September 15th is International Dot Day, a worldwide time to celebrate creativity and individuality. The day started when a teacher, Terry Shay, introduced his class to a book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds on September 15th 2009. The story tells of a shy young girl who is encouraged by her teacher to be brave and ‘make her mark’. What starts as a small dot soon becomes a big lesson in creativity, sharing and self-belief. Terry’s class eagerly picked up the Dot message and made their own projects and since then schools around the world have adopted the day as the perfect chance to spread a message of celebrating creativity and collaboration. Now over 7 million people have taken part in 38 countries and we thought we’d share the message too.
Many schools use the day to work on a creative project, whether that’s by making their own ‘dot’ (from pencils to photography, the possibilities are endless) and we think it’s a perfect chance to not only flex the creative muscles, but also to salute the fabulous work educators do in helping children develop self-confidence. If you fancy taking part in your own Dot Day, you can find out more about the event, and some free classroom resources, on the Dot Day website. We’re off to make some marks of our own!