Dot Day 2017! Thursday, October 19th, 2017
We are getting ready to celebrate International Dot Day on Thursday, Oct. 19! I am asking everyone to wear dots on this day and to celebrate in any creative way they can think of! If you don't have dots to wear, make a dot shirt, wear a dot hat or hairbow, dot pants, anything you can come up with!
September 15th marks the the anniversary of the publication of the book "The Dot" by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. Normally, International Dot Day is celebrated on or around Sept. 15, but this year, Hurrican Harvey put a little kink in our plans, but he couldn't stop of from celebrating our creativity! The book has some powerful themes in it; bravery, creativity and self-expression.
"The Dot more than anything celebrates the power of creative teaching," Peter explains. "Despite the test-centric world we live in, creative teachers know how to find those aha moments- much the same way my 7th grade math teacher Mr. Matson 'connected the dots' between math and art, which changed my life." To honor that moment, Peter dedicate The Dot to Mr. Matson.
The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher that reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. In Peter's book, the teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to "make her mark." Vashti's breakthrough comes from a simple dot on a piece of paper. Encouraged by her teacher she sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom, and, ultimatey, inspire others.
How does Peter recommend celebrating? "Spread the word...on International Dot Day, read The Dot, wear dots, eat dots, draw dots, frame dots, connect the dots, splurge on art supplies, try a new medium- a new instrument, write a poem, rearrange your furniture, reconnect the dots with an old friend, make something, or make something with a friend. Share your creativity with the world."