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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

K-9 Learning

List of 19 news stories.

  • Is Your Child Overscheduled? Four Signs that it’s Time to Cut Back

    October 26, 2022
    Conventional wisdom holds that today’s kids are overwhelmed by a hectic extracurricular routine composed of club sports, dance teams, and tutoring - and that all this “enrichment” is causing undue stress and anxiety. However, Vi-Anne Brown, Director of Counseling Services at Fay School, cautions against automatically accepting the maxim that being busy is bad.
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  • Five Tips for Planning a Great Staycation

    February 8, 2022
    A staycation can be just as relaxing as a vacation getaway - maybe even more so! If you choose to stay local for your next school break, here are a few tips for planning a memorable and fun week for your kids. 
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  • Holiday Books for Young Children

    December 2, 2021
    Are you looking for a new book to share with your family this holiday season? Do you want to introduce your child to different holiday traditions from other cultures? Check out our list for holiday books from Fay's Primary School Library. 
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  • Conquering Back-to-School

    September 3, 2021
    It’s that time of year again. You linger over magazine spreads of elaborately organized homework stations and color-coded family calendar systems, and you develop the sudden conviction that a label maker will change your life. It’s September, the month that has a way of bringing out the inner organizer in all of us. While it’s tempting to think that redesigning your child’s workspace will transform your school year, it’s actually the habits that you cultivate this month that can have the greatest positive impact. Here are seven tips for easing the transition from the lazy days of summer to back-to-school.
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  • Three Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language in Early Childhood

    July 9, 2021
    Parents tend to focus on the fundamental skills taught in Kindergarten, such as reading, writing, and numeracy. The opportunity to learn French or Spanish in Kindergarten might seem dispensable in comparison. However, research has shown that early foreign language study can influence a child’s brain development and lay the foundation for future academic success.
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  • Four Ways to Make Summer Reading Goals A Reality

    June 8, 2021
    Summertime, with its relaxed routine, family vacations, and travel, can seem like the perfect opportunity to rededicate yourself to reading with your child. However, the summer slide is no myth! All the things that make summer such a great time to read can also make it challenging to establish and maintain any sort of routine.
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  • Four Essential Skills Kids Learn from Design Thinking

    March 18, 2021
    Preschool is not too early to nurture design thinking skills. When kids design, create, and build, they learn how to make a plan, problem-solve, handle frustration, and they learn the value of refining their ideas to make them better.
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  • Five Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

    Jan. 20, 2023
    Sam Renshaw is the Camp Director at FaySummer, which has offered a summer camp program at Fay School in Southborough, Mass, for over twenty years. FaySummer offers full-day and extended-day summer camps with special interest, sports, and academic immersion options. As parents start to evaluate their options for the summer, Sam shares his best advice for what to look for in a great summer program.
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  • The Play is the Thing: The Benefits of Play-Based Learning

    Dec 14, 2020
    While Kindergarten parents tend to focus on traditional academic skills like literacy and numeracy development, play is an equally important, and often overlooked, component of a child’s elementary education. 
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  • Great Summer Reads for 5-8 Year-Olds

    May 28, 2020
    This summer may be different from the usual routine, but one way to make those long days fly by is with a good book. At the close of each school year, Fay School's librarians curate lists for the students in each of our divisions (Kindergarten - Grade 2, Grades 3-6, and Grades 7-9). These books are designed to challenge and inform - but, most importantly, to entertain, and to reinforce the joy of reading.
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  • The Case for Coeducation

    Jan 14, 2020
    Single-sex education is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Although research on its benefits has been largely inconclusive, the argument that boys and girls are hard-wired with different learning styles that should be accommodated can feel compelling to a parent who wants to make the best educational choice for their child. What is often missing from this discussion, however, are the significant benefits that students of both genders gain from a coed learning environment.
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  • Four Essential Skills That Children Gain From Strong Arts Programs

    Oct 23, 2019
    While parents of elementary-age children tend to focus on a school’s literacy or math curriculum, art and music - the so-called specials - can fuel a child’s academic development in ways that are equally essential to their success. 
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  • 15 Great Nonfiction Titles to Read Aloud With Your Child

    Mar 6, 2019
    As parents and teachers, many of us gravitate toward reading stories rather than nonfiction. However, the truth is that children love reading nonfiction, especially when you are reading it aloud to them and can answer the many questions that bubble up. Nonfiction books are filled with information, and children are eager to understand the world around them. 
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  • Transitioning from Homeschool to a Traditional Classroom Environment? Here’s Why Private School Might Be a Smart Move

    Feb 14, 2019
    It’s impossible to talk about homeschooling without first acknowledging that parents choose to homeschool for a wide range of reasons and that there is no “one size fits all” approach to a homeschool program. Just as diverse are the many reasons why parents may choose to transition to a traditional school environment at some point in their child’s schooling. The impetus could be a change in the family’s schedule, a desire for increased social stimulation with their peer group, or the need to prepare the student for a mainstream high school or college experience.

    Transitioning to a private middle school for the seventh or eighth grade--or to a school like Fay that also offers a capstone ninth grade program--can be a great way to manage the transition to a traditional school environment while maintaining the academic rigor and specialized attention of a homeschooling experience. Here are some features to look for as you consider making the transition.
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  • Three Key Study Skills That Every Student Should Have

    Feb 13, 2019
    While there are always one or two students in every class who just seem hardwired to excel in school, the reality is that most kids have to learn the organizational skills, test-taking strategies, and executive function skills that will make them strong students. Schools that explicitly teach their students the study skills and habits of being a successful student provide their students with a distinct advantage.
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  • 28 Great Read-Alouds to Share With Your Child

    Dec 17, 2018 
    On the hunt for a great read-aloud to share with your child? Look no further! This list includes classics and new wonders to read aloud to your children. Books are listed alphabetically by title, and descriptions are adapted from publisher descriptions or the Fay School library catalog summaries. We hope they will ignite imagination, foster conversation, and keep the pages turning!
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  • Why Is Ninth Grade So Important?

    Oct 30, 2018
    Compared to other stages in childhood development, ninth grade has not traditionally been considered as a pivotal moment. But that’s starting to change, and with increasing frequency, researchers are pointing to ninth grade as a key year for children’s academic growth.
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  • Ace That Test! Your Exam Prep Checklist

    Jan 29, 2018
    Fay’s Learning Services team shared this helpful checklist with our seventh graders as part of their fall Study Skills course ( which you can learn more about here ). If you’re getting ready for a big exam, try following these pointers so you can ace that test!
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  • Four Ways to Boost Your Child’s Communication Skills

    Oct 4, 2017
    Families maintain a hectic pace. With the 24/7 demands of an always-on professional world and the pressure of staying on top of school work, sports, and evening activities, it’s easy for the communication between parent and child to turn into a series of commands and responses. “Finish your homework! Grab your hockey bag!” However, it’s important to remember that we lay the foundation for our children’s communication and social skills early on.
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About Fay School

Fay School was founded in 1866 and is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States. Our 66-acre campus is located in Southborough, MA, just 25 miles from Boston. Our community includes 475 students in kindergarten through grade nine and includes 150 boarders in grades 7-9  from across the United States and over 20 countries. Fay is recognized around the world for its superior educational program, and our graduates are accepted to top secondary schools. Fay's program empowers students to discover their talents, develop their intellectual abilities, establish essential academic skills and knowledge, and define their moral character - all essential to living a life of meaning and making a positive difference in the world.

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