It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it at Teach Mentor Texts.
Sure I read a few books this week, but the only one I am talking about today on #IMWAYR is
The Dot by Peter Reynolds. I read this book to every class and they all loved it. We had a small Dot Day Celebration last year but this year we are doing it up big time.
I met with our new art teacher who was very intrigued by the idea and immediately agreed to collaborate with me. She is teaching students the art technique of Pointillism. Every grade level will approach their dot projects a little differently. For example, three year old PK students will be adding dots to a Pete the Cat page. Older grades will create a in depth project consisting only of dots to create an image of an object or person. We liked the part of the story when Vashti's dots were featured in a school art gallery so our Fifth and Sixth graders will be in charge of setting up our very own "Dot" Gallery to display ECDC students' works of art.
Most kids found this dot fascinating. I think they might decide to try their arts skills at a "dot without making a dot"
Do The DOT!
Peter Reynolds shares The Dot book related activities
Be inspired by the gorgeous Dots at Celebri-Dot
This website features dots created by authors and illustrators. It is remarkable to see the originality and personality in each dot. These dots are good examples for students to see and begin to come up with their own creative dots.
We really liked this Celebri-Dot by Cynthia Lord. Her book Rules is one of our favorites.
If you want to see more amazingly creative Celebri-Dots, click here
It's not too late to sign up for Dot Day 2013! You can sign up HERE
Check out my International Dot Day Pinterest Board
I have had a lot of fun collecting resources for Dot Day and saving them to my Pinterest Board. (love Pinterest almost as much as I love Twitter).
This beautiful example of Pointillism art "Touch the Sun" was created by Hungarian artist Sakura Chrno
Good-bye my Angel Boy!
This week, I plan on reading lots and lots of pictures books to my grandson who is moving away to Tennessee. The choice of books will be his to make. How will I ever survive without my little angel boy? My heart is broken. I will make sure to become his new school's best book donor and send a new book or two each month on his behalf. Hopefully that will make his transition a little easier and maybe he won't forget his BB (Best Buddy).