We had soooooo much fun celebrating International Dot Day! We wore dots, painted dots, and even ATE dots! Your girls sure know that a dot is the shape of a circle and they can point them out ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE!
Peter Reynolds book, The Dot, tells the story of Vashti, a little girl who doesn't think she can draw. Ends up, she's really good at dots...thanks to the encouragement of her teacher! And then Vashti passes on that encouragement to a friend.
We asked the girls how they could be like Vashti...a few of their thoughts...
Teach them to draw!
Be good to a friend...share!
Help them learn to make a people!
Help them paint!
Like when I had two, and I gaved her one!
Sweet, huh? Your girls are getting it!
They are learning to think and to be creative!
Check out the things they created with just a few dots!
The girls LOVE to share their work with each other! It gives them a chance to practice speaking in front of others and to explain what they were thinking! They are also learning to listen to their friends and be respectful, so when it's their turn to talk, their friends will listen to them. The girls are learning to create and use their smart brains to think outside the box, too!
In pre-kindergarten we are getting your girls ready to write! The girls are learning to hold a crayon and a pencil correctly and to color and draw. They are learning how to use scissors and to use their little fingers to glue things on paper. They are figuring out which hand they like to use. They are beginning to understand simple size and shape concepts for big lines/little lines and big curves/little curves. The activities that we provide require attention, cognitive skills, and cooperation. The beginning of all the writing they will do in their lives begins with a simple line. They will eventually learn how to imitate a vertical line, horizontal line, circle, and cross. This week we were making lines, finding lines in the environment, and sorting short and long lines.