Col­ors en­hance learn­ing

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION - Cre­ates

HAVE you won­dered why the ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment of chil­dren are full of col­or­ful dec­o­ra­tions? Re­searchers have stud­ied that emo­tions boost mem­ory and that early ex­pe­ri­ences con­trib­ute to the early formation of the brain and its ca­pac­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Pam Schiller, Ph.D., in her book Start Smart: Build­ing Brain Power in the Early Years, Re­vised Edi­tion, col­ors are help­ful to both the cog­ni­tive and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren, and the ef­fects are usu­ally life­long. Let’s look at some of those col­ors and their im­pact. Color im­pact Red cre­ates alert­ness and ex­cite­ment. En­cour­ages cre­ativ­ity. In­creases ap­petite. May be dis­turb­ing to anx­ious in­di­vid­u­als.

Blue cre­ates a sense of well-be­ing. Sky blue is tran­quil­iz­ing. Can lower tem­per­a­ture. In­hibits ap­petite.

Yel­low cre­ates a pos­i­tive feel­ing. Opti- mum color for main­tain­ing at­ten­tion. En­cour­age cre­ativ­ity.’

Or­ange in­creases alert­ness.

Green cre­ates calm­ness.

Pur­ple calm­ness.

Brown pro­motes a sense of se­cu­rity and re­lax­ation. Re­duces fa­tigue.

Off-White Cre­ates pos­i­tive feel­ings. Helps main­tain at­ten­tion.

Col­ors are equally im­por­tant as all the other vis­ual aids that teach­ers use. Col­ors EN­HANCE learn­ing. Freda B. Dayog

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