The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-host will be: Lizbeth Hartz, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein.
By Julie Matheson
Full of humor and wonder, BELIEVE explores the power and limits of the imagination – and how love both breaks and heals our hearts.
Eleven-year-old Melanie knows she is special and had never been bored. She understands the secret language of old houses and makes jewels out of broken glass. Her imagination can do anything — except make friends. It is 1980, and life as a fifth grader at Buckminster Experimental School is lonely at best, when she is not dodging Karen, the school bully. Then, Melanie meets Sabrina, who looks like a TV star and acts like a spy, and who does not care what anyone thinks. She teaches Melanie how to believe in herself, and soon Melanie starts living her dreams. She even lands the lead in Peter Pan!
If only she could share it all with Mom. Missing her mom is like trying to breathe with one lung. It is bad. Sabrina thinks they can track her down, and Melanie wants to believe, but sometimes it is easier to pretend. Her new life feels like a house of cards, until one day it all comes crashing down and she finds herself with no choice but to face the truth… and let go.
An incredible teen story so wonderfully written, with a unique plot line following the everyday struggles of young girl. This book tackles mental health in a way that young children can access. The ending was a refreshing surprise, satisfying but not stereotypical.
This quirky, heartfelt middle-grade novel about grief and the resilience of the human spirit will keep you guessing until the very last chapter.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to obtain a an advance copy of this book to give an honest review.
by Tara Ellis (Author)
When Sam and Ally meet a young troubled girl, a family secret draws them into a mystery that reaches back generations. There’s untold history wrapped up in the origins of their town of Oceanside, and a conflict that was never solved.
With summer break fast approaching the girls embark on a quest that will lead them through the woods near their homes and into the past. But will they find the answers on Old Gully Trail? Or will the haunted memories it protects be too much for them to overcome?
Reviewed in Canada on July 13, 2020
I have been reading most of the books in this mystery series, over the past few weeks, they are an exciting read for middle grade readers, and young adults. A series that keeps you guessing to the very last page
Read the whole Samantha Wolf Mysteries series, now an Amazon bestseller!
by James Patterson (Author)
Discover the #1 bestselling middle-grade comic that inspired a major motion picture: Children’s Choice Award winner James Patterson has never been more hilarious and heartwarming.
Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he is got an ace plan for the best year ever: to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class: 5,000 points! Running in the hallway: 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm: 50,000 points! But when Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him, he’ll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he’s finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he’s been avoiding.
James Patterson’s debut middle-grade novel addresses some of middle schoolers’ biggest issues: bullies, first crushes, and finding out what makes each of us special, all with a hilarious main character and fantastic in-text illustrations that are sure to have young readers begging for more!
Great read for the reluctant reader it was a good funny book, I could not put it down until I had finished it, I will certainly be reading more of this series in the near future. Keep checking Professor Owl’s Book Corner for some more reviews soon.
This week we have picked another two adventure eBook mysteries to read on your eReader, you can also download them to your computer to a desktop program. Although they were written about several years ago, and do have some religious notations, they are a nail-biting series that really does keep you guessing right up to the last page.
They were written between 1996 – 2002, and all together there are six books in the Parker Twins Series available on Amazon some for $0.00 – Again, I read them out of sequence, but they do stand on their own and nothing spoilt the stories or the enjoyment of a great read.
1. Cave of the Inca Re (1998)
2. Jungle Hideout (1999)
3. Captured in Colombia (1999)
4. Mystery At Death Canyon (1996)
5. Secret of the Dragon Mark (1996)
6. Race for the Secret Code (2002)
Our books are picked for middle grades or young adults
Parker Twins Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Jeanette Windle (Author)
When Uncle Pete is kidnapped by Colombian guerrillas, Justin and Jenny Parker must find him before a nearby volcano erupts. But that means deciding whether to trust a new friend—and whether betrayal deserves forgiveness.
(Parker Twins Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
by Jeanette Windle (Author)
When twins Justin and Jenny Parker witness mysterious men in black terrorizing business owners in a local Vietnamese neighborhood, they want to see justice done. They join forces with a friend who lives in the neighborhood to expose the gang. But as they become targets of those with the dragon mark, they discover that standing up for faith and friendship can mean stepping over the line of their own personal safety.
Jeanette Windle grew up daughter of American missionaries in South America, where she canoed in jungle rivers, hiked the steep Andes trails, and swung from vines off cliffs into mountain pools. She has since lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty. Her experiences have birthed eight YA novels, including the Parker Twins Series, and seven adult international intrigue novels, including bestselling Veiled Freedom, Freedom’s Stand, and Congo Daw.
Do not forget to look for another couple of books in next week’s picks.
As promised last week, I was able to get copies of Books one and two of the Samantha Wolf Series, they are both a quick read, and were books that kept me guessing right to the very last page. If you want to read a good mystery this series is for you.
Although I did read book three first, the new books were not spoilt for me as each book can stand on its own.
I really enjoyed these two as much as last week’s story and gave both books five stars.
At the bottom of the page are more books in this series, and Amazon does still have a couple of them on for $0.00 and they are all available for eReaders.
(Book #1 in the Samantha Wolf Mysteries Series)
by Tara Ellis
Twelve-year-old Samantha Wolf, and her best friend Ally, are excited to spend part of their summer break in the mountains of Montana. But unbeknownst to them, Hollow Inn is bathed in mystery and legend. After arriving, they soon discover that things are not going well for Sam’s Aunt and Uncle, who own the Inn. There’s vandalism, ghostly sightings, and rumors of lost treasures. Determined to help, Sam and Ally embark on a challenging journey to find the truth.
(Book #2 in the Samantha Wolf Mysteries Series)
By Tara Ellis
What could be better than hiking, swimming, and horseback riding? Having a mystery to solve, of course!
When Sam and Ally go off to summer camp together, they discover the secrets of Camp Whispering Pines. Set in the beautiful, rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the clues are slowly revealed and it’s up to the two girls to figure it out.
New friendships are formed, while at the same time enemies lurk nearby. The closer they get to uncovering the truth behind the camp, the further they are pushed into danger and deceit. Can Sam and Alley put all the pieces together before it’s too late? Follow them on another thrilling tale filled with excitement and adventure, along misty, high mountain trails, and deep ravines, where the answers wait to be found!
All the Books in this series:
Book 1 The Mystery of Hollow Inn
Book 2 The Secret of Camp Whispering Pines
Book 3 The Beach House Mystery
Book 4 The Heiress of Covington Ranch
Book 5 The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School
Book 6 A Mysterious Christmas on Orcas Island
Book 7 The Case of the Curious Canine
Book 8 The Legend of Shadow Mountain
Book 9 The Mystery of Old Gully Trail
Book 10 Return to Hollow Inn
Book 11 The Secret of Sanctuary
All books are available from Amazon and other fine book stores.
Do not forget to drop by next week for a new book, check our blog too during the week, as we do add new book suggestions several time as we get them.
by Tara Ellis and Melchelle Designs
What should be a quiet week at the beach turns into the most challenging mystery that Sam and Ally have uncovered yet. What is the truth behind the odd family renting the cabin next-door? Is the tale of a sea creature and haunted lighthouse just a myth? How does a missing girl, and suspicious boat tie into all of it? The girls cannot solve this puzzle on their own, so they turn to their brothers for help.
Travel with them to the scenic Washington Coast and into the Olympic Rain-forest, where the four must work together to untangle the clues and fit the mysterious pieces together.
For those young readers who love a good mystery or older readers who were fans of the Nancy Drew series and have longed for a great book to share with their children here a great read and series that is well written and has you excited as your turn each page. I have given this book five stars, because it really was a great story for both girls and boys.
This is book three, and I enjoyed it even without reading the first two books, which I might add I will be reading over the next couple of weeks.
For a limited time, this book can be downloaded from Amazon to your Kindle $0.00
Author Tara Ellis lives in a small town in beautiful Washington State, in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her two teenage kids, and several dogs. Tara was a firefighter/EMT and worked in the medical field for many years. She now concentrates on family, photography, and writing middle grade and young adult novels. –This text refers to the paperback edit.
This year has been very different for almost everyone, no matter what country you live in because of Covid 19. At Professor Owl’s Book Corner we hope that you and your family have been able to stay safe with social distancing and the wearing of masks and by following the guidelines set out for you by your countries health departments.
School this year will be very different for most of you if at school you will still have to do your part and continue with these safety measures. Some of you may have opted in for the online classes.
Over the Summer Professor Owl’s Book Corner has been gathering some how to-do’s on things to help you adjust to your new school year, no matter what you have decided to do.
If we do not cover what you are having problems with, please do not hesitate in writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and we will try to find an answer for you.
We will also be having a new format, with a whole new look coming up soon, so check back “Every Week” to see what we have planned for you.
We will still supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, and are still 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 still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village. The March of Dimes and Holland Bloorview Children’s Hospital.
Variety Village will reopen with health and safety precautions in place, guided by the Provincial Government, Ministry of Health, with the additional resources from the City of Toronto, Pediatric Physiotherapy, Red Cross and The Lifesaving Society. Continue to read below for more information on Variety’s Reopening COVID-19 Protocol.
Members are required to wear masks when walking to/from the workout areas, however once inside the area they may remove their masks while keeping 2m apart.
All staff will be provided with training on Variety facility COVID-19 protocols prior to the commencement of reopening. During training, all staff will be trained on the safe use, limitations and proper care of PPE, including, but not limited to, plexiglass, gloves, masks, and face shields. In addition, cleaning, hand washing and sanitizing as well as surface disinfecting protocols will be provided.
All training is done in line with Health and Safety guidelines. All staff will remain 2 metres apart and be provided with face shields, masks and gloves for the duration of the training. Attendance records will be kept ensuring no staff is permitted to work without attending a training session.
All staff will be screened prior to entering the facility daily as per COVID 19 entry protocols.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for organizations across the country, including March of Dimes Canada. But through this time, our commitment to continue serving and supporting Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of their lives has not wavered. We are doing what is necessary to continue to provide services while keeping everyone safe.
Our front-line staff have adopted strict health and safety protocols to continue to provide essential services to our clients in their homes. Our remaining staff, working from their homes, and have adapted most of our programs to be offered virtually.
The virtual programs have been a great success, providing a sense of connection for our clients who all too often live in isolation. After the pandemic, we will continue to offer programs virtually because they provide easy access to people all over the country.
But we have not been able to do everything that our clients require. Some services simply must be delivered in person.
As we have seen public health restrictions lift slightly across Canada, we have made the decision to gradually re-open, with stringent health and safety precautions in place. We are beginning with a select group of services offered by appointment only, in just a few locations, with a small number of employees.
Since this pandemic began, we’ve acted based on the latest public health information and will continue to do so. As always, health and safety remain our first priorities. We appreciate your patience, and hope to see you in person soon.
Community and After Stroke Programs
Many of our Community Programs and After Stroke services are being delivered virtually to keep staff and clients safe during the pandemic. We expect this to continue supporting you online for the time being.
Please help us raise funds!
This pandemic has hit charities – including March of Dimes Canada – hard. Our donor-funded programs rely on donations raised through events that we have had to postpone, and we do not know when it will be safe to gather in large groups again. It’s a difficult situation.
Our Philanthropy team has been working hard to adapt and host online fundraisers so we can continue to provide the support our clients need.
For information about our online fundraisers, please click here
Thank you to everyone who is continued to support us during the pandemic, whether you have donated money or time. Your support makes a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities.
Thank you for your support.
Watch our newsletter next month for a listing of events and fundraising in October,2020
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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is now Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. We are a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client-and family-centred care with a vision to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.
To achieve this mission, they will focus on the following objectives: 1. Support integrated clinical, research and education projects that identify, design, test and implement evidence-based solutions for children youth, families, and/or clinicians.
The Bloorview Research Institute is housed in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest pediatric rehabilitation and continuing care teaching hospital, which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.
As a teaching hospital, Holland Bloorview has an interdisciplinary team of autism experts in the areas of research, clinical care, and teaching. Holland Bloorview’s Bioethics Service is dedicated to helping client and family well-being and organizational integrity.
Holland Bloorview ~ Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is now Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. They are a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client-and family-centred care with a vision to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.
Social distancing and self-isolating to help slow down the spread of coronavirus isn’t easy, but for astronauts like Chris Hadfield it’s completely normal.
While far away from family and friends working in close quarters with limited supplies this is what astronauts must get used to while he is working for months at a time in space.
Recently Chris Hadfield posted a video called Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation to help those struggling with working from home or just feeling stir-crazy during the pandemic.
Please watch the video below ~ and keep your rocket ship safe.
Welcome to the May 2020 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.
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.
I believe most countries are now gradually coming close to getting rid of the terrible Covid19 virus and schools may start opening up in the next few weeks, but until then keep following the distancing rules and things will get back to usual ~ sooner than later!
Thanks to everyone who helped and stayed home and many many special thanks to all the people that worked so hard by looking after us all ~ The first responders’, the nurses and doctors, the home-care worker, store keepers and truck drivers who made deliveries of all the things we needed. A special thank to the nursery schools who looked after the children for all of the above and wish all of them a get well soon message, as many of them ended catching the virus themselves and hopefully “Get Better Soon!”
Professor Owl’s Book Corner is aware of the fact also that some of you may still be confined to your own homes and still unable to visit and play with your friends. no hockey no basketball, in fact, most of you, are bored and just do not know what to do, we will give give you a few more ideas to keep you busy until then.
Low on funds make a nice card, or gift, get some ideas from the links below, or write her a letter thanking her for everything she does for you. Make her feel special!
Mothers Day Gifts (Dollar Store crafts)
Take a look to at our book of the month for more gift ideas.
Take one of the virtual trips below,from your arm chair sit back and off you go…….
Write and let us know if you enjoyed the past few newsletters’ and whether or not you would like us to keep on sharing some of the ideas into the future issues. Just drop us a line at email@example.com
By Sylvia W. McGrath
The People for Education report on technology in schools comes shortly after the Provincial Government of Ontario announced that all high school students will have to take four e-learning credits – out of the 30 credits needed for a diploma – starting in 2020-21.
What is E-learning?
Experts on e-learning say it is a form of education where a teacher presents a course online, instead of in a traditional classroom. It is done through modules and quizzes that need to be completed in-order to pass.
Once or twice a week, that teacher is available for live communication, but it is up to the students to attend.
When taking their lessons through modules a student is told when these communication classes are to discuss their progress and have any questions they have answered.
It is the students’ responsibility to show up and complete the modules.
If the student does not show, the lack of in-person contact means, teachers cannot accurately assess if a student is struggling.
Apr 8, 2019 – “(Principals) also report that students are keen to sign up for e–learning courses, but at times struggle with the self-discipline these courses require …
(Principals) also report in a later report that, students are keen to sign up for e-learning courses, but at times struggle with the self-discipline these courses require,” the report said.
“While it is useful to expose all students to online learning, research has shown that the lowest achieving students consistently perform worse in online courses than in face-to-face classes.”
In TORONTO – Just 5% of students on average per high school in Ontario are currently enrolled in online courses, and some have trouble learning so independently, says a recent report released.
The education advocacy group’s survey found that at least some students are enrolled in e-learning in 87% of schools, though in those schools, only about 5% of students are taking those courses. This is however new to some area’s in Canada.
With the increased use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in most sectors of society and recent developments in adaptive hardware and software have allowed individuals with disabilities to do things that were difficult or impossible for them to do in the past.
How successfully do these ICTs interact with adaptive hardware and software that some students with disabilities require?
How accessible is the growing array of available e-learning on campus (Konur, 2007; Waddell, 2007)?
These are important questions because the numbers of students with disabilities in postsecondary education have been rising both in Canada (Fichten, Jorgensen, Havel, & Barile, 2006; Tremblay & Le May, 2005) and the US (National Council on Disability, 2003),
A recent large-scale study showed that in 2003–2004, 11% of undergraduates had a disability (Snyder & Dillow, 2007).
From a personal experience as a Literacy Tutor to both young and old adults with learning challenges, my students picked things up much quicker using a computer than sitting reading books etc.
In addition, during the past few years, skill in using ICTs has become mandatory in post-secondary education and the workplace (e.g., Ezziane, 2007).
But how well do the ICTs used by professors in teaching postsecondary courses (i.e., e-learning) meet the needs of students with different disabilities?
How successfully do these ICTs interact with adaptive hardware and software that some students with disabilities require? How accessible is the growing array of available e-learning on campus (Konur, 2007; Waddell, 2007)?
These are important questions because the numbers of students with disabilities in postsecondary education have been rising both in Canada (Fichten, Jorgensen, Havel, & Barile, 2006; Tremblay & Le May, 2005) and the US (National Council on Disability, 2003), where a recent large scale study showed that in 2003–2004, 11% of undergraduates had a disability (Snyder & Dillow, 2007).
In addition, during the past few years, skill in using ICTs has become mandatory in postsecondary education and the workplace (e.g., Ezziane, 2007; Stodden, Conway, & Chang, 2003).
For example, a recent investigation shows that computer use on the job is associated with higher salaries for employees both with and without disabilities (Canadian Council on Social Development, 2004), and that for people with disabilities this is especially important (e.g., Kruse, Krueger, & Drastal, 1996).
Abrami et al. (2006), who recently showed how important e-learning initiatives are in Canadian postsecondary education, also noted that not very much is known about the e-learning needs and concerns of students with disabilities.
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Conclusion: The Value and the Promise of Self-study what they learn, new knowledge emerges. The work in a special issue of Teacher Educational Quarterly (Russell and Pinnegar, 1995) provides one example of that, while McNiffs Teaching as Learning (1993) is another …
by Stephanie Corfee
Through 52 fun, customizable crafts activities, Craft Lab for Kids promotes creativity and hands-on making for kids age 8 and up.
With Craft Lab for Kids, help your kids tap into the fun and empowerment of creating their own custom designs to wear, decorate with, and give. Spruce Up Your Stuff. Learn fun ways to personalize with a variety of embellishment techniquesExpress Yourself! Add your personality to all kinds of homemade projectsTake Care of YOU. Self-care DIY projects to benefit their well-beingKids Just Wanna Have Fun. Just-for-fun projects to make everyone smileClassicCrafts with a Twist. Tried-and-true crafts updated for today’s kids15-Minute Makes. Quickie crafts to make in a flashKindness Crafts. Crafty creations to brighten someone’s dayEnjoy the pleasure and satisfaction of making things together with Craft Lab for Kids!
A wonderful book for inspiring children to try their hands at a variation of craft projects. The illustrations and photographs are beautiful and will encourage anyone to have a go. Some projects do require specialist materials that you probably would not have on hand immediately, but many could be adapted and used as a springboard to create something else. There are projects suitable for all ages and abilities and some more basic than others. A great book to have on hand when all the kids are at home looking for something to do. Also an inspiration for older people to make quick gifts, there is something for every age.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a review
Stephanie Corfee is an artist, designer, and author who works from her home studio in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Her artwork is charmingly whimsical with a feminine, youthful spirit. She has written several art books and licenses her surface designs for gifts, apparel, and home accessories.
Her licensed artwork can be found on products that can be purchased through retailers like Target, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond and Home Goods. She has worked with publishers Quarto Books, Walter Foster Publishing, Capstone Publishing and Hachette Book Group.
Stephanie Corfee’ s popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
Creative pursuits have always been a part of her life. She feels very lucky that she can make a career of it so that she can be home to care for her 3 boys, Coop, Grey, and Lang. Having a certain amount of flexibility in her work hours gives her family a break from the strict 9-5 routine. The best days for Stephanie are when her husband gets home early, the sun is shining, and she can play hooky for the afternoon. Living this way keeps her sane and provides her with constant inspiration for new art.
Learn more at http://www.stephaniecorfee.com.
First in The Flying Ponies series
By L.M. Ransom
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Flynn, moving into the heart of the Michigan woods with her family is the biggest adventure she’s ever had. A self-proclaimed geek girl with a penchant for Sherlock Holmes, she wonders if she’ll ever have an exciting quest of her own.
But when she discovers an antique carousel tucked into the woods near her new home, her life soon spins out of control. For the ponies are so much more than their faded paint portrays. Filled with primal magic, the ponies are alive, and they have been waiting for her for a long time.
With the help of a young carousel caretaker named Black, Charlotte soon discovers that the Flying Ponies are in danger from others who want to possess them and their magic. Drawn into a battle for the carousel and ultimately the entire world while navigating her first true romance, Charlotte may have more adventure than she ever bargained for . . .
“This is a great read for young adult readers’. It’s a charming read told through the eyes of the modern geek-girl teen. There are references to all the favorites — Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter — but Ransom does a fine job of relating to each of these without trying to be any of them.
I found the book an exciting read, full of adventure, magic, love and fantasy! If you like C.S. Lewis, you’ll love this book. This is the first installment of The Flying Ponies Trilogy and I can’t wait for book 2!
Born in Shelby, The United States
Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way to respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!
Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN!
This spring so much has changed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all social distancing at home, away from our friends, and routines. During these difficult our hearts go out to all of you, especially if you have been personally affected by this horrible illness.
Often when I face uncertainty, I find a way to use it to inspire creativity. This month’s writing prompt hopefully will do the same for you.
Your mission should you accept it…
As many of us are aware when things begin to open up again the world will most likely be a little different for each one of us. Write about what you hope the world will be like when we emerge again? What will our new normal look like? Will the earth be cleaner, will people be kinder, will we spend more time with our family?
‘Reading gives us someplace to go when we must stay where we are.’ ~Mason Cooley
What was the last book you read? Since we are stuck in one place write about what happens when you step through a portal and end up in a setting from this book. Are you transported to a different city, country or planet? Have you travelled into the past or into the future?
Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂
Although I normally talk about writing there are so many more creative activities you can do while at home and for most of you I think it is a perfect time 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 an exclusive club that you don’t think you 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 get out of shape. You don’t need to be a Picasso, Ansel Adams or Hendricks to be creative, you just have to dedicate yourself to doing what you enjoy and 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, making music, writing or 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 boost you need when you face problems in your day to day life.
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 many different types of music, practice daily and take in online streaming music performances 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 serve to 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 can expand your point of view. While stuck at home check out online resources, research new websites or online groups. Search out #hashtags of interests and follow/friend people interested in the same things i.e. if you are interested in writing try the #writingcommunity hashtag on Instagram and twitter, Facebook has so many groups dedicated to different creative pursuits. Finding one that shares your intrest will help you to expand and enrich your online social circle. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone every day, the more 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’ll grow, the more able they are to produce, 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
IN THE MEANTIME CHECK OUT VARIETY VILLAGE’S MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND THEIR NEW SPRING-SUMMER PROGRAM
Variety Village is a family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto.
There are programs for all ages and skill levels, join today!
Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.
We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important information
Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
How we help. Variety programming empowers children with disabilities to be seen, participate, and feel included. We bring accessible facilities to life with sports, fitness, activities, summer camps, skills training, and coaching for competitive and Paralympic athletes.
For updates on The March of Dimes Events ~ Please visit the link below.
No training, no practice, just loads of fun but with big impact for 129,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities.
For more information contact:
Fund Development Assistant
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone:(416) 425-3463 ext. 7305