Mrs. Becker’s first grade students celebrate International Dot Day

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Mrs. Becker’s first grade class celebrated International Dot Day on September 15! What the heck is that, you ask?

a blonde woman with glasses wearing a yellow t-shirt smiles at the cameraInternational Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration based on the book The Dot, written by Peter H. Reynolds.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark.” What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

Mrs. Becker has celebrated International Dot Day with her first grade class for the past five years, with Becker saying it is one of her favorite days out of the entire school year.

I love this book and this tradition in my class. It is a day I look forward to and since it is early in the year it helps to break the ice with my class,” she said. 

After reading the book together in class, Becker led an art project based on the themes in the book. The students’ artwork is currently on display outside of their classroom at BPES.

This year, people from 196 different countries celebrated International Dot Day. Read more about the initiative here.

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