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The mission of Professor Owl’s Book Corner is to provide specialized information to children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are ill or have needs out of the ordinary.

These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes  from the Variety Foundation.

Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest children’s books that have been released. There will be books listed for all ages so no one will be left out.

April 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome Back our new and improved Professor Owl’s Book Corner where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

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Sunday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day!

Light It Up Blue & WAAD

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), observed on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health priority. Every year on World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada celebrate its international “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families living with autism.

The Benefits of Reading

The benefits of reading start with the first book a baby hear and continue into childhood and throughout the child’s life.

If you are familiar with Professor Owl’s Book Corner you’ll know that I’m passionate about reading. I read a lot and have done so ever since I first learned how to do it. I read to my daughter from the time she was born and she has grown into articulate, smart young adult who made the most of her educational opportunities and has the tools to function well in society.

When I retired I took a course in the Laubach Literacy training to be a Tutor and spent several years volunteering at my local Learning Centre and found it the most rewarding volunteer work I had ever done.  I would spend my days teaching young adults. The ability to read well is the key to achieving the things that make life worth living: strong relationships, fulfilling careers and helping others.

Below are the 10 Benefits of Reading: The Top 10 reasons why reading is important and why children – and adults! – should read often and widely.

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Kids wh0 read often and widely get better at it

This is pretty much just common sense. After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything we humans do and reading is no different from anything else

Reading exercises our brains

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than, for example, watching TV is. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.

Reading improves concentration

Again, this is a bit of a no-brainer ~ Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story when they’re reading.

If they read regularly, they develop the ability to do this for longer periods.

Reading teaches children about the world around them

While reading, children learn about people, places’ and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them.

This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps younger children learn to read confidently and well.

Reading improves a child’s vocabulary  and leads to more highly-developed language skills

This is because children learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.

Reading develops a child’s imagination

This is because when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places’and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.

Reading helps kids develop empathy and it does because you’re identifying with the character in the story so you’re feeling what he’s feeling.’

Children who read do better at school 

And they don’t just do well in subjects like reading, English and history. They do better at all subjects and they do better all the way through school.  t subjects like reading, English, and history. They do better in all subjects and they do better all the way through school.

Reading is a great form of entertainment

A paperback book or an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle doesn’t take up much space so you can take it anywhere and you’ll never be lonely or bored if you have a book in your bag.

You can read while waiting in a queue, while waiting for a friend who’s running late or during a flight delay at an airport.

Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind

This is a critical point because these days we seem to have forgotten how to relax and especially how to be silent.

The constant movement, flashing lights and noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching TV, looking at a computer or playing an electronic game are quite stressful for our brains.

When we read, we read in silence and the black print on a white page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.

There you have it – the Top 10 benefits of reading!

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LESSON 2

 

TWO LETTERS – ONE SOUND  

Sometimes two consonants work together to make one sound that differs from the sound that either of the letters makes separately.

The consonants s, c, t, and w each work with h to make one new sound.

s + h says /sh/ in ship

c + h says /ch/ in chin

 t + h says /th/ in thick

w + h says /wh/ in wheel

Notice that ship has four letters but only three sounds sh ip

Each word has three sounds. Show the letters that make each sound by writing them on the lines in the four boxes.  The First one has been done for you.

 

Words                Sounds                              Words                   Sounds

 

wish                 w    i_ sh                               rich                     __  __  __

 

shot                 __  __  __                             chat                     __  __  __

 

shin                 __  __  __                             much                    __  __  __

http://laubach-on.ca/bookstore  All lessons shown are available along with the readersfrom the link above.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ send your answers to: professorowl@outlook.com. We will include a lesson every second Thursday along with a newly released book review and if you email in your answers. At the end of every month we will have a draw for everyone who emails their answers~ and one lucky person will win a book.

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 When I realized that there are two books in this series I just had to read book one first, so that I could do justice to the author Jen Estes and her fans.

Book 1

Fifteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries Book 1)

by Jen Estes (Author)

In legends, we are told if one dies in their dreams they will die in real life.

Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that this is not true because when she closes her eyes every night, she doesn’t dream Instead, she is tossed to the front row of her future self’s execution – fifteen years from now – monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.

For three months and counting, it has been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams – now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels – who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She must make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action, she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.

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Sixteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries Book 2)

by Jen Estes (Author)

Together her thorny family tree, deal with a friend’s untimely return, and pass her driver’s test – all before she turns… SIXTEEN.

This is the second book in author Jen Estes series ‘The Dreamwalker Diaries’, it is about a girl named Ashling Campbell who keeps having vivid dreams about witnessing an execution, in a dystopian world, where monsters were very much real.

She continues having the same dream, over and over, until one day, out of frustration, she breaks the dreamcatcher she has hanging in her room ~ clearly it was not stopping her nightmares ~ and instead of just seeing the execution happening, she’s living it; the woman her dreams have been dying for the past 3 months is her, 15 years in the future.

With the dreamcatcher no longer shielding her, Ash’s dreams are no longer just dreams; she unknowingly developed the ability to astral project herself into her future self’s body while she’s asleep, and subsequently alters her future by doing things different in the present.

Sixteen delves deeper into the history of the Jumlin, and the Dreamwalkers, giving the reader a better understanding of what drives each. Ash is still coping with what happened in the first book, and trying to figure out how to fix what went wrong. This is proving difficult, however, because her dreamwalking window has closed. She seeks the help of Dr. Dietz ~ the neurophysiologist from the college sleep lab, only to find things are a lot more complex than she originally thought.

In this second book of this series, we get to see what happens when Ash’s past, present, and future collide

Things get interesting and once I started reading this story I could not put the book down until I had finished it.

When I closed the book, I was speculating if there will be another book in this series.  I hope so it was a great read and kept me hooked to the end.

Available from: http:// www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com   and other fine bookstores.
We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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They say time waits for no man, but what if it did?

What would you do if you had the ability to control time? Would you make your time at school speed up? Would you make the weekend last longer or perhaps give yourself more time to write? Would you go backwards or to the future?

Photo~Make time to write.

Your mission should you choose to accept it…

Write a story about what you would do if you had the ability to control time.

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒

 

It’s APRIL and CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂

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Attention all aspiring  authors:

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,ooo words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up. Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories. So sign up today!  See you at camp!

 

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Variety Village

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EASTER VENDOR MARKET

Hippity hop on down to Variety Village for our Easter Vendor’s Market on April 8th. 2017


JOIN US!
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:30am-3:30pm
Members and non-members welcome!
$2 Donation for ENTRY into the market.

We have a wide range of vendors including:
Avon, Deezignzz, Nature’s Serenity, Steeped Tea, Usborne Books, Arts & Crafts Vendors and more!


Easter Photo booth!

Cipriano Palmer photography & cinematography will be here in the lobby to take photo’s from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
$8 for one 4 x 6 photo or $20 for three 4 x 6 photos. The first 20 guests will receive a free picture frame!

All proceeds from photography will be donated to Variety Village.
Click to learn more about Cipriano Palmer photography & Cinematography.

For more information on the event or to register a Vendor table please contact:
Avinash Sudama

asudama@varietyvillage.on.ca

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VOLT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

For the past season, 12 of our youngest Volt Hockey players have been training hard and are now ready to challenge YOU to our first annual Volt Hockey game! We are looking for 4 teams interested in a friendly competition against our newest Volt Hockey teams.

$100/ Team (3 players) 3 on 3: Round Robin
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 4 teams (minimum required)
9:00AM – 4:00PM Trophy/Medals
Variety Village Food & Beverages Included

What is Volt Hockey? Click here to learn more.

GET REGISTERED!
Chris Murdoch
Manager of Teams/Team Events
416 699 7167 x255

cmurdoch@varietyvillage.on.ca

 DRUM ROLL….

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Pizza Nova raised $107,101 during the That’s Amore Pizza for Kids day sale on Tuesday, May 10!

Thank you to everyone who supported the sale and our greatest thanks to Domenic Primucci and all the franchise owners and their staff who worked tirelessly all day to make this the best year ever!

 March of Dimes

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Independence for Future Empowerment) program at March of Dimes Canada, that supports youth with physical disabilities transition into adulthood responsibilities,

If you love the TV show “Storage Wars” then you will love
Access Storage Charity Auction for March of Dimes Canada!

May 28, 2016 at 11 a.m.

31 Steve Fonyo Drive, Kingston, Ontario

On Saturday May 28, 2016, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Access Storage in conjunction with the March of Dimes Canada, will be holding a charity storage units auction at 31 Steve Fonyo Drive in Kingston, Ontario.

How it Works

Just like you see on the TV show, the door of the storage unit will be opened, you will be allowed to take a peek at the unit (without entering it) and the bidding will start. Once the bidding starts, the individual with the highest bid will win the storage unit.

Dave Zuma from Station 14 will be back as host and a BBQ will be held for all those who attend to enjoy!

All of the auctions and BBQ proceeds will go to the March of Dimes Canada programs and services to help people with physical disabilities.

Bid on storage units, support a great cause, and win some treasures! 

http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/events/special/Pages/Access-Storage-Charity-Auction.aspx

We look forward to seeing you at the BBQ and auction on May 28th!

For more information on the above events, please contact www.marchofdimes.ca

 

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 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resourses for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.

www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.

www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Variety Village’s Hero Madi Ambos’s Story #WATWB

Hello, this is my first official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB) post ~~ “Welcome!”

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month the #WATWB  bloggers will share these stories. Each month we’ll have five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Lynn Hallbrooks, Simon Falk, Belinda Witzenhausen, Damyanti Biswas and myself. 

I am very excited to be part of this group and share with others my main passion in life. Over the past ten years, my partner and I have published an online newsletter for and about children with disabilities.  A long- time dream of mine has been to celebrate the resiliency of these children and what happens when they have the tools and knowledge to achieve their dreams. Over the years Variety Village Toronto has shared with us the stories and journeys of some of their heroes. Those who have achieved their dreams through the tools and support they received as soon as they walked through Variety Village’s door and met their dedicated staff.

Variety Village is a world-renowned leader when it comes to education about inclusion, awareness, advocacy, accessibility and the integration of children and adults with disabilities within their communities.

Variety has supported thousands of individuals who we like to call heroes on their journey by making their communities, programs and services more inclusive places to live, work and play.

I recently shared a post on another blog that talks about one of these amazing heroes. Please read the story of Madi, one of Variety Villages special heroes.

 

Madi’s Store ~ as told by her mother Katherine Ambos

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I’m grateful we have a place like Variety Village. Our children are accepted, safe, comfortable, and included at their “second home.”  Madison and all the kids’ like her need your support. Variety …

Would you speak for peace? Announcing ‘We Are The World’ Blogfest #WATWB

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It is very hard these days to open news feeds or social media, and not be faced with ‘Doom and Gloom” which is more than depressing. In my blogs and emails, I always try to promote positivity so when I received the invitation to join this wonderful group, and spread a little sunshine in the world I just jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this Blogfest.  There are some very wonderful and talented members in this group, we just cannot fail to brighten the feeds around the world. Welcome!


Social media and news in recent times has been filled with hate and negativity. Just as you cannot fight darkness, only light lamps, Hate and Negativity cannot be fought. You need to bring Love and Positivity forward instead.

I bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:

Belinda Witzenhausen, Carol Walsh,Chrissie Parker, Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur UppalKate Powell, Lynn Hallbrooks, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Rich Weatherly, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath 

“We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many cases of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.
We will link to charities supported by the co-hosts, and you could choose to donate to some of them or add links to local charities you support, so we could all chip in to a good cause if we like.
Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.” The first post for We Are The World Blogfest is on the 31st March 2017.

Please see below to find out how you can join us!

~~~GUIDELINES~~~

1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
6. To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List below.

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Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Please feel free to join us or share these posts with the #WATWB hashtag

Thank you for visiting Professor Owl’s Book Corner!

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March 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome Back to the “NEW” Professor Owl’s Book Corner where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

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You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

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Literacy skills are often taken for granted by those who have them, it is assumed that everyone has learned to read and write. Adults and young adults who have trouble with reading and writing often want to improve these skills but find it difficult to begin the process. It can be very difficult for some people to admit “I have never learned to read or write.”
I have always been a self-proclaimed book geek and can never have too many
books. I just loved to read whenever I can. Several years ago, a young teen came to stay with my husband and I. He was a bright young man, who only was able to read at grade five level and really wanted to learn more,so he asked me to teach him. He was successful in improving his skills by the time he went home.

It was around this time, I first learned about the volunteer opportunities at our local Learning Centre. I took the Laubach Literacy course and spent several years tutoring there and to be honest, I found it to be the most rewarding volunteer work I have every done.

We will be showing you in our new series how to get these skills or improve the ones you do have by using Laubach Literacy Aids and at the same time have some fun doing it. If you know someone who would like to improve their skills, please show them these and perhaps help them if they need it.

Literacy pioneer and missionary Frank C Laubach discovered that literacy empowers and enriches people’s lives. His work began in the Philippines in 1930 and he continued teaching literacy to impoverished people in one hundred and three countries for over forty years.
If you have a computer or iPad we will list other websites below where you can play games to improve your skills, get help with your homework.

We will also give you information on literacy, learning challenges and recommend the new books being released, and at times some old classics.

When I contacted The Laubach office they really liked our ideas for Professor Owls Book Corner and gave us a lot of encouragement.

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Lesson 1.

Some Tricky Consonants

The sound of x is made by putting the /k/ and /s/ sounds together ~ /ks/.
The sound of qu is made by putting the /k/ and /w/ sounds together ~ /kw/.
Sounds Like Correct Spelling Sounds Like Correct Spelling

bo ks box kw ack quack
fo ks fox kw ilt quilt
si ks six kw ick quick
mi ks mix kw iet quite

In each sentence below, circle the misspelled word that contain the /ks/ and /kw/ sounds. Write the words correctly on the lines that follow.

1. The teacher asked for kwite so she could kwickly give the directions.
2. That boks of books is kwite heavy.
3. The foks was so kwick we didn’t see it sneek by.
4. My mom always lets me miks the batter while she fikses the pans.

                 X Words                                                        QU Words

__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________
__________________________ __________________________

If you would like to complete these lessons and email them to Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ send your answers to: professorowl@outlook.com. We will include a lesson every second Thursday along with a newly released book review and if you email in your answers. At the end of every month we will have a draw for everyone who emails there answers~ and one lucky person will win a book.

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The Marked
(Knight’s Academy Book 1)

by Emerald Barnes (Author)

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Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

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This was a great book, well written with interesting characters and story line. Once I started reading this story, I just could not put it down until it was finished. That left me wanting more so I am looking forward to the new books in this series, soon, I hope.

To learn more about this great book and meet Myka and Mylo the characters in this new book of the month new release.

Interview with Myka and Milo

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Scratchling Trinity

by Boyd Brent (Author)

(To be released March 1, 2017)

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No one knew the importance of the Scrachling-born, until now. When a desperate orphan called Eric Kettle scratches a desperate cry for help into a wall in 1840, little does he know that it’s about to be answered by luckless Max Hastings in 2016. Both Max and Eric are soon to discover that they’re Scratchling-born, and that along with Ellie Swanson, a no-nonsense Scratchling veteran, they are destined to form the Scratchling Trinity. With an evil headmaster, a flying boat, two vengeful giants and a clutch of ghostly helpers along the way, they are off on an incredible adventure! The Scratchling Trinity is the much-anticipated novel by Boyd Brent, author of The Lost Diary of Snow White trilogy.

Available from: http:// www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com   and other fine bookstores.
We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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Is it just us, or do your socks mysteriously disappear when you do the laundry? You know two go in the dryer but only one comes out? You search high and low but to no avail… doesn’t that ever make you wonder?

Your mission should you choose to accept it…

Write a story from the point of view of a lost object.  Are you actually a lost sock or did you plan a daring escape from the dryer?

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


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Attention all aspiring  authors: Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,ooo words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up. Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories. So sign up today!  See you at camp!

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Variety Village

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SPRING PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS HERE! Persons with a Disability PHONE-IN March 1 @ 8:00am | General Registration IN-PERSON March 4 @ 7:30am

MARCH BREAK: March 13-17, 2017

March Break Camps are available during the week that elementary, middle and high schools are closed for the March break or spring break. These are primarily day camps and offer parents the opportunity for care other than daycare, that keep your kids engaged, active and having fun.

Download the 2017 March Break Camp Registration Form

Camps

 

Variety Village is pleased to offer several camps to children of all abilities* including March Break Camp, Holiday Camps and Kid Development Day Camps (camps that fall on days that are PA/PD days within the Toronto Board). Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our Variety Village camp experience includes:

  • A 76,000-square-foot gym, two indoor pools and a 200 metre indoor track;
  • A combination of sports, swimming, games and training activities – all under one roof;
  • A fun way to learn new skills, make new friends, and enhance self-esteem;
  • An inclusive and barrier-free environment with experienced camp counselors

 

DRUM ROLL….

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Pizza Nova raised $107,101 during the That’s Amore Pizza for Kids day sale on Tuesday, May 10!

Thank you to everyone who supported the sale and our greatest thanks to Domenic Primucci and all the franchise owners and their staff who worked tirelessly all day to make this the best year ever!

If you would like any further information on any of the events shown above

PLEASE CONTACT:  Variety Village

Address: 3701 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON M1N 2G2

Phone: 416-699-7167

www.varietyvillage.ca

Open ~ Tue 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

 

March of Dimes

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OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends

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High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends from The Young and the Restless

Sunday, April 2, 2017 The Westin Calgary 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary

VIP Ticket Holders Meet & Greet  12:15 p.m.

High Tea  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Autographs & Photos for all guests 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

March of Dimes Canada’s fourth annual Calgary OpportuniTea High Tea will take place at The Westin Calgary, 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, on April 2, 2017. The event features actors from the top-rated North American soap opera The Young & The Restless, including Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael Balwin) who will be co-hosting the event, Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), and Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore).

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY

High Tea & Show tickets  $100

Patron preferred seating tickets  $125

VIP Circle of Friends tickets  $250

Our goal is to raise $40,000 at this event to support Alberta Peer Support Programs.

88% of all funds raised will benefit MODC’s

Conductive Education® and Peer Support Programs in Calgary.

  Co-Host Christian LeBlanc

(Michael Baldwin)

Bryton James

(Devon Hamilton)

 

Elizabeth Hendrickson

(Chloe Mitchell)

 

Tracey Bregman

(Lauren Fenmore)

Linda OlsenGlobal Calgary News Anchor, will also co-host the event with Kate Linder. The tea will include a Question & Answer session with the cast, an amazing raffle, silent and live auction, autograph signing and photo opportunities! Guests will also go home with a gift bag full of goodies.

Visit OpportuniTea Calgary 2017 website, where you can purchase your tickets online and find out more information about the event.

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available To sponsor this terrific event, please contact Linda Yielding at 416-425-3463 ext. 7290

1st Annual Celebrity Bowling for Dimes

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Ballroom, 145 John Street, Toronto, Ontario

 

On Thursday March 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March of Dimes Canada will be hosting our First Annual Celebrity Bowling for Dimes Tournament at the Ballroom, 145 John Street, downtown Toronto. Teams will consist of 4 bowlers and a special celebrity (1/2 lane), or 8 bowlers and 2 celebrities (full lane).

 

Come meet:

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  Co-Host  Steve   Anthony                        Sean Jones

 

PLUS MORE CELEBRITIES TO COME!

All proceeds from registrations and pledges will benefit our L.I.F.E. (Learning Independence for Future Empowerment) program at March of Dimes Canada, that supports youth with physical disabilities transition into adulthood responsibilities.

For individual bowlers that raise over $1,000, they will be entered into a draw for a 60″ Sharp Television (retail value over $1,600)! We will also be holding a very select auction – what might a celebrity have to auction off you ask? You will have to come out to see!

REGISTER NOW!

Visit Bowling for Dimes at www.marchofdimes.ca/Bowling for more details and to register.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact:

Linda Yielding

Manager, Special Events and Fundraising

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

Phone: 1-800-263-3463 ext.7290

lyielding@marchofdimes.ca

 

Opening Doors for Accessibility

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Windsor on February 24th and in London, Ontario, on March 31st!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this free community resource showcase.

Opening Doors for Accessibility Windsor

 

Date:  Friday, February 24, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:

 

 Riverside Banquet Hall  1286 Lauzon Road, Windsor, Ontario
Fee:  Free  (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include / Au programme:

March of Dimes Canada’s Assistive Devices Program

Home & Vehicle Modification Program

Windsor Accessibility in Action

We Are Able

Stroke Recovery Groups

Aphasia Program at the University of Windsor

Stroke Community Navigation

Employment Services

and much more!

** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.

Opening Doors for Accessibility London

 

Date:  Friday, March 31, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location:

 

 Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre  591 Wellington Road, London, Ontario
Fee:  Free  (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include / Au programme :

Home Modifications

Aging in Place

Introduction to Adaptive Driving

Living Beyond a Disability

Connect Care Alarm System

Keynote by Paralympian, Dave Willsie

Presentation by Michelle Allen from Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Inspirational Speaker Kevin Bulmer

and much more!

** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.

RSVP

Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at events@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à events@marchofdimes.ca.

** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend.

For more information on any of the above events, please contact www.marchofdimes.ca

 

 wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resourses for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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 UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner~Weekly Book Review for YA~January 14. 2017

Carve the Mark

by Veronica Roth (Author)

To be released ~ January 17, 2017

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 Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

This book is about the survival of a boy and a girl, but it is also about the survival of humanity, a nation, a planet, a galaxy. Can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another

This is a great book, so easy to read not boring at the least, the world building is beautiful, you really get an understanding of the two nations on the planet.

I was unable to predict the ending of the story there was never a dull moment. The characters in the book grow a lot and change. You can feel the pain of the characters. There is a lot of violence in this book, and action, and not very much romance at all.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

 

Coming this Spring ~ A new version and look for Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ We would love to have your feedback, let us know what you would like to see here.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ January 7, 2017

Chronicles of the Last Days

(Dragonsfall Book 3)

Kindle Edition

Myril doesn’t need prophecy to see that her world is going to end – the city is sinking before her eyes. Foreign ships fill Anamat harbor, bringing foreign traders bent on pillaging the city’s treasures – with help from the governor – as the people of the city flee across the sea to hostile lands.

Myril’s guildmaster calls on her to help save the Chronicles of Anamat from the pillagers. Meanwhile, her old friend Darna needs healing, Iola wants to go to her death in the dragons’ realm, and the Defenders are airing their secrets at just the wrong time. She begins to wonder how much the people she loves are to blame for the fall of Anamat.

How will anyone, or anything, survive when the waters rise again?

This book has dragons, magic, and sword play. It is a classic fantasy story. I would recommend it from 14 and up.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

About Author

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Thanks to my grandmother, Nancy Woollcott Smith, I started out in life with the delusion that writing was a thing grown-ups did. Becoming a writer seemed almost as realistic an ambition as becoming an accountant, though less lucrative. That delusion led me to a couple of decades of irregular and mostly profitless work, but it’s also kept me going.

In high school I wrote two novels with a friend. We passed chapters back and forth in between classes. They were written on paper, the first book long-hand, the second on computer. That was before the internet. During the fall and winter after I graduated from college, I wrote a novella/poetry collection, still unpublishable or at least unmarketable. I sent it to about a half dozen agents and collected their more-or-less gentle rejections.

At age 31, I launched into my current project, a multi-volume epic fantasy about the last generation of a land animated by dragon-gods. I set it aside when I had my first baby, and I’m not 31 any more. I’ve also written a stand-alone Regency romance, a historical fantasy novella, and a screenplay.

The first two books of the series are available now on Amazon and will return to most of the noteworthy ebook retailers in April. I hope to release the remaining books in the series some time in 2016.

Keep checking in. I’ll let you know if anything interesting falls out of the keyboard.

You can join my mailing list for news of new books, giveaways, and other major events.

Here are links to some of the non-fiction articles I’ve written in recent years:

Passive Solar in Vineyard Style

Serving Hands  in Vineyard Style

Quansoo Farm in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center  in Vineyard Style

Two young women to volunteer in Africa in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Brickyard in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Artisan’s Festival in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Tiffany Smalley  graduates from Harvard in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Solar Energy in Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas