Skip Nav
Photography
Exactly How It Felt When 1 Mom Learned She Was Having a Rainbow Baby
Family Travel
14 Things I Learned From My First Trip to Disneyland With 2 Kids Under 4
Target
You'll Be So Mad You Never Knew About the Sweet Freebie Target Gives to Families

Are Classrooms Too Colorful?

Are Kindergarten Classrooms Too Colorful?

Your little one may love the rainbow-inspired decor of their kindergarten classroom, but does it benefit their brain? A new study suggests that a colorful classroom, while fun, may be bad for students. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University recently found that kindergarteners who were taught in a highly decorated classroom were more distracted and had lower test scores than those who learned in a neutral room. They fear that this could be setting children up for future academic struggles, as concentration is something children must learn how to do in their earlier years.

"So many things affect academic outcomes that are not under our control," Anna V. Fisher, an associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon and the lead author of the study, tells The New York Times. "But the classroom's visual environment is under the direct control of the teachers." So what's the solution? Fisher suggests schools establish a set of decorating standards that create a welcoming and stimulating learning environment. What do you think?

Source: Flickr user striatic

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Jmichaels1405009398 Jmichaels1405009398 2 years

As a kindergarten teacher, I and many of my colleagues, begin the school year with very little up on the walls. As the year progresses, we create posters and other visual learning materials with the children which reflect the topics being taught. If the room is decorated too completely at the beginning of the year, most of the educational posters and charts become wallpaper as the year goes on. The kids rarely give them a second glance, instead of using them as the learning materials they are. Keep it simple and keep it relevant! Growingmindsproject.blogspot.c...

Photo of Mom Holding Her Baby's Car Seat Upside Down
Target Gives Kids Free Cookies and Fruit
Mom Adopts Terminally Ill Kitten to Teach Kids Compassion
Little Girl Sends Postcard to Betsy DeVos
Mom Shares C-Section Postpartum Photo
Kate Middleton's Thoughts on Motherhood March 2017
Little Boy With Cancer Finds Lost Teddy Bear

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds