The Fessy Den Blog

3 Things You Can Learn About Educating Young Boys – A Male Early Education Teacher’s Perspective

Male teachers are a rarity in American elementary schools, in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten education, especially. According to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the more than 600,000 preschool and kindergarten teachers in the U.S. in 2014, less than three percent were men. So, as a male kindergarten teacher, Fessenden’s Keith Fortier...
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Designed For Play: How Fessenden’s New Playground Helps Boys Learn

When visiting families see the new playground at The Fessenden School, one thing stands out right away: It doesn’t look anything like a playground—not the ones they grew up with, anyway. Fessenden’s playground has no slides, swings, or monkey bars. In fact, it has nothing you would recognize as traditional playground equipment. “A traditional playground...
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4 Skills That Will Help Your Son Do Well in Kindergarten

Whether your son is starting kindergarten at 5 or 6, that fateful day will be here faster than you think. You know you’ll never be truly prepared to let him go but you want to make sure he’s ready. Kindergarten brings with it all kinds of new experiences, expectations, and interactions for your son. It’s...
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3 Reasons to Give Single-Sex Pre-K a Second Chance

Your quest to find the pre-kindergarten program in the Boston area that fits your son perfectly has stalled. Nothing seems quite right. Is it time to give up or compromise? Before you relax your standards, we suggest taking a second look at a category of pre-K programs you may have dismissed out of hand when you...
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Why Private School Transportation Is Easier Than You Think

You have enough trouble just getting to work—especially if you live in an area like Boston, with some of the worst traffic in the country. The prospect of dropping your son off at a private kindergarten program in another town, adding another stop to your already headache-inducing commute, is hardly appealing. The kindergarten program might...
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Does a High-Quality Pre-K Matter? What Researchers and Teachers Say

Is pre-kindergarten just a place to leave your child while you’re at work or are there actual academic and developmental benefits to starting your child’s formal education the year before he starts kindergarten? As the research piles up, it’s becoming clear that an academic jump-start at 4 years-old can launch children down the path to...
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