other and their environment that are engaging and stimulate their imaginations. But they're increasingly faced with planned activities. Being outside on a playground means free- dom and independence and ownership." So what are the implications of what these two, highly-experienced educators have to say? Consider this: Might the backyard play area and local playground operate as part of a larger whole and in turn be connected to a wider world, including woods, trails, hills and even townscapes? It might take some time to connect all those dots, to create opportunities for your child to gain the skills and maturity to enter into those different places. But isn't that part of growing up? And here's another factor: Some develop- mental psychologists place a child's "expe- rience of place" in the same rank as that of active play. In combining the two one can 54 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 Child's Play 4 D I N G S / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M Backyard hockey rinks are becoming very popular in our area and provide hours of fun on a cold afternoon

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