Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ March 2018 ~ Edition



Welcome to the March 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 are enjoying 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.

Let this be the month 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 again 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.

Literacy and Reading

By Sylvia McGrath

 When I was very young I was lucky enough to have a father, who loved to read books and, also living next door was a dear old man named Sheppy (Mr. Sheppard) who had a large library of old books which he encouraged me to read and shared with me his love of books. When I was around ten he gave me a full set of classic books and soon had me reading Little Women, Treasure Island etc. at a young age.  When I was old enough my father would take me to the library with him several times a week each of us would bring home three or four books each time.

Over the years my love for books never changed and when I was older and married, I had a daughter who I shared this love with. She is now all grown up but also has the same unquenchable thirst for books and reading, as I have.

Everyone probably has told you how important reading is, but have you ever asked yourself why.  With television, computers, and iPads you probably wonder why all the fuss.

Over the years I have had so much pleasure reading but I have also found it to be very necessary when it was time to go out into the working world.

Through my literacy tutoring, I have met young people who had challenges with reading although in your young years you can get by.  However, as you get older the need becomes sometimes quite urgent.   One lady student I had just wanted to read stories to her children and help them with their homework. You may want to drive, get a good job, there are a few jobs available, but as one gets older, some are a lot harder to do. I saw how much these older people now want to learn to read. They realize now how important it is.

Below I will list out seven reasons why reading is important to me and to the students I taught. I hope you too can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can follow some of your dreams.

1.Introduce Yourself to New Ideas

When reading, you introduce yourself to new information, new things, you discover new ways to solve a problem and new ways to succeed at things you love.

  • Learning begins with reading and understanding.

  • You may also find new hobbies to try.

  • You might truly explore one thing you really like, and it may end up in your dream career and success in the future.

  1. Self-Improvement
  • Reading does help you form a better you, doesn’t it?
  • When reading, you begin understanding the world more.
  • Through reading, you begin to have a greater understanding of a topic that interests you; for example: how to build self-confidence.
  • How to make the plan better before acting.
  • How to memorize things better and more.
  • All these self-improvements start with the reading; through reading, you create an organized path towards a better understanding and better actions to take in the future.
  1. Improve Understanding
  • The more you read, the more you understand things’.
  • Reading allows you learn more about the things in your everyday life.
  • You may learn what you need to be aware of when a place can be hazardous to your health.
  • The purpose of staying away from being harmed or bitten.
  • Or perhaps you can learn by reading about real-life experience or special sport.
  • It can also help you find out how things work or the truth about something.
  • Reading also increases a better understanding of the rules of life, to help you to adapt, adopt and adjust into the society better.
  • You first need to read and understand the rules well. To play well in a game whether it be a sport or on the computer.
  1. Ready for Action
  • Before acting on anything, where should you seek help and guidance?
  • Reading is an essential way which can help you out. In today’s world, getting reviews and feedback from other people can make a big impact on your next decision, and the pros and cons of each choice.
  • Read about how to cook a meal, how to play a game, which place is nice for a holiday trip, read the menu before ordering food, read the manual before using a new gadget. These all can help you become more prepared before you really get into activities.
 5.       Learning Tools for Communicating
  • Communicating is the most vital tool which can be conveyed through reading.
  • As you communicate through reading, you understand more, and therefore you can connect better with people.
  • A person that knows nothing, has not had anything to share, and probably doesn’t even understand what people are sharing.
  • Through reading, you build a more solid foundation for communication.
  • It is one of the most important tools we use every day to connect with each other.
  • However, if you don’t read, you can’t even connect with the world and what people are talking about out there.
  • Reading really does connect you with the world.
  1. Your Brain
  • When reading, you are in full silence because reading connects directly to your brain.
  • In the silence, you seek for more information; in silence, your brain can focus, it is clear and ready to gather further data about the things you love.
  • Therefore, you learn and grow, and you feel and see from the point of view of other people about everything in life. In the future, you shape a better self.

We hope you will look at the lessons given in our Laubach section, and to help you find other help online, please find below some of my favorite websites and newsletter I think you will find fun and helpful.

 Boys and Books | Reading Rockets

Boys and Books. By: Jane McFann. … Canada, says in one of her … and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.

ABC Fast Phonics – learn to read online. Fun for kids or …

What Is ABC Fast Phonics? As a child struggling to learn to read, … Young children and other beginning readers of all ages can navigate the site just by using …the above link.

Home –

Programs and services for teenagers and young adults. … for measuring the performance of and … Young Canadians building a better Canada.

Reading is a starting step of many things, which build more solid stairs for you to climb up achieving something big out there.

The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book.  

~ André Maurois~


Word Recognition Strategies: Part 1 (Sight Words)

Books for reluctant teen 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
The Dragon’s Playlist Kindle Edition

by Laura Bickle (Author)

From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

I had been wanting to read this book as soon as I saw the cover.  I was lucky enough to get a copy from NetGalley, it was a great read, once I started reading it I could not put it down until it was finished.

This new series seems to be leaning in the direction of Young Adult fiction. As always, Laura does a really good job of story-telling and drew my interest in the circumstances of her characters especially the dragon. I am looking forward to sharing more of Laura’s books on Professor Owl’s Book Corner.


This month we have a bonus book especially for our reader’s who are following our Writer’s Corner.

The Children’s Writer’s Guide 2

by Simon Rose (Author)

The Children’s Writer’s Guide 2 is ideal for writers not just of books for children and young adults, but also features information that’s applicable to writers in all genres. The first installment of The Children’s Writer’s Guide has a wealth of tips and advice, including suggestions regarding how to get started as a writer, dealing with writer’s block, conducting research, choosing appropriate names for your characters, the editing and revision process, as well as the world of marketing and promotion. This second book further explores the writing process, examining topics such as developing memorable characters, creating effective dialogue, the importance of book covers, the value of blogging, age levels and appropriate content for books for children and young adults, networking, and the process of submitting your work to publishing houses. In combination with The Children’s Writer’s Guide, this second book provides invaluable advice and support for both established and aspiring authors of books for children and young adults.

The book is set out in an easy to read format and very concise in the information needed to get started on your own book.  It guides you from doing research on your theme, naming your characters and outlining the story.  Simon then goes to on to give you some great idea’s in marketing your own books.

I have read many great books on writing for children, but this one is a book that covers everything one needs to write for children or other genres.  One of the best books I have read will be keeping it on my desk for quick reference.

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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!

‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’ ~ Unknown

Write about the most perfect moment in your life.  It can be one that has already occurred or one you hope will happen.


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

Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…


Write about a moment when you felt you were in the spotlight. Was it a fun experience? Was it embarrassing? What if anything did you learn from the experience?

APRIL is around the corner and CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂Attention all aspiring authors: 

Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp 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!

WANT TO START A BRAND-NEW NOVEL BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN?  Check out this book: No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty


Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure. Via Goodreads


Variety Village

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Core-fit, Chair-Fit, ZUMBA, Kickboxing, Yoga, Circuit Training & More!
Variety invites you to our second annual Fitathon. Join us as we work out for better health and a better facility! We’re doing three hours of back-to-back group exercise classes to raise money for new equipment for fitness classes.
Each class will run for 20 minutes with a variety of styles, instructors and benefits – because who doesn’t like a little variety when working out? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, come join us for the FUNtastic FUNdrasier!
All levels and abilities are welcome. Modifications are available for each class.
Help raise funds for fitness classes by making a donation, collecting pledges offline or by creating your own personal online fundraising page and encourage friends and family to make a contribution.

DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2018
TIME: 6:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: Variety Village Fieldhouse
$20 (in advance) / $25 (at the door)
Melissa Russell
Fitness Instructor
(647) 280-7454
Fitness Tracking Challenge
January – March 2018
Grab a card from your instructor and take part in tracking your fitness progress from January to March. Participate in a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week for your chance to win a FREE 4-month Membership.
DRAW DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2018
LOCATION: Variety Fitathon, Variety Village, 6:00-9:00pm
Raffle, Snacks & Door Prizes!

No matter how you met Ben, you know that he is a passionate advocate for the integration and inclusion of people of all abilities. This is evident through the kind-spirited and often hilarious way he moves through life and the wonderful people he surrounds himself with. Variety is one of the beneficiaries of Ben’s kind spirit, creativity, and enthusiasm for life.
During his time as the Summer Camp Coordinator for over 10 years, thousands of children of all abilities worked with Ben and his team to reach new heights and accomplish goals; athletically, socially, and independently, as a result of the Variety camp team and Ben’s incredible leadership. Even though Ben moved on and is now a President’s Gold Realtor with Royal LePage, he is still involved in many aspects of the Village through his volunteerism.

For more information, please visit~

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

EVENTS ~ For March  2018

Living With a Disability Cornwall
The Benson Centre
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Registration: 9:15 a.m.
Event Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Benson Centre, 800 Seventh St. W, Cornwall, Ontario

Who should attend? Individuals living with a disability, Stroke Survivors, Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, caregivers /family members, service care providers and allied health professionals.

Presented By: March of Dimes Canada, Community Engagement and Integration Services
Learn about proactive body and mind life options for persons with all types of disabilities!
Session Topics:
• Ontario Disability Support Program and Employment Services
• Champlain Community Care Access Centre, Therapy Services
featuring a new Stroke Rehabilitation Program
• DesignAbility (Learn about low cost devices specific to your individual needs)
• Tai Chi and much more!
Price: (Includes lunch and snacks throughout the day.)
$10 Early Bird Special
$15 for persons with a disability, caregviers / family
$25 for Health Care Professionals

For more information and to register, please contact:
Erica Mugan
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7758


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.

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


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