Lisa, Jacob’s caregiver, noticed that Jacob said “yellow” when he looked at an orange crayon. She wondered if he really thought the orange crayon was yellow. Jacob’s mother told Lisa that when she asked him what color the yellow crayon is, he said “blue.” Lisa decided she and Jacob’s mother could start to teach about colors.
Adults talk about colors a lot. For this
reason, young children may know the names of many colors. They may not
know which color goes to which name, though. You can help children learn
colors. Talk about colors and ask children the color of things. With young
children, start by teaching about a single color, and then add more colors
as time goes on. If parents or other caregivers have questions about why
colors are important, there are many ideas in this article that you can
share with them.
People also need to understand how colors go together. That helps people to dress with items of clothing that go together nicely. It is also a skill a person will need to design and decorate a sign or a card.
Colors are pretty, but they also give information about safety. Drivers need to stop when they see a red stop sign or light. Colors can warn us that food may be spoiled. When we see blue spots on brown or white bread, we know not to eat it. Red or white spots on the body can tell parents and caregivers that a child is sick. Some black things on the wall, ceiling, or floor could be spiders, or they could be mold. Either one could cause red or white spots on the body, but for different reasons.
Talking about colors can help to solve
problems. When someone is hurt, colors help to figure out what might be
wrong. For example, a doctor might ask, “Is it black and blue? Is
it yellow or clear? Is it red?” Answers to these questions give
information about problems. At home, color can help with caring for your
house and yard. For example, what color is the water when you fill up
a glass? Is it brown? Colors can tell us that there is a problem. Is the
grass green? Or yellow? Or brown? Does it need to be watered? What color
is the sky? Is it going to rain? The answer to this question can help
you know how to dress and prepare for the day.
Matters is an exploration of many ideas about color by a former professor.
It is intended for people of all ages, but the ideas are complex. It may
be especially good for school-age children. There is information about
colors and the brain, body, vision, different cultures, science, computers,
etc. The site has a search engine.
For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at email@example.com
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