By Kasey Kile
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds became one of my favorite children’s books many years ago. Children’s books normally capture my heart pretty easily, but there is something extra special about this one. At times I personally struggle with creativity. Being in a position and field in which creativity is important, this book is a great support for me, as an educator. I believe The Dot is a must-have for every classroom and every early childhood educator. When I learned about International Dot Day, I simply had to share it with my colleagues and with the children! I’m sure you’ll love it, too.
International Dot Day
International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, on September 15th.
I encourage you to take a look at the International Dot Day website to learn more about this special day and how this beloved children’s book has impacted millions worldwide. Children at our facility, MHK Play Studio, used The Dot as inspiration over several weeks in their play, collaboration, and creativity.
The teaching staff encouraged children to recognize opportunities to create ‘dots’ using materials within the environment. This process naturally led them to think about sculpture and form and utilize materials they may or may not normally engage with in their play. Further, it allowed them to view and combine materials in new ways.
With a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math), we love celebrating International Dot Day. It sparks creativity in a unique way and allows everyone, including the educators, to get creative. I hope you and everyone in your program enjoy celebrating International Dot Day. And if you happen to know Peter H. Reynolds, please wish him well from me!