My 5 yo colored a picture yesterday. It was a horse in a meadow. He colored the clouds red and the sky purple. The leaves on the trees in the background were orange, red, brown and yellow. The horse was brown. The grass was green. I tolr him it was lovely and asked him to tell me about it. He said that there was no sun in the sky, so he thought it must be going down and that turns the clouds red. He said that the horse looked fat the way they get in the fall, so he made the leaves all colorful like then. And he said the horse was Ginger (a friend's horse).
I said he made a beautiful picture and that he had done exactly what I had asked for. I had asked him to make the whole paper colored, every spot. And not one centimeter was left white, so i was happy with it.
Okay so here's the argument. Hubby says that the teachers at the brick anf mortar school would have told him it was wrong to color the sky that way and that I'm doing him a disservice by "allowing him to get away with coloring things any way he wants to."
I disagree. i think it was not only well thought out and very creative, but followed the directions I gave him.