Celebrates the power of original thinking….
In 2003 Peter Reynolds wrote The Dot, a book written to inspire all of us to navigate our true potential - to be brave, original, inspirational, inspired, and active. Later in 2004 he wrote, ISH, and then again in 2012 wrote Sky color. All three books have become an inspiration to all who foster a growth mindset. September 15ish marks the anniversary of the book, The Dot. In 2009, a group of educators began celebrating this date as International Dot Day…a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: courage, creativity, and self-expression. Of course, we did indeed explore these 3 books and will continue throughout the year to remember what Vashti, Ramon, and Marisol learned about seeing the world in a new way, being inspired by others, and allowing us the courage to make things work even when we don't think we have the right supplies (or even ability). As a culminating activity… we celebrated ‘Dot Day” last Friday with Ms. Molly Prewitt’s Honors Algebra 1 class bringing in a cross divisional exploration showing our girls that these attributes cross all disciplines. Ms. Prewitt’s girls were to research appropriate curriculum for our Pre-K classroom and pick a mathematical category on which to focus, such as numbers, operations, data, measurement, geometry or patterns. Mrs. Erickson’s girls joined in on the celebration as we divided our girls into 4 groups and had a grand time with our “big girls” as they together explored elements of math with just a dot….see where it takes you!!!!
My Witch-Kaylei It looks like a monster-Ivy
“It doesn’t matter what you do, there is no right way or wrong way. What is important, though is that you…HAVE FUN Let’s Paint by Alborozo
Explorations around the room
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis reflects the imagination of a little pig that finds a stick and imagines it to be many different things whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon. After reading, Not a Stick, we collected quite a lot of sticks and the girls then made their own creations. Picture books are best appreciated when someone reads and a child listens, responds, and sometimes points to each picture that comes into view. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how characters are feeling and we use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel. Our girl’s creative juices were flowing from beginning to end…..A child’s imagination is a wondrous sight to behold as it unfolds…
Ms Prewitt and Ms Cowan
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy