Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 5 – Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Friends: Wednesday, December 12, was my last day at Bissonnet Plaza Elementary. It was a weeklong residency and I had an amazing time. My first class was Ms. Roos’ first grade class. I shared my book, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, and they made the cute T-Rex Mardi Gras masks. Adorable! My next class was Ms. Finley’s […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Artist Residency Day 4 – December 10, 2012

Friends: Today was my fourth day at Bissonnet Plaza Elementary. My first visit was actually an assembly program for pre-K and kindergarten classes. It was held in the cafeteria and the students and I had so much fun. I performed Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, and “Bandana Man.” The little […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 3 – Monday, December 10, 2012

Friends:   On Monday, my first class was Ms. Duhe’s first grade class. I was right in the middle of telling my story, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, When the fire alarm went off. We all had to evacuate the classroom. Fortunately, it was only a drill so we were all able to […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 2 – Friday, December 7, 2012

  Friends:   On Friday, I visited Bissonnet Plaza Elementary School for the second day of my artist residency. I visit the school every year and I just love it. My first class was Ms. Mora’s fourth grade students. Using my upcoming book, The Little “Read” Hen, I teach them the elements of writing from […] Read More

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“The Hyena and the Ant” by 4th Grade Students from Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Wednesday, December 6, 2012

  Note from Dianne: The following story was created by the authors and illustrators listed below from Ms. Morrow’s fourth grade class at Bissonet Plaza Elementary School in Metairie, Louisiana, where I do an artist residency every year. This year, we are focusing on writing.   “The Hyena and the Ant”   By Jasmin and […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary 2012 Residency Day 1 – Wednesday, December 6, 2012

  Friends:   Today was the first day of my annual artist residency visit to Bissonnet Plaza Elementary school. I will be at the school for five days, teaching the steps of writing to third through fifth grades, and sharing stories and a craft with the lower grades. My first visit was to Ms. Morrow’s […] Read More

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Craft: Picture Book Month Owl – Friday, November 16, 2012

  MAKE HOOTIE, THE PICTURE BOOK MONTH OWL Supplies: 1 4-inch paper roll Markers Crayons   Directions: Push down one side of the top of the roll. Then push the other side of the top of the roll, creating owl “ears.” Look at the Picture Book Month owl on the website http://www.picturebookmonth.com. Draw the features […] Read More

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Tangram Tales at the St. Bernard Parish Library – Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friends: Last Saturday, I was at the St. Bernard Parish library performing my Tangram Tales family workshop. It was so much fun working with the grown-ups and the kids, teaching them how to use tangrams. I taught them how to make their own tangram set, how to format the pictures with the Tangram shapes, and […] Read More

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Author Dianne de Las Casas Featured in Great Lives in History Series

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Sacred Heart Elementary Author Visit – Friday, September 28, 2012

Friends: Last week, on Friday, I did an author visit at Academy of our Sacred Heart school in New Orleans. I saw pre-K through fourth grades and had so much fun with them! Even the itty-bitties stayed still for my stories! There was a lot of fun audience participation. I told a variety of my […] Read More

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