Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ January 2018 Edition


Welcome to the January issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter 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.

Happy New Year ~ Everyone!
Let this be the year you set your reading goals.   
Professor Owls Newsletter is here to help you achieve them all.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney 

Professor Owl’s Book corner with help you learn how to read, to assist you with problems and learning challenges and give you a bigger choice of books to choose from.   We will be restarting our weekly book reviews next Wednesday and  our usual monthly books of the month in our monthly newsletter.. We will also give you information where you can get the books you want to read and some suggestions for reluctant readers.


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

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:


Lesson 2:
Laubach Way to Reading Book 2 ~ Word Recognition Strategies:
Part 2 (Phonics)

Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month

Lesson 1
Lesson 2

Read an interactive story

Books for reluctant teen readers ~





By Simon Rose

This is the third book in the “ShadowZone” series written by one of my favourite young adult authors. After finishing books one and two, I could not wait to start this one, I was not disappointed. This time Ben and Charlie risked their lives to save both worlds from destruction. This was another exciting story with good character structure and as usual well written. The story closed with a great ending. Although I was hoping for perhaps another book to this terrific series.

Available from,, and other fine bookstores.

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them


Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
~Neil Gaiman

Write a paragraph about what the new year means to you. Does it seem like a fresh start? What do you want to experience? Did you make any resolutions? What is something you are willing to try that scares you?

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!

Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…


Write about a winter wonderland!

Get Creative!

Although I normally talk about writing there is so many more creative activities out there, most of you are at the perfect age to give something new a try. If you don’t think you are creative enough, I think it’s time we had a little talk….

Unfortunately,  you may believe that only a few people are capable of being creative, that it is some sort of exclusive club that they don’t think they can be a member of. This is one of life’s biggest myths and the truth is, creativity is a lot like your muscles; everyone has creativity but they need to use it regularly in order for it to work properly and not atrophy. You don’t need to be a Picasso, Ansel Adams or Hendricks to be creative, you just have to dedicate yourself to uncovering your creative potential.

How does one begin to develop one’s creative muscle?

Focus on a creative activity every day!

Whether it’s journaling, doodling, painting, redecorating, crafts, do anything that inspires you and makes you come alive. By performing small creative tasks, you are exercising your creative “muscle” helping it to grow strong.

Think outside the box!

Sometimes, challenges and limitations can be a good thing especially when they force you to work within your means and find different approaches. Challenges often motivate you to be more imaginative in solving a problem or creating an item. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers and doing something different. Some of the most creative people in the world have used challenges to motivate them, they have had no choice but to work around constraints and find solutions. Learning to think outside the box in your creative life can also give you the tools to assist you in your day-to-day endeavours.

Immerse yourself in creative culture and learn all you can!

Want to write? Write everyday and read everything you can, both the good and bad. Want to be musician? Listen to all types of music, practice daily and take in local music jams to learn from others. Never get discouraged if you think someone is more gifted than you…remember, they once started where you are now.

Keep an open mind!

By training yourself to look at life with a creative eye, you open yourself to the never-ending potential of what you encounter every day. Once you have opened your creative eyes you will find that you’ll notice more and more things which will enrich your life and inspire you. The more you know, the more you will desire to know, and the more active your sense of wonder will become.

Try something new on a daily basis!

By learning a new skill and doing something in a slightly different way you can produce different results. By taking a different route on your daily walk, you can change what you see, changing your experiences thus expanding your point of view. Try to interact with new people, visit new places that attract people interested in the same things i.e. if you are interested in art, art classes or galleries will help you to expand and enrich your social circle. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone every day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your passion for creating.

By unleashing your creativity, you will bring about a new passion for life. The more you develop those creative muscles, the stronger they grow, the more able they are to produce, thus, inspiring you to take yourself to the next level.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou



Variety Village

 Variety Village2

New Year, new 2 for one membership special. Check it out now.

Discover our great deals throughout the year!
A Variety membership means not only having access to great programs and motivated staff ready to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, but also giving back to your community. Variety is a charity and by becoming a member you’re helping support local initiatives and build healthy communities.
If you would like to hear about what’s happening at Variety and be first in line for special offers, join our eNewsletter. Click here!

2 for 1! Bring a friend

It pays to work out with a buddy!
When you purchase a 4-month or annual membership, we’ll give your friend or family member a one-month membership free!

Promotion ends Jan. 31, 2018.
New members only.


Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

upcoming events

 for January 2018

Abilities Expo Toronto
January 19-21, 2018
International Centre
(6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga)

The #1 event for the disability community is back and better than ever! This free once-a-year event is your opportunity to learn about the technologies and services that will make the difference in your life. Canadians with disabilities, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are welcome for a three-day celebration of what you CAN do!
Get ready for fun and inclusive workshops and events including:
Dance with Auti Angel; International wheelchair dancing pioneer and Push Girl Auti Angel is back with her electrifying, freestyling dance workshops.
Is a service dog right for you?; The everyday tasks that these clever canines perform for their human partners can be the difference between dependency and setting your own life course.
Get actionable info from Expo workshops; The education series offers vital information from community experts on accessible travel, bionics, pediatric therapies, medical malpractice, living with chronic pain, and more.
Play adaptive sports; With power wheelchair hockey, tennis, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey and a host of other inclusive athletics, the sidelines will be no place for you!
Come to the Abilities Expo for the latest products and services, stay for all the fun!
Pre-Register Online for Free ~

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities


Spiking For Dimes London 2018

Sign up for Spiking for Dimes!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SPIKE’S Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts Inc.
120 Weston Street, London, Ontario

Get your corporate team or a team of friends together for this fast and fun charity tournament on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at SPIKE’S Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts Inc., 120 Weston Street, and help raise money for children and adults with physical disabilities through March of Dimes Canada.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >

wise-picks ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

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






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