Professor Owl’s Newsletter January 27, 2021


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

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How to Teach Yourself How to Read ASAP – Part 11

With YouTube and Professor Owl

Quintos Academy: Self-Education for Real Life Success This Lesson builds on Part I and then Proceeds to the sounds of N: NA, NE, NI, NO, NU M: MA, ME, MI, MO, MU R: RA, RE, RI, RO, RU L: LA, LE, LI, LO


By Liz Reinhart


A Young Writer’s Guide to Covid Fatigue

As some of us are heading into our second and third lockdowns due to COVID-19 we can feel tired and overwhelmed not knowing when we will see an end in sight. If we don’t have a way to channel our frustrations, they can make us and those around us feel miserable. Writing can often offer a great outlet for these feelings. Here are some ideas for writing projects that might help:

Keep a Journal!
I am a big fan of journaling; it can help to just purge on the page. It can help find solutions to problems, establish ideas or just be a safe place to get your feelings out. Journals can also be a great way to see how far you’ve come down the road helping you find things to be grateful for or even track your progress in a certain endeavor. Gratitude journals are also great ways to boost your mood when Covid-fatigue sets in. Did you know, the simple act of expressing gratitude can help us feel happier? It’s true! Research shows that when we choose to focus on the positive things in our lives, we can experience an increase in our overall well-being.

Get Creative!
Creative writing is great for helping us lose ourselves when we can’t go anywhere. Take the opportunity to write your own stories. Set up a writing journal and try to set a regular time to sit down and write, make it a part of every day.
Play a game of “what if”. Start making a list of scenarios that make you wonder. What if a girl finds out she has been chatting online with her future self? What if a man playing on Google Earth finds the lost civilization of Atlantis? Write down as many ideas, no matter how bizarre, and see if you can find a story in them.

Write Reviews!
Face it to pass the time and offer a distraction we’ve all been trying to occupy our time by reading, gaming or binge-watching series or movies, listening to music, cooking, the list goes on. Why not take a moment to share your opinions? By writing a review for others who are stuck at home you are helping them discover something new. You might suggest TV shows, novels, video games, products, podcasts, recipes or anything else that you think others might enjoy.

Writing Prompts!
There are so many websites out there with writing prompts for everyone. Some write fan fiction about their favorite tv characters or expanded on snippets of dialogue overheard. I have used quotes to inspire me such as the ones below.

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C. S. Lewis
Write about what happens when your characters’ anger catches up with them. How does their anger manifest itself? Does it cause them to lash out? Has it been channeled into something positive and productive? Do they manage to resolve their feelings? How does their anger serve them in the long run?

“Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.” – Laura Miller
You receive an anonymous package addressed to you inside is an old journal a little worse for wear. Inside there is a name that you don’t recognize so you decide to go on the internet and do a little research on the author. What you discover frightens yet intrigues you at the same time. The writer of your masterpiece is known to have dabbled in the occult until they went missing over a decade ago. It is rumored that by reading the journal you can open a portal to another dimension.
Write about your adventure with this journal. Are you brave enough to read it? What do you find inside? Does this portal exist and if it does where does it lead? Is it a dream come true or your worst nightmare?

“I am intrigued by inanimate objects. They’re a piece of history, someone’s statement and ideas of life.” ~Mike Mills
You have been given the intriguing power of being able to bring inanimate objects to life. What happens when your favorite objects awaken? What is their personality like? What stories do they tell you? Are they indifferent, amicable, or difficult?
Do you have a germophobic toothbrush? Does your favorite pen write you a “Dear John” letter? Does your well-loved old sweater thank you for your loyalty? Does your journal start questioning you about what you have been writing? Does your treadmill reminisce about “the good old days”? Has this power become a blessing or a curse?


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A teen’s guide to finding the strength to overcome challenges #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-host will be: 
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<a href=”“>Shilpa Garg</a>, <a href=”“>Mary Giese </a>, and <a href=””>Belinda Witzenhausen</a>.

At Professor Owl’s Book Corner we love to share positive stories of young people overcoming health challenges.


Professor Owl’s Book Corner, January 20th, 2021

When the world says “Give up.”

Hope says “Try one more time!”

Welcome back to the new Professor Owl’s Book Corner, after listening to our subscribers who found our newsletter a little too long, we have decided as of this month, instead of our usual newsletter we will be posting a new shorter version, but it will be posted every week on a Wednesday.  We will be keeping some of your favourite content such as our “Book of The Month”,  “The Writers Corner,” “Literacy” and “Community Boards” along with a couple of new sections. They will, however,  be a little shorter in length than before  but hopefully still of interest and of help for you.

We realize that with Covid19 some of you are now using online classes.  So, we have gathered some information on programs to help and online help when you need it. 

We will also list a few places to go for information like homework help and videos to show how to fix most problems.  We hope you enjoy and like our new edition.

Homework help!

After an extensive check I found that most Libraries in several countries offer homework help for all age groups and subjects. 

I have also found another place where I go to online whenever I need to learn anything new or fix something,  that is ”YouTube” they have lots of videos on many different subjects. Check out our future newsletters for more ideas and sites to help you learn.

Online learning


byTracy Deonn  (Author) 

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasyLegendbornoffers the dark allure ofCity of Boneswith a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic. 
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. 
A flying demon feeding on human energies. 
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. 
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. 
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died; another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there is more to her mother’s death than what is on the police report, she will do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. 
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree must decide how far she will go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight. 

This was a fast-paced fantasy story, with great character’s and exciting plot and very beautifully written. 

I found it to be a great read and once started could not put it down until the very last page. I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read this great book for honest review. 

About Author

Tracy Deonn is the New York Times bestselling author of Legendborn and a second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she is not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. 

Tracy is a champion for diversity and representation in science-fiction and fantasy literature and media. And when Tracy’s mother told her that the women in their family were Black Bene Gesserits, she believed her. 

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