Did you know there was such a thing as "Dot Day?" Me either, apparently, because it was on September 15th. But lucky for me, I follow some superstar librarians on social media and learned all about Dot Day! So, even though we were technically late to the party, I decided we our 2nd graders would celebrate Dot WEEK. A week-long (or two) celebration is better than a day anyway, right?
International Dot Day was created to celebrate art, reading, creativity, confidence and learning! It's all centered around this wonderful book by Peter H. Reynolds:
The book teaches us that we won't achieve anything, unless we try. And once we try, we can create beautiful things!
Mrs. Gholston's 2nd grade students were the first to celebrate! We began by reading the book. After a quick discussion, the students created their own dot:
Each dot was so unique!
The students then used our new cart of iPad minis to make their dots 3D! We used an app called 'colAR mix'.
It takes a drawing (using coloring sheets printed out from the app's website) and makes it come to life. The students' reactions were priceless as they watched their dots pop up, start moving and make patterns. Check it out:
The students even did a "gallery walk" and looked at their classmate's artwork in 3D using their iPad minis.
Come and check out our gallery of dots in the media center!
New Artwork Up at the Main Campus
You might see some new artwork up in the halls of the main campus. Last year, children's book illustrator, Michael P. White, visited with our students. He is the illustrator of books like The Library Dragon and The Return of the Library Dragon. He taught the students how to draw just like him. It was a really fun day!
Lucky for us, Mr. White left his entire sketch book with us as a parting gift. Now his quirky and colorful artwork is framed and decorating our halls. You can find pieces in the media center, in the staircase near Ms. Plumer's desk, in the breezeway and near the cafeteria. We hope you enjoy seeing them just as much as we enjoyed Mr. White creating them right before our eyes.