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

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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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Guam Day 3 – Amazing!

Friends: It was another¬† amazing day in Guam. My day began with my arrival at the Guam Council of the International Reading Association meeting at the Nikko Hotel in Tumon Bay.¬† I was scheduled to present an hour and fifteen minute workshop to the membership. After membership business and before my workshop began, the Talafofo […] Read More

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Guam Day 2 – Wow!

Friends: The above picture is the morning view from my ocean front room at the Fiesta Resort Hotel. Wow! My day began with Cyndy Pruski picking me up (she’s with the Guam Reading Council) to head to Finegayan Elementary School in the northern part of Guam. Again, there was a warm welcome. The school made […] 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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