As your child's daycare teacher, I will observe each child carefully to see how they adapt to a particular activity to meet their individual needs. In addition, I will be sure to provide the children with a wide variety of hands-on activities that encourage children to work with colors. It is through this exploration that they will develop a strong basis for color recognition.
I encourage you to set up time at home with your child to include ways to promote color recognition through every day activities such as matching plate color to cup color when getting ready for a meal or snack, asking your child to hand you the red cup from number of different color cups in front of them, or hold up a cup and ask your child what color the cup is. The example above touches base on all three concepts of color recognition and can be used on a daily basis at home from eating to dressing to playing.
Matching, Identifying and Naming
Color recognition can be broken down into three steps. The first step in color recognition is matching. The child perceives the differences between the colors.
Identifying is the next step. Identifying focuses on the ability to identify a color when named.
The final step is naming. In this step the child can name the color when asked.
All children develop as individuals. Parents and caregivers should use the age ratings below as a general guideline, taking the abilities, temperament and interests of their children into account.
COLOR RECOGNITION PRACTICE - From The Kid Zone
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- Ages 4-5 Can complete without assistance. Provides practice printing the words of colors.
- Age 3 Can complete with minimal assistance after directions are given.
- Age 2 Introduction to colors -- can complete with adult assistance.
If an aspect of a project is frustrating to the child, provide assistance - try to keep things fun. Sing songs, read stories or watch shows with a similar theme as the worksheet you choose to supplement the project - again focusing on extra activities that the child enjoys to help keep them motivated.
Take breaks, when necessary. Choose a time of day when you and the child are relaxed. Provide rewards (verbal encouragement, gold stars on "chore chart" checklists or awards for tasks that have been mastered) and change up the rewards when needed. Don't underestimate the "reward value" of one-on-one time with a loved grown up! Ten minutes of "homework time" with daddy after work can become a special ritual for both father and child (at least it did for our family *grin*).
I hope I am passing on some valuable information so that you can be the best teacher at home for your child(ren) and encourage them to enjoy learning new things every day.