A Little Encouragement Can Go a Long Way

Working in small groups helps to ensure that all of our ‘Dot Day’ participants discover their talents and creativity.
Working in small groups helps to ensure that all of our ‘Dot Day’ participants discover their talents and creativity.
Oakwood’s Library Media Specialist Christine Le Claire works with our students on their iPads to bring their own ‘Dots’ to life.
Oakwood’s Library Media Specialist Christine Le Claire works with our students on their iPads to bring their own ‘Dots’ to life.
Students designed their own dots and used the Quiver app to make them come alive and ‘jump off the page’.
Students designed their own dots and used the Quiver app to make them come alive and ‘jump off the page’.

Oakwood Primary Center Library Media Specialist Christine Le Claire had first-graders jumping for joy as they worked to make the world a better place. International Dot Day is celebrated every year in September. The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, is the story of a girl discovering her talent and creativity through the subtle urging of her art teacher.

Oakwood's first-grade students recalled times when they were afraid to try new things for fear of failing. Focusing on perfectionism and insecurity as well as artistic process, the author shows in a humorous and kind way that getting started can be the of the hardest part of the creative endeavor.

“We registered to be a part of the global community participating in making the world a better place and ‘leaving their mark,’” said Ms. Le Claire.  “Students designed their own dots and used the Quiver app on their iPads to bring them to life. Each first-grade class was filled with excitement when they saw their creations jump off the pages.”