Book Craft: Leaf Man – Leaf lllustrations

Friends: Leaf Man is a fantastic book by Lois Ehlert where the leaves transform into people, birds, fish, vegetables, trees, and more. It’s a great book for the Fall but works year round because trees are everywhere! Materials: Lots of different leaves in varying colors Sheet of white paper Pictures of animals (if you wish) […] Read More

Categories: Art, book craft, Children’s Book Illustration, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Reading
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Jump, Jiggle & Jam! Friday, April 11, 2008

Friends: Today, I performed my “Jump, Jiggle & Jam” program for a PK-5 elementary school in the Metro New Orleans area. I had so much fun with the students. I saw about 600 students in two assembly performances in the gym. The show is a rousing and energetic performance of favorite folktales “remixed with rhythm, […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Folktales, Games, Kids, Kids SHow, Language Arts, Literacy, Performance, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 8; Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friends: Today was my eighth day doing my Stories on Board Residency at a school in the Metro New Orleans, Louisiana area. Every day this week, the library has been hosting the Scholastic Bookfair. Of course, I can never get away from a book fair without spending any money. There was no shortage of top-notch […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 7; Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 7 of my Stories on Board residency. Wow – what a great day! The work that was created today was absolutely amazing. My day began with 50 first graders in one room. Because my first grade class was canceled yesterday, we combined two classes. Though it was crowded, both classes really […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 6; Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 6 of my “Stories on Board Residency.” What a day! In the 8 years that I have been the artist-in-residence at this school, never once have I been late. Today changed that record. There was a big accident that clogged traffic for miles, causing me to arrive at 9:00 am (first […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Kids Room, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Story Fest, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 5; Monday, April 7, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 5 of my Stories on Board Residency. For the lower grades (K-2), I told the story of “The Littlte Red Hen Makes a Pizza” and sang my original song, “Pizza Party.” Then the students played the game I created based on the story of “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Weekend Work & Play; Sunday, April 6, 2008

Friends: They say that “All work and no play makes Dianne a dull girl.” So Dianne took some time out to have a little fun. I went to a Hornets basketball game with Antonio, my husband. We had so much fun (yes, the Hornets won!) rocking out to music, cheering on the players, and participating […] Read More

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Stories on Board Residency: Day 4; April 3, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 4 of my “Stories on Board Residency.” I had so much fun today. My first class was first grade. They had a blast. Here is a picture of some first grade boys playing “Gingerbread Jam.” It was wonderful to witness the teamwork and camaraderie between the students. First grade set the […] Read More

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Stories on Board Residency: Day 3; April 2, 2008

Friends: It was another wonderful day at school. My kindergarten through second grade classes really enjoyed playing “Gingerbread Jam.” There was a lot of teamwork, with students really cooperating and working together to play the game. The first grade teacher commented at lunch, “Thank you. We really appreciated the work you did in class today. […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 2; April 1, 2008

Friends: Even if it is April’s Fools Day, how can your day start off wrong when you receive a note like this first thing in the morning? “Dear Mommy, you are the best in the whole wide world! You are my angel! I love you so much! Have a great day! Love, Eliana” So sweet! […] Read More

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