Connecting Coloring with Learning
Updated: Aug 25, 2022
There are many reasons teachers love coloring pages. They are fun, creative and can help children learn about colors and hone their fine motor skills. But what you may not know is that coloring pages can also be used to connect science, reading, and history lessons. Let's explore how you can use coloring pages to improve student learning in your special education classroom.
The Building of Cognitive Linkages
How does one improve cognitive linkages in students? Recent studies have shown that students can better remember and understand key concepts by integrating visual imagery in core content lesson plans. In other words, teaching using visual aids can help students build strong cognitive linkages within their brains.
There are a few reasons why this is the case. First, visual images are easier for our brains to process than abstract ideas or verbal information. This is because our brains are wired to process visual information more quickly and effectively than any other type of information. Second, when we see an image related to a concept we are trying to learn, our brains create a “memory anchor” which helps us to remember the concept more easily. Finally, visuals can help us to see the relationships between different concepts, which makes it easier for us to understand and remember them.
All of these factors together mean that teaching with visuals can be an extremely effective way to help students build strong cognitive linkages within their brains and improve their learning outcomes. Research has shown that including visuals in instruction can increase student learning by up to 400%! Now I don't know if that number is accurate for all teaching environments, but it definitely makes a strong case for using visuals in instruction!
Making Connections Through Coloring
One way to include visuals in your instruction is to use coloring pages. Coloring pages are a great way to provide visual aids for your students while allowing them to be creative and have fun. And because they can be used to connect concepts across multiple subject areas, they are an ideal tool for helping students build strong cognitive linkages. This is especially true for students with a learning disability or ADHD, who often struggle with making connections between concepts.
How to Use Coloring Pages in Your Homeschool or Classroom
Now that we know how coloring pages can help students build strong cognitive linkages let's explore how you can use them in your homeschool or classroom.