The Munchkin is an almost-six-year old who definitely has a mind of his own.
And that mind has no problem letting people, including his teacher, know that he doesn’t like coloring.
He can draw until the pencil or crayon is down to a nub, or until the marker practically runs out of ink. But coloring? Inside the lines? Madness! It is beneath him! To him, it is gruntwork, pure and simple.
Unfortunately for him, it seems that kindergarten teachers can be sticklers when it comes to coloring pictures. Especially when coloring the picture is part of the assignment, not just for prettification. You know, like coloring in all the triangles red, and all the squares blue.
So, coloring outside the lines is verboten. Ditto with leaving some white in there. They prefer that the item in question be properly and completely shaded. Which, I guess if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right.
But didn’t I hear a while back that children were supposed to be encouraged to color outside the lines? That insisting they color inside the lines stifled their individuality and creativity? Say no to conformity, kids, anything goes!
Er, except that particular philosophy is not embraced at the Munchkin’s current school.
I understand that coloring is a fine motor skill. And perhaps it comes down to committing to doing a task and doing it properly, even if you don’t find it a pleasant pastime. Still, there is a part of me that is secretly annoyed at the notes about his lack of coloring finesse that are penned on his worksheets.
The amazing and confusing thing is that I have to sit here and beat it into him that he is to color inside the lines, when adults who have the ability to “think outside the lines” are lauded.
Maybe I should have homeschooled.