Make Your Mark with International Dot Day
Celebrate Creativity, Courage
International Dot Day (September 15th) is inspired by The Dot, a classic storybook by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of a girl's journey of self-discovery after a teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”
About the Book
Peter H. Reynold's mission was to create a book that inspired all kids to reach their potential. He hit the mark with The Dot! Readers are quickly connected to Vashti (the main character) as she struggles with self doubt and her ability to draw.
Vashti's teacher encourages Vashti to start with just one small dot, which she reluctantly does. As the story unfolds we cheer for Vashti as her self doubt grows into confidence and belief in herself.
The Dot really encourages readers to push past self doubt to discover what they are capable of. I really liked the growth mindset component of the book. Instead of giving up or settling, readers learn to stick in there when things get hard.
International Dot Day is an opportunity for everyone from teachers, to parents, to students to "make their marks" by using their creative talents. For ideas on how to incorporate The Dot in your day visit this link for Inspiration.
Celebrate, Create, and Collaborate
Celebrating creativity is a big part of International Dot Day. To help get those creative juices flowing, you can connect and collaborate with others who are looking to encourage creativity. If you'd like to connect with others, visit this link to sign up at TheDotClub. When you sign up, you'll also get a Free Educators Guide for Dot Day.
How will you celebrate International Dot Day?
Have you read The Dot? Check out this read aloud video from Youtube.
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