“When you make, make, make, a mark.
All you gotta do is start.
Paint a dot and watch it splatter,
Make, make, make a mark,
Make it matter.”
Emily Dale and Peter Reynolds
Dots are everywhere! Connected dots in the sky are joined together to create the constellations, braille and Morse code use dots to communicate, tiny dots create beautiful art pieces in pointillism and Henna. Even early on, children “connect the dots” to learn counting skills and who doesn’t love a good polka dot outfit! Dots are definitely a part of our lives!
This Friday, September 15, is International Dot Day. Inspired by the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds, Dot Day is about “connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites” (InternationalDotDay.org). Many of our classes have been engaging in creative, collaborative and connecting activities this week, each of which celebrate the spirit of Dot Day.
While in Kindergarten, I got the privilege of hearing students sing the Dot Day song. The words, “Make, make, make a mark, make it matter” spoke to me as we work together as a learning community to help students make their own mark, to take risks and to uncover the best of who they are. At times, it can be difficult for students to try new things and to accept new challenges. Helping our learners understand that “all you gotta do is start” is a wonderful way to learn something new. Each of our students matter and we are grateful for each day that we get to help them make their mark.