Sunday, September 29, 2019

Dot Day Cooking!

I have always wanted to do some sort of Dot Day cooking activity and this year was the year I decided to tackle it. Due to food allergies, I decided to make 2 different recipes, Dot Salad and Dot Pizza. I started the lesson off by reading Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier and  a discussed all the dot foods we could think of.

Dot Salad:
When I told the kids we were making Dot Salad they began to moan things like, "I hate salad." "Do I have to eat it?" "We had salad at lunch." When I began to tell them the ingredients, many of which were on the list that they had generated, those moans turned into cheers. They very happily began to cut, slice and mixed it all together.

The kids were excited to do all of the cutting.
They were super careful when scrapping the fruits into the bowl.
Delicious! There was not one bit of Dot Salad left when we were done.
Ingredients: bananas, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples and marshmallows
Tip: All fruit was washed prior to the kids getting there and put out onto various tables. I also cut the stems off of the strawberries before they arrived.
We used plastic knives and cut on plastic plates.
The kids also helped with the  clean-up

Dot Pizza:
Dot Pizzas were also a blast to make. These are basically Rice Krispie treats but I used Cheerios instead since they are dots. The students stirred the marshmallow and butter until they completely melted and then measured and added the Cheerios into it. They were also responsible for slicing all the dot fruit that would end up as their pizza toppings.
Once the pizzas were ready, the kids were able to top them with whatever dot fruit they wanted to.
The room was oddly silent as kids began to eat. "I don't like dot pizza! I LOVE it!" was shouted by one boy as he quickly gobbled it up. 
Ingredients: Cheerios, marshmallows, butter, bananas, grapes, blueberries. strawberries, apples.
Tip: Make one batch of Dot Pizza ahead of time so that they have time to cool down and harden. It is much easier to cut them this way. I then used the batch the kids made for the next days class and so on until everyone had made them.
Use a biscuit cutter to cut them into pizza circles.
All fruits were washed and placed out on plastic plates ahead of time.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Kindergarteners Celebrate Dot Day!

It's starts as a giant sheet of paper covered in dots of all sizes. Plain. Boring. Empty.
But as the days go by and the children visit, it starts to turn into something different.

 Corks, Q-Tips and paintbrushes are used to transform those dots.
Some students prefer to use just one color and one tool, while others want to use them all.
 In the end they are all proud of the masterpieces they have created. 
They are also excited when they see them hanging in the library.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Dot Day Fashion!

It's important to look the part for Dot Day so I scanned my closet, pulled out all the dots and wore them all! Since our Dot Day celebration lasted seven school days, I had to space it all out.
Day One: We always wear school colors on Friday so I had to wear my J Crew navy polka dot sweater then with a yellow J. Crew skirt.
 Day two: A polka dot Maeve dress and cool wooden dot necklace that my parents brought me back from a trip.
 Day Three: It was a hot one so I needed to wear this airy navy dotted dress from the Gap.
 Day Four: A plain black J.Crew dress with a polka dotted necklace and bright pink polka dot shoes.
Day Five: Victoria Beckham for Target a few circles in the dress
Day Six: All black from H&M and Banana Republic with a white circle bone necklace and Banana Republic Marimekko shoes. Sadly, the shoes fell completely apart at the end of the day. They were really old and really well loved.
 Day Seven: Marimekko Banana Republic skirt and Banana Republic polka dotted shoes
Just the shoes

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Recess Readers

One of the things that I love about the new library is how close we are to the 2nd-5th grade students. Since we are located right off of the playground and have a door that leads directly to the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms, we have kids coming in and reading before school and during every recess. Some prefer reading by themselves.
While others like to read together.

They are loving the cocoons
 and the dodo birds are always taken.

 Every seat is taken and it is very clear how much they all love the new space and love to read.