Thursday, February 18, 2010
Posted by Mandy at 7:21 AM
Our youngest is Samuel, and he'll be turning three years old in just about 4 months. He has been learing so much over the past few months, it is incredible! One thing that we've struggled with: learning colors.
This is actually something I've worried at least a little bit with with all of my children. I don't know why but I have this paranoid idea that they'll be color-blind. (as if that's the worst thing ever?) So, when they hit about two years old and we start really pointing out colors and teaching them, I sit nervously to see if they get it. If they can SEE colors.
It doesn't help my fear that they've all been a bit later than I'd expect at getting them.
So, with Samuel I have been telling myself NOT to worry. That he'd get them. He'd eventually learn that an orange is actually orange and he would not be the only kid in his 4 year old preschool class that doesn't know that the sky is blue.
So, all of my pep-talking didn't work. As the months passed by, I got a bit nervous at his lack of understanding ANY colors.
"Samuel, what color is your monster truck?"
"Your monster truck is red. Can you say red?"
"Red!" (giggles, smiles, and then tells me 3 minutes later that his monster truck is white.)
White was his word of choice when it came to the Name that Color game. No matter what I associated learning colors with, he just could not grasp it. Then, the thought.
"Does he REALLY think everything is white?! Can he SEE the colors?!"
This morning, a miracle occured.
As I assembled his orange race track, as I do several times each day, he said,
"Mommy, have you seen my orange water gun? It's orange like this orange car." (as he shuffles through his 50 Hot Wheels to find the orange one.) "And it's orange like my race car track. Where is it?"
My jaw dropped and I grabbed him up, so excited!!
"Sam! You knew that was all orange!! That's great!! Good job!"
Sam, not impressed with himself as I was,
"Mommy... where is my water gun?" (it was under the cars... and yes, it is orange.)
He then promptly grabbed a green car and put it on the top of the track.
"Mommy, yook at my fast green car!" (that's not a typo.. he doesn't say "l's" very well yet.)
It was green, and I was giddy!
This is exactly as it happened with the other two. Just when I realized that EVERYONE else's two year olds knew their colors, and mine didn't, and I started freaking out, they started spitting out the info I'd been trying to fill them with since birth.
If nothing else, he'll know orange and green when he goes to Pre-K...
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