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Lesson Plans


I guess I'm an idiot, too!

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 17:59:30 -0500


I think coloring books, like most everything else, are fine...in
moderation. I have fond memories of coloring, but I didn't do very much of
it. One of my only recollections of my grandfather was sitting with him in
the shade of his huge begonias on the maroon oriental carpet of his dusty
living room, coloring in coloring books with him. The memory of that warm
afternoon has stayed with me now for almost 40 years. I also colored and
drew free hand a lot, too, so the coloring books did no harm. I still love
do draw! All four of my children have on occasion enjoyed coloring books,
but never in excess, and now teenagers, all of them still like to draw. The
coloring books did no harm. I see some children have been stifled by
coloring books...they never were encouraged or praised for drawing on their
own. I guess it is a little like TV. We watch sometimes. Our TV is on at
some point for a while every day. If it were on all day every day, that
would be a problem. As I write this, it is afterschool on Friday and there
are two teenage boys pleasure reading in the house, and the TV is off. No
one asked them to do it, they just chose to read. The TV did no harm. Like
anything else, use moderation. Even too much water can be bad for you!
Coloring books are not all bad...it isn't a black and white issue. Sorry to
ramble on about this. I guess I'm just an idiot sometimes. So it goes....

Mark