You may wonder why we all seem to be “going dotty” at Valley View. We’re going to be celebrating our creativity all week, starting with International Dot Day on Monday, Sept. 15, and ending with our first school wide assembly on Friday the 19th when everyone is encouraged to wear dots to school!
In addition to reading “The Dot”, by Peter Reynolds, classes are coming up with dot related activities tying together our entire curriculum. Art classes have already started and were recently seen busily painting their own dots with a personal touch. First grade has plans for a dot quilt. Dots will soon be found on personal favorite library books as students “make their mark” in the library. Watch for dots to pop up anywhere!
"The Dot more than anything celebrates the power of creative teaching,” Reynolds
explains. “Despite the test-centric world we live in, creative teachers know how
to find those aha moments — much the same way that my 7th grade math teacher Mr.
Matson ‘connected the dots’ between math and art, which changed my life.” To honor that moment, Reynolds dedicated The Dot to Mr. Matson.
How does Reynolds 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.”