"A person without a sense of humor ...

...is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road." ~Henry Ward Beecher Coming up on Friday and Saturday Night, May 17 and 18, will be the Rowayton Civic Association's Comedy Night. It will be the 24th such event in our community, thanks to our friend Craig Spinney, who's son Sean went to Five Mile River Nursery School. The very first Comedy Night was to have featured A. Whitney Brown, and was held in the community room at the Community Center as a benefit for the Rowayton PTA. Craig played rock music on his guitar, and we all had a fine time talking to one another, because our feature act never arrived. We nevertheless laughed and enjoyed ourselves dancing and

How Does Your Story Start? Early Literacy Development ~

How Does Your Story Start? Author and Kindergarten teacher, Vivien Gussein Paley, built her curriculum around the stories of the children in her class. The process of dictating, transcribing, illustrating and re-enacting their personal stories became the foundation of each child’s literacy. Children learned the conventions of story telling. They learned that stories have a sequence: a beginning, a middle and an end. They learned the words, “Once upon a time…” that indicate a story’s genre, whether it is real or make-believe, and it’s setting in history. As they acted out their stories, they took on adult roles and learned through imitation, appropriate social behaviors and began to understan

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