The Fessy Den Blog

Pre-K Specials: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

In most middle and high schools, elective courses are offered to students to supplement core classes (English, math, science, history). You may even remember electives as your favorite subjects in school. Did you master the art of photography in a dark room? Perhaps you developed culinary techniques in home economics? Research suggests that it is...
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The Gift of a Challenge

The holiday season is the time of year when we find ourselves scurrying around during the hectic shopping days of December, searching tirelessly for that perfect gift for each of our loved ones. The powerful urge to bestow them with whatever will make them happy is difficult to resist, even though we know that the...
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Best of the Fessy-Den Blog 2018

  Before we ring in the New Year, we are taking a look back at some of 2018’s most popular Fessy-Den Blog posts. From our teachers’ advice on how to help boys embrace reading and math, to the story behind Fessenden’s Running Boy, we hope you enjoy The Best of the Fessy-Den Blog 2018.  ...
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The ABCs of Middle School Boys: ‘B’ is for Belonging

This is part 2 of a three-part series. In part one of this three-part series, we addressed the distinct challenges and fears that come along with parenting a middle school boy. We assured you that feeling uncomfortable and uncertain about your parenting techniques is normal, and that it’s healthy and developmentally appropriate for your son...
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Why Your Child Needs to Learn How to Code

Not long ago, coding seemed like something that was unattainable for the average person. It seemed complex, out of reach, reserved for über smart Silicon Valley archetypes. Today, coding skills are not only becoming more readily accessible to the average student, but they are quickly becoming integral to success in the 21st century. Over the...
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The ABCs of Middle School Boys: ‘A’ is for Acceptance

This is part 1 of a three-part series. So you’re the parent of a middle school boy and you’re wondering where your sweet, well-mannered, and bright-eyed child went. You may feel as though you’ve lost control—that your regular parenting techniques are no longer working and you can’t seem to connect with your child. Not only...
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Is a Quality Pre-K Program Essential to Your Child’s Future?

Importance of Pre-K

If you’re preparing for your young child’s academic journey to begin, you may have encountered the term “kindergarten readiness” in your research. But what does it actually mean? How ready does your child need to be for kindergarten? It may be hard to reconcile an image of your spirited three-year-old with a vision of a...
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