What Happens in the Pasture Stays in the Pasture
By Allison Flores
The Cuero Record
Retired from teaching at Cuero ISD and St. Michael’s Catholic School for a total of 44 years, JoBeth Stiles-Caskey has moved onto a new venture: becoming an author.
What Happens in the Pasture Stays in the Pasture is a children’s book written by Caskey and illustrated by Anna Cusack that features stories about adventurous animals that face some thrilling oppositions, making new friends along the way.
As Caskey explained in an interview, the book works to increase a child’s vocabulary, along with incorporating 10 comprehension skills which will aid in their ability to score higher on reading assessments.
“A lot of the times, I [taught] at-risk children–children that testing was hard for them,” stated Caskey, “and it was the vocabulary that was hard for them.”
She continued to explain that some issues for students arise when language is regional (northern, eastern) and that during her time as a consultant at St. Michael’s, she began making word lists that could be used to help children.
“If I could find [students] funny stories with vocabulary that would be on the tests, they’d understand, and they could develop study skills on how to take tests,” said Caskey.
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