Toddle Bear has known the colors red, orange, yellow, green, and blue for awhile now, but Ellie loves to shock mommy and make me a proud Mama Bear. The other day, after "quizzing" her, I discovered that she also knows pink and purple (and oval, diamond, and rectangle in case you were wondering about shapes).
How do I know this?
I may say "Ellie, get the blue cup" and she brings back the blue cup. Or, I hold up two objects and say "which one is yellow?" and she reaches for the yellow object. Better yet, Ellie can do gross attempts at signing orange, yellow, and blue.
How did Bear learn her colors?
Easy! It is so easy to incorporate teaching colors (and shapes--Ellie knows circle, square, triangle, star, heart, oval, diamond, rectangle, and pentagon [i know! pentagon]) throughout the day. It is never just "a flower", it is a "pink flower" or there are purple pajamas, a red ball, a yellow banana. Redundancy is the way to go. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat and believe me your child will absorb all of this information like a sponge. Sometimes I gather up a bunch of toys the same color and say "yellow, yellow, yellow" or whatever color we are working on for each toy. Finally, we occasionally use the Color Slaps app on the iPad/iPhone.
Sometimes, it is hard to figure out just what our kids with Down syndrome already know given their communication difficulties. Ellie's receptive (what she understands) communication is much further along than her expressive language (what she says/signs). For instance, Ellie cannot say the colors and her signs are gross approximations at best. So for all I know, she could also know white, black, and brown. Guess I will have to "test" her!
What is Ellie's favorite color?
I am thinking purple. After all, she always grabs the purple pajamas and the purple clothes from the dresser drawers.
Tell me what exciting things your kids are learning and share you brag in the comments section!