We have a special guest arriving in October! On Oct. 1 and 2, 2018, children's author Lola Schaefer will visit and speak with Canterbury School students in the Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School divisions. Schaefer has written more than 280 books for children, including picture books, easy readers and novelty books. An experienced speaker, she excites students with personal stories and shares writing tips she's developed during her career as a writer.
Her books have earned national recognition among book critics, and they are highly regarded among her youngest of readers. Her book "This is the Sunflower" (Greenwillow books, 2000) was one of her first critically recognized picture books, and "Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed" (Greenwillow Books, 2003) earned the ALA Notable Children's Book recognition.
Schaefer will share fun and engaging presentations that tie into students' current curricula during her visit at Canterbury School:
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
- 9 – 9:30 a.m.: Grade 1 students will participate in the "Understanding Story Elements in Fairy Tales" presentation, which ties into their Fairy Tale unit. During this activity, students will learn about developing characters and settings, as well as writing a beginning, middle and end to stories.
- 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Kindergarten students will enjoy a presentation of Schaefer's book "Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where Once a Flower Bloomed". This book compliments their seasonal fall unit, covering apples and pumpkins.
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Grades 5 and 6 students will hear Schaefer's writing presentation titled "Tools for Creating Narrative Writing Pieces."
- 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Schaefer will autograph pre-ordered books.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
- 10:15 – 11 a.m.: Grade 2 faculty and students will enjoy an interactive "Poetry Writing Workshop", where faculty will learn and practice methods for teaching poetry to young students. And students will learn more about poetry!
- 11:30 – Noon: Early Childhood students will learn about the author and several of her award-winning books, including "Because of an Acorn", "This is the Sunflower" and "What's Up, What's Down". Parents are welcome to join this session in the Lower School Commons.
- 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.: Grades 3 and 4 students will further explore their November-December genre study with Schaefer's presentation titled "Historical Fiction Narrative Writing".
- 2 – 2:30 p.m.: Lower and Middle School students will listen to Schaefer's presentation about her inspiration for, and methods for writing, "Arrowhawk."
You can pre-order many of Schaefer's books and have them autographed during her visit on Oct. 1. Simply complete the order form and return it to Patricia Reeves, Early Childhood Librarian; Helen Presser, Lower School Librarian; or Deb Williams, Middle School Librarian, by Monday, Sept. 17.A graduate of Indiana University's School of Education, Schaefer has worked as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten through Grade 7 for 18 years, as well as a graduate-level college professor who taught classes on writing in the elementary classroom. She's now a national writing consultant, traveling across the country and sharing her love of reading and writing in schools, at conferences and at workshops.