Stories on Board Residency: Day 1; March 31, 2008

Friends: Today was my first day presenting my “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games From Favorite Tales” residency at a New Orleans area school. This is my 8th year at this school; they have a very special place in my heart. In fact, my first book, Story Fest, is dedicated to this school. I began […] Read More

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Storytelling Residency: Stories on Board Preparation 3-30-08

Friends: I spent most of the day preparing for my residency at a New Orleans area school (I have been a teaching artist at this school for 8 years!). I am doing a two-week artist residency at an elementary school (PK-5) presenting “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales.” For grades PK-2, I […] Read More

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Soleil Paints “Aria di Amore” 3-27-08

Friends: Soleil, my 17 year old daughter, the artist, was asked to donate a piece of  art to the New Orleans Opera Association’s charity ball. This is Soleil’s description of her art: “This is a very special, original piece by Soleil Lisette Casas commissioned especially for the New Orleans Opera Association in keeping with the […] Read More

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Meet the Next Big Children’s Book Author/Illustrator…

Friends: My 17 year old daughter, Soleil, had to do a children’s book project for English V Honors. The book is about a young girl named Holly Wood who is afraid of taking risks. She doesn’t like riding bikes, roller skating or swimming. The catchy chorus running throughout the book is preceded by a question: […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 10 – Final Day!

Friends: Today was the final day of my Louisiana Story Fest residency. The above is a drawing by Ivan, a first grader, of my story, “The Cajun Cornbread Boy.” The gator in the middle has a red mouth, full of cayenne! I stayed up late Thursday night assembling treat bags for my third, fourth and […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 9

Friends: It has been a wonderful two weeks visiting all the classrooms of the school where I am the teaching artist-in-residence. I feel like I have truly made deep connections with the students and the teachers. Today was bittersweet, because it was so wonderful and because it was my last day to visit the classes. […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 8

Friends: It was another happy day at school. The morning began with the school on “lock down.” Third, fourth and fifth grade classes were engaged in interval testing to prepare them for their big standardized testing next month. Fortunately, my first class was second grade. What a delightful group of students. They listened so intently […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 7

Friends, At the end of this week, on Friday, my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will perform their “Louisiana Story Fest.” Each grade will perform for each other as well as lower grades and parents. Each class is performing a Louisiana folktale that I have adapted into a story theater script just for that […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 6

Friends: It was quite warm today, in the 70s so the above bulletin was appropriate. :) I am back at the school, where I am the teaching artist-in-residence, doing a Louisiana Story Fest. Last week, I was off because the school had a big week being evaluated by a team from the State Department of […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 5

Friends: Today was another great day at school. Again, I had terrific classes that needed little correction, as a whole (there are always one or two in each class that need stronger discipline). Here is a picture of me telling stories to kindergarten-aged students. We had so much fun! This is a picture of us […] Read More

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