In seven days children around the world will be kicking off International Dot Day. Over 1,925,183 million children from 85 countries have signed up to celebrate in their classrooms and individually. The goal this year is to have two million children celebrating, connecting and making their dots the week of September 15. It is usually a week-long event.
September 15 will be the 11th anniversary of Peter H. Reynold’s international bestselling book, The Dot, about a girl who doesn’t think she can draw. In 2009, Iowa teacher, Terry (T.J.) Shay, held the very first Dot Day celebration and shared his student’s creations with Reynolds. Shaw is the motivational force behind the launching of this phenomenal day.
According to Reynolds “the theme for this year’s day is creativity, bravery and self-expression.” Singer song-writer Emily Dale collaborated with Reynolds to create the beautiful The Dot Song for educators can use in their classrooms.
In past years teachers and students took International Dot Day to an entirely new level, using SKYPE and other means to connect and partner with teachers and students in all 50 states and globally — virtually connecting the dots with each other around the world. They collaborated on classroom projects and made their marks. This year will bring even greater collaboration.
If you are a teacher or parent who wants to participate, there is still time to enroll your students. There are many ways to celebrate Dot Day. Visit the International Dot Day site for all the information and resources you will need to get started, inspired and connected. Many teachers have already posted requests to partner with other schools. You can also follow International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter, using #dotday and #makeyourmark and (twitter.com/DotClubConnect.)