Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March 2015 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

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Saint Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is recognized  with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works, the Confession, a spiritual autobiography, and his writings, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.

Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth continuous hymns of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.

As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, Patrick is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the “Holy Wells” that still bear this name.

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D.

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 March is Easter Seals Awareness Month

by Sylvia McGrath

Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

In 1922 a group of Rotary Clubs formed the American Easter Seals Programs in the United States of America. The province of Alberta founded the first Canadian Easter Seals program in 1945. Today, 40,000 children and their families across Canada have access to licensed agencies helping children with physical and/or mental disabilities

The most common disabilities that Easter Seals programs help are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

The best known services are the camp programs. There are twelve camps across Canada providing camp opportunities to over 4600 children. These camps provide programs for disabled children to participate in activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Sledge hockey
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pottery
  • Camping in Tents
  • High Ropes
  • Fun sports
  • Swimming

These Camps are available to children at little or no cost to the families. Easter Seals also provides services such as mobility aids, adaptive computers, communication aids, wheelchair-accessibility, as well as modifications to vehicles and homes.

For more information on Easter Seals in your area, please see the links below:

http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/Site/index.aspx

www.easterseals.nb.ca

www.eastersealscamps.ca

http://www.easternseals.co.uk/

http://www.easterseals.org/

http://www.easterseals.com/

http://www.abilityfirstaustralia.com.au/about.shtml

Our International Affiliates Easter Seals Disability Services

 

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Classic Books

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

 

https://openlibrary.org/works/OL3063263W/King_of_the_tinkers

King Of The Tinkers

King of The Tinkers

About the story:

A boy and girl in rural Ireland fall into adventures with strange people from the Celtic past and almost as strange people from their own day. The lost Kerry Blue dog they find, and named Danny, until he is reunited with his owner who unimaginatively called him Kerry.

This  is great fun read where you can absorb a lot of misty myths and details about rural life before telephones and plentiful cars.  I read this  when I was  about ten and loved it, it hooked me into a life of adventure for the taking within the library walls. I highly recommend this book  for children or the young at heart.

Patricia Lynch is a wonderful storyteller with a  beautiful style of writing. Her people and animals become very real.

 

About The Authorlynchpatricia

Patricia Lynch

Patricia Lynch (1894 – 1972) was an Irish author of children’s literature and journalist. She was the author of some 48 novels and 200 short stories. She is best known for blending Irish rural life and fantasy as in The Turf-Cutter’s Donkey.

 Biography

Patricia Lynch was born in Cork, Ireland. She received her education at schools in Ireland, England, Scotland and Belgium. She became a journalist and in 1916 was sent to Dublin by Sylvia Pankhurst to report on the Easter Rising for The Workers’ Dreadnought. Although a committed Irish nationalist, she retained a London accent to the end of her life.[1]

Lynch married socialist historian R. M. Fox in Dublin on 31 October 1922 and they settled in Glasnevin. She died in Monkstown, County Dublin on 1 September 1972 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery with her husband. Her semi-autobiographical A Story-Teller’s Childhood was published in 1947.[1]

 Also available at www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com

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New Book Release

Carravagio ~ Signed in Blood

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Author Mark Smith

In 17th Century Rome, connections are everything. But for 15-year-old Beppo Ghirlandi, an indentured servant accused of murder, there is nowhere to turn. The only one who will help him is the painter from across the Piazza, the madman-genius known as Caravaggio – who, unfortunately, has serious troubles of his own. By helping Caravaggio flee, Beppo might just be able to stay alive.

I do not usually read historical fiction. However, this book was a great read.  Details in the description of characters, and history were very well written by the author.  Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down until it was finished.  Looking forward to reading another book in this series.

Reviewed by Sylvia McGrath, Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~  Newsletter March 2015

Publisher
TRADEWIND BOOKS, 2015

ISBN
189658005X, 9781896580050

Length
176 pages

Available from:

 www.amazon.ca  and www.amazon.com

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POBC WP

Writing Prompt

“Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today” ~ Gillian Hovell

You are an archaeologist from the year 3015 and your site is believed to be from the year 2015 (present day in your city/town). Describe what artifacts and structures you find; what do these tell you about this “ancient” society?

Get creative, write and more importantly have fun! 🙂

POBC Picks

Sight Words Learning Games

This month Professor Owl picks an app to help your child learn to read! 🙂

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Via GooglePlay

Description

• Sight Words Reading Learning Games for Kids – overabundance of words! Features over 300 SIGHT WORDS from the popularDolch word list!• Sight Words Reading Learning Games for Kids by Abby Monkey ® – great learning reading games for Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade• Learn to read Elementary Sight Words in 6 engaging super duper EDUCATIONAL GAMES!

Award-winning educational software publisher introduces Action Sight Words Games & Flash Cards for Reading Success.

Abby Monkey® Action Sight Words Learn to Read Adventure with Star Fall Word Aliens for School Reading Success is a new educational READING APPLICATION by 22learn. The app is designed to help children learn and practice reading the most common sight words.

Sight words are words in English language that do not have a simple one-to-one correspondence between sounds and written letters, and therefore have to be learned “by sight.”

Being able to quickly recognize sight words is a crucial part of learning how to read. Sight words mastery is a necessary step towards an enormous reading improvement.

Sight Words offers children an easy-to-use interface and a grand choice of six fun educational games through which children can acquire mastery over this subject matter.

THE 6 GAMES INCLUDED:

(1) WORD MACHINE
Control the Word Machine. Supply all the words that need to be produced by tapping on the words called.

(2) SPELLING (full version)
Your dog is hungry! Make cans to feed him! To make a can, drag the letter cards to their correct place and make a word you have just heard pronounced.

(3) SIGHT WORD BINGO WITH WORD ALIENS (full version)
Make a Bingo to get a ticket for Aliens back home! (All star fall Wordaliens are animated.) Tap on the word corresponding to the one that you heard pronounced. Once you have matched cards from one side of the board to the next… Bingo! Aliens are back home!

(4) MEMORY GAME (full version)
Match the sounds to correct word forms! To do so, tap on one of the speakers, hear the word, and then select one of the cards below with a correct word. Do it for all words!

(5) GEARS
Tap on one of the speakers on the screen, hear the word pronounced, and place the word across the speaker. Repeat for all words to see wonderful gears animation.

(6) FLASH CARDS (full version)
Practice in the Flash Card mode. List through the words and top on the cards to hear the words pronounced again and again!
ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

• Selection of individual words to be practiced within each category
• Avatar selection
• Choice of capitalized words and upper-case or lower-case letters
• Access to best scores

Get this app now and enjoy the progress your children are going to make in their reading skills. We are sure they will love the app the same way our little beta-testers did!

Check out more educational apps from 22learn:

Kids Alphabet Aquarium (Super ABC alphabet adventure for kids – Parents‘ Choice Award winner)

Abby Basic Skills Preschool (Winner Parents’ Choice Award)

APC Phonics Train Adventure (fun phonics school for kids – Parents‘ Choice Award winner)

If you have any suggestions on improvement, please leave us a message at info@22learn.com. We are always glad to hear about your experience with our applications and publications.

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