Professor Owl’s Newsletter, February 13th, 2021

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“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 to professorowl@outlook.com 

l like you are there living it. It gives some historical background into the differences between Canadian and American laws in the 1850’s.

About the author

Christopher Paul Curtis (born May 10, 1953 in Flint, Michigan) is an American children’s books author. He is known for the Newbery Medal -winning Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. Many of his books are set in Flint. The latter was adapted for a TV movie of the same name, Sep. 3, 2019

Alma mater: University of Michigan–Flint

Genre: Children’s literature, especially historical fiction

Notable works: Bud, Not BuddyThe Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963Elijah of BuxtonThe Mighty Miss Malone

Occupation: Writer, speaker

Something for the whole Fam JAM!

📅 Monday, February 15
 Time 10:00am  |  Duration 40mins

One of the silver linings of this pandemic is that we have so many different ways to stay connected. Just because we can’t see each other in person doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch, be social, live, and laugh together. 

We’re sad we can’t host you for this year’s Family Day but we prepared something special for you. Coach Jill along with Coach Eric filmed a fun video to get you and the family moving this Monday. Save the date!

💻 TUNE IN
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Professor Owl’s Newsletter January 27, 2021

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“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 to professorowl@outlook.com

http://www.laubach-on.ca/teach/resources/readliteracy

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

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A Young Writer’s Guide to Covid Fatigue

Writing
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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As soon as in-classroom schooling opens, Variety will resume limited children’s programs.  Contact Alyssa Forrester directly at aforrester@varietyontario.ca

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: Sylvia McGrath, Simon Falk,Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese and  Belinda Witzenhausen.
 

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

Legendborne

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. 

Join us next Wednesday for our next Blog,

4 Stories About Overcoming Disabilities#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:

Damyanti Biswas,
Lizbeth Hartz,
Shilpa Garg,
Mary J. Giese, and Sylvia Stein,

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner Book of the Week, October 14th, 2020

Death by Midnight

By Nicole Nadeau

Death by Midnight is a Young Adult Spy Thriller, Book 1 of The Secret Life of Anna Good. ~ A teen genius. A Russian terrorist. Can she save her family before time runs out?

Sixteen-year-old Anna Goode wishes she could be herself. Constantly harassed by the school bully for being too smart, her best friend is the only person she can trust with the knowledge that she is an accomplished inventor. But when her parents are taken hostage, the bright teenager must find a way to use her talents to save their lives.

With her inventions and Jake by her side, Anna races against time to complete her mission. She quickly discovers that her parents aren’t the only ones in danger.

Can she save her family and countless others before it’s too late?

Death by Midnight is the first book in The Secret Life of Anna Goode series. If you like well-written characters, a strong female lead, suspenseful plots, and unexpected twists, you’ll love Nadeau’s action-packed spy thriller.

This was a great book to read, the descriptions and the story was written so well that I felt I was right next to the characters and living the story with them. The plot had so many twists and turns that each page kept you wanting more.  I could not put the book down until I finished reading it,  I am now going to look for the next book in the Anna Goode series.

Buy Death by Midnight today…the clock is ticking……

Available from www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com

About Author

Nicole Nadeau

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BIOGRAPHY

Nicole Nadeau grew up in Springboro, Ohio, with her older sister, Paige, and younger brother, Mark. While she has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), she doesn’t let that stop her and is busy planning the next book in the Secret Life of Anna Goode series.

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“This Is Me” ~ First Gold Button on Britain’s Kids Got Talent #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 :Eric Lahti, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein

 
The following video really does go to prove, nothing is impossible.
 

 

These Kids are Inspirational Beyond Their Years#WATWB

 
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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: Lizbeth Hartz, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein.
 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ August 05,2020

BELIEVE

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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.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca. www,amzon.com, http://www.kobo.com and other fine book stores