Welcome to the March 2019 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.
With March break upon us Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s parental edition! 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.
Creativity for Children
March Break Boredom? Try these ideas!
It’s March break again, the time of year that strikes fear into the hearts of many parents. What can you do to occupy and inspire your child during the week?
Are you going on a long drive or flight and are worried about how to keep your child occupied other than movies and gadgets? Create an age-appropriate travel kit for your child. Pack an inexpensive tote with journals, markers, coloured pencils, stickers, glue sticks, watercolours and drawing tablets. Along the way encourage your child to keep a travel journal. At every stop have them pick up inexpensive postcards and incorporate them into their journal, writing about each stop. This will not only keep your child occupied but also enable them to have a lasting memory of their travels.
Not traveling? No Problem! If feasible, plan day trips to museums, theatres and your local zoo. Have your child pick up postcards, ticket stubs and programs to add to their travel journal. Is your child a budding artist? Have them take a sketchbook along as well. Want to get out of the house? Create an “around town” scavenger hunt. By using a relatively inexpensive disposable camera give your child a list of items to photograph right in your own backyard. Make it a “Signs of Spring” list i.e. bird, flower bud, chipmunk, etc. Another option does your child love cars? Take them to a car show or around the neighbourhood looking for different cars, for example, the oldest car, the biggest car, a red car, etc. Once all of the pictures have been taken have them developed and have fun with your child creating a special collage.
Local craft stores, libraries, and community centers may offer classes on everything from pottery to bead making helping your child to create a lasting treasure. For inexpensive creative ideas often you don’t have to look any further than your local dollar or craft store.
Not only do creative pursuits help pass the time they also give your child tools to live a creative life. Creating helps give your child a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-confidence. Learning how to tap into their creativity helps them find solutions to problems by teaching them how to think “outside the box”. Another benefit of being creative is that your child also learns how to express themselves, learn new skills and discover their unique attributes.
“Creativity is really the structuring of magic.” ~ Ann Kent Rush
Creative challenge for March Break: Choose at least three creative activities to enjoy with your child this week.
This week’s affirmation: I teach my child to discover their creative potential.
In this video, the teacher leads her students through activities that begin with a previous homework assignment and lead up to reading an authentic science article. The teacher uses a series of scaffolded steps to develop students’ critical thinking and to prepare them to understand and discuss the technical article they read together in class. At the end of the class, the teacher explains her rationale for how she structured the lesson and reflects on what went well and what she changed or adapted as the lesson progressed