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” Tuesday, September 17 and what fun we had. The girls went on a Dot hunt and found over 180 dots across campus…that was a lot of tally marks!!!
Just make a mark...and see where it takes you.....
The girls have been having so much fun exploring endless opportunities in our classroom to explore and have fun with using scissors, squeezing sponges full of soap, transferring rainbow rice from one cup to another, or using clothes pins and tongs to transfer pom poms… They are building strength, especially in their hands which is needed to begin turning their scribbles into lines and curves… Art and early writing skills are all bundled together. Using crayons, pencils, markers, etc. encourages them to explore, spark their creativity, and collaborate with their friends. Their conversations are so interesting as they share with each other what their drawings, lines, and curves mean to them. They are beginning to understand that writing is made up of lines, curves and dots… This is just the beginning....
…” 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