This month we delve into the exciting world of COLOR! It’s in everything we touch, taste, smell, and feel. It evokes emotion without requiring prior thought. Color affects every aspect of our lives; thus learning to recognize colors is an important part of a child’s development, and children need instruction to understand color as a concept. Not only do very young children (ages two and under) lack the ability to differentiate that navy blue and light blue are both blue, they lack the verbal skills to explain that to you. However, they grasp the concept of color long before they conceptualize shape, size, texture and quantity. Simply repeating what colors are will not help a child understand what the actual word “COLOR” means before the age of three. However, once the word is understood, teaching colors is usually easy. Surrounded by a world of COLOR, it is simple to use daily opportunities to discuss colors. Of course, since teaching color recognition to children is so important, there are many tools that can help children learn.
1. At the Hardin County Public Library you can obtain a plethora of great books on color that will provide many opportunities to teach color to children. Click on the link below and you will be transported straight to the Hardin County Public Library site with a list of books on COLOR before you!
2. Additional color literacy development tools can be found at http://literacycenter.net/ where young children can develop their knowledge of colors on a fun basic color wheel and play engaging matching games.
3. Once in elementary school, a more advanced color wheel is needed in order to further develop the concept of blending colors, and selecting colors that will work well together. Here, you can see a fascinating video about the origins of the color wheel:
4. What better way to master the color wheel than to make one of your own! Annie Painter is a captivating art teacher with color mixing videos that can turn you into a color-mixing pro in five, fun and FREE lessons! She even provides supply lists and recommended sources for supplies.
5. At the Art of Education website you can experience color optical illusions, bubble painting and much more. Once you visit this site your student will never want to leave!
Meet me back here next month when we will learn about VALUE.
Until then, you can contact me at ILoveTeachingYourKids@gmail.com.