When teaching grade four at Hillsdale Elementary School in Hamilton, in the early 2000s, the students acted out the story for our December holiday concert. It was a way to provide a story that was more inclusive of many cultures that celebrate the festival of lights, while still embracing the classic symbol of light, the Christmas tree.
In addition, it was during this time that literacy and curriculum integration was a primary focus for our school board. Math read-alouds were becoming popular, however, there weren’t many on the market.
The Little Dot became a story that integrated Math, Language Arts, Drama and Social Skills (teamwork).