Charlotte and the Quiet Place

By Deborah Sosin/Illustrated by Sara Woolley

School Visits 201617

As a former Montessori educator, child and family therapist, and elementary-school workshop facilitator, I love working with children of all ages and backgrounds. I will collaborate with you to plan a lively, interactive program that can be tailored to your students' needs.

Here is a short clip from a recent visit with 34 kindergarteners (co-hosted by my niece, Mollie) at the Salisbury Central School in Lakeville, Connecticut:

Each presentation includes an interactive reading of Charlotte and the Quiet Place; content is adapted per grade level and group size.

Typical programs are Grades Pre-K–1 (30-45 minutes), Grades 2–3 (45-60 minutes), Grades 4–5 (45-60 minutes). Middle school and high school presentations available (60 minutes) or contact me to discuss extended writing workshops.

Schools may choose from the following programs:

Option #1

"Finding Your Quiet Place Inside": learning and practicing simple mindfulness exercises, including easy, fun ways to become aware of breath, sound, movement.

Option #2

"The Making of a Picture Book": discussion of the writing, revising, and publishing process. In-depth craft talk (for Grades 2 and up) includes PowerPoint presentation showing the evolution of the book from first ideas to rough drafts to final manuscript; and from first sketches to storyboards to galleys to final product. For older children, we discuss craft elements such as story arc, patterns, rhythm, rhyme, alliteration.

Option #3

Combination of #1 and #2: Mindfulness exercises and overview of writing and publishing process.


Presentations are limited to four classes each to allow for a fun, meaningful experience. Click here for rates.

2015-16 school visits included Salisbury Central School (Salisbury, Conn.), Indian Mountain School (Lakeville, Conn.), Park School (Brookline, Mass.), Thompson Elementary School (Arlington, Mass.), Cottage Montessori School (Arlington, Mass.).

2016-17 school visits included Citizens of the World Charter School (Mar Vista, Calif.), Hardy Elementary School (Wellesley, Mass.), Newton Montessori School (Newton, Mass.), Peirce School (Newton, Mass.), Cornerstone Academy (Northborough, Mass.), Wellesley in the Hills Nursery School (Wellesley, Mass.).

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