Caldwell Middle School Residency Day 5 – Friday, January 11, 2013

 Friends:Friday, January 11, 2013 was day five and the final day of my residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council.It was such a fun day. All of the stories that the students wrote in their teams were shared in class. I gave out awards […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Award, Children, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Language Arts, Literacy, Organization, Performance, Reading, Stories, story theater, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Little “Read” Hen, writing
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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 2 – Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  Friends:   Today was the second day of my writing residency at Caldwell middle school through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council.     Today, the students began brainstorming story ideas using story prompts that included two animal characters and a situation. First, I modeled the brainstorming process […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Language Arts, Literacy, math, School Visit, Storytelling, Teacher In-Service, Teaching Artist, The Little “Read” Hen, Workshop, writing
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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

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Children, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Literacy, Reading, School Visit, Teaching Artist, The Little “Read” Hen, writing
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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

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, writing
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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

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Books, Children’s Books, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Language Arts, Literacy, Reading, School Visit, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Little “Read” Hen, writing
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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

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Folktales, School, School Visit, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Little “Read” Hen, writing
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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

Categories: Author, Children’s Books, Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Language Arts, Library, Literacy, math, Reading, Tangram Tales
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Klein ISD, Texas Tour – October 21-26, 2012

Friends: This past week, I toured in Klein ISD in Houston, Texas. I had a great time in five different schools. On Monday, I visited Lemm elementary. Linda Viehe was my host and is the school’s librarian. The students were so much fun! On Tuesday, I visited Middlestadt Elementary. Rachel Bullen is the school librarian. […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Halloween, Librarians, Library, Performance, School, School Visit, Stories, story time, Storyteller, Storytelling, Storytelling Tours, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, The House that Witchy Built
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Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear Book Launch

Friends: All month long, I have been launching my new book, illustrated by Marita Gentry, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear (Pelican Publishing), across Southeast Louisiana. Here I am, with Marita, at Octavia Books, with our book debut party on Saturday, October 13, 2012. We had so much fun hanging out with our fans! […] Read More

Categories: Book Signing, Book Store, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, New Orleans
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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

Categories: Author, Catholic, Children’s Books, Children’s Entertainment, Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Language Arts, Literacy, Louisiana, Mama’s Bayou, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Performance, Reading, School, School Visit, Storyteller, Storytelling, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, The House that Witchy Built
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