This book encourages kids to "Make your mark and see where it will take you!" Sir Ken Robinson once said, "Creativity is as important as literacy!" Creativity is a 21st Century Skill and we focus on those 21st Century Skills equally as much as we focus on the Common Core Standards! They are just as important to your child's success as the standards, if not more!
This book has a great message for both children and teachers! It teaches children to celebrate their creativity and helps them build confidence in their own abilities! It teaches us teachers how powerful our encouragement and our words can be! We can use words to build them up or to criticize. In this room we choose to build these precious children up! This day was a day to show them that! It also teaches me that the process of creating art is more important than the product! What the students create should not at look the same as everyone else's creations! Nor should it look like what I think it should look like! Where is the creativity if I direct what their art should look like! Each one should be unique to the student who created it!
We figured that celebrating International Dot Day was a perfect way to celebrate the process of creating! I set out some experiences and materials for the kids to make a mark and see where it takes them! The kids also created dots out of other things they found in our room!
The kids wanted to have a Dot Gallery like the one in the book. They could not wait for me to display their art for all to see! We decided to put it in the hallway, but we had enough to fill our room too!
Creativity will be celebrated in our room all year. Encourage your children to make their mark, the way they want to make it! You will be amazed at the confidence you will see growing each time they have the opportunity to create!