Black and White vs Colorful Resources

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  • BeverlyJane

    I read an article by a popular Christian curriculum publisher, stating that –
    “Black and white as a color scheme lowers a child’s IQ and dulls learning” and “if you want your child to learn better, consider the power of color. Because 80% of the brain receives information visually, so be sure to incorporate the element of color as you homeschool”.

    I will be graduating my first child from homeschooling soon….we didn’t find the CM method until a few years in, so she started with a popular colorful curriculum. We also started my second child in the same popular colorful curriculum.
    Now, our third child is nearing age 6 and I am looking at CM methods to teach Reading.
    It seems most all CM books/resources are Black and White… you think this is done in an effort to simplify the work? or to make it appear old-fashioned/classic/vintage? does anyone know specific benefits to using black and white materials?


    Rachel White

    I think that perspective by the publisher is absurd. So, all the smart men and women in the past, all the way through the mid-20th century were duller and dumber than the modern generation? Where’s the science on that…

    I think colored materials are fine…in moderation. Many children are over-stimulated by all the color. Those with visual sensory system dysfunction can’t handle it. I think it’s overstimulating to everyone. I think that if a child has no experience appreciating and learning from B&W curriculum, they aren’t going to be able to learn from primary sources very well. Nor are they going to be very well rounded, IMO.  That goes for B&W movies, too.

    It’s about the content, not how flashy it can be.


    ““Black and white as a color scheme lowers a child’s IQ and dulls learning”

    I keep trying to think of intelligent responses, but I’m laughing so hard I can’t think clearly.  *giant eyeroll*



    Even if it were true, with picture study, handicrafts, map work, Books of Centuries, nature journaling and study, and drawing and painting, and math manipulatives such as beads and buttons, there is plenty of added color.

    Didn’t Charlotte say once that kids don’t need a lot of pictures in their books because it’s better to develop the imagination?

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