Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ October 21st., 2013

variety-village-logoLINKS

Learning to become a responsible, independent member of society can be difficult for any young adult. But for young adults with developmental disabilities, it can be very challenging. To help these young adults, Variety Village offers a program called LINKS, which stands for Lifestyle, Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge, and Sports. This program enables its members to develop confidence and learn life skills essential to their independence in the community.

Through educational and fun programs such as Physical Fitness, Nutritional Planning, Creativity and Healthy Living, each member becomes more self-aware and self-reliant. The LINKS program is like a “home away from home” for its members.

While some programs include time in the gym or pool being physically active, others include:

ARTS & CRAFTS

The creative process of arts and crafts helps to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in creative self-expression.

YOGA

This program has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.

SCIENCE

This program gives the participants a chance to explore and learn through hands on experiments. The program is focused on learning about different aspects of the world around us. The goals of this program are to form an understanding of simple and somewhat complicated action and reaction experiments.

LINKS BREAKFAST

This is an activity that happens on a weekly basis every Thursday morning. The LINKS group organizes a breakfast service that serves hot and fresh breakfast meals that are available to all of the staff and participants of the building. Each week we have a different special that will be served and that is prepared right on the spot. This program gives the participants a chance to experience a job oriented environment and it also helps the LINKS program earn money which can be used for other activities.

GARDENING

This program focuses on the understanding of plant life and how to manage your own plants. The program starts from the ground up focusing on how plants start to develop, what they need for proper development and also regular maintenance for a long healthy life. Along with the hands on aspect of planting, fertilizing and watering their plants, participants will be involved in a classroom setting where discussions will be facilitated around what the best practices are for growing certain types of plants. Participants will also have a first hand look at what affects their plants growth through a statistical bookkeeping procedure which involves measuring their plants on a weekly basis.

For additional information on the LINKS program, download the registration package and read our brochure. Feel free to contact uswith any other questions or concerns about the LINKS program – call Cathy Price,, LINKS Coordinator 416.699.7167 x

For more information on Variety Village Programs:

www.varietyvillage.ca

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Of The Week ~ October 10th. 2013

How Roland Rolls

Jim Carrey (Author) Rob Nason (Illustrator)

[Kindle Edition]

How Rowland Rolls.

Price:  CDN$ 9.99

Pre-order – This e-book will be ready for delivery November 17, 2013

“HOW ROLAND ROLLS” is a story about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave ~ he’s the whole big, wide ocean!

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How Roland Rolls is Jim Carrey’s first book. It’s aimed at children aged four to eight. Over the past 20 years, Carrey has made us laugh with his comedic films (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty), provoked us with his serious ones (Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and enchanted us with his family fare (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mr. Popper’s Penguins). Now he entertains, enlightens and inspires with How Roland Rolls. The book charmingly and wittily presents the universal truth of humanity’s interconnectedness and unity through the metaphor of a wave in the sea.

The book is also lavishly illustrated by Rob Nason, who won a Golden Reel award for his work as Art Director on the film Anastasia, as well as an Annie Awards nomination. His work on Thumbelina garnered the Hans Christian Andersen award. His cover for the inspiring grass-roots children’s book, Saltwater Taffy, was nominated as Cover of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award.

Available from:

http://www.amazon.ca