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Tips On Teaching Colors - Help color Your Child's World.

With expectations rising when your children begin school more pressure is put on you to have your children ready and ahead of the game when it comes to education. How do you keep up? Relax and take it one step at a time. Start with simple tasks like teaching your child his colors. Surprisingly enough, few students have this mastered before entering Kindergarten. Children love color! It brightens the awe inspiring world around them. A few tips we found are listed below and can help you teach your child his colors in a more effective way.

Helping them recognize colors

Trying to teach your child that red is red and blue is blue can be difficult and often frustrating. Have you ever heard "Mom, I want the red cup" when it is actually blue? This could be because children associate a certain color with certain shapes. So if the last time a cup was out and he learned that it was red he will think that all cups are red. Ways to help this problem...

*      Listen to the words your children use when referring to color.

*      When asking your child to bring you an item, incorporate its color in your sentence. Or when your child is using a particular item try to acknowledge its color.

Example:  Put two different colors of towels in the bathroom (i.e. green and blue) when your child is finished washing his hands say, "Let's dry your hands with the green towel." With enough practice he will begin to recognize green as a color rather than an object. 

Teach them color words along with color recognition

Try not to throw all of the colors on them at once. Start with a few simple colors like red, blue, or green. This will help children recognize individual colors more quickly. Some examples of how to implement this idea...

*      Say, "This is red. Here is a red cup, here is a red spoon. This is a blue cup, where is the blue spoon?"

Effective ways of correcting mistakes

You want to try and correct your child when he gets a color wrong, but try to do it in a proactive way that will help him learn why his answer is wrong. When correcting him refer to items in his environment.

     What to do:

*      If your child says his green shoes are red correct him by saying, "Your shoes are green, but your jacket is red."

      What not to do:

*      Your child says his green shoes are red and you say, "No, your shoes are green." This will not help them understand why they have given the wrong answer.

Everyday activities that can help

You do not have to set aside extra time to help your child learn his colors. The best part about all of these tips is you can implement them while going about your regular routine! Below is a list of ways to do just that...

*      When folding laundry have your child help separate the colors.

*      When reading a picture book point out colors for him and see if he can point out some too!

*      Have him search for certain colored objects in the room.

*      When driving in the car have your child point out everything he can see that is green, red, or blue.

*      When doing crafts like painting pictures, or coloring, take the opportunity to teach her a little more about colors. It will pay off eventually!

Using these tips will help prepare your child to be a few steps ahead when entering the wonderful world of school! Remember, the most important tip is to help your child have fun while learning. You are the parent and you know how they learn best! Soon your child's eyes will recognize color and a whole new world will open up right in front of them.