WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

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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"amazing intergenerational learning" education W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 152 snowmen with the kids—it's amazing intergenerational learning, and you can really see the relationship that grows between a 4-year-old and an 18-year-old." Simple exchanges of reading a book together or doing a joint art project is great for a child's brain development. "Last fall, college stu- dents and preschoolers worked on a pumpkin decorating project that became a fundraiser," says Putnam. "But really, it's not about the pump- kins—it's more about the conversations that take place and the verbal development. Having an older friend is a learning experience in itself. " Regis College students come from 15 different countries, which exposes the children to diversity and a true global experience in a safe, nurturing environment. In fact, Regis' honors program students taught the preschoolers about Haitian culture, climate, and customs. The RCC also serves as a teaching center for Regis students. Student teachers and work-study students help to maintain low staff/child ratios and are provided with rich opportunities to conduct on-site field observations and internships. "Our preschoolers and kindergarteners put on little white lab coats and explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) con- cepts in our labs. Our athletes come in and work on sports drills and older members of the community help with gardening projects," says Kelley Tuthill, vice president of public relations and communications. "They really use the resources of the campus." Last year, the Pre-K and kindergarten students engaged with kids at an orphanage in Haiti via a Skype session. "Regis has a program where we train nurses in Haiti, so it was a natural fit," Tuthill says. Another tough-to-replicate experience that the preschoolers are ben- efiting from is a connection with Regis College students and athletes. "The kids have formed a beautiful relationship with them," says Putnam. "There's something about student athletes and children— they really form a great partnership. The preschoolers have learned the basic skills of soccer, basketball, and tennis from the college students. "They're learning the baselines of those sports, but it's so much more than that," Putnam reveals. "Regis students will come and build C O U R T E S Y O F R E G I S C O L L E G E

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