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Invitation to Paint the Many Shades of Blue

Blue: The Many Ways I Feel (The Colors of My Life) by Nancy Johnson James  (Author), Constance Moore  (Illustrator) is a book about an emotional ode to the color blue—and the blues—from writer Nancy Johnson James and illustrator Constance Moore, the creators of Brown: The Many Shades of Love and Black: The Many Wonders of My World, The Many Ways I Feel .  Nancy Johnson James is an African American poet, educator, activist, and children’s book author. Her book's intentions are to nurture creativity, deep thought, environmental consciousness and self-esteem.

In the story a child  describes all the beautiful shades of blue they feel while discovering that one has the power to change one’s many blues. Today after reading the story we invited the children to create with the many shades of blue. We provide liquid watercolors, bio color metallic and fluorescent paint, tempera paint sticks, markers, oil pastels, and crayons. 

The Social-Emotional aspect of a child is the foundation that supports all areas of development. The stronger awareness and support a child is provided, the more equipped the child will be to navigate their growth in all aspects of their life. Social-Emotional development heavily affects & influences the child, therefore providing and using as many tools as possible early on will only benefit the children in an impactful way. Young children acquire social and emotional competencies in ways that are often different from how they acquire competence in the naming of letters or numbers. Social-emotional skills emerge through children’s experience in close relationships and the var­ied exposures that occur in relational experience, such as shared conversa­tion, warm nurturance, and intentional guided learning capacities for sociability, responsibility, and self- control. Just as with anything in the learning process of a child, the more you provide language + literacy along with hands-on experiences that explore social emotional development, the stronger the foundation is established for the child.

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