Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 2016 Newsletter

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

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


Heart and Stroke


Children and Congenital Heart Disease

Infants born with a congenital heart condition in 2014 are more likely to have better results, both cardiac and developmental, than those infants born a several years ago. This is due to a better understanding of congenital heart disease (CHD) and to medical improvements and studies. These studies are now being done on adult patients, and results collected are helping to provide information to prepare families of children who are newly diagnosed.

Even though, results have only been collected in recent years they are finding that children with cardiac problems are now living well into adulthood. This is due to the development of medical procedures on the pre-and post-operative care, school environment and other factors that might affect the child’s development, both physically and mentally.

Being a parent to an infant or toddler with a heart condition can be very different from being a parent to a school-aged child, likewise being a teen-ager with the same condition. As teenagers reach adulthood, they are faced with new issues, physical and social (for example physical frustration, sexual maturity, or accepting limitations), that further affect their care and well-being.

Your family support system and the health care team can help you and your child face adulthood by understanding their concerns, and assist by developing coping strategies that your child can take with them into adult years.

Physical activity:

Many children with congenital heart disease go on to lead full, normal lives, though sometimes with restrictions.

However, it does depend on how much and the type of exercising your child can do. This is mainly for children with simple congenital heart disease; as their conditions can in many cases be corrected, either permanently or well enough to enable virtually trouble-free living. In other cases, children are advised not to participate in strenuous sports.

Always the importance is on the overall health and recovery benefits of physical activity, with a focus on what a child can do, as opposed to what they cannot do. Endurance sports are usually alright, and if it’s not clear how involved a child can get in a given sport. The doctor should also do regular exercise tolerance reassessment as the child grows to see whether the condition is improving over the years to an extent that other sports may have become an option.

Concern over physical activity:

  • Doctors suggest that children with certain heart conditions avoid certain types of physical activity, generally competitive and contact sports.
  • These limits depend on how severe the heart condition is.
  • The concern is that the interaction might physically further damage the heart or that the intense activity can over-excite the heart.
  • When the body is working hard, adrenaline is released into the blood stream.
  • This too has the potential to irritate, and potentially further damage, the heart.

Helping your child cope with physical limitations:

  • It can be tough, especially for older children, to be unable to participate fully in sports and other physical activities.
  • They will be frustrated by not being able to have fun with their friends and may feel left out.
  • This will be especially difficult for children diagnosed later in life who had previously excelled in sports.
  • It’s critical that they understand, however, why it is so important to choose their activities carefully and observe athletic activity restrictions, particularly if they “feel fine” and don’t seem to have symptoms.
  • As a parent, you can encourage your child to participate in safe sports, such as swimming, golf, and house leagues.
  • Your doctor will be able to confirm which sports are acceptable for your child. Everyday family activities are also safe.
  • You can also encourage your child to develop skills in other areas and engage in alternate activities that can be equally satisfying.
  • If your child is quite young, you will need to make sure that teachers at your child’s school are aware of his physical activity restrictions.
  • Meet with your child’s teachers or write a letter to the school, or ask the doctor or nurse to write one.
  • With advance notice, many teachers can arrange for alternate activities that will help your child feel included.

Helping your child get used to new physical ability:

  • Many children, after treatment, find themselves feeling much better and able to participate in activities they were previously unable to do.
  • Some children may be afraid of engaging in activities that before were “off limits”.
  • As a parent, encourage your child to gradually participate in activities that appeal to them. You too may also need to overcome some fear about seeing your child engage in more vigorous activity.

Outdoor activity and sun exposure

  • We all know how important it is to have sun smarts. No doctor will encourage anyone to actively sun tan, or spend extended amounts of time in the sun, simply because of the risk of skin damage and skin cancer.
  • There are also added risks for some children with CHD who have to take medications, like Amiodarone, that make the skin more sun-sensitive.
  • This can cause the skin to be discoloured if exposed to the sun.

It is best to play it safe and follow these guidelines:

  • Keep away from sun exposure at peak sun hours
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Cover up with hats and long-sleeved shirts
  • Use sun block with a high SPF

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 This  article was first published in Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 2014

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Classic Books

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen (Author)

Pride and prejudice F.


One of the most universally loved and admired English novels, Pride and Prejudice was penned as a popular entertainment. But the consummate artistry of Jane Austen (1775–1817) transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life that is now regarded as one of the principal treasures of English language. In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III’s England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy—two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


About the Author

 Jane Austin

JANE AUSTEN was born in Steventon rectory on December 16, 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.

This book and our other Classic books are also available at your School and Local Libraries and all  Book Stores.


 New Releases


By Alexandra Bracken (Author)

Passender Feb2016 PON


Product Description:

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies–the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light–threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home… forever.

About the author:

Alexandra BrackenAlexandra Bracken

ALEXANDRA BRACKEN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.

This book was so good! ~ 0f course we get a classic Alexandra Bracken cliff hanger at the end. I loved the writing style in this book! It was completely different than the darkest minds trilogy. I love seeing when author’s change it up.

I haven’t really shared much with you about this book, because I do not want to spoil the beauty of it. I will however tell you: This is one of those books that is almost impossible to not fall in love with. This story is so well thought out and the characters are so easy to connect with. This is one of those books that adults will love too.

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Writing Prompt

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

Write about what you can do at this very moment to make a positive difference in someone’s life.  Will you donate time, objects or money to a charity? Will you do something to help out a friend, neighbour or complete stranger? Reflect and write! 🙂

POBC Picks

Reading Games for Kids Under 6


via Google Play 

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Reading Games for Kids Under 6 is the part of Intellijoy’s best-selling reading curriculum series. It is preceded by Kids ABC Letters and Kids ABC Phonics and followed by Kids ABC Trains and Kids Sight Words.

In addition to the three activities available in this free version, the paid version has three extra activities – Word Ball, Word Magic and Rocket Words.

Featured at the Google I/O conference, Reading Games for Kids Under 6 is a delightful game that invites preschool-aged children to blend sounds into words, read and form simple words, identify spoken words and learn word families.

Its six sections include:
★ In Magic Letter Bridge kids learn to blend letter sounds into words by moving Tommy the Turtle across the letter bridge as each letter is sounded out and a word is formed and pronounced. Your kids can hand Tommy a skateboard to make him go faster as they become comfortable with blending the sounds.

★ With Skateboards and Helmets children practice reading as they are asked to fit Tommy’s animal friends with skateboards and helmets.

★ In Turn the Blocks kids make words in a way that’s fun by turning real-looking blocks with letters on each side until the word is spelled out.

★ Through Word Ball children learn to identify spoken words by helping Tommy bat the right ball.

★ With Word Magic kids learn about word families as they fill the corresponding pot with potion and watch magic happen

★ In Rocket Words children get to practice word families as they assemble and launch a rocket into space

If your children do not know the alphabet sounds yet, we recommend our Kids ABC Phonics app. And if your kids need to learn or practice the names of the letters, try our Kids ABC Letters app.

Every section is designed to let children enjoy success time after time and receive positive reinforcement from the likable teacher, so they want to keep learning. Once your child is involved and happy, you can relax, with the assurance that he or she is having a great time – and learning.

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