Early Childhood students celebrated “International Dot Day“ on September 15 during their Home Based Learning. International Dot Day is staged to encourage people of all ages to harness their creativity and show how to be a risk taker at the same time. The inspiration behind the activities is the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.
After reading ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds, students explored and investigated the Loose Parts and Art materials from our Home Based Learning package. Students showed their enthusiasm when they were asked to make their mark. They were challenged to try a Kadinsky inspired dot and circle artwork during our Virtual Hello meeting. When one of them said ‘My circle is not a circle’, other students encouraged each other that it is okay to try again. Even one of them said ‘It is your circle, it does look okay’. The children made their mark!
Early Childhood students showed they are creative thinkers in many different ways. They created a piece of artwork with fabric, paint, playdough, marker or crayons and of course Loose Parts materials. Students choose any kind of creative outlet they wanted. They were just challenged to get in touch with their creative side and share their creativity with teachers and friends through our zoom meetings and pictures shared through Class Dojo. “The Dot” song and motions provided a great time for our students. The easy rhymes and melody made it an easy song to over and over.
From this activity we were able to see how students articulate interests and can identify some of their dot art. The DOT week activities provide enriching learning experiences and allow students to be active participants regardless of where their learning is taking place.