Posts Tagged ‘Costa Rican Oxcarts’

Día Internacional Dot

What a fun time celebrating International Dot Day in Spanish classes!

Sra. Ross had her first and second graders “making their mark” as they discussed how life is like a mirror.


Life is like a mirror. It will smile at you if you smile at it.

The children designed their mirrors to “mirror” themselves – favorite colors and designs. Some students used colors of sports teams they follow. I love that there is even “etching” in the mirror portion.

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Using an idea from the Painted Paper in the Art Room blog, Costa Rican Oxcarts, Sra. Nedrelow guided her third and fourth graders to design oxcart wheels.

In Costa Rica, the traditional oxcart or carreta is the country’s most famous type of craft. (Visit Oxherding and Oxcart Traditions to learn more.) The tradition of decorating oxcarts started in the early 20th century. The carts are designed to symbolize things that are important to the owner.

Keeping with the theme, the students decorated their carts to represent something special to them.

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I love how our Spanish teachers joined in the celebrations of Día Internacional Dot! Their choice of activities was a perfect way for students to “make their mark” to “see where it would take them.”