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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low-cost undertakings, so they pay a high divi- dend in pleasure for a modest investment." Laura d'Angosse Perlman, the Director of Teddy Bear Preschool, with locations in Newton and Lincoln, echoes Fitzgerald's sentiments regard- ing independent play opportunities for children in the out of doors. "We encourage our children to go out every day, even in inclement weather. We do this because they thrive in nature and learn so much, both about themselves and the environment they inhabit. In playing the games they love, like "find the treasure" and "red light- green light," along with games of their own devising, imagination and social interaction are fostered." Whether engaging in free play inside or on the playground, Teddy Bear students benefit in an additional, very special way: teaching in French is given equal billing with English. In this way cognitive and physical skills achieve parity, with both fostered by play. A Lesson Once a very wise person said, "Play is the work of early childhood," and in that regard we can all learn a lesson. In nurturing the impulses of our children to test themselves against the circumstances they encounter in their play we reinvigorate our own humanity. Child's play is not something we leave behind in adolescence. It is a boundless source of creativity that when recognized and given free rein allows us to enter into an act of self invention that leads to a mature identity and the resilience we surely need to forge a path through life. Come to think of it, isn't now the perfect time to go outside and play? 56 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 Outdoor spaces at Teddy Bear Preschool L a u r a d ' A n g o s s e P e r l m a n

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