Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ November 2013 Newsletter

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Welcome to the New Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

The wonderful world of books!

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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

 

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Bullying

By Sylvia McGrath

Over the past few years I have been doing a lot of research on children with special needs. It really upset me when I realized from my research that a child with a disability is more likely to be physically or verbally bullied than his typically developing fellow students.
Bullying has become a serious problem affecting many children and teens, however it is not likely that most children, especially those with special needs, will walk up to their parents and tell them, “I’m being bullied.” Bullying can include name-calling, violence, or exclusion, and must be identified and addressed as soon as possible. The objective is to pinpoint the signs of bullying and take preventative measures against future incidents. This can make all the difference in the life and educational progress of a child with special needs.
Here are some things we can do, as parents, to ward off bullying and protect our children:

Explain bullying:
* Depending on what your child can understand, describe what bullying is, what kinds of behaviour are unacceptable and explain that bullying is wrong.
* Some disabled children, who are used to being stared at, receive comments, and remarks, become used to subtle forms of harassment.
* They may not be entirely certain that what is happening is bullying, especially if it feels normal
Support your child:
* Support your child with knowledge!
* Tell your child exactly what they should do when bullying happens.
* Be very specific, even giving the exact words to say, like, “Stop teasing me!” or “Leave me alone.”
* Tell your child to say nothing and simply walk away. Tell them exactly who they should then go and talk to at school if it happens.
* Let them know that they must tell you right away…
Cleanliness & style:
* Teach your child proper hygiene habits, and outfit them in stylish clothes.
* Whether or not your child looks “right,” can make a huge difference with how they are treated by peers.
* Your child is already different, so don’t let their clothes and grooming cause further distinction.
Stay in contact:
* Stay in very close contact with your child’s special education teacher, social worker, school counselor, or anyone who is directly involved with your child’s school placement.
* Frequently “check in” for reports on how your child is managing amongst their peers.
* Ask your child how things are going, and look for signs of depression or negative feelings about school.
* You could also enlist the help of another responsible student at the school (a relative, neighbour, or friend’s child) to keep an eye out on your son or daughter, and let you know if anything seems amiss.
Supportive friendships:
* When friendships start to flourish, teach your son or daughter how to maintain them.
* Have your child invite friends to come for ice cream, or watch a movie.
* Your child may need assistance and suggestions on how to be a friend, but do not be too forceful.
* Carefully observe whether their friendships are true and not deceitful attempts to take advantage in some way.
Obtain a peer tutor:
* A peer tutor can be a role model, school assistant, and protector of your child.
* Talk to the special education director in your school district, or the principal. Almost all schools have peer-tutoring programs, which could be extremely beneficial.
Set-up an IEP meeting:
* Address any problems with bullying that you see.
* Explain that the current situation is not working, and changes need to be made.
* Be specific. Perhaps your child would do better in a self-contained classroom.
* Maybe a peer tutor, classroom change, or schedule adjustment is needed.
* Get the school “team” working on the issue.
* Students who bully should be reprimanded through the school. I would suggest you work with school officials to address the matter.
* Do not contact the perpetrator’s parents yourself. Bullying could be a symptom of bad parenting, so you might not get the results you’d want, anyway.
Take action if needed:
If you disagree with any decisions regarding your child’s education, or how things are being handled, you have options.
The following is an Exceptional Resource for All Adults Who Care about Safety for Kids
The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults:
Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Advocacy, & Confidence
for Young People
http://www.kidpower.org/store/kp-book.html

KidPower
KidPower

* Safety Comics
* Bullying eBook
* EBook
* The Kidpower Book
* Teaching Kits
* Training Manuals
* Tote Bag

This easy-to-use comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s 23+ years of experience at the fingertips of parents and all adults who care about protecting children and teens from bullying, abuse, abduction, and other violence – and prepares them to empower young people with skills and knowledge in developing positive relationships, increasing their confidence, and taking charge of their emotional and physical safety.

Chapters Include:
* What Adults Need to Know About “People Safety” for Kids
* Creating a Foundation of Emotional Safety for Young People
* Five Key Self-Protection Strategies for Preventing Trouble
* Safety Plans to Prepare for the Unexpected
* Boundaries and Advocacy to Build Better Relationships
* Self-defense to Stop Most Emergencies
* Protecting Young People From Bullying
* Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
* Protecting Kids from Abduction and Teaching Stranger Safety
* The Safety of Kids is Everybody’s Business – How to Intervene
* One Million Safer Kids – A Call to Action From Kidpower
Have you seen the movie “Bully” yet? Here’s the official trailer

http://www.tooter4kids.com/bullying.htm
http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/quotes.htm
http://www.scottcounseling.com/wordpress/tag/inspirational-quotes-on-bullying-for-kids

Kids Help Phone

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Having problems and need someone to talk to?  Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 is Canada’s only toll-free, bilingual, 24/7, anonymous phone/online counseling, referral and information service for children and youth, ages 5 to 20.  Kids Help Phone is staffed by caring professional counselors who can offer advice to you on a variety of issues. Whether it is friendships, abuse, bullying, or handling difficult issues with parents and teachers they are there to listen and do their best to help you.  They also have a great website where you can post questions and get information http://www.kidshelpphone.ca. Please be aware that your call is anonymous which means they don’t ask your name and don’t have caller ID, anything you tell them stays confidential.  Need Help, call today!

YOUNG WRITERS CHECK THIS OUT: NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program

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(NaNoWriMo) National Novel Writing Month is a writing contest, which was started in 1999 by author of No Plot, No Problem, Chris  Baty. The goal of the NaNoWriMo for adults is to write a 50,000-word novel between November 1st, and midnight of November 30. Now NaNoWriMo offers a chance for kids and young adults to participate.  Although The word-count goal for their adult program is 50,000 words, the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.The contest is open to anyone, whoever reaches their writing goal  wins. There are no real prizes per sey but winners of NaNoWriMo have the satisfaction of completing a novel.

NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful  contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts for an eventually published novel. Books such as Sarah Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern and Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart were all born out of NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality. For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing. With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day there is not a lot of time left for editing, although writers who are quick typists could theoretically produce a fairly well edited work in that period. Writers are not limited as to subject matter and any fiction genre is allowed.

NaNoWriMo has proven a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. In 2012, over 300,000 adults participated through their main site, and 80,000 young writers participated through the Young Writers Program. For more information or to sign up click here: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful  contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts for an eventually published novel. Books such as Sarah Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern and Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart were all born out of NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality. For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing. With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day there is not a lot of time left for editing, although writers who are quick typists could theoretically produce a fairly well edited work in that period. Writers are not limited as to subject matter and any fiction genre is allowed.

NaNoWriMo has proven a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. In 2012, over 300,000 adults participated through their main site, and 80,000 young writers participated through the Young Writers Program. For more information or to sign up click here: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

POBC Books

Classic Books

Every month download to your I-pad, Reader or Computer “A Classic Book” ~ Completely FREE!

Project Gutenberg Canada / Project Gutenberg Canada

www.gutenberg.ca  or http://www.gutenberg.org/files/271/271-h/271-h.htm

BLACK BEAUTY

Black Beauty

Black Beauty tells the story of the horse’s own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails–in a gentle, 19th-century way–against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty’s fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all. (Ages 9 to 12)

New Releases

Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon

Peter Lerangis (Author)

 Seven Wonders Lost in Babelon

 

Price: CDN$ 15.16 Publication Date: Oct. 21 2013 | Series: Seven Wonders

Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in the New York Times bestselling epic adventure Seven Wonders! Lost in Babylon is the second book in a seven-book series, chronicling the adventures of Jack McKinley and his race to find the Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In Lost in Babylon, Jack travels to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, where he discovers a world out of time and is faced with a dilemma unlike any he’d ever imagined.

Rick Riordan calls Seven Wonders “a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis’s most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series.

Jewel Society #3: Keep Friends Close,

Emeralds Closer

Hope McLean (Author)

Jewel

Price: CDN$ 6.99 Publication Date: Oct. 1 2013

The jewel hunt continues as the girls set out to protect an emerald necklace belonging to a famous reality TV show star. Now all they need to do is keep their enemies at bay — and the race for the Martha Washington jewels will finally be in their favour!

But tensions are running high, and with celebrity stylists and TV crews everywhere, the Jewels are finding it hard to concentrate. And it’s not long before their friendship starts to suffer.

Thankfully, the Jewels get help from a new top-secret ally. But will it be enough? Can the girls manage to keep the diamond and emerald safe, or will the drama brewing among the best friends break up the Jewels forever?

Available from:  http://www.amazon.ca

POBC WP

Writing Prompt

Tell Professor Owl about your favourite character from a book.  What would you do if you were able to spend the day with this character? Would you two run from zombies or visit far away lands?  Tell us about the types of adventures you’d have.

Picture Prompt  

~ Write about a mysterious place.~Misty Castle

POBC Picks

Writing App ~ “Write About This

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Write About This ~ www.writeaboutapp.com is a great IOS 6 app  designed by a teacher to inspire young writers using creative and inventive prompts, sharpening their creativity and writing skills. It’s suitable for a  wide age range and varying abilities.

Write About This offers hundreds of inspiring and interesting  prompts and the ability to create custom prompts, add.  It is a highly useful and flexible tool for home or classroom to encourage children to write.

“There wasn’t an app for that”. Elementary Teacher builds app to provide a fun tool for creative writing.

Official Press Release March 2013 – After years in the classroom continually seeing kids struggle with creative writing, 4th grade teacher and now educational technology consultant Brad Wilson, decided to take matters into his own hands. On a shoe-string budget with input from other teachers and kids, Brad created Write About This. The app combines high quality imagery with intriguing writing prompts to encourage students to write and it also allows teachers, parents and kids to customize the experience.

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“I believe kids enjoy writing about things they are curious about or interested in. I created Write About This because it is something I wanted for my own students, but never had. – Brad Wilson

The app includes 125 interesting images and 375 text + voice prompts. You can select from 3 levels of prompts to ensure each student is challenged. The app specifically aligns with the Common Core Standards (K-12 requirements placed upon U.S. States). An unlimited number of custom prompts can be created by using the device’s camera or picture roll and a writer’s notepad is available for kids to save their work in the app. When done writing, their work can be shared via email to their teacher or proud parent.

Since launching just a few weeks ago, the app has seen a great deal of support. “I never expected to see so much support from educators around the world. I’ve received photos of kids using the app in school and even some that are using it on the weekends! I can’t wait to see how many more students we can help.”

Raves & Reviews

“Very intuitive…an embodiment of the Universal Design for Learning principles” -EdTechKit.com

“Making writing fun again… an ‘A’! For any parent who may have a child who is needing extra practice in writing, I highly suggest this app.” – TeachersAppReview.com

“This is a great database of writing prompts for elementary age students at all levels. It’s a really beautiful app to use. – EdReach ToolZeit

Website: http://www.writeaboutapp.com

Key features: screenshots, video, and review links available at: http://www.WriteAboutApp.com http://www.writeaboutapp.com/press-kit/

Available on the App Store in two versions: ‘Write About This Free’ and ‘Write About This’ for $2.99 Compatible with iPad and iPad mini.

Requires: iOS 6.0 or later.

Contact: Brad Wilson info@writeaboutapp.com (517) 240-1916

WRITE ABOUT THIS For Immediate Release

Inspiring kids to write using interesting photo prompts.

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