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Former Fort Frances Resident Promoting Gratitude in First Children’s Book

By Randy Thoms Aug 10, 2022 | 9:07 AM

An educator and former Fort Frances resident will be featured tomorrow at the Fort Frances Library and Technology Centre.

Nicole Thomson will be reading from her children’s book, “The Little Things: Finding Gratitude in Life’s Simple Moments.”

Thomson says it became her COVID project.

“When I was teaching kindergarten for many years, I did a lot of book readings. I had a huge collection of children’s books. I kind of always thought about maybe one day I could write my own that teachers could use in their classrooms. So during COVID, I decided to actually put pen to paper and write the book,” says Thomson.

Thomson, who lives and works in Greenstone, choose the topic of gratitude and how to teach young about what it is and enjoying the little things in life.

Not long after completing the book, she added a journal to compliment it.

“It was because I started practicing gratitude, mostly right before I moved away from Fort Frances. I really found that writing in my journal and just having that mindset of what I can be grateful for brought back a lot of opportunities into my life. I found it helped me get through some hard times and a lot of change going on in my life. I found that it just helped me so much that I feel like kids need to learn how to do this at a young age so that they can kind of face challenges and change in the future that they’re obviously going to have,” says Thomson.

The book has branched her into supporting other teachers in the classroom.

She started The Fulfilled Classroom, an online resource that helps teachers and parents to extend gratitude in the classroom and at home.

“I wanted to do more than just children’s books. I wanted to create resources for teachers. I started with some lesson plans that could go along with this book. I’ve got some other resource-type things that teachers can go on and use, challenges to do in their classroom.”

She’s also expanded it into families. She says many of the ideas she promotes in the classroom can be done at home as well.

Thomson will be at the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre on Thursday, August 11, at 1:30 p.m. for a reading and book signing.



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