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September 10th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Hey girls! It has been awhile since I posted here. I didn't run away...just we aren't really doing school right now (not officially anyway). We enrolled Scotty in a preschool at a church here. He goes MWF half a day. He likes the social interaction and I like the little break in the mornings a few days a week.

Here is my issue. He is really smart and picks up well on things. He is happy and makes friends easily. BUT his teacher makes a BIG DEAL because he HATES to color and won't do it. I have tried telling him that if he wants to go to church preschool, then he needs to color, but I feel so stupid saying that! I could care less if he colors. He knows his colors. He can hold his pencil correctly. He just gets lazy! He did it to me too, but I figured it was because I was mom. Apparently not!

Anyone have any suggestions on getting him to color at church preschool? Or even getting him to finish a sheet of A's when he starts writing them?

My issues is that I don't see the point. But his teacher seems to think that he MUST learn to color to succeed in life. What do you all think?
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September 10th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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I'm no help b/c Eathan refuses to color with crayons. I really don't make a big deal about it like you, but maybe you can see if he likes coloring with markers or colored pencils and see if the teacher will allow that?? Eathan will color better with colored pencils, but he just doesn't like to color in general.
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September 10th, 2007, 10:44 AM
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Jared doesn't like to color either. I've discovered it's not really that uncommon for some kids to dislike coloring. I don't make a big deal out of it either, but I have noticed that Jared will color more readily with markers or colored pencils.
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September 10th, 2007, 11:38 AM
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I think the teacher needs to get off her high horse and realize that all children are not identical and some simply don't like to color. I HATED to color as a kid!
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September 10th, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Yeah, I don't think it needs to be as big an issue as she seems to be making it out to be. Some kids enjoy coloring, others don't.
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September 10th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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I have heard that some schools K classes make a huge deal out of colouring I read on a board once someone said her child was going to 'flunk' colouring! Give me a break! Probably if he was going on to K it might be a big deal, only because they make it one! Does the teacher know he not going onto K, that you are homeschooling?
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Anyone have any suggestions on getting him to color at church preschool?[/b]
I don't think a preK kid should have to colour. Maybe he would like to paint those sheets? As to a sheet of A's, I think after doing one, he should do as many or as few that he likes.
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September 10th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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September 11th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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Flunking coloring! So now we are going to have to send our kids to Sylvan to learn to color, right? I mean we are already sending them to learn scissor skills so they don't fail at that. Silliness, it is.

Really this reminds me of a poem my parents love. It talks about how the child loves to color and makes the trees purple and the grass red or whatever strikes his fancy but in school he is forced to make the trees and grass green and the flowers like lollipops because that's just the way it is done. It's a sad poem actually, all about making the kids homogenous rather than celebrating their differences.
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September 11th, 2007, 09:44 AM
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oh brother! DS doesn't like to color either- He does it on his own initiative when he's doing something that interests him, but he's already done SO MUCH coloring for school stuff in the past, I just let it go.
That teacher is making a huge deal out of a very little thing. But it may be more of a classroom management issue for her not really coloring...like if every other kid is coloring and he refuses, she probably sees it as defiance and if she lets him get away with it the other kids will start to do the same thing...
Have you talked to her?
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September 11th, 2007, 10:22 AM
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Thanks for all your input....just one more thing that makes me feel that homeschooling is the direction we are meant to go!

As for the teacher, I just don't really like her attitude about it. When I ask how he did that day, she hesitates and said "fine." Scotty is a GREAT kid! I want to her to realize and know him as the great kid that I know he is...whether he colors or not! She doesn't say much unless I do, but I want her to enjoy having him in her class and not resent him because he doesn't fit the mold and color like the other kids.

I have a meeting with her next week. I will update then!
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September 11th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Heather I have read that poem, now hearing you mention it makes me want to find it, but I can't. Anyone know what it is called?
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September 11th, 2007, 02:39 PM
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I think I found it

Flowers are Red
by Harry Chapin

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin' young man
I'm paintin' flowers he said
She said... It's not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red
There's a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You've got to show concern for everyone else
For you're not the only one
And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

Well the teacher said.. You're sassy
There's ways that things should be
And you'll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me.....

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It's for your own good..
And you won't come out 'til you get it right
And all responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin'
She said...Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let's use every one

But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen.
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