Natalee Verdier December 6, 2019 Santa Claus
Fifth Graders are more responsible, opinionated and start to discover their own interests, which makes teaching fifth-graders a challenge and a joy. With the resources provided in the Learning Library, teachers, tutors and parents have the proper materials to meet their student’s educational achievement.
I think we all know that as kids, coloring can be quite soothing and stress relieving. That’s why kid coloring books are so popular. There is just something calming about putting color to paper. A child’s creativity and imagination is a beautiful wonder and colouring can offer the perfect platform for this to be expressed. Give children the same colouring page and no two will be the same. This free flow of creativity can unlock all kinds of imaginative work that can take your child anywhere as they grow and learn. It may even ignite what could become a lifelong passion for something…you may discover that you have the next Banks!
I could have seriously written this myself! And MAN do people get ready to fight when you come out against coloring books/coloring pages, huh? I’ve dealt with this for years…way back to when I learned all you said above in my child development classes in college (got my bachelor’s in child development.) They really pushed the NO coloring books/pages in my child development classes. I listened and took it to heart and my kids have not been raised with them and are amazingly creative. Not saying you are NOT creative if you use coloring books…but I do think they are not a positive thing. But I, like you, also didn’t make a huge deal of them either, at restaurants or when received as gifts.
The preschool community tells us that coloring books are not best-practice nor developmentally appropriate as children lose their creativity and feel inadequate to the artistic process since their work is not up to the artist’s level. BUT I do agree with your points above…all those things do happen while coloring. But as a preschool teacher, and a teacher-trainer, I am expected to teach my big students that they are not to give coloring pages as learning activities. But if parents want to offer them, why not? Funny thing is that my big students LOVE to color and I will occasionally offer them (high preschooler) coloring pages if they finish a test or project early.
Color Psychology says that “Coordination and the ability to focus is just developing in young children, and undertaking activities to foster and strengthen this budding talent assists in efficient, healthy development. The act of holding crayons, choosing colors, implementing the color in the ideal spot and even sharpening crayons can all help with cultivating strong hand-eye coordination in youngsters.”
I love coloring activities. And most children do, too! That’s why I made COLORING PAGES FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS for today’s Freebie Friday!
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