We set up Colour Week once every month. The kids get to add objects of the selected colour to their classroom throughout the week. Every time kids a certain colour but with a different quality to it, they refine and enhance their understanding of colours. During the Colour Week, preschoolers get to experience colour through all their senses – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.
Constant repetition and expanding on what colors are and what they are not will help any child understand what the actual word colour means.
Ever wondered why colour recognition is a part of every preschool program?
Colours and shapes are two very noticeable attributes of the world around us. When you look outside your house, you may not be cognizant of it…but your mind is noticing and identifying the green trees, the red car, the white rectangular building, the brown windows and the blue sky. Identification of colors helps to create the cognitive link between visual clues and words.
Children don’t have the ability to understand that light green and dark green are both green and they also lack the verbal skills to explain that to you. Along with learning what each colour is called, children need to understand what colour represents; it’s not size, nor shape, nor the name of the object, nor the texture, not the number of things showing.
When teaching kids colors, we need to remember that receptive language comes before expressive language. Kids will be able to point out the right colour long before they can say its name. At the beginning of the process, we ask them to pick up all the blue pieces. If they do not know, we show them a few, until they catch on.
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