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Even Monsters {Giveaway}

Even Monsters, by AJ Smith giveaway

Putting four kids to bed is no easy task. Sometimes it’s the second hardest part of the day (morning rush takes the gold) and Chris and I try to take turns putting them to bed. But sometimes, it’s just so crazy that it takes two of us and we need to divide and conquer. However, [...]

Kindergarten Sight Words: Tips and Tricks

Kindergarten Sight Words

The term “sight word” is exactly that – a word we must be able to read in a split second when the word is presented without having to decode. Sight words are often used interchangeably with high frequency words and word wall words. What are word wall words anyway? Word wall words are words that [...]

How To Choose A Preschool for Your Child

Bright Horizons Learning Center

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Bright Horizons.  Let’s face it, kindergarten isn’t just pretend play and blocks anymore. The standards and expectations are both much higher than they were when we went to school. And with the common core curriculum being implemented across the nation, assessment data is driving a lot [...]

Win Your Very Own Laminator {Giveaway}

Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator Giveaway @anniestow

Not another back to school post? What the heck? Am I the one getting all back to schooly too early? Maybe so. But this is for good reason. I just got my very own laminator and one of you lucky things is going to get one too. In just a couple weeks, I’ll be back [...]

10 Tips for a Successful School Year

First Day of School

For those of you who may not know this, I am a teacher.  This September marks my 14th school year ~ um, seriously?  Wow.  Where did that go?  I began my career in Chelsea, MA. teaching fifth grade for two years.  Then I moved on to the Sudbury Public Schools for five AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL years [...]

Let’s Talk About Poop

Four Years Old is Fun!

Let’s face it, we like talking about poop.  We laugh about it, scream about it, run across the kitchen with our trunks at our ankles yelling, “I weawwwwy gotta go!”  Well, some of us do that. So when my mom blogger friend’s, Kate Hayes, new book All About Poop arrived in the mail yesterday, it sure was [...]

Great EsCAPEs: Book Review and Giveaway

Children's Book About Cape Cod

Congratulations to our winners:  Noreen and Christine!   In less than two weeks, the Stow family will be back on Cape Cod for another fun-filled week of beach, beach and more beach.  We had such a wonderful week away last year that we decided we had to do it again, but this time we’re testing [...]

Vanilla Gorilla: A Review!

Vanilla Gorilla Big Lettuce Studio:  Boston

Vanilla Gorilla Big Lettuce Studio:  Boston Got a child who likes poetry and learning about exotic animals from all over the world?  You should check out Vanilla Gorilla, written by David Harrow and illustrated by Judith Krimski.  The illustrations were created using a technique called collage art, and they are quite exquisite.  Your child will [...]