by Contributing Writer Mrs Heffalump
As always start early! The earlier you start teaching them anything the better it is for kid’s learning abilities. Remember, whatever we as parents say and do have a lasting effect on them. Unfortunately, even things we don’t want them to hear and even though we think we are whispering, they sometimes hear exactly what we just said!
Here are some things that I did and showed to my son from the time he was a month old.
1. When you show something, say for instance, a red balloon, use the word “colour” together with the name of the object. Instead of saying “this is red”, it is better to say “this is a red colour balloon”.
2. When wearing clothes tell them what solid coloured t shirt or dress they are wearing that day. ‘” Wow! Look at this baby. You’re wearing a yellow dress and a yellow headband!”
3. Do not test your kids before you are done teaching. Do not say ‘this is a yellow colour banana’ and soon after ask ‘what is this?’ It will put them off and quite frankly do we like it if someone questions us everytime something is shown?!
4. When teaching colors, remember that receptive language comes before expressive language. Children can and will be able to point out the right color long before they can say its name.
5. Stick to the main colors – Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and White – and only later add the other colors gradually. However, as each child is an individual and the learning process differs from one to another and if you feel your child grasps information quickly, you can always talk about the other colours and if he/she can distinguish the entire crayola range that is fantastic!
6. It is better to dedicate time to each color separately. Having “Green week” or “Blue week” is wonderful and works magic in teaching the colors specially at preschool. Usually, when teaching colors over a whole week, the concept is learned very well. As I said before, the more you repeat it, the better it is. For example- colouring a blue bird on Monday. Painting blue flowers the next day, playing with blue playdough, (how to make your own playdough), wearing a blue item of clothing.
7. Experiencing colors in different forms and ways helps imprint the concept in the brain. When learning colors, kids can and should experience the colors through all their senses – sight, sound, smell, taste, touch – the more experiences they get, the easier it is to remember. Be creative and come up with unusual ways of teaching colors.
Mrs Heffalump is a Mom of one lovely little boy and would love a whole battalion of sons around the whole house! She loves love loves doing art & crafts, is an absolute control freak and can be slightly OCD. Mrs Heffalump is also a qualified Montessori Teacher, has her Diploma In Child Psychology , A British Council Approved Teacher and was working in a leading International School.
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