The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
And each year on International Dot Day ( 15 SEPTEMBER) the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.
In Montero de Espinosa School (Almendralejo, Spain) we celebrated "The DOT DAY" by making dots in different ways: we first read the book to all the pupils, then we used different arts and crafts techniques to decorate drawings. We make advantage of the current project of our school "The seven Wonders of the World" to foster creativity in our kids. It was so fun!
And we also used a new technology tool called "augmented reality" which consists of using an app called "Quiver" that made the dots painted by our students become real, it was amazing! And the children were delighted.
what is more, as you can see in the pictures, they also came to school dressed up using dotted clothes, lovely!
This activity served to start our project in a engaging way for our pupils and they had the opportunuty to express themselves through art and reading.
In Publiczne Przedszkole nr 2 im. Janusza Korczaka in Radomsko, Poland, we celebrated THE DAY OF THE DOT on Friday 13th September 2019.
We started by reading Peter H. Reynolds' book "The Dot" ("Kropka").
We also watched a video entitled "The Dot".
Students sang a song about the dot - how important it is in our life.
They also danced the ladybirds' dance.
Students created their own dots.
Their dots were leaves on the tree.
Teachers used the application "Quiver" to make students' dots three-dimensional. It was really fun :)
Students created a big dot from the bottle-stoppers.
Although all of us - students and adults - wore clothes with dots, a very funny activity was the sticking dots on teachers' clothes.
Local TV visited our kindergarten during THE DAY OF THE DOT. Reporters received some dots too.
Some our students gave an interview :)
You can see news on TV here (start with 16th second):
We took photos as a memento of our clebration.
It was a really nice day :) :) :)
A day of creativity, laughter, children feeling empowered. A day that reminds us that every child is capable that....
"Every child is an artist" as P. Picasso has said.
We read the book, watched videos, we used dots to create stories. We played games using tools and working on fine and gross motor skills. Then in the garden, we used paintbrushes and a mop to create huge dots. Finally, some children collected natural materials (pine cones, leaves, olives) to create a dot as a group!
It was so much fun!