Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Dot (Self-Esteem)

Tuesday, September 15 is International Dot Day. The Dot is a great book for school counselors to have on hand and there are endless lessons/activities/ideas on the internet to go along with this book. To to to sign up and download the free Educator's Handbook.  Make sure you take some time to browse the website.  There are some great ideas!

The Dot is about Vashti, a student who is reluctant to complete a task.  Vashti is encouraged by her teacher to take a risk and to believe in her abilities.

Description from Amazon:  With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark-and follow where it takes us.
Her teacher smiled.  "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."
Art class is over but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper.  The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself.  But Vashti can't draw-she's no artist.  To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.
That one little dot marks the jouney of Vashti's journey of surprise and self-discover.  That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds's delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

You can purchase The Dot HERE.

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