An Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation ~ Stay Safe #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:

Susan Scott ,  Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese , and  Damyanti Biswas,

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.

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ May 2020

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.

A Few Fun Sites ~ until we get back to our usual routine.

Sunday May 10th is Mother’s Day

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!

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Mothers Day Gifts   (Dollar Store crafts)

https://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/pdf_download.php?id=366

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 professorowl@outlook.com

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The Pros and Cons in E-earning

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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 elearning 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.

  1. E-learning has allowed people who are blind to read using text-to-speech technology.
  1. People who are deaf to communicate using chat programs, People with difficulties using their hands or arms to write and communicate using dictation software (Fichten, Asuncion, Barile, Fossey, & De Simone, 2000).  
  1. In the postsecondary arena, e-learning (i.e., ICTs used in teaching) are extensively used by professors plus virtually all colleges and universities, not only in the United States, but also in Canada (Abrami et al., 2006)
  2. In the United Kingdom (Weller, Pegler, & Mason, 2005). Whether it is PowerPoint presentations in class, the use of web.
  3. Based discussions to further in-class conversation, or courses delivered completely over the Internet, it is therefore clear that such technologies used by professors are here to stay.

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 …

Learning Forward: The Challenges of eLearning – CHA Learning

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Wise Picks

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Craft Lab for Kids:52 DIY Projects to Inspire, Excite, and Empower Kids to Create Useful, Beautiful Handmade Goods

Craft Lab for kids

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.

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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

About Author

Stephenie Cofee

  Stephanie Corfee

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.

Professor Owl’s Favourite Book:

T I L T

First in The Flying Ponies series

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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!

All Books Available from www.kobo.comwww.amazon.comwww.amazon.ca, other fine book stores , School’s and Community Libraries.

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Linda RansomF

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Born in Shelby, The United States

Website

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  1. M. Ransom lives in West Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. She also shares her home with two crazy Dachshunds, and her heart with two naughty ponies. L.M. is a librarian by trade, and an author by passion. She draws from her lifelong love and obsession with all things equine to spin tales about nefarious carousel horses.
    A self-professed geek girl, L.M.’s fandoms span the galaxy from Tatooine to Gallifrey, and back down to the seedy streets of Gotham City. As a Christian, she feels a calling to tell clean, intriguing stories for readers to escape into. You can find L. M. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and lmransom.com.

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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?


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

‘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! 🙂

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Flexing Those Creative Muscles!

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

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See you soon! Due to Covid 19 Variety Village will be closed until further notice ~ Check back for updates.

IN THE MEANTIME CHECK OUT  VARIETY VILLAGE’S MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND THEIR NEW SPRING-SUMMER PROGRAM

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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!

www.varietyvillage.ca

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.

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We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important information

Events · Restrictions & Closures · Variety Village in Toronto

Local Events | Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario

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Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

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.

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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.

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

Access Expo – Variety Ontario

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Events for May 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – What you need to know

We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are taking action to ensure health and safety throughout our operations. Our response plan is informed by the latest information from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Whether you receive services from MODC, or are a partner or supporter, os dernières mises à jour au sujet du COVID-

For updates on The March of Dimes Events ~ Please visit the link below.

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No training, no practice, just loads of fun but with big impact for 129,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities.

Benefitting Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia
an affiliate of March of Dimes Canada

For more information contact:
Berat Barzanjee
Fund Development Assistant
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone:(416) 425-3463 ext. 7305
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With Random acts of kindness during Covid 19 ~ Our world may be a better place when we all get back to our lives #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:
By now, you are probably sick of all the bad news COVID19 has brought world wide. Cases are rising daily, new countries going into lockdown, travel plans just not happening. So far this year is not looking very bright, is it?However, there is no need for us to feel like the end of the world is here. Over decades our parents and grandparents have survived as we will too.

There has been  a lot of harm to many people in so many ways as the result of COVID-19. It’s a sad and serious situation.

It has, however,  also brought people together. Political parties, city officials have all worked together to help ease the financial burdens for the families in need, changing laws to help being housebound or a fear of losing one’s job a little more bearable.

We must not forget the wonderful nurses and doctors who have worked so hard in the hospitals and of course the first responders, and it is not over yet.  I would like to extend “A special thank you to all!”

Today I  am just showing the way random acts of kindness, have given people hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and life could be a lot better for us all.

To view the videos ~ Please click on the link below:

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Covid-19 Special Edition 3~ April 19 2020

Yes!!!  ~ It is still necessary to continue

“Personal Distancing.”

             Not just for you but your family, loved ones and friends, by following proper  distancing you, are also stopping the spreading of Covid 19

It has been several weeks since due to the virus Covid19 people in most countries have been requested by their Governments to practice ” Personal Distancing” when  out in the streets of cities and towns.  Every one was told to stay home, wash your hands frequently no visiting family, playing sports,  going out with friends, in fact in most countries business have closed their doors and workers have been laid off or are working from home.   Hospitals, Senior Homes, Stores and other businesses that are are essential businesses like buses, transport drivers also doctors, nurses, caregivers, police and firemen, some who deal with people in stores,  are wearing masks; in every else MUST stay at home and if you have to shop get it over quickly and get back home as soon as you can. In most countries, schools are closed, and most young people miss their friends and family that do not live close by.

Parks and playground are closed so as not to spread the virus and if you do walk on the streets to keep personal distancing in mind keep  6ft or 2 meters away from other people all this will help us get back to normal quicker, and as the Mayor of my city recently said it is OK  not to be Ok.

There are phone lines where children and adults can call for assurance, ask questions and just tell them how and why you are worried.

All this makes it very hard on families especially parents, who may have some have financial problems if their hours have been cut, some are very anxious about their children getting the Covid-19 or their parents in a nursing home or family who live a distance away.

Teenagers and young adults are just not made for isolation which makes COVID-19 especially hard on you. First,you must try to see the big picture and how it can affect your family. Everywhere parents are worried about getting their son or daughter into a safe place.

Social isolation is hard for humans of all ages. But because you are teenagers or young adult you are more attuned to social status than the rest of us, it is even more profoundly distressing for you.

You are generally so attuned to social status you may get touchy about whether, or not your parents are treating you like a child, when they insist that you stay home in sheltered place.

By acting like competent young adults rather than little kid you can contribute to your household in meaningful ways. By helping with meal preparation and household cleaning. Keeping conflict low amid tight quarters is a meaningful contribution.

Planning fun activities for the family to do together might be the most essential contribution of all!

By managing yourself, schoolwork, and other responsibilities without being nagged or cajoled does not mean that you won’t be engaged with them. It does mean however, that they will probably give you space to operate freely within the limits agreed to as a family.

Acknowledge that all of this is so hard. Many students coming home from school are experiencing significant losses right now. Your feelings of grief, anxiety, stress, and isolation are hard to cope with. One of the great lessons of adulthood is that they can do hard things  ~ So can you!

You can also tap into your high attunement to the social world by emphasizing how your lives do have a purpose, meaning, and impact on other people.

Ask yourself ~

How are your actions directly affecting the course of this crisis?

What do you genuinely care most about in this crisis?

Above all, please see that this situation is not about what you want or expect from life. It’s about what life is expecting from you right now. Your parents and everyone expect you to rise to the occasion; to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

With that in mind, please enjoy  the topics and ideas we give you this week, I know that many of you are celebrating religious holiday that come up within it  the next week or two.

Try some of the ideas on your own, or ask your parents or sibling to enjoy them too and try to forget what is happening outside you front door.

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Take a virtual trip ~ to some fun places.

How to go on an adventure without leaving your home.

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Jellycam at Monterey Bay Aquarium

National Aquarium

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What To Do When You’re BORED At Home! 

  • Read a book.
  • Play a board game.
  • Hunt a Killer.
  • Make a pie.
  • Prepare dinner for the family.
  • Bake bread.
  • Make a bucket list of 100 things to do in their lifetime.

More items…

Online Activities for Teenagers

If you want to be online, but are tired of the old familiar websites and apps, these ideas might fit the bill.

Upload a video to YouTube – Create a video with an app such as iMovie, then upload your masterpiece to YouTube. Grab a video of your pet doing something cute, make a short film, do a gaming tutorial or make a stop motion movie.

Musical.ly– If you haven’t downloaded this popular app yet, you’re missing out. Easily create lip-synced music videos with Musical.ly and share them with your social media circles.

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Homeschool with IXL – Stay Engaged & Keep Learning – ixl.com‎

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Schools closed, worrying about getting behind check out this site 

Interactive and personalized online program.

Unlimited fun practice. Learn math,

English, science, & more. Trusted by 200,000+ parents.

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Professor Owl’s Favourite Books

From the Professor Owls Book Corner Reviews

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Zero Repeat Forever

Gabrielle Prendergast

Welcome to the website of Young Adult and Middle Grade author, Gabrielle Prendergast! Here you can learn about Gabrielle’s books, read her blog posts (warning, she’s a ranter), and just generally get to know more about her. You can like Gabrielle’s Facebook Page! You can follow Gabrielle on Twitter! You can add Gabrielle’s books on…

Zero Repeat Forever an exceptional alien invasion story. It takes place after much of the world has already surrendered to the Nahx. A diverse group of teens and young adults set to serve as camp counselors have managed to evade alien detection, but now find themselves running low on food and patience. Eager for information, rescue, and fellow humans, they strike out to discover what still exists outside their corner of the forest.

The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

e has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until human kills her boyfriend

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven does not like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other.

This was a fast-paced story which kept my interest to the end. I loved the characters in this novel. The interactions between Eighth and Rave are priceless and bring to light the fine line between love and hate.

Even though the book ends with a cliffhanger, I was totally pleased with this story and delighted by all the unanswered questions that were brought to light in the final pages. So many important things were resolved, the unexplored issues brought up at the end were just enough to expand an already interesting story into a myriad of new possibilities that made me reconsider everything I had read. Great stuff!

Zero Repeat Forever is a professionally  written alien invasion story filled with violence and suspense. It is also filled with an uncommon amount of empathy, love, and hope. A wonderful combination that results in a memorable read and an enthusiastic recommendation for older teens and adults.

Available from:  www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca and www.kobo.com

 

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Welcome to the website of Young Adult and Middle Grade author, Gabrielle Prendergast! Here you can learn about Gabrielle’s books, read her blog posts (warning, she’s a ranter), and just generally get to know more about her. You can like Gabrielle’s Facebook Page! You can follow Gabrielle on Twitter! You can add Gabrielle’s books on…

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“Stay safe and remember that Personal Distancing ~ and things will get better soon!”

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Covid-19 Special Edition 2 ~ April 10 2020

It has been several weeks since due to the virus Covid19 people in most countries have been requested by their Governments to practice ” Personal Distancing” when  out in the streets of cities and towns.  Every one was told to stay home, wash your hands frequently no visiting family, playing sports,  going out with friends, in fact in most countries business have closed their doors and workers have been laid off or are working from home.   Hospitals, Senior Homes, Stores and other businesses that are are essential businesses like buses, transport drivers also doctors, nurses, caregivers, police and firemen, some who deal with people in stores,  are wearing masks; in every else MUST stay at home and if you have to shop get it over quickly and get back home as soon as you can. In most countries, schools are closed, and most young people miss their friends and family that do not live close by.

Parks and playground are closed so as not to spread the virus and if you do walk on the streets to keep personal distancing in mind keep  6ft or 2 meters away from other people all this will help us get back to normal quicker, and as the Mayor of my city recently said it is OK  not to be Ok, there are phone lines where children and adults can call for assurance, ask questions and just tell them how and why you are worried.

All this makes it very hard on families especially parents, who may have some have financial problems if their hours have been cut, some are very anxious about their children getting the Covid-19 or their parents in a nursing home or family who live a distance away.

Teenagers and young adults are just not made for isolation which makes COVID-19 especially hard on you. First,you must try to see the big picture and how it can affect your family. Everywhere parents are worried about getting their son or daughter into a safe place.

Social isolation is hard for humans of all ages. But because you are teenagers or young adult you are more attuned to social status than the rest of us, it is even more profoundly distressing for you.

You are generally so attuned to social status you may get touchy about whether, or not your parents are treating you like a child, when they insist that you stay home in sheltered place.

By acting like competent young adults rather than little kid you can contribute to your household in meaningful ways. By helping with meal preparation and household cleaning. Keeping conflict low amid tight quarters is a meaningful contribution.

Planning fun activities for the family to do together might be the most essential contribution of all!

By managing yourself, schoolwork, and other responsibilities without being nagged or cajoled does not mean that you won’t be engaged with them. It does mean however, that they will probably give you space to operate freely within the limits agreed to as a family.

Acknowledge that all of this is so hard. Many students coming home from school are experiencing significant losses right now. Your feelings of grief, anxiety, stress, and isolation are hard to cope with. One of the great lessons of adulthood is that they can do hard things  ~ So can you!

You can also tap into your high attunement to the social world by emphasizing how your lives do have a purpose, meaning, and impact on other people.

Ask yourself ~

How are your actions directly affecting the course of this crisis?

What do you genuinely care most about in this crisis?

Above all, please see that this situation is not about what you want or expect from life. It’s about what life is expecting from you right now. Your parents and everyone expect you to rise to the occasion; to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

With that in mind, please enjoy  the topics and ideas we give you this week, I know that many of you are celebrating religious holiday that come up within it  the next week or two.

Try some of the ideas on your own, or ask your parents or sibling to enjoy them too and try to forget what is happening outside you front door.

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Take a virtual trip ~ to some fun places.

How to go on an adventure without leaving your home.

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National Aquarium

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What To Do When You’re BORED At Home! 

  • Read a book.
  • Play a board game.
  • Hunt a Killer.
  • Make a pie.
  • Prepare dinner for the family.
  • Bake bread.
  • Make a bucket list of 100 things to do in their lifetime.

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Online Activities for Teenagers

If you want to be online, but are tired of the old familiar websites and apps, these ideas might fit the bill.

Upload a video to YouTube – Create a video with an app such as iMovie, then upload your masterpiece to YouTube. Grab a video of your pet doing something cute, make a short film, do a gaming tutorial or make a stop motion movie.

Musical.ly– If you haven’t downloaded this popular app yet, you’re missing out. Easily create lip-synced music videos with Musical.ly and share them with your social media circles.

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Professor Owl’s Favourite Books

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 Detention Land

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By Susan Orion

Throughout the book, Susan Orion’s writing is clear, detailed and humorous.  The author certainly got into the mind of a thirteen-year-old teen.  Rogers was a very relatable and believable character.  His thoughts and actions were reflective of the way children actually behave and think. Roger is thrown into detention constantly for his mischievous antics. I just had to solve the mystery of the disembodied voice speaking to Roger through the wall.  I found the book fun and enjoyable and could not put it down until I had finished it.

I would highly recommend this book for all ages not just the teens it was intended for.

Available from: www.amazon.com,www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com.

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Free with Kindle Unlimited membership
Or CDN$ 6.20 to buy

 

We hope you enjoy this issue, will be back next week with some more great ideas on keeping busy while you are at home.

“Stay safe and remember that Personal Distancing ~ and things will get better soon!”

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ April 2020

Welcome to the April 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.

It seems that since our March newsletter so much has changed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all living with fear and uncertainty and our hearts go out to all of you, especially if you have been personally affected by this horrible illness.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is aware of the fact also that many of you are confined to your own homes and 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 hope to give you some ideas.

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Covid 19 ~ Social Distancing

In this months newsletter, we will continue to bring you some great things to try and who knows perhaps you may also find a new skill.

Have a Netflix party online without having something like this to look forward to can pick a movie a day or two beforehand so you can get excited about it. Make it over the top with a treat buffet, a big introduction to the movie, and a discussion about the plot, themes, and characters afterwards. Or plan an online party with friends!

Free Online Courses

There are lots of places for free online classes. If you want something specific, learn how to code or music/painting basics or take a quick google to find something your teens are specifically interested in!

Virtual Museum Tours

Most museums are closed to help contain the virus, but you can still check them out from the comfort of your home! Check out the Louvre, The British Museum, or The Smithsonian. The Google Arts and Culture site is full of amazing artworks, artists, and history to discover.

Learn Cooking Basics

Ask a parent to teach you some basic cooking skills. Start with some easy baking essentials like cookies or cupcakes. For something practical, learn how to properly boil pasta, make a basic homemade sauce, and some meatballs. Already past that? There are always more complex and interesting things to learn in the kitchen. Check this link for some inspiration.

Yard Work

It is the season. As the snow melts, it’s time to bring out the shovels to spread it out, clean up any garbage that got buried, rake up the leaves and spruce up the lawn. Spring is a great time to learn just how much work goes into proper lawn maintenance.

Start Indoor Seeds for a Summer Garden

It’s a great time to start thinking about getting those herbs and vegetables started indoors. Teach them all about the best time of year to plant what, proper care for each individual plant, and how to handle seeds to ensure a full, luscious garden this summer. This will help you to look forward to warmer, brighter, and easier times.

Board Game Night

Back to basics: no videos, no controllers, just good old fashioned board games. Try one that might take a few tries to get the hang of, and make a tally board in your house to keep track of who’s got the most wins. Dust off the old Monopoly set, pull out Risk or order something new off Amazon. Try Codenames, Pandemic (if you can handle it), or Telestrations for some higher-level thought games that won’t get boring.

Learn a New Instrument

Have a dusty old guitar you said you’d learn to play but never did? Still, have that sax from your parents’ high school days? Maybe there’s some DJ software on your computer? If not, you can still shop online for instruments! This is a great time to set aside just a half-hour of practice a day and watch as the skill sets grow and expand your minds.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Something that has been said again and again is that a practice of gratitude, especially in trying times, can lead to a happier and calmer day-to-day life. Start every day, or end every day, by writing 3 things you’re grateful for, and then write about how you’re feeling. Learning how to deal with emotions through writing can make things much clearer and easier to manage.

 

Wise Picks

Three of Seven Books Introducing Characters

With Dyslexia or ADHD

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“My Name Is Brain Brian,”

by Jeanne Betancourt.

The book tells a story about a boy named Brian who has dyslexia but does not know it. The other children at Brian’s school make fun of him because he makes many mistakes when reading aloud and while writing on the board. He thinks of himself as being dumb. His parents believe that he is just lazy. It turns out that caring teacher recognizes that he is neither. The teacher recognizes the symptoms of dyslexia and sets out to get Brian the help he needs. Brian is embarrassed that he needs the extra help in school. After Brian’s teacher begins to explain dyslexia more to him, he begins to understand that he needs the extra help not because he is dumb, but because his brain learns differently. The story offers hope; Brian is really smart he just learns differently. I strongly recommend this as a book to be shared by parents and their children

“Clementine,”

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by Sara Pennypacker.

Clementine is lovingly quirky. For example, she states that the most beautiful names are on the labels on things in the bathroom; thus, naming her cats Fluoride, Mascara, and Laxative! There are many examples of such cleverness throughout the story. Examples include describing her Mom, who is angry, as “saying things I have never heard a TV mother say”; claiming that all the good food is round; or, stating her grown-up plans to smoke cigars, own a gorilla, and to not get married. Clearly her Dad and Mom are partly responsible for this quirkiness. Her Mom is an artist and her Dad, who is the manager of the apartment complex where they live, demonstrates his own ingenuity and imagination around the Great Pigeon Wars – in which Clementine plays a key role in bringing the peace.

Threaded throughout the story is the theme of friendship – – that is, how to deal with friendship issues, how to be a good friend, and how to accept our friends for who they are. While there are plenty of examples of funny moments in the book, this really is a story about friendship. Clementine demonstrated typical 8-year-old feelings and thoughts around friendship issues: wanting to help a friend, feelings of jealousy, being angry with a friend, and finally making amends with a friend. I thought the author did a great job of developing a hugely likeable main character in Clementine (I dare you not to fall in love with her) and providing an entertaining story about the ups and downs of friendship.

“Playing Tyler,”

Playing Tyler

by T.L. Costa

When is a game not a game?

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again.

Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games and, well, thats probably not going to get him into college.

Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.

That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames.

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Judas Kiss:

Murphy’s Law, Book Two

Judas Kiss

by K.A. Fox (Author)

Delaney Murphy is learning what it really means to be the daughter of the Devil and that not everyone appreciates her father’s kinder, gentler side. When tragedy strikes and upsets the fragile balancing act of her life, Delaney will have to choose between the world she’s sworn to protect and the father who has changed the whole of Hell just for her.
As betrayals around her mount, she begins to question herself and those closest to her.

Cut off from her magic, Laney’s tie to humanity is fraying. She’s slipping closer and closer to giving in to the overwhelming darkness growing inside her.

Ultimately, she’ll have to confront her demons or risk losing herself entirely.

This was a great story to read. This is book number two in this series written by a new author for me to read.

Wish I had read book one however, I still really enjoyed the story, the characters and the plot, really kept me reading until it was finished. It was really well written, and I cannot wait to see what this author will write about next. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about magic and fantasy.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review

All books shown in this newsletter are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

About the Author

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I’m a speculative fiction author with so many more stories to share. Thank you to every reader who has supported and encouraged these writing dreams – you’re the reason they came true. Keep sharing your thoughts and most of all, keep reading. Love to each of you. I promise you more worlds, more characters and more magic to get lost in very soon. https://www.imkafox.com/

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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!


It seems that since our March newsletter so much has changed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all living with fear and uncertainty and our hearts go out to all of you, especially if you have been personally affected by this horrible illness.
Often when I face something scary 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 choose to accept it…

Make COVID-19 a villain in a story, give him/her/it a form, big and scary or inconspicuously prowling the streets among us. Use your imagination! What I do ask is that you end the story with the villain being defeated! I do want you to describe the superhero in this story, how did they come to be, how, when, where and what was the weapon used to stop COVID in its place…


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin

What is the last book you read? Write about what happens when you switch places with the protagonist (the main character). How would you navigate the story you just read? Would you follow the same path? What would you do differently? How would the story end with you as the main character?

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Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂


It’s APRIL and CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂

Attention all aspiring authors:

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Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? 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, CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org 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!

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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!

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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.

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We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important information

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Access Expo – Variety Ontario

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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.

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Dodging for Dimes Vancouver

Sunday, March 1, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC
Get your corporate team or a team of friends together for this fast and fun charity tournament on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, and help raise money for people with physical disabilities through March of Dimes Canada.
Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team registration fee of $100.

No training, no practice, just loads of fun but with big impact for 129,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities.

Benefitting Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia
an affiliate of March of Dimes Canada

For more information contact:
Berat Barzanjee
Fund Development Assistant
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone:(416) 425-3463 ext. 7305
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Covid 19 ~ Silver Lining ~ Greta Thunberg,#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.
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https://nofacilities.com/ – for Dan Antion https://professorowlsbookcorner.wordpress.com/ – for Sylvia McGrath – https://www.damyantiwrites.com/ – for Damyanti Biswas – https://shilpaagarg.com/ – for Shilpa Garg – https://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com/ – for Belinda Witzehausen

By now, you are probably sick of all the bad news COVID19 has brought world wide. Cases are rising daily, new countries going into lockdown, travel plans just not happening. So far this year is not looking very bright, is it?

However, there is no need for us to feel like the end of the world is here. Over decades our parents and grandparents have survived as we will too.

There has been  a lot of harm to many people in so many ways as the result of COVID-19. It’s a sad and serious situation.

It has, however,  also brought people together. Political parties, city officials have all worked together to help ease the financial burdens for the families in need, changing laws to help being house bound a fear of losing one job a little more bearable.

We must not forget the wonderful nurses and doctors who have worked so hard in the hospitals and of course the first responders, and it is not over yet.  I would like to extend “A special thank you to all!”

Finding the silver lining in the dark cloud can be very difficult, but one upside to the situation could be found in our skies themselves. Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased significantly and could hit their lowest in decades.   Keeping this in mind, I would like to bring your attention to a special young lady who at a young age, is trying to make a difference worldwide and I am sure she just might make a difference.

Greta Thunberg, 16, Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize …

https://people.com/human-interest/greta-thunberg-nobel-peace-prize-nomination

2019· A 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden has been nominated for a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to her efforts to halt climate change A 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden …

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Special Edition #Covid-19, March 2020

We are now reaching the end of this year’s March Break and many of you would have been going away but, because of the Convid19 Virus, most of the places you might have visited were closed down and planes were grounded.  Around the world, most people stayed home and when this week is over, most of the schools’ worldwide are still closed, for another few weeks at least.

Most children and adults worldwide have also been told to stay home and not to mix with their friends in social events, but must stay close to home as most owners of companies have closed down their businesses until the virus has stopped spreading. That means all people along with their families have been asked to participate in “social distancing” to stop the growth of this virus. This means that you and your parents cannot visit with your friends and neighbours and must stay close to home.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner would like to help you find productive and fun ways to spend your time, along with some virtual travel and fun activities, here we give you all some great ideas on how to spend your time.   Although many of you may think that is great, “NO SCHOOL!”  but for some, it can be a worrying time – how are they going to keep up with their schooling, studying for exams, etc. especially if you were set to graduate.  We are also giving some learning resources to help you keep on track.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner values learning and reading and we will try to update this information on a weekly basis until you go back to school. Take this time to learn a new craft, try to improve the school subjects you may have problems with or read all the books you want to read.

Ready, Steady Go!

Get your computer or iPad, find yourself a comfy place and “Off we go.”

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Professor Owls Favourite ~ Reads

Tunnel of Bones (City of Ghosts #2) 

Tunnel of Bones Victoria Schwab

by Victoria Schwab (Author)

Tunnel of Bones is the second book about ghost hunter/helper Cassidy Blake and her ghost friend Jacob, and although this series is intended for middle-grade readers, it’s excellent for all ages. This book has it all: History, Ghosts, Mystery and Detective work all as always just excellent storytelling and character growth, as well as a good understanding of the story the author wants to tell.

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake ~ even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) is in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

I feel Victoria Schwab is a writing genius. Her stories, characters, settings and worlds, I can never get enough. I look forward to seeing what city Cassidy’s adventures take her to next, and the force she’s unleashes that could haunt the city forever.

This book is available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores.

If you do not have an eReader, you can download both or either Kobo, Kindle Desktop App. (See below)

Kobo Desktop Free Download for Windows 10, 7, 8/8.1 (64 ...     

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The Kobo Desktop Application lets you read, build a digital library and shop for eBooks on your eReaders, iPads, computers or laptops.

All you have to do is download the desktop application and install it on your computer – they support both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

They also have some free books to download.   See below:-

Amazon Kindle – Apps on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

Download free eBook’s for Kindle from these 12 sites

https://ebookfriendly.com/download-free-kindle-books

The best way to get free books is to go to “Bestsellers in Kindle Store” and pick up “Top 100 Free”. You will be able to see the most popular free titles in their Store. The list is being updated a couple of times a day, so it picks the hottest free titles that are currently available.

Google Play Books – Looking for free books?

https://play.google.com/google-play/books

This interesting article from Thrillest.com talks about using the Libby app to access Thousands of Ebooks, Magazines, Comic Books & Audiobooks for Free.

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COVID-19 – Coalition for Responsible Home Education

https://responsiblehomeschooling.org/covid

Homeschooling Through COVID19 The Coalition for Responsible Home Education is offering resources to help families navigate your education through this pandemic. On this page, you’ll find links to our recommendations for utilizing the time in the interim between school closures and resources for getting started if homeschooling through the end of the year (or longer) might be …

 COVID-19 & Homeschooling – Confessions of a Homeschooler

 https://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2020/03/covid-19-homeschooling.html

The spread of COVID19 is an uncertain time for everyone. Showing some grace towards each other will go a long way towards making you feel comfortable and secure. Switching to online or homeschool because of school closures can also be a weird transition, so sticking to a routine and allowing yourself a little time for recreation can go a long way in helping you get caught up on what you have missed or want to check out what you have already learned.

Homeschool Canada – Learning Resources for Canadian …

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Shop our extensive catalog of homeschooling resources at Homeschool Canada. Great selection, great prices, hassle-free shipping. Start Shopping. For Schools & Educators. Resources & Curriculum picks for Schools and Educators. Browse our library of school resources, available in bulk quantities.

 Free Homeschool: No-Cost Homeschool Resources

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2020-03-13 · Learn how to homeschool for free (or almost free) and how to make the most of inexpensive and free homeschool resources. … Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool is a free online resource created by homeschooling parents for homeschooling parents. It contains a full homeschool curriculum from a Christian worldview for grades K-12.

 Over 50 Valuable ESL & ELL Student Resources

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/esl-ell-resources-for-teachers...

How Parents Help Their ESL Children Learn English. Your Dictionary offers a range of tips for helping children at home. Memidex. An easy-to-use, free online dictionary and thesaurus for quickly looking up English words. Parent Teacher Association Resources in Spanish. The PTA provides Spanish translations of all their resources and parent guides.

Free Online Courses and Education – Study.com

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See our list of the top free online resources for reading and adult literacy. … are available to find the school and courses that are right for you. … Courses and Classes. With help from this …

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  Images of Colouring Pages For And Young Adults

  Adult Coloring Pages · Download and Print for Free …

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COLOURING PAGES FOR ADULTS. Discover our 1,500+ Free Adult Coloring pages to download in PDF or to print: various themes, artists, difficulty levels and styles.

  Free colouring pages for adults and teenagers

www.coloringpagesforadult.com

Colouring pages for adultsteenagers and kids. The first and only site that collects thousands of quality, hard to find artistic designs, for those who have a passion for drawing and art in general. A constantly updated collection of colouring pages and artistic styles.

  Free Adult Coloring Pages: Detailed Printable Coloring …

https://www.art-is-fun.com/free-adult-coloring-pages

The colouring pages below are bonus pages that don’t appear in my Abstract Patterns Coloring Pages eBook, but are similar in style and detail: Free Mandala Coloring Pages These adult colouring pages are free samples from my Mandala Coloring Pages eBook, which you can download instantly for $8 and print on a variety of interesting paper types.

  Colouring Pages for Adults | Super Coloring

www.supercoloring.com/collections/coloring-pages-for-adults

Coloring Pages for Adults Coloring pages are no longer just for children. Indeed, colouring books are selling well in the adult market. Here, one might ask why grown-up men and women are so keen to colour mandalas, zen tangles, animals, famous paintings, sugar skulls, patterns, doodles, and other intricate coloring images.

Inca Empire Coloring Pages Lesson Plans & Worksheets

https://www.lessonplanet.com

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World Famous Art Galleries and Museum.

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We hope you will find something that you like in this special edition ~ Please write to Professor Owl, let us know what you think, like best and give us any ideas on things you would like to see.

Watch for next weeks issue next Thursday, March 25th, and every week until June 2020.

Professor Owls Book Corner March 2020

Welcome to the March 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.

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Understanding Learning Challenges

By Sylvia W. McGrath

A learning difficulty is a condition that can cause an individual to experience problems in a traditional classroom learning setting. It can interfere with literacy skills development and math it might also affect memory and the capability to concentrate and organizational skills. When a child or adult has a learning difficulty they may need extra time to complete assignments at school and can often benefit from another approach for instruction and classroom accommodations, such as material delivered in special fonts or the ability to use a computer to take notes.

No two individuals with a learning difficulty are exactly alike and many conditions, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, exist on a wide spectrum. There is also dyspraxia, a motor-skills difficulty that can affect a learner’s ability to write by hand and may impact on planning skills. It’s not uncommon for learning difficulties and motor-skills difficulties can occur together. For example, dyslexia and dyspraxia, or ADD/ADHD and dyspraxia can occur at the same time.

Learning difficulties are sometimes referred to as learning disabilities. A person with a learning difficulty may view him or herself as a failure. The word disability implies a person is less able than his or her peers. It can also suggest they are in an ongoing position of being handicapped and causes them to lose confidence.

You may also encounter the terms of learning differences or specific learning differences. The differences between these labels can seem subtle but may have implications on how an individual with a learning difficulty now sees themselves in a different light.

The word learning difference takes the opposite approach in underscoring that a person simply learns in a different way from others. They are not disabled, it’s just that their brains work differently. The term learning difficulty falls somewhere in-between, describing the added challenges an individual might face in a typical school environment, but also suggesting that these challenges are difficulties that can be overcome.

1. Dyslexia:

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning difficulties ~ also known as learning disabilities, in the US. There are different types of dyslexia but the most common type is phonological dyslexia which affects the way people break words down into their component parts.

This has resulted in decoding reading and can also cause spelling and writing difficulties. As reading and writing are central to most school curriculum’s, children with undiagnosed dyslexia can quickly fall behind their peers as they experience problems with note-taking, reading, homework, writing assignments and assessments.
Dyslexia is not associated with lower intelligence, but language difficulties can cause children to believe they are less intelligent than their peers and result in low-confidence and a poor self-image.

  • Some common signs of dyslexia include problems reading out loud.
  •  Inconsistent spelling, a student may be able to spell a word one day and not the next.
  • Losing one’s place on a page.
  • A poor grasp of phonics,
  • Letter reversals.
  • Halted writing due to trouble with spelling.
  • Vocabulary that’s more limited in range

2. Attention difficulties

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) at one time were grouped under the umbrella term of ADD. However, in recent years it is ADHD that has become the general label for attention difficulties, both with and without hyperactivity.

  • ADHD with hyperactivity is often characterized by difficulties maintaining focus over extended periods.
  • Children with ADHD can have poor impulse control, they can be fidgety, and produce messy written work. They are often easier to pick out in a classroom than a student who has ADD without hyperactivity, as in the case of the latter a learner may not call any attention to themselves.
  • A learner with ADD may appear to be paying attention and thus the learning difficulty can go unnoticed until it results in incomplete assignments and poor performance on tests. In certain instances, a child may even be told they are just not trying hard enough.
  • Reading comprehension, staying on task, following directions, completing extended projects, and organization can all be problematic.

3. Dysgraphia

  • Children who struggle with dysgraphia have a hard time with writing and may produce text that is unreadable.
  • Writing can be difficult, taking a long time to complete and causing frustration and stress.
  • The spatial orientation and planning aspects of writing can be particularly challenging for people with dysgraphia. This includes planning the white spaces between letters and words, writing in a straight line and lines of text that are vertically spaced.
  • Staying in the margins, using punctuation and choosing between capital and lowercase letters may also be hard.
  • Letter formation itself might be difficult and typing on the computer is often a suggested accommodation at school.
  • Children with dysgraphia are often eager to avoid handwriting, particularly in front of their peers.
  • They may feel embarrassed when writing on the board, produce less text than is necessary for written assignments and can generally perform poorly on assessments that require written answers.

4. Dyscalculia

As opposed to dyslexia and dysgraphia which are both language-based learning difficulties, dyscalculia has to do with processing numbers.

  • Children with dyscalculia can have trouble performing simple arithmetic.
  • They may not know how to approach a math problem sometimes
  • At times the spatial part of balancing equations is tricky, as well as grouping numbers and performing the right order of operations.
  • Even counting can be a struggle and it is often recommended that individuals with dyscalculia be allowed to use a calculator to support their learning.
  • When dyslexia and dyscalculia are present together, reading word problems is made more difficult, and number reversals may be frequent.
  • This can introduce errors into the work and cause a student to get the wrong answer.
  • Dysgraphia and dyscalculia together mean a child often finds showing math worked in long-form particularly difficult to complete.
  • Writing math symbols may be near impossible, as can certain spatial or graph-oriented aspects of math.
  • Lastly, in dyspraxia and dyscalculia, getting steps in the right order can be a problem.

5. Dyspraxia

  • While not always grouped under the learning difficulties/ learning disabilities header, dyspraxia is a motor skill difficulty that can also impact on academic success.
  • That’s because it affects the planning and coordination of muscles, including those of the hand.
  • As gripping the pen or pencil in written language production is painful, writing may contain more spelling errors and less text as a result.
  • In cases of verbal dyspraxia/ apraxia of speech, the muscles of the face, mouth, and throat are affected, limiting spoken language production.
  • People with dyspraxia may also walk with a funny gait, have trouble using a paintbrush in art class, experience difficulties playing a musical instrument, and performing coordinated movements in sports.
  • They can be clumsy and might also struggle with organization and tasks that involve planning.
  • In addition, some students may present with processing issues.
  • Slow processing can mean a child requires more time to complete school assignments and additional exposures are needed to bring information into working memory.
  • Expressive and receptive language disorder and apraxia of speech are also language-based difficulties that cause issues with comprehension and spoken language production.

When a learning difficulty is suspected, it’s typically recommended that an individual be screened. This is done using a short and sometimes online assessment tool that can indicate whether more testing is recommended. If dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD or dyscalculia are suspected, comprehensive testing can be performed by an educational psychologist, or in some cases a speech and language therapist.

The reason for this is no two people with a learning difficulty struggle with the same set or severity of symptoms and thus it’s important to understand where strengths and problem areas lie in order to provide the best strategy training and accommodations

Accommodations and technology:

It’s often recommended that individuals who struggle with specific learning and motor skills difficulties be allowed to use a computer to complete schoolwork. One reason for this is typing takes care of many of the presentation aspects of writing, from letter formation to spacing and neatness.
For individuals who struggle with language-based difficulties, learning to touch-type also helps to encode a word as a series of muscle movements in the fingers, which supports spelling skills. Additionally, writing on a device opens up access to auto-complete, predictive text, and spell-checkers. It is also easier and less painful for students with dysgraphia and dyspraxia to type rather than write by hand try Touch-type Read and Spell
However, learning to type may not be as easy for students with learning difficulties as it is for their peers. Typing programs that emphasize speed over accuracy put pressure on students to perform in timed lessons. They also may not offer accessible displays, which can lead to more frustration and lower confidence.
TTRS Touch-type Read and Spell were developed to help individuals with learning difficulties master typing so they can access technology and avoid handwriting at work or at school. At the same time, it was designed to help strengthen literacy skills. The program takes a dyslexia-friendly Orton-Gillingham based approach which is multi-sensory.

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Students hear the words, see them on screen and type them out, which helps to reinforce learning in memory. Lessons are broken down into bite-sized modules so they can be repeated as many times as is necessary and every student can learn at his or her own pace. Additionally, the words presented follow a program of English phonics, so students enhance decoding, sight-reading and spelling skills as they progress.
TTRS ~ Touch-type Read and Spell are accuracy-based, which means students must correct mistakes in order to move on. It’s a learning program that builds confidence gradually as learners repeat modules and improve their skills.
Learning typing not only makes it easier for individuals with learning difficulties to access other tools and online programs, but it builds confidence and self-esteem too!
If you liked this post, have a read through these articles on developing spelling skills, encouraging students with learning difficulties and what motivates students to learn. Keep following Professor Owl for more articles like this and suggested ways to improvements your reading and writing skills. Write to Professorowl@outlook.com to answer your questions and get more information.

Wise Picks

Three of Seven Books Introducing Characters

With Dyslexia or ADHD

The Lightning Thief

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By Rick Riordan

That was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years.” That’s what 12-year old Percy used to think. But that was before he discovered his true identity ~ as a demigod, throws a modern-day twist into ancient Greek mythology. And this popular, action-packed adventure story helps kids rethink their own abilities. Plus, there’s a movie version that could help spark the interest of reluctant readers.

Typically recommended for kids: Ages 9+

Fish in a Tree

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by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

In Fish in a Tree, a sixth grader Ally Nickerson is clever at hiding her reading and writing issues. How? She acts out in class and creates distractions, so people won’t figure out what’s really going on. But with the help of her teacher, Mr. Daniels, Ally discovers that she has dyslexia. She gets the support she needs, and her self-confidence skyrockets. This New York Times best-seller sends kids an uplifting message as Ally begins to recognize her own strengths.

 Recommended kids: Ages 10+

“My Name Is Brain Brian”

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by Jeanne Betancourt

Brian thinks he’s dumb. It doesn’t help that kids laugh when he reads aloud and writes on the board at school. But Brian’s sixth-grade teacher notices him reversing the letters of his name. That makes her suspect he has dyslexia—and she’s right. With more help from his school, Brian finally comes to realize that he’s a smart kid who learns differently. My Name Is Brain Brian reinforces the idea that kids can learn to work around their issues and achieve their goals.

Recommended for kids: Ages 8–12

In books, the most compelling characters often remind us of ourselves. These great reads may resonate with kids with dyslexia or ADHD. That’s because the heroes in these books share those challenges—and the triumphs that come with them.

In these books, the most interesting characters often remind us of ourselves. These great reads may resonate with kids with dyslexia or ADHD. That’s because the heroes in these books share those challenges—and the triumphs that come with them.

Check next months newsletter for another four books in this group. we will also try to bring you more of these great books and video’s

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This months book is not a new book release, it was published a few years ago.  I really enjoyed reading this book so much, that I just had to share with our readers in the Book Corner .

City of Ghosts

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by Victoria Schwab (Author)

From #1 NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab comes a sweeping, spooky, evocative adventure, perfect for fans of “Stranger Things” and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already rather strange. But they’re about to get much stranger.

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. When Cass meets a girl, who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still needs to learn about the Veil — and herself.  She will have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

This book was a really great read, I enjoyed it more as I know Edinburgh very well, I lived outside of the city when I was in my teens and I could actually visualize the streets and buildings as described in the book.

Even though this is a middle grade book it would appeal to all ages.  I will give this book five stars, the writing is very good, the characters and plot were well thought out.  It was such a good read, I was unable to put the book down until I had finished reading to the very last page.

I understand that there may be more books in this series, if so I will be on the way to a good binge read, looking forward to reading them and the other books written by Victoria Schwab.

This books and others by this author can be purchase from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.Kobo.com  and other fine book stores and of course your Local Libraries.

  About the Author

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Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

She is represented by Holly Root at Root Literary and Jon Cassir at CAA.

All appearance and publicity inquiries should be directed to her PR rep, Kristin Dwyer, at: kdwyer@leoprny.com

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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! 


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

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Write about what you can do at this very moment to make a positive difference in someone’s life.  Will you donate time, objects or money to a charity? Will you do something to help out a friend, neighbour or complete stranger? Reflect and write! 🙂


 Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

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“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.” ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Spring is in the air! Using your five senses write about what sights, sounds etc. you enjoy most about the spring season?

Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂


A Young Writer’s Guide to Creating Characters

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Uninteresting or two-dimensional characters are the make or break issue for me when reading a novel.  If I can’t relate to the characters, can I care enough to read the remainder of their story?  As a writer, you will also have to like your character and want to get to know them.  Face it you will be investing a great deal of your time with them over the length of writing the story. Try to infuse your characters with a little bit of yourself, your interests, hopes, dreams, fears…, an old saying is “write what you know” which can be expressed through your characters. Here are some other simple steps to make your characters come to life.

Motivate your character to move through your plot, you must give your character a goal or mission and one that is important enough to drive them through the story.  What is it they want? What do they need? What do they fear, or hope will happen to them? Make sure to also give them obstacles to overcome.

Make them real, humans are inherently flawed beings; we aren’t perfect each of us has both positive and negative traits. Create “real” characters, fill them with insecurities, make them get angry, give them quirks and opinions, let them cry.  The trick is to remember to balance both the good and the bad.

Give them consequences if they don’t reach their goal. What will happen if they don’t meet their goal or mission? Will someone else suffer? Will they suffer? How will they feel?  Make sure they care about what happens if they can’t fulfil their mission add a sense of urgency.

Make each character unique both in personality, voice and physical description. By creating details about their style of dress, gait (the way they walk), physical mannerisms, emotions as well as their story backgrounds.  Too many similar characters will be confusing for both you, as the writer and the reader.

Your characters shouldn’t know everything about what is happening.  As is true with real life, not everyone has all the answers, keep your characters guessing as well as the reader. The reader will have to find out alongside the characters.

Avoid falling into lazy stereotypes when writing a character, which most of the time are completely inaccurate and even worse incredibly offensive.

Show don’t tell applies to your characters as well don’t say they were angry or sad, show it through their actions and interactions with others.

Community Boards

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www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering/events

  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!

    No events schedule for March, 2020.    

www.varietyvillage.c

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.

www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering

We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important information

Events · Restrictions & Closures · Variety Village in Toronto

Local Events | Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario

https://varietyontario.ca/local-events

 Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

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.

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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.

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

 Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference

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Events for March 2020

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Dodging for Dimes Vancouver

Sunday, March 1, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC​

Get your corporate team or a team of friends together for this fast and fun charity tournament on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, and help raise money for people with physical disabilities through March of Dimes Canada.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team registration fee of $100.

No training, no practice, just loads of fun but with big impact for 129,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities.

Benefitting Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia
an affliate of March of Dimes Canada
Visit www.marchofdimes.ca/DodgeballVancouver for more details. 

​​​For more information contact:
Berat Barzanjee
Fund Development Assistant ​
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.​
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone:(416) 425-3463 ext. 7305
​bbarzanjee@marchofdimes.ca​​

Beating The Odds#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.
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Sylvia McGrath, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti and myself, Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen.

Professor Owls Book Corner always loves to tell you about young people who have "Beaten All The Odds" and are now following their dreams. To day we show you below some great stories of some young people that did just that.