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Sometimes children don’t want to talk. They just want to draw. Or paint. Or play with clay. Making art is a natural way for children to relax and express themselves without having to say a word. I remember a child at school who cried every morning as him mom said goodbye. He was unconsolable – until I brought him a paintbrush. Paintbrush in hand, he let himself be led to an easel with paints and paper. He put on a smock, and started painting. Once that had been done, he could face the rest of the day with ease.
Not only is painting a great way to help children feel comfortable in the classroom, it’s also a great way to get them to talk, not only about what they are creating, but also about the process. While they’re working for instance: what color do they need? …
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