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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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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Bonko!

Friends: On Saturday night, my mom and I played Bonko, a fast-moving dice game where players rotate from table to table. I have never had so much fun playing a game with such a large group of people. It was an activity sponsored by the PTA at my daughter’s high school. I’ve never played before […] Read More

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Games: Valentine Variations of “Hang Man”

Friends, A couple of days ago, Eliana, my little 7 year old, created a new game. She was so excited yelling, “Mommy, Mommy, I want you to play my new game!” What she showed me astounded me. It’s simple but brilliant, a version of the classic “Hang Man.” She calls her game “Broken Heart.” First, […] Read More

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Stories on Board!, Ugly Dogs, Surprises, and Good Food

Friends: It was another eventful day. It started out with a meeting at Bissonet Plaza Elementary. The library media specialist, Ellen Miller, has been hiring me for eight years now to perform an annual residency with the students, grades PK-5. When I go to Bissonet, the students, teachers and staff are like family. It’s always […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, Author, Cooking, cuisine, Family Games, food, Games, Storyteller, Storytelling
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