Monday, September 21, 2015

Dot Day #2

On Wednesday, September 16th, Mrs. Proudman's class visited the library for their first scheduled library visit of the year.  It was great to see some familiar faces from last year and wonderful to see that some new students have joined us.

We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the first day of library than to kick off the year with an International Dot Day Celebration.  This is the second year in a row that we have celebrated International Dot Day with Mrs. Proudman's students.

For those unfamiliar with Dot Day, it is a special holiday centered around The Dot, a book by Peter H. Reynolds.  The Dot talks about a student who was initially reluctant to try her hand at art, but was able to conquer her fears through the creative influence of a special teacher.  In short, International Dot Day is all about creativity.  The students in Mrs. Proudman's class are all sorts of creative, so this is definitely a holiday made just for them.

To kick off Dot Day, we began by reading The Dot.  The returning students from last year agreed that The Dot is a story they don't mind reading again and again.  After discussing the themes of creativity and mindset, we decided it was time to get started on our own artwork.

Last year, we chose to color in order to create our artwork.  This year, we took more of a 3-D approach by using clay to make our dots.  It was wonderful to see the students' creations!
Students use rolling pins, jar lids, and measuring cups to create their dots.

A creative finished product.  A dot topped with fruit!

The dots created by all of Mrs. Proudman's students.
Peter H. Reynolds, the author of The Dot, challenges Dot Day participants to "make your mark...and see where it takes you."  These are great words to guide the rest of the year with Mrs. Proudman's class.  We might not know where our paths may lead, but it is important to take that first step!

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