Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 2


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Jack and the Beanstalk

Friends:

As you walk down the hall of this school, Jack and the Beanstalk greets you with a big grin. Look at the door next to Jack. You can see the scale of the mural. Story book characters decorate the walls in the halls of this school. I will post one every day so you can enjoy the art too. What a cheery sight as you’re walking down the hall!

Except for today’s weather (rain, lightning, flooding and tornados), it was a delightful second day at the local school where I am performing a story theater residency. The day began in a preschool classroom where I shared Louisiana stories, songs, and scarf activities to Cajun and Zydeo Music. The highlight of my day occured here. The preschool teacher said that a little girl who had NEVER participated in any group activities since the beginning of the year, participated in my activity. She said it was an incredible breakthrough. I was so touched and humbled by the power of the arts in education!

A fifth grader told me, “Ms. Dianne, you’re the best teacher I ever had!” Working with children puts such a smile on my face. Below, you will see 4th graders portraying a bus careening down a mountainside. They did such a marvelous job acting out their roles.

4th Grade Bus 2-12-08

The teachers and the staff at this school have been phenomenal. They are so cooperative and helpful. They truly made me feel like part of the faculty, a member of their “family.” Plus, the students are a treasure. Below, fourth graders are portraying a woman walking her dog in Central Park, New York.

4th Grade Dogs

I look forward to another day of the joy of sharing stories! Vivre Louisiana!

Warmly, Dianne