Children's author Lorna Schultz Nicholson stopped by Sir Sanford Fleming Elementary to read from her new book Puckster Goes To The Olympics and she brought with her a surprise guest - Puckster, the mascot for Hockey Canada.
For the excited Grade 1 students, their Monday morning quickly turned into mini-pep rally for Canadian hockey and reading. Teachers and students joined in cheering for Puckster and Team Canada chanting, "Go! Canada! Go!"
"It is so incredible when an author can visit our school and read their books to the students," says Michelle Valdecantos, Teacher-Librarian at Fleming Elementary. "Author visits engage students and get them excited about reading and writing."
Having brought with her a variety of books for students of all ages, Nicholson spent the day reading to students, answering questions, and discussing topics like teamwork, bullying, and self-confidence.
"Students love to learn about how authors get their ideas and inspiration. They also love the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback about their favourite books. Older students, in particular, find that they are able to connect with the story's characters which will help them as young adults," says Valdecantos.
With a background in human performance and coaching, and a marriage to Bob Nicholson, President and CEO of Hockey Canada, Nicholson's books use the arena of sport to explore topics relevant to children and youth: relationship choices, bullying, teamwork, family dynamics, resolving conflicts, group roles, understanding and expressing feelings, commitment and perseverance.
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