International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity inspired by The Dot written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. It is a day to think about ways in which we can use our special talents to make the world a better place.
After reading and discussing The Dot we read a parable about an old man who throws beached starfish back into the ocean one at a time. A passerby points out that there are thousands of beaches with millions of starfish facing the very same plight, how can one old man possibly make a difference. As the old man prepares to toss another starfish into the salty water he says, "It makes a difference to this one."
In partnerships, we discussed ways we can make a difference right here and now. Small acts of kindness such as encouraging a friend or caring for the environment can make a difference as others are inspired to "pay it forward".
To celebrate International Dot Day, we will participate in a live streaming event with the author of The Dot this Wednesday afternoon. We will also create dots to represent our unique talents. On Friday we hope to join Ms. Kilpatrick's 5th grade class for a Skype session with another class from somewhere else in the world!
If you are interested, the author of The Dot will be at the Children's Museum in Boston on Saturday, September 15th for the official International Dot Day celebration. You can find out more by checking out the link below.
Happy Dot Day! How will you make your mark?
with Peter H. Reynolds.
I am downright giddy-
fabulous educators and
authors are my celebrities!